With some very big name clients including Fujitsu, HP, Mitsubishi, Samsung, Philips and more, IDE is a highly respected US-based product design firm that has been in business for nearly 30 years. Inside their prototype development facility they also have their very own Objet30 desktop 3D printer which can print models using a range of 4 different rigid opaque3D printing materials and one translucent polypropylene-like 3D printing material.
They have very kindly sent us the great video clips below to show how they are currently using their Objet 3D printer in their day-to-day workflow.
The first clip in the series illustrates how quickly and easy IDE were able to get their 3D printer up and running. The second clip then highlights the fine-detail print accuracy of the Objet desktop range by producing a part with a fine screw thread that's attached to a telescope lens.
The final clip shows 11 individual parts being printed straight from the CAD design – all in under 2 hours. These Objet parts were then assembled - together with aluminium parts and screws to create a fully-functioning medical device prototype. If not for the Objet 3D printer, this assembly would have taken several days to produce by machining (even with the aid of an in-house machine tool) instead of just a couple of hours.
(Note – the Objet30 Desktop 3D printer in these video clips was previously known as the Objet Alaris 30)