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15 01, 2016

Design Evolution through 3D Printing

By |2016-12-15T14:31:02+00:00January 15th, 2016|Categories: Customer Success Stories|0 Comments

United Tool & Die is a prominent tube, duct, and sheet metal fabricator operating in the aerospace industry. Founded in 1925 and based in West Hartford, CT, their customer base includes acclaimed aerospace leaders such as Boeing, Pratt & Whitney, and Sikorsky. UTD has flourished in the aerospace field due to an unyielding dedication towards innovation and continuous process improvement. They’ve recently implemented 3D printing as a primary method for producing functional jigs, machining fixtures, and positioning dies. Francis “Skip” Charest, UTD’s Process/Tooling Engineer understands the challenges faced in this industry, particularly the increasing demand for tighter tolerances on final parts. UTD has always relied on tooling fixtures to support processes and to ensure these tighter tolerances are met. In the past, they’ve used traditional fixtures made from aluminum, magnesium, and stainless steal. However there are significant expenses associated with metal fixtures, including high production costs and substantial lead times. Through 3D Printing, Skip and his team have drastically reduced tooling costs. Their two Stratasys 3D printers allow them to generate durable fixtures in ABS+ thermoplastics. When UTD purchased their first printer, the U-Print SE, Skip initially had the intention of creating simple chanel fixtures to control handling damage. However [...]

21 12, 2015

3D Printing Architectural Models Reduces Time & Cost

By |2016-12-15T14:31:03+00:00December 21st, 2015|Categories: 3D Printing / Additive Mfg, Customer Success Stories, Stratasys|0 Comments

KMCA is a model making company based in New Haven, CT. Founded in 1988, they produce models for some of the world’s leading architectural and industrial design firms. Their primary focus is commercial office complexes, however they support a variety of building types ranging from churches to university centers. KMCA’s traditional methods of production include 3 Axis CNC machining and laser cutting, which operate in conjunction with manual assembly techniques. While these machining methods are advanced and effective, they can also be time consuming and costly. Through conventional methods, there is also a limit to the design freedom, especially for units with complicated geometry. Due to these constraints, KMCA has turned to 3D printing as an additional tool for production. Additive manufacturing was not a completely foreign concept for KMCA. In the past, they’ve outsourced 3D printing for intricate parts that make up the designs of advanced models. However after seeing the exceptional capabilities and opportunities of the technology, they decided to aquire their own Stratasys printers. Since then, the printers have yielded great benefits on numerous projects, including models for a commercial development in the new CityCenter of Washington DC. KMCA was tasked with fabricating large scale models of [...]

14 12, 2015

Drastically Reducing Programming Time

By |2016-12-15T14:31:04+00:00December 14th, 2015|Categories: Customer Success Stories|0 Comments

Foremost Manufacturing was founded in 1957 and is a premier supplier of reflectors, housing, and assembly services for the lighting industry. Foremost Mfg has been working with Cimquest for well over 10 years and with their help have been drastically reducing programming time. They take advantage of the events that Cimquest puts on to announce new product releases and finds them to be a great resource for learning new tips and tricks. They also watch the Two Minute Tuesday series every week where they pick up lots of useful information. When the time comes that they have a problem, they know that the engineers at Cimquest are only a phone call away. In some cases the applications engineers at Cimquest were able to use GoToMeeting to take control over their computers and quickly solve any problems. In 2007, Foremost purchased an ABB Robot because they started to get more quotes with intricate parts. These parts would normally have taken them days to program and, on some parts, they couldn’t even program them at all. They needed the help of a new software program and Robotmaster was their answer. It was at one of the Cimquest Open Houses where they first [...]

9 11, 2015

Overcoming Challenges With New Product Development

By |2016-12-15T14:31:05+00:00November 9th, 2015|Categories: Customer Success Stories|0 Comments

Phillips Precision is a Cimquest customer in Boylston, MA. They are a machine shop that specializes in prototypes and light production. One of their specialties is new product development that addresses various problems. Six years ago they bought their first CMM (coordinate measuring machine). After the equipment was delivered and placed on their shop floor their first challenge was holding the parts down on the granite table. They didn’t know how to hold the parts down efficiently and after trying glue and double-sided tape they realized that they needed a better solution – a grid plate with threaded holes. They begin to design and make their own grid plates and then began selling them to other companies, but they soon identified that there was still a big problem with the way the inspectors were getting work through their inspection department. This was still not the most efficient way to get the job done. They went back to the drawing board and brainstormed new ideas. They developed a rail system where individual work plates could be plugged into the CMM. They designed different types of clamps and then go right over to their 3D printer and print the designed clamp. From [...]

3 11, 2015

Customer Spotlight: CPI Aero

By |2016-12-15T14:31:05+00:00November 3rd, 2015|Categories: 3D Printing / Additive Mfg, Customer Success Stories, Stratasys|0 Comments

CPI Aero is a Cimquest customer that manufactures aircraft assemblies. They started doing military work directly for the government, built a good reputation for themselves, and now they have recently branched off into commercial work. Daniel Gray, their program engineer, explains how 3D printing cut their lead time on most projects from months to hours. They can now take a complicated contour surface from the computer screen and bring it right into their hands in a relatively short timeframe. For some of the tools with very complicated contours (but limited in size) that they can 3D print, they have seen cost savings in the range of 80 - 90% versus quotes from local machine shops. They are using the Stratasys Fortus 360mc and feel that the Insight software that Stsratasys provides is extremely intuitive. Daniel feels that with any CAD experience at all behind you, Insight is very easy to pick up. Daniel explains how working with Cimquest has been seamless for him, from start of contract straight through training of both hardware and software. In only 6 months they have gone from buying things to printing their own. In as many cases as possible they are using 3D printed pieces [...]

12 06, 2015

Cimquest Customer Success – Gil Machine & Tool

By |2016-12-15T14:31:08+00:00June 12th, 2015|Categories: Customer Success Stories|0 Comments

Gil Machine is a Cimquest customer in Eastern PA and their owner, Al Gil, often recommends Mastercam to other shops. He finds it invaluable to his business and couldn’t imagine operating without it. Mastercam helps him visualize his entire project so that the toolpaths are perfect every time allowing him to make superior products, quickly. The day we visited, Al performed a roughing test with some GW Shultz end mills to measure the speeds of how quickly they could ramp into parts and remove material using Mastercam’s Dynamic Motion toolpaths. His test included ramps at 5 degrees, 10, 20, 30 and 40 degrees. He was very impressed with the 40 degree ramping and surprised at the clean finish of the end part. Gil Machine is also using Mastercam Lathe for their turning jobs. Al feels that Mastercam is the answer to making the more complicated or tighter tolerance parts. Not only does it offer the Dynamic toolpaths to get roughing done quickly, but it also offers “bread and butter” toolpaths that you can experiment with in a timely manner. It’s very easy to make changes, repost, and get back to the machine and run. He’s done extensive testing of the [...]