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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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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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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!

Jump off a cliff and build your wings on the way down

I recently heard this quote in reference to the mindset of entrepreneurs.  In today’s market entrepreneurs and inventors have to think quick.  They have to problem solve, design, create, test and trouble-shoot at an unbelievable rate of speed.  Fortunately, the technologies to aide in this fast-paced development are continually being created and improved, as well.

We now have the ability within our office (with no lab, no shop floor and no external resources) to conceptualize a new idea, create exact electronic 3D models, analyze the strength with stress tests, validate full range of movement with motion simulation all on the computer and then create physical models/prototype right on the spot for real life testing of fit, form and function.

I have seen a brand new product go from concept to reality, with us holding it in our hand within a day, using these technologies.  One of which is our new Objet 3D Printer that uses the same printer head technology in your InkJet printers, to build up a physical plastic part that you have designed.

Photo rendering of GlassesThe same goes for presentation materials.  Long gone are the days of rough sketches of concepts, when we can create realistic photo renderings of just an idea, which look like an end product has been manufactured, painted and put in a photo studio.  (Example photo to the right) And this can be easily taken to the next level with full moving animations or movies of these realistic photo renderings.

So, think about the possibility of having everything you need to design a product and produce it right within your home.  Well it is just around the corner and we are looking forward to the day where everyone has a 3D Printer in-house to download and print what they need versus running to the store for it.

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