5 Jan. 2015 by Stratasys Staff Rutland Plastics is a custom injection molding company located in Rutland, United Kingdom that produces products for a wide range of companies and industries. Because each project is unique, Rutland must create complementary jigs and fixtures to position and hold the project’s components during manufacturing operations like assembly, gluing, drilling, and measuring. Now thanks to Stratasys 3D printing, creating a steady stream of assembly tools 100% customized for each job, in practically no time, is the new reality at Rutland. Method Annual Production Time Cost CNC 300 days $150,000 PolyJet 100 days $90,000 Savings 66% 40% Why Conventional Wasn’t Cutting It The jigs and fixtures at Rutland are crucial because they streamline the production process, help employees become more efficient, and ensure consistency of the final product. However, as the company grew, creating the jigs and fixtures using conventional methods became a costly burden. Rutland traditionally made approximately 100 new jigs and fixtures annually from aluminum on its CNC milling machines. This process cost $1,500 per piece or $150,000 per year. But the true cost to the company was far greater. Each new jig and fixture also took 3 days to create. This [...]
3D Printed Surgical Models Improving Implant Surgery While Saving Time and Money in Twelve UK Hospitals
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 [...]
Join Fred Fisher, Director of PolyJet and FDM Applications at Stratasys, as he presents a real aircraft interior 3D printed using a unique combination additive manufacturing technologies. The presentation was filmed at Stratasys' aerospace-themed booth at EuroMold 2014 in Frankfurt.
Reprinted from the Stratasys Blog: 9 Jun. 2014 by Galit Beck Today we’re excited to unveil Stratasys’ extended range of flexible and rigid material options for theObjet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer. With these new color palettes, Stratasys is continuing to expand your ability to improve the look, feel and functionality of your 3D printed parts. The new offerings comprise six flexible material palettes, featuring more than 200 vibrant color shades in a wide range of Shore A values and opacities. There are also four new rigid gray and color palettes – three 45-color rigid gray palettes, each combining rigid white (VeroWhite) and black (VeroBlack) with colors, and one 45-hue gray palette with varying levels of translucency. We caught up with Boaz Jacobi, Stratasys Product Marketing Manager, to help illuminate Stratasys’ wonderful world of color and multi-material opportunities. Stratasys Blog: What new possibilities does this extended range of material options bring to additive manufacturing? Jacobi: The Objet500 Connex3, already the most versatile 3D printer on the market, can now leverage over 1,000 color options and virtually unlimited combinations of flexible, rigid and translucent-to-opaque colors in a single print run. This provides true final product realism and versatility in end-to-end applications. Stratasys [...]
Reprinted from http://tcbmag.com/ Ask around about what’s happening with the increasingly talked-about technology called 3-D printing and you’ll hear a barrage of comments that sound like something Isaac Asimov would say: “Did you know you can print canoes?” “They’re printing cars!” “Did you hear about the human heart they made?” “There’s a printer making edible food.” They can sound straight out of sci-fi, but they’re often true. Three-dimensional printing has been around for more than 20 years, but recent advancements have made it easier than ever to use, as inventors look for ways to print more than just the highly durable plastic parts and trinkets in use today. In the near future, food, electrically conductive materials and composites stronger than steel will be able to be printed out in layers, allowing just about anyone anywhere to make a variety of products, ranging from hearing aids and electronic components to a beef tenderloin, medium-rare. A lot of this will be possible thanks to Stratasys, an Eden Prairie company with more than 1,800 employees, considered to be the market leader in 3-D printing. It was one of the first to develop the capacity to print objects back in 1992, to serve primarily industrial [...]
Reprinted from the Stratasys Blog: By Allen Kreemer, Stratasys, Inc. Additive manufacturing (AM) has been crucial in the motor sports world for years. In the race for speed and performance, it has been a lynchpin for design and testing. Now, race teams are revealing that AM parts will go far beyond review and evaluation. They have found that AM is ready to hit the track and endure the rigors of high-speed racing. Motor sports are using AM for direct digital manufacturing (DDM) of production parts. In doing so, teams have demonstrated that additively manufactured parts have the quality and durability to meet the demands of racecars of all types. This trend has been developing for years, but until recently, teams have held DDM as a closely guarded secret that gives them a competitive edge.