At the recent ACADIA (the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture) conference held at USC, a prestigious line-up of renowned artists collaborated with Stratasys to showcase 3D printed innovations. In these exclusive interviews, you’ll learn how Alvin Huang, Jose Sanchez, Jenny Wu and Dr. David Gerber are pushing the design boundaries for everything from furniture and fashion to interactive games and architecture. The unique 3D printed pieces featured in Part 1 and Part 2 of this video explore the relationships between form and performance, and the design nuances made possible with color, multi-material 3D printing.
Opel, Europe’s 3rd largest automotive manufacturer, is slashing manufacturing tool production costs by up to 90% using its Stratasys 3D Printers, as well as 3D printing assembly tools in less than 24 hours. Watch how they assemble the Adam car in this brief video which includes interviews with the Opel team.
Berker, a leading German designer and manufacturer of high quality electronic switches and intelligent building management systems, needed to test a newly designed electrical component which required parts produced using injection molding. Once assembled, the parts had to pass an electrostatic discharge (ESD) test conducted by an independent testing agency. That meant the switch prototype had to use the same materials as the final part. Instead of using metal injection molds to test the designs, which would have been very costly and time consuming to produce, Berker decided to try Stratasys 3D printed injection molds. This fast…
The growing impact of additive manufacturing in aerospace is best exemplified at United Launch Alliance. In this video, you’ll learn how ULA engineers are using Stratasys FDM-based 3D Printers for everything from rapidly prototyping flight parts to producing over 300 tools that increase efficiency on the factory floor to creating innovative new designs for the next generation Vulcan rocket. A few exciting things you’ll want to to watch for here: * Practical examples of how ULA is using over 300 printed tools in their manufacturing process * A propulsion component that was re-designed to be “cheaper, lighter and actually…
French multinational 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…
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.
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.
The Fortus 900mc Acceleration Kit is a new solution for 3D printing large parts and tools printed with ASA and ULTEM™ 1010 resin. This kit offers a cost-effective and time-saving solution for printing large composite tools, prototypes, jigs and fixtures.
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.
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).
In this presentation from the European Business Summit (EBS) 2016, Stratasys’ VP of Business Transformation, Ben Lazarus, describes the impact of additive manufacturing (3D Printing) on lean manufacturing, empowering talent and – more broadly – on the development of the current Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0).
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
Vacuum manufacturer Oreck leverages the advantages FDM 3D printing technology brings to the manufacturing environment. Oreck uses Stratasys Fortus 3D printers for product development, manufacturing, assembly and quality control to substantially reduce the time and cost to produce new and existing products.
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.
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…