What is 3D Printing?

Shortly after becoming involved in the 3D printing industry it didn’t take too many perplexed looks after telling people that we provide 3D Printers to realize that most people have no idea what 3D printing is and if it’s actually real or just some urban legend.

Is 3D Printing Real?

So, to remedy this I started carrying a small sample 3D Printed chain with me to help people grasp the reality of how 3D Printing worked and that it was real, along with some quick video links to further understand how it worked if they were more inquisitive.  After handing over this sample part, I would begin my spiel by explaining that our Objet 3D Printers worked much in the same way as the printer that everyone is familiar with in their home or office.

  1. You first need a file to send to the printer
  2. Both printers have an “ink cartridge”
  3. Both have a print head that prints “ink” exactly where it’s instructed

However, after printing one layer of this “ink” rather than a piece of paper that spits out as your final product, the tray that our “ink” is printed on lowers slightly and another layer of “ink” is printed on top of that, over and over until the process was done and at the end you have a physical 3D object that you can hold in your hand.

Objet Connex 3D Printer Build Tray with Prints

Now obviously it’s a little more complicated than that, such as how the “ink” becomes solidified instead of just a pool of liquid sitting on a tray, or what the “ink” really is made of which isn’t your run of a mill toner from an office supply store, but all in all that’s the basics of how Objet’s 3D Printing technology works.

Within hours, not days you can have an idea come to life, design it, print it, test the fit, form, & function of the design. Even get feedback from focus groups on the new products and how they’ll be received by the market, before a company ever produces the final production product.

Got it? Good. Now go forth and spread the gospel of 3D Printing and the world of possibilities with it. It’s not a myth, urban legend, or joke, it’s real and being used every day by companies to create new product designs and many products that you’re already using.

If this still didn’t make any since and you’re one of those conspiracy theory guys who thinks the landing on the moon was filmed in a Hollywood studio, well here’s a video Objet created to explain it in 37 seconds.

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Get Approved For An Objet 3D Printer with Direct Capital!

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Objet and EngATech have partnered with Direct Capital in order to provide an online portal where prospects interested in financing options, such as lease to own or lease to rent, may find out whether or not they are approved in minutes. Your company can apply directly on their website for interest rates as low as 5.9%, in addition to finding out payments based on the term you select. Also, this year certain companies can still qualify for Section 179 for capital equipment. Find out more about Section 179 here.

Direct Capital has been a pioneer in financing for over 17 years and have lent over 1 billion to businesses. They have superior customer service and expertise, and it just makes sense that EngATech would partner with a company that takes pride in great customer service as we do!

Click here to go to our customized portal for EngATech customers!

Looking for Somewhere to 3D Print Your Next Great Idea?

Check out our Rapid Prototyping Services!

We are the ONLY company in OK to have an Objet Connex 3D Printer in-house!

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Did you know our printer can print multi-material parts AND a mixed tray of parts in different materials in a single build?

Quick Facts:

Rapid Prototyping Services Quick Facts Table

Materials Available:

There are over 100 possible material combinations!

  • FullCure 720 Transparent material
  • Rigid Opaque material (White, Blue, Gray, Black)
  • DurusWhite Polypropylene-like material
  • Rubber-Like Flexible material (Black, Gray)
  • ABS-Like Material
  • High Temperature Material

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Click here for a full list of materials and properties

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Email your STL file to services@engatech.com

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SolidWorks Helps to Develop Advanced Packing Technologies

Get automated with the SolidWorks family of products and partner products!

SolidWorks is more than just a mechanical CAD program.  It is a family of software packages that includes data management, simulation, technical documentation, and sustainability.  All of this software works hand-in-hand to help companies maximize time and resources.

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Fortune 100 companies rely on OYSTAR North America’s Packaging Technologies Group for the development of rapid filling and packaging machines. While the company’s expertise has made it the world’s largest aerosol equipment manufacturer, OYSTAR also produces a variety of other filling machines that package products as varied as yogurt, applesauce, and coffee.

“…We needed a 3D design system to develop our packaging machines more precisely and realize improved efficiencies, so we could respond to customer demand for faster turnaround. Using 3D, we believed we could leverage automated design, simulation, and configuration tools to meet our goals.” – Nate Smith, MAP Applications manager

OYSTAR Processing Machine

Challenge:

Speed up development of sophisticated filling and packaging machines to support growth while simultaneously boosting machine performance.

Solution:

Standardize on SolidWorks design, SolidWorks Simulation analysis, and SolidWorks Enterprise PDM (product data management) software to accelerate development.

Results:

–          Reduced design cycles by 50 to 60 percent

–          Accelerated production throughput tenfold in some cases

–          Cut configurable design time from weeks to days

–          Increased revenue

Click Here to Read the Full Story.

Fast, High Quality Models is the Key

Objet Technology Enables New York-Based International Architecture Firm to Shave Months Off Model-Building Time!

Rietveld Architecture Firm

At A Glance:

Company: Rietveld Architects LLP

URL: www.rietveldarchitectscom

Location: New York, NY

Industry: Architecture

Challenges:

  • Significantly reduce the time and expense in producing building models, often requiring highly delicate details
  • Impress clients with the ability to quickly produce better representations of designs and to quickly respond to new ideas facilitating the decision-making process

Solution:

The Eden350 3D Printing System

Objet Eden350 3D Printing System

Results:

  1. Reduced the time to create models from two full months for two employess to just hours by a single employee
  2. Yielded more detailed models, which help clients better visualize final projects, ultimately helping the firm to win more projects.

For more information about Objet 3D Printers, click here.

SolidWorks 2013 Beta has been released!

Each release of SolidWorks is preceded by a beta program. Participating in beta programs gives you the opportunity to test the new release, identify any critical issues, and submit bugs for correction before the SP0 release.

 SolidWorks 2013 includes many new user-driven enhancements – along with some entirely new areas of functionality.

SolidWorks 2013 Beta Testing

SolidWorks 2013 Beta is now available. For all you curious people out there, you can now download and install SolidWorks 2013 Beta, just log in to the Customer Portal to sign up today! (If you need help logging in, click here)

Learn about the fun contests and valuable prizes for Beta participants!!

 The Beta program has evolved into an active and vibrant community where users and resellers candidly share their feedback directly with SolidWorks R&D team members. Last year, close to 1800 testers participated in the program.

 “I like that there is still some chance to fix things that matter to me, before the software is released… The better job I do in Beta, the better it will run here at our place with everyone.” said Wayne Tiffany, Senior Machine Designer at Automatic Systems, Inc.

 If you have some free time you should give it a shot, just remember to backup any files before working with the beta release.  Good luck and happy testing!

Bringing the Human Element to Robotics

Aldebaran Robotics

Challenge:

Bruno Maisonnier, founder and CEO of Aldebaran Robotics, wanted to develop and empower people with a robot that could interact.  Three years after starting to sell NAO models, over 2000 Robots have been sold worldwide, Aldebaran Robotics has now released the latest generation of its programmable humanoid robots, which is intended for research, teaching and, more generally, for exploring the new area of service.

 

Solution:

In doing so, Aldebaran Robotics, utilizes the full potential of SolidWorks 3D design, analysis, and motion simulation software to optimize mechanical design of the robot to determine if it can withstand stresses applied to the robot.  Once validation of the design is complete with SolidWorks they move on to production.  Using SolidWorks they are able to project the Robot and components in to the future and improve design and optimize performance before parts are manufactured, before they exist.

 

See how Bruno and his team created humanoid robots that help people!