Excerpt 4: Justifying Additive Manufacturing through Jigs & Fixtures

Rp+m is a strategic partner of Thogus, a custom plastic injectin molder. Rp+m uses additive manufacturing a.k.a 3D printing to produce 3D-printed 5S production aids that are crucial in Thogus’ push for operational efficiency. 5S is a method of maintaining a ne…

Excerpt 3: Justifying Additive Manufacturing through Jigs & Fixtures

Oreck, a manufacturer of commercial and consumer vacuums, was an early adopter of direct digital manufacturing or rapid manufacturing by building jigs and fixtures with what was then called a rapid prototype machine. Whether used for prototyping…

Excerpt 2: Justifying Additive Manufacturing through Jigs & Fixtures

Digi, the wireless networking device manufacturer, originally justified the purchase of an additive manufacturing (AM) machine based on savings from rapid prototyping. Within a year of purchasing a FDM machine, however, Digi expanded its use into applicat…

The Jet Car from Buckaroo Banzai – 3D Printed!

I think I must have just missed this growing up. But judging by the trailer, it looks like a cult hit. Our famous Octopod artist, Sean Charlesworth (who’s undergrad was in Film and TV by small chance!) has now used his Objet Connex multi-material 3D prin…

3D Printing Milestone – Print Your Own Replacement Parts

I learned recently that a Swedish company called Teenage Engineering has started offering its customers 3D CAD files as blueprints to make their own replacement parts. It’s the first company I’m aware of that has taken this step, so…

3D Printing Question of the Week: What’s your toughest test?

Last week, I visited Minimizer, a Minnesota company that designs and manufactures fenders for heavy trucks. These folks pride themselves on the tough testing they perform throughout product development, including rapid prototyping with Fused Deposition Modelin…