We all see trash where it doesn't belong but our very own Jim Monroe was inspired to start a program in Philadelphia to help do something about it.
Ever since I first used a Polyjet 3D printer, I’ve loved its multi-material capabilities. Flexible materials can be difficult to work with in 3D printing, but Polyjet technology not only handles it reliably, but allows the user to designate which parts of a model need to be flexible or rigid. By blending flexible and rigid resins together, a spectrum of Digital Materials can be created ranging from super soft, semi-flexible and rigid yet non-brittle.
I believe that anyone who has worked with a consumer-level 3D printer would tell you that 3D printing is not easy. Having worked with a variety of desktop 3D printers ranging in price and quality, including building a couple of my own kits, I would definitely agree. 3D printing as it currently exists for at-home users and hobbyists has a learning curve, and despite many companies claiming to offer plug-and-play solutions, can be very challenging if not frustrating at times.
Here at CADimensions we are always striving to provide our customers the best solutions for their design and manufacturing needs. That is why we are very excited to announce the new addition to our 3D Printer product line with our new partnership with the highly anticipated Desktop Metal 3D Printer!
With the influx of 3D printing into mainstream culture and media, there has been a clear progression of science and technology fueled projects and endeavors both in and out of the professional world, which has been documented by the Wohler 2016 report showing tremendous growth in the 3D printing market in the past couple of years.
Now, while this is fantastic news for the future of the 3D printing industry as a whole, there have been some drawbacks with our work being pushed into the scientific limelight.
The world's technology is constantly changing and being further developed, and we see that especially in the realm of 3D printers. Just how far have we come though? We broke it down for you in a then and now comparison of Stratasys machines.
Check out the difference just 25 years can make!
Once upon a time in the not so distant past, the world was introduced to the first 3D Printers; soon after, they infiltrated the technology and manufacturing industries. And these machines were great, technological advances made them better, but they still had their flaws. One being that in a commercial setting, the fear of the learning curve frightened many would be users away.
Stratasys changed all of that with the inception of the F123 Series; their most user friendly printer to date.
The F123 Series makes operation easier for users of all experience levels by streamlining basic print functions such as setup, file imports, integrating GrabCAD Print Software, material swaps, and calibration.
This week, Stratasys has unveiled a new line of 3D printers.
The brainchild of over 100,000 hours of machine testing, over 30,000 hours of material reliability testing per material, 43 existing patents, and 15 new patents, this new line of systems is the most researched and tested system Stratasys has ever developed in the history of the company. A series of systems that could easily be considered “younger siblings” to the Fortus 380 and 450 machines, this new creation incorporates many of the advanced technologies from these larger systems, with some newly added-on top of the line features.
We present to you, the Stratasys F123 Series of 3D Printers:
For ages, the only way to manufacture products – with additive or subtractive methods – was to start with a CAD model that you would make using 3D design software, like SOLIDWORKS. Of course software such as SOLIDWORKS are incredible tools, allowing extreme ease-of-use and high customization possibility for designers and engineers across a multitude of industries. However, have you ever asked yourself why we create three dimensional models, on two dimensional computer screens? Well, as it turns out, this may just be a thing of the past.
Since their recent inception, the now viral technology of Virtual Reality (VR) goggles, offered by a plethora of different companies, have primarily been used for never before seen interactivity within video games, educational graphical interfaces, and more. VR goggles such as Google Cardboard, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Microsoft HoloLens provide consumers with a whole new world of interaction and entertainment with their astounding holographic technologies.
The first definition of Agile Manufacturing that comes up when typing the term into Google is:
A term applied to an organization that has created the processes, tools, and training to enable it to respond quickly to customer needs and market changes while still controlling costs and quality.
You may already be a fairly lean, mean, manufacturing machine, with tremendous output and minimized overhead. If that is so, could there possibly be a way to become even better? I’m here to tell you that there most certainly is.
The basic principles of manufacturing require a business to produce as much product to sate market demand, no more, no less. To be successful, you of course need to be quick with your output, being able to change existing products or create new ones, and beat your competitors to market to stay ahead of the pack. What we here at CADimensions have noticed from doing business with so many manufacturers is that pretty much everyone suffers from the same basic pain points. Here are three of the bigger ones that 3D printing can make even more agile for your business.