Wednesday, September 26
Is This For You?
Date: Wednesday September 26
Time: 10AM and 2PM
Subject: Objet 3D Printing Technology
Presenter: Janice Callahan, Account Manager
Posts Tagged ‘ Rapid Prototyping ’
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Injection molding is a manufacturing process that can produce high precision, complex 3D parts from a wide range of plastics. The procedure of injection molding is very fast and widely used. However, each part needs its own injection molding tool which is a costly expenditure & can take weeks to months to build, especially when accounting for design integrations and/or mistakes. Thus, injection molding is economically viable only when mass-production is needed (usually more than 10,000 parts) due to the high costs & wait-times for injection molding tools.
Objet has developed new materials that permit 3D printing of the injection molding tool itself. In just a few hours, a 3D CAD design can be converted to a mold & printed on an Objet 3D Printer, ready to be used as an injection molding tool. Then, the Objet printed tool is installed on the injection molding machine & the plastic part is injected using the actual production material. If design changes are needed, the corrected printed injection molding tool could be ready & installed in the injection machine by the evening shift!
Testing complex parts with living hinges, holes, thin & thick walls, bosses, gussets, ribs, snap fits, and/or logos is now possible for a fraction of the cost and wait-time with the use of an Objet 3D Printer to create injection molding tools. Even if only a few parts are needed, using Objet printed injection molding tools are commercially viable for almost any business thanks to the low cost of printing.
When looking for a fast and cost effective solution to create injected parts for real functionality testing, Objet 3D Printers are the solution.
Are you a dentist or have you ever been to a dentist? Then you’re probably familiar with how uncomfortable & inconvenient it is to have a physical impression mold made of your teeth. What if you – patient or dentist – never had to do that again?
By combining oral scanning, CAD/CAM design & Objet 3D printing, dental labs can fabricate stone models, orthodontic appliances, delivery & positioning trays, veneer tray-ins, full & partial denture try-ins, surgical guides, & clear aligners & retainers faster & more accurate than ever before while eliminating the need to make physical impression molds completely.
The standard practice of digital dentistry is expanding to dental laboratories across the world. And at the center of this growth is Objet 3D printing. With an Objet 3D printer a dental lab can reduce model/part fabrication times by up to 60% & increase output per technician by 100 – 200% without needing to invest in teams of expensive skilled technicians.
Often considered artists, dental technicians usually depend on steady hands & expert eyes to complete the time-consuming & imprecise process of preparing veneers, frameworks, inlays, onlays, crowns & bridges. The ability to now simply print these appliances means a drastic increase in accuracy & throughput while eliminating any deviations or faults. Many dental labs are still using the traditional milling concept. While it seems efficient for your average milling time per unit to be 8-10 minutes, an Objet system can print 50-80 high-quality units in just 56 minutes.
Printing, unlike milling, doesn’t require special skills or knowledge to operate the Objet machine, nor does it produce heat or strong odors like noisy CNC machines. Objet 3D printers can reproduce curves, holes, & more complex shapes easier, faster & more accurately than the traditional milling process. Its plug ‘n play material/cartridge change-out & its ability to print multiple parts at the same time makes an Objet 3D printer an ideal addition to any dental lab. Plus, Objet’s FullCure materials & high compatibility allows for a smooth integration with any digital dentistry process – print you’re appliances, quickly & easily remove the support material, & handle/process your parts all in less time than using a milling process. So say good-bye to slow, tedious, inaccurate work by hand (& those terrible impression molds) & say hello to your new, fast, high-quality Objet 3D printer.
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