For Carl Zeiss Optical Components, a subsidiary of Carl Zeiss Industrielle Messtechnik GmbH, precision matters – sometimes down to the hundredth of a millimeter. The company manufactures microscopes, multi-sensoric machines, and optical sensors for industrial measurement and quality assurance purposes. Organizations around the world use ZEISS machines to confirm that they produce literally perfect results, every time. That means 'reliability' and 'repeatability' are words to live by at the Wangen, Germany-based company. "The machines we [...]
Let’s take a look at how reverse engineering can be used to improve ergonomics in product design. There are times when you may have the need to improve a design, but the legacy files are not available. In this case, your best option is to scan the old part and reverse engineer the CAD file. Once you have a feature-based CAD file, you can make any edits and improvements needed. That is exactly what our [...]
Volkswagen Autoeuropa: Maximizing production efficiency with 3D printed tools, jigs, and fixtures Volkswagen Autoeuropa, who is responsible for manufacturing iconic Volkswagen models such as the Scirocco and Sharan, and has yearly output levels of 100,000 cars, now uses 3D printing to revolutionize its workflow. The facility 3D prints manufacturing aids that are used daily on the assembly line. No longer having to rely on external suppliers for its tools, jigs, and fixtures greatly reduces the [...]
Now Commercially Available to Studio System Customers Worldwide, Copper Enables High-Performance, Highly Optimized Parts for Oil & Gas, Auto and Consumer Products Industries Desktop Metal recently announced the launch of copper for the Studio System. With its excellent thermal and electrical conductivity, copper is considered an ideal material for transferring heat or electricity and is used in virtually every electronic device made, as well as in many of the heat exchangers used across a variety [...]
https://cimquesttv.wistia.com/medias/o83pcxric6?embedType=async&videoFoam=true&videoWidth=640 Tough PLA - An Alternative to ABS? Ultimaker's versatile material platform can unlock a variety of applications throughout your factory floor. Today we look at Tough PLA and see how it compares to ABS.
About manufacturing tooling Tooling is a general term for components used in various manufacturing processes—including machining, injection molding, extrusion, stamping, casting, as well as workholding jigs, fixtures, and end of arm tooling. A single tooling mechanism may consist of several complex parts or one unique part. Tooling is used widely across all manufacturing processes. Though often created in-house by manufacturers, tooling may be outsourced to a specialty tooling shop when complexity or lead time exceeds [...]
Siemens, the technology powerhouse in manufacturing, mobility and infrastructure automation, and digitalization, and Nexa3D, the maker of ultrafast polymer production 3D printers, today announced a collaboration designed to bring Nexa3D’s additive manufacturing production systems up to full Industry 4.0 preparedness. This partnership highlights both companies’ strong commitment to help additive manufacturing prepare for Industry 4.0 with innovative collaborations, open architecture, and predictive serviceability. Having worked side by side with automotive, aerospace, medical and industrial customers, [...]
Ultimaker 2+ Connect for Education as well as Small and Medium-Sized Businesses Introducing the Ultimaker 2+ Connect 3D printer, the perfect printer for education and small businesses as the entry model to the Ultimaker ecosystem. Single Extrusion with a build volume of 223 x 220 x 205 mm (8.7 x 8.6 x 8 in) Down to 20 micron (0.001 inch) layer resolution Open filament system, compatible with glass and carbon fiber composites With efficient prototyping [...]