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Innovation Going Up at SODIMAS Elevators with Stratasys 3D Printing

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.   Spearheading innovation at SODIMAS 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.   Watch this English and French video to find out how a company operating a niche market uses 3D printing to maintain its competitive edge.  

FDM Enhancements with New Stratasys ST-130 Material

The debut of the new Stratasys ST-130 sacrificial tooling material at RAPID 2016 demonstrated how complex parts can be 3D printed and easily dissolved after curing. The process eliminates costly and time consuming processes like mold making to build hollow composite structures.  

3D Printed Composite Tooling: Interview at SAMPE 2016

How can 3D printing significantly reduce the time and expense of producing composite tooling? That’s exactly what visitors to the Stratasys booth at SAMPE 2016 came to find out. On display was a full range of tooling solutions for high end manufacturing applications that demonstrated how 3D printing can replace traditional hard tooling technologies – eliminating labor, waste and long lead times.   Watch this brief tour of the Stratasys booth for the latest innovations in 3D printed tooling.  

6 Tips to Help You Get the Most From FDM 3D Printing Materials

In this latest video from the Stratasys Materials Business Unit, Sam Green takes a closer look at some of Stratasys’ most popular and versatile FDM materials and introduces six useful tips and tricks for getting the best results from each.   The materials covered in this video span from standard plastics (ABS-M30 and ASA) to engineering (Nylon 12) and high performance plastics (ULTEM 9085 and ULTEM 1010).  

Give Your 3D Printed FDM Parts the Smoothness of Injection Molding

The Finishing Touch Smoothing Station polishes your FDM parts to near injection-molded quality with minimal operator intervention.   This automated finishing system works with a range of FDM thermoplastics including ABSi, ABS-M30, ABS-M30i, ABSplus and ASA.   According to independent testing, the Finishing Touch Smoothing Station makes parts 15 times smoother than unfinished FDM parts. You save time, labor and all the big costs of traditional manufacturing. Smoothed parts are perfect for immediate use or are ready for Painting, Electroplating and Vacuum metallization.  

Lighter, Faster End-of-Arm Tools Using 3D Printing

Genesis Systems Group manufactures robotic work cells for welding, inspections and material processing. The end-of-arm tool, also known as the end effector, is the “hand” that enables the robot arm to grasp and manipulate objects. Traditional end effectors made from metal are typically large, bulky and heavy, with high production lead times.   To avoid these drawbacks Genesis Systems Group makes end effectors with FDM technology. This lets them create tools that are much lighter, easier and faster to create, and can incorporate integral features such as internal vacuum channels.  

Solaxis 3D Prints Lightweight, Ergonomic Assembly Jigs On Demand

Solaxis Ingenious Manufacturing uses 3D printing to create lightweight jigs, fixtures and specialized tooling for customers in the automotive and other industries. See how Solaxis created an assembly jig that’s easily transportable and ultimately reduced assembly cycle time. In addition to ergonomic enhancements, the jig was produced in much less time than metal tools manufactured with traditional methods.  

Alseca Shrinks Automotive Assembly Tool Creation Time with FDM 3D Printing

Alseca Engineering is a tier one supplier to the automotive industry and spends considerable resources on developing manufacturing tools. When Alseca needed to develop a lightweight auto trunk plate, it looked to 3D printing for the solution.   Alseca used FDM technology to quickly create vacuum-form tooling in days rather than weeks. This let them test multiple ideas and find the right combination of strength and light weight for the new trunk plate.  

Robai Cuts Cost and Lead Time for Robotic End Effectors with 3D Printing

End effectors, also known as end-of-arm tools, allow robotic machines to perform a variety of functions in the execution of manufacturing tasks. They’re typically made from metal using conventional machining methods and can take considerable time to manufacture, particularly if they have to be outsourced.   Robai found a better way to make end effectors with 3D printing instead of machining. This let Robai cut the time and cost to create end effectors by over 90% compared with machined tools.  

3D Printing Helps Melron Meet Tight Sand Casting Deadlines

Melron Corporation makes architectural hardware using the sand casting process. The challenge with this approach is that it relies on the use of metal patterns that are costly and time consuming to make, particularly under tight deadlines, making design changes impractical.   Watch the video to see how Melron thwarts these challenges using 3D printing to create the mold patterns. 3D printed patterns can be created faster, for less cost, and allows Melron to validate designs before investing in metal tooling.  

Learn How to 3D Print Composite Tooling with Demo from Swift Engineering

3D printed tooling for composite fabrication enables parts with more complex geometries to be produced much faster and more affordably than traditional manufacturing methods.   In this unique “how to” video, we’ll visit Swift Engineering’s Kerry Dang as he takes us through the process step by step of creating a sacrificial tool for a complex, hollow inlet duct.  

New Stratasys 3D Demonstrators Build Bigger, Lighter Parts for Auto and Aero

Stratasys has recently unveiled two new pieces of game-changing additive manufacturing technology: the Infinite-Build 3D Demonstrator and the Robotic Composite 3D Demonstrator.   The Infinite-Build 3D Demonstrator is designed to address the demands of aerospace, automotive and other industries for large, lightweight thermoplastic parts with repeatable mechanical properties. It features a revolutionary approach to FDM extrusion that increases throughput and repeatability. The system turns the traditional 3D printer concept on its side to realize an “infinite-build” approach which prints on a vertical plane for practically unlimited part size in the build direction.   The Robotic Composite 3D Demonstrator combines Stratasys…

Join Stratasys CMO, Tim Bohling, for a Tour of 3D Printing Innovation at IMTS 2016

How is 3D printing making manufacturing more efficient and cost-effective today, and how it can become an integrated part of a long-term manufacturing strategy? How will it change the way we design and build the vehicles of tomorrow? To learn how Stratasys is shaping what’s next, take a tour of 3D Printing Innovation at IMTS 2016 with Stratasys CMO Tim Bohling and see the present and future of additive manufacturing.  

Robotic Composite 3D Demonstrator Deep Dive at IMTS 2016

Stratasys recently previewed its new Robotic Composite 3D Demonstrator at IMTS 2016. This game-changing additive manufacturing system combines Stratasys’ advanced extrusion technologies with Siemens’ motion control hardware and PLM software.   The result? Lightweight, geometrically complex composite parts delivered in record time for aerospace, automotive and other high end industries.  

Schneider Electric Plans Factory of the Future with Stratasys 3D Printing (Eng Subtitles)

French multi-national corporation, Schneider Electric SE, is the global specialist in electricity distribution, automation management and the production of installation components for energy management. The company’s 160,000+ employees serve customers in over 100 countries, helping them to manage their energy and processes in ways that are safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable.   With efficiency enhancement central to its value proposition and indeed, the ethos of the company itself, Schneider Electric was keen to explore ways of streamlining certain manufacturing processes to achieve both short and longer term efficiency goals.   To help meet these objectives, the company has incorporated Stratasys…

Scott Sevcik On New Additive Tech for Large Lightweight Parts on “Three Questions with an Expert”

Stratasys’ Scott Sevcik sat down with Arielle Campanalie from GIE Media Manufacturing Group’s “Three Questions with an Expert” to discuss Stratasys’ recently previewed Infinite-Build 3D Demonstrator.   The Infinite-Build 3D Demonstrator is designed to address the requirements of aerospace, automotive and other industries for large lightweight, thermoplastic parts with repeatable mechanical properties. it features a revolutionary approach to FDM extrusion that increases throughput and repeatability. The system turns the traditional 3D printer concept on its side to realize an “infinite build” approach which prints on a vertical plane for practically unlimited part size in the build direction.   “Three Questions…

Deep Dive Tour of Stratasys’ New Infinite-Build 3D Demonstrator

The Infinite-Build 3D Demonstrator turns the traditional 3D printer concept on its side to realize an “infinite build” approach which prints on a vertical plane for practically unlimited part size in the build direction.   It uses ULTEM 9085 material – ideal for the transportation industry due to its Flammability, Smoke, and Toxicity (FST) performance and high strength-to-weight ratio.   Aerospace company Boeing played an integral role in defining the requirements and specifications for this solution and today it’s being tested by both Boeing and Ford for the production of tooling and low volume, lightweight parts.   For an up…

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