Jim Snodgrass

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Jim Snodgrass

About Jim Snodgrass

Jim Snodgrass graduated from Arizona State University in 2008 and assists in everything from Marketing to Prototyping to Business Development at Cimquest. He enjoys spending time with his wife and Son and occasionally making meager progress renovating his house.
16 09, 2016

3D Printing: Disrupting Disruptive

By | 2016-12-15T14:30:56+00:00 September 16th, 2016|Categories: 3D Printing / Additive Mfg|0 Comments

3D Printing is not disruptive. I’ll admit I see how the term came about. Subverting the status quo, hacking our minds and disrupting stagnant industries have become battlecries–and for good reason. Those can all be important topics and help us keep thinking of fresh ways to approach problems. But personally, I don’t think we have to be so obnoxious or contentious about it. We don’t have to go into companies, slam the big red button, and halt operations to introduce 3D printing because the truth is that after working with hundreds of different companies, all using 3D printing in various professional settings, I don’t see much disruption. I don’t hear the manager saying, “Thanks to you I had to lay off a dozen workers because this machine took their job.” I see solutions where no one realized there was a problem. I see dozens of tweaks to processes people didn’t know could get better. For instance, the image to the right is a picture of a fixture that was made when workers at a plant frequently hurt themselves while cutting foam tubes. Having a 3D printer they were able to quickly model up this fixture and print it. Since it [...]

21 01, 2016

Stratasys Medical Applications Reshape Patient Care

By | 2016-12-15T14:31:02+00:00 January 21st, 2016|Categories: 3D Printing / Additive Mfg, Stratasys|0 Comments

3D Printing: Revolutionizing Surgery and Improving Outcomes If 3D Printing has only one advantage it is the ability to produce complex, organic shapes. However usually one material is used and as you may have noticed, we don't exactly feel like Lego's, the stuff of most printers. Imagine being able to replicate the exact procedure of transplanting a Kidney or of knowing EXACTLY how a face transplant will be connected because you already tried it out before you even got in the operating room. This has simply been impossible up until now. Traditional Medical Models are one size fits all. Humans are not. The breakthrough is in being able to print and test patient specific anatomy. The absolute cutting edge of 3d Printing is in producing any shape, and now, in mimicking material properties, including those of tissue and bone. In this video Scott Rader of Stratasys walks us through just a few ways Stratasys Connex printers have been able to cut time in surgery and improve outcomes. For more information on our Stratasys line of 3D printers, please click the button below. More Info

24 07, 2014

Using the Stratasys uPrint / Dimension vs Fortus

By | 2016-12-15T14:31:11+00:00 July 24th, 2014|Categories: 3D Printing / Additive Mfg, Services, Stratasys, Technology|0 Comments

Working at Cimquest you have a few advantages. A distinct one is having over a dozen top of the line 3D Printers at your disposal. Occasionally that means you get a few slightly unnecessary toys sitting around the office… However, our primary goal is in using the printers to educate. And that leads me to my topic today… uPrint / Dimension vs Fortus This entry concerns the FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) line of printers by Stratasys. Digging a little deeper I will be comparing some, but by no means all, aspects between the Dimension / uPrint printers… And the Fortus printers…   The uPrint and Dimension lines are, mechanically, almost identical. The major differences within the uPrint and Dimension lines are support material, layer resolution, build envelope and ability to print in color. But as far as the hardware and ability to create models, they all have roughly the same performance. The Fortus line, however, is in a league of its own. For many reasons (hardware accuracy, stability, material choices, layer resolution, reliability, repeatability) it is a much higher performance machine. As such it makes sense you would want a way to take [...]

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