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22 02, 2017

3D Printer or Rapid Prototyping Solution?

By | 2017-02-22T08:09:04+00:00 February 22nd, 2017|Categories: 3D Printing / Additive Mfg, Stratasys|0 Comments

In our first installment of this post, we explained why firms looking to stay ahead of their competition must focus, more than ever before, on compressing their product development cycles. Firms today are under greater pressure from two directions – both from the increasing demands of consumers for product variety and by the accompanying trend toward shorter product lifetimes. Compounding this challenge is that between 70% and 90%* of total project costs are determined during the early stages of the development process – in other words, during the design and prototyping stage. Filtering Professional RP Down to SMBs and Design Workgroups As a result, it’s vital that companies get their designs and prototypes right the first time – the earlier the better – before costs begin to spiral outwards and upwards into the more expensive stages of product development and deployment. To ensure product prototyping is faster, more effective and cost-efficient, larger enterprises are already well into mature adoption of in-house professional 3D printing capabilities, a trend that is over 20 years old. The challenge now is to provide the same professional levels of 3D printing and rapid prototyping capabilities to small- and medium-sized companies. They face the same or [...]

17 02, 2017

3D Printer or Rapid Prototyping Solution? Spotting the Difference – Part 1

By | 2017-02-17T09:21:00+00:00 February 17th, 2017|Categories: 3D Printing / Additive Mfg, Stratasys|0 Comments

Before diving into your next 3D printing purchase for Rapid Prototyping (RP), let’s put your product development process in focus. The product development process, which transforms a concept into a market-ready product, plays a critical role in both the functional and economic success of your product and parent company. It is therefore crucial for firms to effectively measure the performance of their product development cycle – using factors including lead time (the calendar months/years that pass from concept development to the end of pilot production) and engineering effort (the person-months/years required to go from concept development to the end of pilot production). Then consider that over the last few years consumer demand for product variety and customization has only increased. On top of that, consider that product lifetimes are constantly falling. To stay competitive, not only do you need to develop more and more products, but you need to be prepared for the fact that they stay in the marketplace for shorter and shorter windows. Designer frames prototyped with color and patterns on the Stratasys J750 full-color, multi-material 3D Printer. This means your product development cycle must be smarter, more agile, more productive and more efficient. In addition, [...]

8 02, 2017

Introducing New Stratasys F123 Series Printers

By | 2017-02-08T08:25:17+00:00 February 8th, 2017|Categories: 3D Printing / Additive Mfg, Stratasys|0 Comments

The Stratasys F123 series  of 3D printers offers a more capable, more affordable professional rapid prototyping solution for your entire office. No matter what your previous 3D printing experience, you can quickly master any of the three F123 models. The series has been designed by BMW Designworks, one of the world’s leading industrial design firms, and Stratasys to blend in with any office environment. The enhanced user experience includes a sleek touch screen interface, remote monitoring on portable devices, practically noiseless operation, and the integration of GrabCAD Print to eliminate any wasted time on file conversion and STL preparation. The new Stratasys F123 series has many things to offer: It is easy to operate and maintain for all levels of experience. It’s adept at every prototyping stage, from concept verification to design validation to functional performance. You can import the most commonly used CAD file formats directly into the software. A broad range of capabilities and budgets are supported for every stage of prototyping. Minimal setup means you can simply plug and play to give your entire office access to professional 3D printing. Auto-calibration ensures you spend less time troubleshooting and more time prototyping. Fast and easy material swaps to help maximize [...]

3 02, 2017

3D Printed Drone with Embedded Electronics Flies Where Others Can’t

By | 2017-02-03T08:08:00+00:00 February 3rd, 2017|Categories: 3D Printing / Additive Mfg, Stratasys|0 Comments

Can embedded electronics be combined with 3D printing in a high-temperature environment to produce a super heat-resistant drone? Ido Elyon and Stanley Leung of Stratasys Asia Pacific approached PhD student Phillip Keane, who had already successfully launched a CubeSat company, to try to answer this question. Keane is researching applications of ULTEM 9085, Stratasys’ traceable, aerospace-grade, high-strength FDM 3D printing material, at the Singapore Centre for 3D Printing at NTU (Nanyang Technological University) Singapore. The drone that he designed, a quadcopter, was 3D printed with embedded electronics. Embedded electronics are not a first, but the temperatures involved were very high; when 3D printing ULTEM 9085, the material requires a print chamber temperature of a minimum of 160°C and an extruder temperature in the region of 300°C. The 400mm class drone 3D printed using Stratasys ULTEM 9085 material. Transmitter shown for scale. The end result was an incredibly tough quadcopter that can, in principle, survive in temperatures that exceed the limits of commercially available drones. Additionally, the project has determined some best practices to be employed if engineers should wish to embed electronics hardware mid-print. Watch the video below for more information. For more information on our full line [...]

25 01, 2017

3D Printed Medical Models

By | 2017-01-25T08:40:44+00:00 January 25th, 2017|Categories: 3D Printing / Additive Mfg, Stratasys|0 Comments

3D printed medical models have come a long way in helping doctors in their approach to specific surgical procedures. If there is one area where 3D printing excels and that is the best demonstration of unique complex geometry and high value, it is probably medical applications. Every person has a unique body composition and therefore custom solutions and treatments must be tailored to different individuals. A patient of the Jacobs institute was diagnosed with a life-threatening cerebral aneurysm in her brain. With the help of 3D printing, surgical teams now have an advanced tool to help them find the right method to isolate the patient’s blood vessel, helping reduce risks associated with delays and potential complications with various surgical approaches. While there are several options for treatment, no two aneurysms are identical and it’s necessary to have deep knowledge of a patient’s vascular anatomy. In this case, doctors were able to derive a tangible 3D model of the aneurysm based on patient CT scans. The 3D model, printed using flexible TangoPlus photopolymer, gave the doctors the opportunity to not only inspect a life-sized replica of the aneurysm, but also conduct a series of pre-surgical tests against several treatment options. The [...]

18 01, 2017

3D Printing Lets Young Designers Reimagine Product Concepts

By | 2017-01-18T08:48:50+00:00 January 18th, 2017|Categories: 3D Printing / Additive Mfg, Stratasys|0 Comments

Design 2020 student project – creating the ultimate bicycle bottle with the help of 3D printing. Today’s design students will be tomorrow’s engineers, and to help prepare them for their future challenges, Silicon Valley-based Innodesign, Stratasys and Dassault Systèmes recently partnered on the Design 2020 program. Design 2020 offered 20 Korean designers in their 20s a chance to become fully proficient in 3D design. Covering everything from industrial design and CAD rendering to 3D printing, the program gave 20 university students and local designers the opportunity to learn theory and gain first-hand experience with the goal of conceptualizing their designs and exhibiting them publicly. Students at Design 2020 experiencing Stratasys 3D Printing. Experts from Stratasys Korea were on hand to guide the young designers through building their work on both FDM and PolyJet-based 3D printers. “Our role is to hold and mentor the students throughout the project to help them really understand what 3D printing can deliver for them,” said Daniel Thomson, General Manager of Stratasys Korea. Innodesign and Stratasys 3D Printing: Turning the Conventional to Unconventional One of the world’s top design firms, Innodesign was founded in 1986 by Kim Young-se (the current CEO). Innodesign [...]

13 01, 2017

Makerbot Replicator+ 3D Printer Overview

By | 2017-01-13T08:00:10+00:00 January 13th, 2017|Categories: 3D Printing / Additive Mfg, Stratasys|0 Comments

MakerBot is an influential brand in the 3D Printing industry, acknowledged by many as a standard in consumer desktop printers and with the release of the Replicator +, they have descended deeper into the prosumer market through a highly refined printing platform. This platform can be used in product development, providing convenient access to prototypes and concept models early on in the design process. In this article, we will discuss some of the new features of this machine. The Replicator+ has a similar design to its predecessor and includes the standard features of LCD display, on-board camera to remotely monitor prints, USB, wifi, and Ethernet connectivity. However, the build plate has been redesigned, featuring the new Grip Surface allowing for better part adherence and a reduction in warping. Prints are also easier to remove with the bendable Flex Build Plate and the machine is much quieter than the last release. Where the Replicator + really excels is in its speed and build volume. The Replicator + prints 30% faster than the original and offers a 25% larger build volume. It is also more reliable due to its redesigned gantry and z-stage. This boost in speed is made possible by the Smart Extruder [...]

11 01, 2017

Stratasys 3D Printing Creates Racing Motorcycle Parts Fast and Economically

By | 2017-01-11T08:37:14+00:00 January 11th, 2017|Categories: 3D Printing / Additive Mfg, Stratasys|0 Comments

Buckeye Current, from Ohio State University (OSU), is one of the fastest collegiate electric motorcycle teams in the world. A big part of their success is the ability to design and produce one-off motorcycle components to their exacting specifications – quickly and cost-effectively. That’s where Stratasys 3D Printing comes in. The OSU team’s intent was to design and build a custom motorcycle that could then be raced at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, the second-oldest motorsport event in North America, and the result was the RW-3x motorcycle. To meet the tough requirements of this grueling race, the team needed complex, one-off, custom-designed parts to house some of the most important components of the motorcycle. Here are Buckeye Current’s accomplishments in recent years… A large part of the RW-3x is its main electronic attachment, located on the bottom of the vehicle, under the battery pack. This 18x12x6 inch component is by far the largest 3D printed piece that the Buckeye Current has ever used. It wouldn’t have been possible without the large build tray on the Stratasys Fortus 900mc Production 3D Printer. This component was 3D printed in the resolution and tight precision needed for such a critical part, and [...]

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