In Praise of CAD Skills

My fellow application engineers and I often get asked for favors in the form of FDM parts. This could be anything from a special jig or fixture for assembling or holding a sample, to a new handout or marketing…

3D Printed Flying Disk in Multiple Digital Materials Printed on Objet Connex

From Concept to Flying Disk in One Day

Eric Doremus Today’s guest blog post comes from Eric Doremus, a civil engineering student at Roger Williams Univesity, and summer intern at R&D Technologies. R&D Technologies is a Rhode Island-based reseller of Objet’s complete line of 3D printing systems…

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3D Printed Flashlight With Working Parts!

One of the main challenges in 3D printing is to produce prototype parts that can be tested and used in the same way as the final product. Objet has overcome many aspects of this challenge thanks to the Connex multi-material 3D…

3D Printed Reusable Zip Tie in ULTEM 9085

I love this clever ULTEM 9085 sample item that Stratasys application engineer Michael Block designed in Solidworks: a reusable zip tie. He prints them on Fortus 400mc and Fortus 900mc 3D Production Systems with a .010-inch slice.

Excerpt 4: A New Mindset in Product Design

3D printers help manufacturers evaluate concepts early in the design process. The companies get feedback ensuring major investments like injection molding tooling are made only after the design has been perfected. The result is often substantial reductions in product…

Excerpt 3: A New Mindset in Product Design

Product development is a team effort requiring input from diverse sources. Prototypes produced via 3D printing play an important role by giving stakeholders an understanding of design alternatives as well as the ability to perform functional tests to evaluate the performance of each. Prototypes improve collaboration by facilitating…

Excerpt 2: A New Mindset in Product Design

3D printing can reduce time to market because it enables engineers to make faster and better design decisions early in the development process. Most companies get their first prototypes from service bureaus because they don’t have their own 3D printer. Bureaus provide an invaluable service for those who…