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 neat and orderly work space that places al … [Read more...]

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 or manufacturing, the equipment is now known as an add … [Read more...]

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 applications such as building fixtures with integrate … [Read more...]

Excerpt 1: Justifying Additive Manufacturing through Jigs & Fixtures

Most people associate additive manufacturing (AM) or 3D printing with concept models and prototypes that are used to improve product design and speed product development. Makers of AM equipment have also shown dramatic reductions in time and cost when using AM to make manufacturing tools like jigs a … [Read more...]

Jeremy Paxman Learns about Objet 3D Printing on BBC's Newsnight

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In this extensive video clip taken from the BBC's recent Newsnight program, presenter Jeremy Paxman, usually known for his skeptical facial expressions and hard nosed straight talk finally meets his match - only this time its from an Objet260 Connex multi-material 3D Printer. Jeremy Paxman Le … [Read more...]

Objet Launches 'Scholar' Package for Schools, Colleges & Universities

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Objet has today launched the new 'Scholar' package. This is a professional desktop 3D printer bundled together with a 2 or 3 year supply of 3D printing materials, maintenance and training. The Scholar package is designed to make professional level 3D printing more accessible to the next generatio … [Read more...]

The Jet Car from Buckaroo Banzai - 3D Printed!

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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 printer to re-create the iconic Jet Car from the f … [Read more...]

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 I see it as a significant milestone for the industry. It’s somethin … [Read more...]

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 Modeling (FDM) parts. I got to see a mechanical … [Read more...]