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17 02, 2015

Stratasys 3D Printing Keeps NASA Satellite On Time and On Budget – FDM Strong Enough for Space

By | 2016-12-15T14:31:10+00:00 February 17th, 2015|Categories: 3D Printing / Additive Mfg, Stratasys, Technology|0 Comments

Reposted from Stratasys Blog We're pleased to announce a new frontier in aerospace 3D printing. Stratasys Direct Manufacturing has partnered with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to 3D print 30 antenna array supports for the FORMOSAT-7 Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere, and Climate (COSMIC-2) satellite mission. Scheduled for launch in 2016, the COSMIC-2 mission marks the first time 3D printed parts will function externally in outer space. The antenna arrays will capture atmospheric and ionospheric data to help improve weather prediction models and advance meteorological research on Earth. In order to keep the project on time and on budget, NASA needed an alternative to machining the parts out of astroquartz, the material traditionally used for antenna arrays. They turned to Stratasys Direct Manufacturing to produce 3D printed parts that could handle the complex array designs and also be strong enough to withstand the environmental demands of outer space. Stratasys Direct Manufacturing built the custom-designed parts using FDM-based Fortus 900mc 3D Production Systems from Stratasys. FDM was the only additive manufacturing process able to meet the project’s strength and load requirements. NASA chose durable ULTEM 9085 material, a thermoplastic that has similar strength to metals like aluminum but weighs much [...]

30 01, 2015

Stronger, More Colorful Prototypes, End Use Parts with New 3D Printing Materials

By | 2016-12-15T14:31:11+00:00 January 30th, 2015|Categories: 3D Printing / Additive Mfg|Tags: , |0 Comments

Reposted from Stratasys Blog 29 Jan. 2015 by Laurie Carr Color ASA Thermoplastics allow you to bypass further painting or finishing steps, saving time and money Endur Digital Materials are ideal for challenging geometries and repetitive testing – produce durable prototypes with thin walls, living hinges, snap-fits and moving or assembled parts Stratasys’ tenacious new 3D printing materials allow you to produce more durable prototypes for repetitive testing and tough, color-matched assembly tools as well as end use parts more efficiently and cost-effectively than traditional manufacturing technologies. Think in Color with FDM’s ASA Thermoplastic Technology The increase in demand for robust applications with UV-resistant capabilities has quickly established ASA as a popular all-purpose material in additive manufacturing. Stratasys is bringingeight new colors to the ASA product line: red, orange, yellow, green, dark blue, white, dark gray, and light gray. Applications ranging from tooling and sporting goods to consumer products and automotive end-use parts stand to benefit from the new vibrant color ASA materials. Engineers and manufacturers now have the ability to create end-use parts, functional prototypes, and jigs and fixtures in a variety of rich colors with strong, durable mechanical properties. Whether a manufacturer is measuring the effectiveness of color [...]

30 01, 2015

Take Advantage of Spindle Probes

By | 2016-12-15T14:31:11+00:00 January 30th, 2015|Categories: 3D Printing / Additive Mfg|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Take Advantage of Spindle Probes Reposted from Mastercam Blog, December 5, 2014 by rah Most new CNC machines purchased today are equipped with spindle probes but few of these are being used effectively, if at all. Some manufacturers are reluctant to use spindle probes because they believe that expensive CNC equipment should not be used for measuring parts. The reality is that when parts have to be brought to a CMM for in-process inspection, far more valuable time is expended transporting the part, waiting for the inspection, transporting the part back to the machine and setting it up again. Probing during setup allows for a faster and more accurate orientation of the part with more precise tool offsets. During manufacturing, spindle probe data delivered directly to the inspection software may be used to generate reports just as if the part had been measured on a CMM. Until recently, programmers had to insert manually generated macros at appropriate intervals to incorporate probing into CNC programs. Now the Productivity Plus probing module in the latest version of Mastercam allow the programmers to create these probing functions from within Mastercam. Learning how to use this capability can improve quality with more immediate in-process [...]

27 01, 2015

Stratasys Scores with 3D Printed Football!

By | 2016-12-15T14:31:11+00:00 January 27th, 2015|Categories: 3D Printing / Additive Mfg, Services, Stratasys, Technology|0 Comments

Re-posted from Stratasys Blog 27 Jan. 2015 by Stephen Burg Stratasys 3D printing and sports have often teamed up with winning results. Kite surfing, snowboarding, skiing, motors sports, fencing - all had their competitive edge sharpened with 3D printing. We even worked with the University of Texas at Dallas to help them improve their sports concussion testing protocol. But this is the first time that we at Stratasys have 3D printed an actual football. It might even be a world first! Produced on the Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-Material 3D Production System, the Stratasys ball is 3D printed in three materials: Rubber-like (TangoPlus), Rigid Magenta (VeroMagenta), and Rigid Yellow (VeroYellow) in one 3D print job. In order to give the football that authentic feel, we incorporated the texture of a composite football into the design with raised material. It weighs about the same as the weighted warmup balls favored by quarterbacks. Of course, when you 3D print a football you have to go out and test it. Check out the video to see the final score.

2 01, 2015

3D Printed Surgical Models Improving Implant Surgery While Saving Time and Money in Twelve UK Hospitals

By | 2016-12-15T14:31:11+00:00 January 2nd, 2015|Categories: 3D Printing / Additive Mfg, Stratasys, Technology|Tags: , |0 Comments

To understand why 3D printed surgical guides are making such an impact on medical procedures, you need look no further than Replica 3DM. This innovative supplier of medical and commercial 3D printed models is using its Stratasys 3D Printers to support 12 UK National Health Service (NHS) hospitals. The surgical models produced on the company’s Objet24 and Objet30 Pro 3D Printers allow surgeons to accurately test intended implants prior to surgery. As a result, the hospitals have seen a decrease in the length of surgical procedures leading to substantial reductions in operating room costs.  It’s What You Don’t See Replica 3DM’s Stratasys 3D Printers convert patient CT scans into physical 3D printed models. The materials used and special finishing processes enable surgeons to carry out precise pre-operative planning. By providing accurate visualization of anatomy including fragment position, the 3D printed models display important features that cannot always be seen in two dimensional images. “Sometimes conceptually and spatially, it’s difficult looking on a computer screen to establish the exact dimensions of the bone that is available to you for surgery,” said Alistair Morton, a surgeon in the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department at the hospital. “So this is one of the areas where [...]

2 01, 2015

Cutting Tools for CAM: For a Fast Win, Start with Drilling.

By | 2016-12-15T14:31:11+00:00 January 2nd, 2015|Categories: Mastercam|0 Comments

Reprinted from the Mastercam Blog Great improvements in drilling efficiency can be obtained simply by using the right tool. How many holes does your shop drill during the course of a week? If the answer is “not many,” then you might skip this. For the rest of us, this information is very important.   With the right tool selection most shops can implement a 10-to-20-times improvement in hole drilling efficiency simply by using the right tool at dramatically higher speeds and feeds. For example, if hole drilling constitutes just 5% of the operations in your shop, then using a better tool at high speeds will result in a 90% shop wide efficiency improvement for that operation. Taking this scenario one step further — a 90% efficiency improvement in hole drilling in this case will result in a 4.5% (90% of 5%) overall improvement in your shop’s machining efficiency. That is a huge return on investment for a change that takes so little time and money to implement. Of course, this is just an approximation. There may be other costs. Better cutting tools cost more, but this added cost would not be significant, because the more expensive tools will last about [...]

15 12, 2014

Capturing imaginations through 3-D printing

By | 2016-12-15T14:31:11+00:00 December 15th, 2014|Categories: 3D Printing / Additive Mfg, Stratasys|0 Comments

Reprinted from Business Weekly. By Erin Negley Reading Eagle Watch a video of the 3-D printing process The unusual pieces might look like artful jewelry, but Joceyln Kolb likes to call what she does body adornment, more Princess Leia than Elizabeth Taylor. The forms she creates have a backstory and are inspired by things such as the glow of deep-sea coral. To make these intricate pieces, Kolb traded her metalsmithing tools for a $30,000 3-D printer. This Albright College professor now works on a computer-aided design program to create art that would be nearly impossible to make by hand. Tucked away in a former closet, the printer sprays 32-micron layers of plastic resin, about half the thickness of a human hair. “Builds” take hours and sometimes days, but the finished products are complex pieces with moveable parts. The machine’s expensive and not perfect, but 3-D printing carries huge potential for art and design and business applications. Additive manufacturing technology has taken hold in industries including defense, automotive and manufacturing over the past decade. Similar to a printer that prints two-dimensional files onto paper, a 3-D printer layers material (usually plastic) to create a three-dimensional product. Jay Leno has his own [...]

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