3D Printing Will Revive American Manufacturing – Rich Karlgaard – Innovation Rules – Forbes


http://blogs.forbes.com/richkarlgaard/2011/06/23/3d-printing-will-revive-american-manufacturing/

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Objet Geometries Announces New Pricing for the Objet Alaris30 Desktop 3D Printer at $24,900


Rehovot, Israel, September 7, 2010 – Objet Geometries Ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, today announced the new price of $24,900* for its market-proven Alaris30™ desktop 3D printer. The price, effective as of today, September 7, 2010, makes the Objet Alaris30 the only sub-$25,000 3D printer capable of printing high-definition, high-quality prototypes at an affordable price.

“Office 3D printer buyers are continually considering the price/value equation to ensure the best quality prototypes while keeping the cost in line with their business goals and budgets,” explains Gilad Gans, Executive Vice President of Objet Geometries. “Starting at only $24,900 and while offering unmatched precision and durability, the Objet Alaris30 provides great value which will allow many more businesses to cost justify in-house 3D printing and to meet design and budgetary requirements.”

Objet’s Alaris30 brings the patented PolyJet 3D-printing technology used in Objet’s professional and office systems to the desktop. It is the first office-friendly desktop system to print true-to-life parts. The ability to create prototypes that accurately represent the desired end-product allows crucial decisions to be made early in the product development life cycle, saving valuable time and costs.

“Our customers are always seeking our counsel on ways to improve their time-to-market and gain a competitive edge,” explained Rich Werneth, President, Computer Aided Technology, Inc., one of Objet’s leading worldwide resellers. “The capabilities of the Objet Alaris30 are not matched by any other technology available in the sub-$25,000 market. Its high precision is demonstrated by the fine details of the printed parts; the finishing of the products matches the textures intended by the designers; and the smooth model surfaces ensure best fit testing. The Objet Alaris30 has helped our customers create better designs while bringing their products to market faster and with lower costs.”

The Objet Alaris30 has been honored with a PlastPol 2009 Award. The recent T.A. Grimm & Associates, Inc. 3D Printer benchmark study found that in the sub-$25,000 3D printers market range, the Objet Alaris30 offers the best quality with the highest total accumulated marks for durability, surface finish, dimensional accuracy, and feature details.

“The Objet Alaris30 is a smart business choice for companies that require true-to-life models that significantly shorten design and development cycles and eliminate mistakes early in the process. The lower

price point provides price-sensitive buyers with an excellent option to benefit from the productivity gains offered by in-house printing with the highest quality prototypes,” concluded Gans.

Objet Alaris30 is used by hundreds of customers in multiple industries, worldwide.

*The Objet Alaris30 is available for purchase via the company’s worldwide offices or its global network of distributors. The recommended retail price is $24,900 – US dollars – (€19,900 in Europe; other international pricing may vary) and excludes options, shipping, local taxes and duties. For details, please contact your regional Objet office or Objet authorized distributors.

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3D Printing


3D printing applications are continuing to develop as the technology expands. Designers and engineers find it very useful in the creating of design prototypes. Not only does 3D printing technology offer many useful design features, but prototypes can consist of many different kinds of model materials.

Currently, fabrication materials used to produce prototypes range from resins, polymers and plasters, many new ones may be on the horizon as well. Depending on the scope of the prototype to be produced will determine which 3D printing fabrication materials designers prefer. Key factors that can influence the choice of materials used in 3D printing prototypes are model durability, expected lifespan, and the complexity of design.

3D Printing and Enhanced Product Development

Many companies rely on the use of prototypes and models produced by 3D printing for the purpose of conducting product, and focus group testing. The test groups are looking for design preferences from consumers or end-users. The feedback received is incorporated into the design during this stage of the process.

The data gained is used to make changes to the product as it is prepared for manufacture. 3D printing is a crucial tool for quickly making cost efficient design changes, and the ability to rapidly produce a new prototype. 3D printing applications for marketing and design function is able to cut the time necessary for producing a workable prototype. Time and cost savings using 3D printers can be as much as two-thirds.

Prototypes produced, tested and redesigned utilizing 3D printing is highly efficient because designs can be easily changed until the engineering is ideal. Instead of gaining performance data as a result of field failure, data can be easily gained in the design process. Inexpensive materials such as resins and polymers used in 3D printing offer the most durable prototype models, and also reduce cost. Research and development in 3D printing technology continually advances with new materials being developed all the time. This technology plays an important role in the efficient production of prototypes for research and product development.

3D Printing CAD Software Advantages

The advantage of using (CAD) software in 3D printing technology stands in stark relation to traditional prototype technology. Traditional prototyping technology employed plastic formers to create models. These required large and bulky platforms and a major financial investment for design, or engineering firms. 3D printing systems that are not only more compact, but are cost efficient to purchase and operate also. The technology has reduced the set up time, and operation requirements are easier too. This has made the technology a popular choice for many models and toy manufacturers.

3D printing stands on the forefront of many new product markets, fabrication materials, and hardware applications, both for the business and consumer markets. Advancing technologies are steadily developing and many advantages in advanced hardware, software and fabrication materials used in available rapid prototype systems have resulted.

3D printing advancements allow for the faster and more cost efficient prototype, and fabrication model. 3D printing advantages also include the elimination of expensive tooling, manpower, and the costs associated with the creation of design prototypes. All of these 3D printing advantages help firms to create the models necessary in order to bring their products to market.

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North American Manufacturing NEWS


Studies Show Optimism as Employment Ticks up in Manufacturing
Two recent studies suggest that manufacturing in the US and around the globe is making noteworthy progress towards a rebound. With US companies forecasting growth up from 2% last quarter and 8% over the last year, we still have a long way to go but progress is progress.

Another Good Sign for North American Manufacturers, China Continues to Get more Costly
We all know there is a certain type of work that is gone for good; low tolerance, high volume parts that no matter what we do aren’t coming back to North America. However there has buzz lately about how China has been getting more costly. China’s manufacturing sector grew in May but at a slower pace, what does this mean long-term for the manufacturing economy?

We still Have a Long Road Ahead of Us
While there does appear to be a light at the end of the tunnel, we are still seeing plants close through-out North America. Just this week Solo announced it would close three US plants with Whirlpool closing their Benton Harbor Plant. As manufacturers, now is the time for us to focus on our customers, deliver a quality product and as always, find new ways to bring in new customers and differentiate from the competition