26 09, 2016

3D Printed Jigs and Fixtures Optimizing Auto and Aero Design

By | 2016-12-15T14:30:55+00:00 September 26th, 2016|Categories: 3D Printing / Additive Mfg, Stratasys|0 Comments

Let’s say you need to produce testing equipment for the some of the most vital, complex industries in the world, like aerospace and defense, automotive, rail and others. In these industries, there is a lot riding on whether a part passes or fails rigorous testing. Producing this testing equipment quickly, flexibly and with 100% precision is an absolute must to stay competitive. This is why the product engineers at Peak Production Equipment Ltd. rely on Stratasys FDM 3D Printing solutions to create specialized jigs and fixtures for producing testing equipment for such companies as Rolls Royce, Siemens and BAE Systems. Testing is a vital part of product design, and Peak Production covers all the bases with their test boxes, test racks and other systems that are meant to catch weaknesses or safety issues during the design cycle. These pieces of testing equipment are themselves specialty items, and Peak Production has adopted Stratasys 3D printing as a way to create customized jigs and fixtures for their manufacture. Also, the 3D printed jigs and fixtures take up to 90% less time to create and cost 50% less than equivalent CNC-machined parts. This has enabled the company to ramp up production to meet [...]

23 09, 2016

MakerBot Launches New 3D Printing Solutions

By | 2016-12-15T14:30:55+00:00 September 23rd, 2016|Categories: 3D Printing / Additive Mfg, Stratasys|0 Comments

MakerBot announced new 3D printing solutions that address the wider needs of professionals and educators. MakerBot believes its new solutions offer engineers and designers a faster and more effective way to develop ideas and offer educators a better way to integrate 3D printing in the classroom to teach creativity and problem solving. The new MakerBot Print and Mobile applications are designed to allow professionals to easily integrate MakerBot into their workflow and help educators introduce their students to 3D printing. These applications help streamline the print preparation process, save time, and produce higher quality prints. The new MakerBot Replicator+ and Replicator Mini+ have been re-engineered and tested to provide improved performance—that means faster, easier, and more reliable printing with a bigger build volume. With the new MakerBot Slate Gray Tough PLA Filament Bundle, engineers can create more durable, high-impact strength prototypes and fixtures. For educators, MakerBot is also launching Thingiverse Education to discover 3D printing classroom content created by other educators. “We have gone through a cultural shift here at MakerBot over the past year, where listening and understanding the needs of our customers are cornerstones of our company. As a result, we’ve gained an in-depth understanding of the wider [...]

14 09, 2016

SODIMAS Elevators 3D Printing Prototypes

By | 2016-12-15T14:30:56+00:00 September 14th, 2016|Categories: 3D Printing / Additive Mfg, Stratasys|0 Comments

Stratasys FDM 3D Printed prototype part on left is tested for form, fit and function before final part (on right) is produced Established in 1975, in Valence, France, SODIMAS designs and manufactures high end custom elevators. SODIMAS solutions can be adapted to all architectural styles and projects due to the quality of the materials used and their carefully designed finishing. “Because SODIMAS is focused on the niche elevator business, developing relatively small series of customized solutions, we need to innovate a lot and that’s why Stratasys 3D Printing Solutions are so important to our company,” explains Patrice Arnoult, General Manager, SODIMAS. Spearheading this innovation is the company’s FDM-based Fortus 450mc 3D Printer from Stratasys, which is being used for three primary applications: functional prototyping, assembly tools, as well as sales tools and teaching aids. Cutting Prototype Production Time by 98% “All of our elevator cabins are made from aluminum, but the concept and development for the frames is achieved using Stratasys 3D printing solutions,” explained Stéphane Réau, Deputy Technical Director. “We design and produce the parts that are used to assemble the elevator’s ceiling, walls and floor, simultaneously. Once we’ve 3D printed each part, we’re able to quickly [...]

9 09, 2016

Zeus Returns to Throne with 3D Printing

By | 2016-12-15T14:30:56+00:00 September 9th, 2016|Categories: 3D Printing / Additive Mfg, Stratasys|0 Comments

A fifth-century BC Greek statue, so massive and revered it was tagged as one of the “Seven Wonders of the Ancient World,” is being replicated – slightly smaller – by Stratasys 3D printers. The 3D printed version of the Statue of Zeus at OIympia, based on the original created by the sculptor Phidias in 422 BC, will be the centerpiece of a new exhibit at Atlanta’s Millenium Gate Museum, timed for the opening of the 2016 Olympics. Entitled “The Games: Ancient Olympia to Atlanta to Rio,” the exhibition opens August 20, 2016 and runs until January 2, 2017, and it features Greek artifacts from The Hearst Castle Collection in San Simeon, California, and the Michael C. Carlos Museum in Atlanta, Georgia. CAD rendering of the Zeus statue which is returning to its former glory with the help of the Stratasys Fortus 900mc Production 3D Printer. The original statue, to honor the mightiest Greek god, Zeus, was planned and constructed at the temple in Olympia over the course of more than a decade. It was designed on a wood frame with gold and ivory panels and stood at over 40 feet tall. The statue kept watch over the temple [...]

6 09, 2016

3D Print Fancy Footwear

By | 2016-12-15T14:30:56+00:00 September 6th, 2016|Categories: 3D Printing / Additive Mfg, Stratasys|0 Comments

Stratasys and FFHK Inspire Hong Kong Designers to 3D Print Fancy Footwear Witch Avatar produced on a Stratasys J750 multi-material, full- color 3D Printer, photo courtesy of FFHKHigh-tech Hong Kong will get an infusion of color and creativity next week, as local designers have an opportunity to 3D print selected pieces of footwear on the world’s first multi-material, full-color 3D printer, the Stratasys J750. Organized by the Hong Kong Federation of Footwear Ltd. (FFHK) and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the annual Footwear Design Competition aims to enhance and promote the creativity as a stepping stone to the international footwear market. “These shoe models are excellent samples of what we believe 3D printing is capable of, breaking the barrier to create complex designs that has previously challenged the technicality of hand-crafted footwear designs. Some of the designs could hardly be produced due to the inorganic and complex shapes,” said Steven Au, Vice President of the Federation of Hong Kong Footwear Ltd. The Stratasys J750 features PolyJet 3D printing technology, up to 360,000 colors and a wide range of digital materials. God of Thunderbolt produced on a Stratasys J750 multi-material, full-color 3D Printer, photo courtesy of FFHK“Now, participants can [...]

31 08, 2016

Stratasys J750 Roadshow Events

By | 2016-12-15T14:30:56+00:00 August 31st, 2016|Categories: 3D Printing / Additive Mfg, Stratasys|0 Comments

Cimquest will be hitting the road next month to introduce and promote the latest printer from Stratasys – the J750, the world’s fist full-color, multi-material 3D printer. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to see this new printer in action. Come see how to achieve an entire new level of product realism and aesthetic performance with the Stratasys J750. We’ll have a detailed presentation covering the machine, including its true color capability of more than 360,000 possible shades and ability to print textures and gradients. You’ll get to: See live demos of J750 and other Stratasys machines Hear about diverse 3D materials range, including PolyJet blended materials Examine realistic 3D parts including functional prototypes, tooling, and medical models Learn about popular applications for 3D printing Enjoy great food and a chance to win raffle prizes If you are a product designer, an engineer, or a manufacturing technician you should mark your calendars now. We will be presenting the Stratasys J750 at the following locations: NewLab September 12, 2016 12:30PM – 4PM Building 128, Navy Yard 63 Flushing Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11205 Cimquest Headquarters Septmeber 14, 2016 12:30PM – 4PM 3434 Rt. 22 West Branchburg, NJ 08876 Hollywood Casino September [...]

24 08, 2016

Customized 3D Printed Medical Models

By | 2016-12-15T14:30:56+00:00 August 24th, 2016|Categories: 3D Printing / Additive Mfg, Stratasys|0 Comments

3D printing is making a profound difference at the University of Malaya’s Centre for Biomedical and Technology Integration (CBMTI). CBMTI uses Stratasys’ PolyJet 3D Printing technology to deliver a range of services including custom medical implants, prototypes for new devices and patient-specific models for surgical planning. But perhaps the greatest impact is in creating sophisticated training simulators for clinical procedures. Ear, nose and throat simulation model in three parts. At CBMTI’s inception, neurosurgeons were mentoring on live human cases, and practicing on cadaveric dissection and computer simulations. Its first 3D printer made spatially accurate models in a single material, but did not mimic human pathology without a costly, time-consuming post process. This changed when they acquired Stratasys PolyJet 3D printing technology. “Once we got the Stratasys multi-material 3D Printer, we were able to 3D print medical models that could, for instance, mimic the texture of the nose, the linings, and the harder tissue at the back of the nose. We found this very useful, especially in teaching trainees how to handle different materials,” said Vicknes Waran, MD, director of CBMTI. Better Prepared with Realistic Patient-Specific Models CBMTI now 3D prints detailed multi-material models that mimic real anatomy, even [...]

8 08, 2016

3D Printed Mass Customization for Daihatsu’s Copen Cars

By | 2016-12-15T14:30:56+00:00 August 8th, 2016|Categories: 3D Printing / Additive Mfg, Stratasys|0 Comments

Daihatsu Motor Company, known for manufacturing compact, lightweight cars, will offer customers customized design elements for car exteriors. Customers will be able to customize their Copen Convertibles with Stratasys 3D printed effect skins. Stratasys FDM 3D printing technology was used to “build” these three-dimensional patterns, called Effect Skins, for the front and rear bumpers of Daihatsu’s Copen 2-door convertible. “Using Stratasys 3D Printing technology to customize and supply parts to customers and to allow self-expression within a single car is, I believe, a first,” said Osamu Fujishita, General Manager, Corporate Planning Department, Brand DNA Office, Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd. Daihatsu Copen owners will be able to choose from 10 Stratasys ASA 3D printing material colors and 15 base patterns to create their own signature designs. The auto experts at Daihatsu collaborated with designer Kota Nezu and 3D modeling artist Sun Junjie. Nezu’s firm, Znug Design, manages planning and design for industrial products, such as cars and motorcycles. Junjie has had extensive experience in fashion, as well as a deep understanding of what Stratasys 3D printing solutions have to offer, but had never worked with the automotive industry. The pair developed more than a dozen base patterns of Effect Skins in [...]

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