How did they do it – Snowboard prototyping


Objet in ‘How Do They Do It’ on Discovery Science Channel in UK

If you remember, end of August we announced the upcoming ‘How Do They Do It’ on Discovery Science Channel in US and UK.

The UK channel aired the full program including the Objet part of the Burton Snowboards story.

You can click on the link below to watch the program in full. The snowboard story starts at 11:52, and 3D Printing and Objet starts at 18:20.

http://watch.wagtv.com/HowDo7/HOWDO_7_EP_15_EIFFEL_TOWER_SNOWBOARDS.wmv

Below again — for those who were not exposed to the story — some images of the ‘Making of the Movie’,.

Put Direct Digital Manufacturing to Work For You


Monthly Spotlight
:: Put Direct Digital Manufacturing to Work For You

Direct digital manufacturing (DDM) is a term that is being used more and more when discussing new uses for rapid prototypes. DDM is the process of using rapid prototyping (RP) technology to produce parts for use as final products. Many industries such as aerospace, dental, medical, and consumer products are already using this technology to produce production products. Direct digital manufacturing is ideal for the following applications:

• End-use production parts
• Short run production
• Parts with complex geometries
• Direct tooling inserts for Injection Molding

Top 3 Advantages:

Rapid prototyping technology is constantly improving, giving it the ability to compete with traditional manufacturing techniques in terms of price, speed, reliability and cost. Here are the top 3 advantages of DDM:

1. Speed – Additive manufacturing can produce an end use part in a matter of days rather than weeks. Although the actual manufacturing speed is slower, the time is made up in the prep and post-processing activities. RP builds the desired parts from a 3D CAD file, eliminating the need to produce tools or other equipment used in other manufacturing techniques.

2. Cost – DDM provides a cost savings through reduced labor costs and process efficiencies. The amount of labor and time needed to produce the parts is greatly reduced, resulting in lower part pricing. Another cost savings that is realized through the RP process is energy and material waste. Since the process only forms the desired part, waste for both energy and material is much reduced. Family build pricing also assists in process efficiency by giving you the ability to produce several parts at a time to fill the machine’s build envelope.

3. Complex Geometries – RP technologies allow the creation of more efficient designs without the limitations of other processes. Through the principles of additive manufacturing, internal features and shapes can be created that could not be created with traditional methods.

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Case Study: Direct Digital Manufacturing
:: National Geographic’s Crittercam

The Crittercam is a research tool designed to be worn by wild animals. It combines video and audio recording with the collection of environmental data such as depth, temperature, velocity and acceleration and even makes three-dimensional profiles of the dives of sea creatures. These compact systems allow scientists to study animal behavior without the interference of a human observer. Combining solid data with gripping imagery, Crittercam brings the animal’s point of view to the scientific community and delivers a message of conservation to worldwide television audiences.

Marine biologist and filmmaker Greg Marshall and his team wanted to make the Crittercam smaller, lighter and incorporate the latest technology for both audio and video, thereby allowing it to be more robust. In order for this to occur, they needed to think outside the box. They decided that a custom SLS part would serve multiple purposes and allow them total design freedom. The part needed to brace and center the controller board that was already connected to the back plate and serve as the supporting structure for the camera mounting.

:: Rapid Prototyping Help Advance Medical Devices

Advancements in rapid prototyping (RP) processes and materials are affecting medical devices, implantables, equipment, and anatomical models. RP technologies are automated mechanical techniques to build physical 3D models from 3D CAD files. A few examples of medical devices designed using RP include catheters, stents, syringes, retractors and surgical fasteners. Prototypes are also important in the design and manufacturing of other pieces of medical equipment including MRI machines, hospital beds, handheld testing and display devices, and fluid collection and testing equipment.

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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Product Development Simplified !


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“3D Computer Aided Design (CAD), Rapid Prototyping and Handheld 3D Laser Scanning technologies can be used synergistically to provide a cost efficient product development process” according to Eyal Geiger, Engineering Manager at Proto3000.

Product development is a key aspect of any market, and to ensure the success of the company or product, quality assurance and testing are ever growing necessities. Proto3000 takes this necessity to the next level and combines the latest technology along with ease of use.

The product development process begins when several conceptual drawings are developed; they are then designed in 3D CAD. Rapid Prototypes of the CAD data are built and then utilized for field testing in order to confirm the 3D CAD data. Proto3000 presents a cost effective solution; Reducing costs and keeping quality at its highest through the use of the 3D Laser Scanning for inspection purposes. The 3D Scanner digitizes the part surface in real-time to its computer software. The original 3D CAD data and the digitized surface mesh are then merged to produce full inspection reports. Further post-processing of the scanned data can be used for Reverse Engineering. This allows the product to be redesigned and improved prior to final inspection. This action alone can save weeks of laborious and cost intensive processes prior to production.

Handheld 3D Laser Scanning is quickly growing into a new phenomenon among national manufacturers in multiple industries, (Product Development, Aerospace, Automotive, Archaeology, Medical, just to name a few) – with limitless potential. A growing roster of clients is proof that these scanners are an engineering solution, that offers:

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Based out of their office in Concord (Ontario) Proto3000 is going above and beyond the call of duty. This organization helps customers use and maintain the product, in addition to the professional services they offer. What does this mean to clients? This means quality, safety, dedication, and a stepping stone to a new generation of handheld 3D laser scanning and its multiple uses.

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