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Developments in materials have helped pave the way for processors to make ‘real world’ parts from what is collectively known as 3D printing. Here’s a comprehensive review of the materials available.
A large-format, inkjet-type 3D printer for large industrial prototypes has been launched by Stratasys Ltd., Eden Prairie, Minn.
Three forward-thinking custom molders have taken steps to streamline their manufacturing, expand new product development, and add to their customer base—and all in a more cost-effective manner than ever before.
WEB EXCLUSIVE: Stratasys, Eden Prairie, Minn., has introduced black Ultem 9085 for direct digital manufacturing and rapid prototyping by users of its Fortus 900mc or 400mc 3D Production Systems, which are based on the company’s patented FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) technology. Previously only available in tan color for FDM parts, Ultem 9085 polyetherimide (PEI) from SABIC Innovative Plastics, Pittsfield, Mass., is said to offer high strength, heat and chemical resistance, and excellent FST (flame, smoke, and toxicity) rating, particularly important to the automotive and aerospace industries.
“Bringing this function in-house is very much in keeping with the way our company conducts its business.
A Fortus 3D printer from Stratasys, Inc., Eden Prairie, Minn., was used by NASA to help build a next-generation rover capable of supporting two humans on near-earth asteroids and Mars.
Two major announcements in 3D printing involve a merger between two suppliers and a new system that makes rapid prototyping more affordable and easier than ever.
Last summer, the world’s first unmanned air vehicle (UAV) whose entire structure was produced by laser sintering of nylon, was flown by engineers at the University of Southampton, England.
WEB EXCLUSIVE: A new static-dissipative ABS for fused deposition modeling (FDM) is available from Stratasys, Inc., Eden Prairie, Minn.
"We tend to jump on things early," says John Kittredge. "F-K has been a pioneer in a number of things. Our earliest example was converting HDPE margarine tubs to ABS. After that we were a leader in thermoforming polypropylene, and then APET." Now it's PLA biopolymer.
Many plastics processors are just starting to become familiar with the terms “additive manufacturing” or “additive fabrication,” which refer to a group of processes that build up parts by successively adding material, often in layers.
New material options for FDM (fused-deposition modeling) rapid prototyping and direct digital manufacturing systems are available from Stratasys, Inc., Minneapolis.
WEB EXCLUSIVE New material options for FDM (fused-deposition modeling) rapid-prototyping and direct digital manufacturing systems are available from Stratasys, Inc., Minneapolis.
Rapid prototyping (RP) equipment is increasingly being used to manufacture prototype and short-run production molds for blow molded and thermoformed parts.
As additive fabrication systems move from rapid prototyping into direct digital manufacturing, there is a need for greater build-size capability, speed, and accuracy.
A new ABS rapid-prototyping and production material is designed for surgical instruments and medical, food, and pharmaceutical processing applications.
An new FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) rapid-prototyping and rapid-manufacturing system from Stratasys, Minneapolis, reportedly builds significantly better parts than previous entry-level FDM systems in terms of both strength and feature detail.
The newest generation of 3D simulation software takes aim at screw designs as well as hot-runner, mold, and part design.
Bringing rapid prototyping capabilities in-house is becoming a reality for many plastics manufacturers, thanks to more affordable, faster, and easy-to-use 3D printers.
NPE 2000 offered a brand-new option for processors and mold designers: the ability to “rent” flow analysis on a pay-per-use basis over the Internet.