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3D printing revolution


Gil Robinson, Applications and Pre-Sales Engineer, Stratasys

Gil Robinson, Applications and Pre-Sales Engineer, Stratasys

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  • 1. 1988: Scott Crump invents Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) in the family kitchen by mixing wax and plastic formulas 1994: Stratasys begins selling the first thermoplastic available for a 3D Printing process: ABS plastic 1998: Objet founded by former printing industry entrepreneurs 2002: Stratasys introduces the Dimension, the first 3D printer sub-$30,000 2007: Objet introduces world's first Objet Connex multi-material 3D printing technology 2008: Stratasys launches the first machine for production; the Fortus 900mc 2010: First automobile prototype to have its entire body 3D printed -- the 200-mpg Urbee – is introduced by KorEcologic 2012: Objet announces world’s first desktop 3D printer with 7 materials 2012: Objet Connex – the first machine to 3D print over 100 materials 2012: A leader is born: Stratasys and Objet complete merger to lead the 3D printing industry Stratasys History
  • 2. Our Customers More than 8,000 customers worldwide Global brands as well as smaller companies Our customers are from multiple industries Automotive Aerospace & Defense Industrial & commercial Consumer products Medical Government Education Architecture Toys
  • 3. PolyJet & FDM Technologies PolyJet • Photopolymers • 123 diverse materials • Multi-material product realism • Real thermoplastics • Accuracy • Durability Model Material Instant UV CuringSupport Material Printing Head FDM
  • 4. Rigid – Opaque – General purpose translucent – Polypropylene-like – High-temperature – ABS-like – Transparent Flexible, Rubber-like – High-elongation – Different shore levels – High Tear Resistance Medical / Biocompatible – Hearing Aids – Clear material – Dental Digital Composite Materials – Pre-defined Digital Materials™ Durable – ABS – Production-grade – Realistic parts – Translucent Functional – Anti-static – High strength – Manufacturing tools Industry-Ready – High strength – Sterilizable – Food & drug High-Performance – Flame retardant – Chemical-resistant – Low-toxicity – Finished parts Our Materials PhotopolymersThermoplastics
  • 5. Application Overview
  • 6. Concept Modeling • Visual Appreciation • Concept Modeling • Most common Application in 3D-P • Also the easiest
  • 7. Functional Prototypes • Testing product in its end-use environment • Fitting elements together • Testing components fitting
  • 8. Functional Prototypes • Ergonomics: designing equipment to fit the worker • No CAD SW offers proper ergonomic grasping • Prototyping is critical in this phase • Also important in manufacturing tools
  • 9. BMW Reduces Time and Cost to Build Fixtures Conventional fixture making • Cost and time requirements were high • Lack of design freedom reduced productivity FDM used to produce fixtures • Have over 400 assembly fixtures • Several built on Fortus system FDM enhances ergonomics • Organic shapes maximize performance • Sparse fill cut weight 72% Time and cost savings • Typical cost reduced from $420 to $176 • Typical lead time reduced from 18 to 1.5 days Method Cost Time CNC Machining Aluminum $420 18.0 days Fortus system ABS-M30 $176 1.5 days Savings $244 (58%) 16.5 days (92%)
  • 10. Functional Prototype / Manufacturing Tool • Using the 3D Printed mold to inject plastic • Best done using ABS-like material (Connex) • Enables fast and inexpensive prototyping and short series production
  • 11. Injection Molding
  • 12. Manufacturing Tools • Jigs and Fixtures • Common example is assembly tools • Enable a worker to perform a reproducible tasks • Optimize efficiency by reducing tool weight and optimizing ergonomics • These tools help to achieve uniformity in operation across sites and individual workers • Examples include: holding fixtures, assembly jigs, trim and drill guides, etc.
  • 13. Possibilities and Realities
  • 14. Prosthetics • Ability to print highly customizable prosthetics • Soluble cores to facility the manufacturing process
  • 15. Bio Printing Tissue • Drug delivery testing • Eventual used for implantation (lung, heart, liver tissue)
  • 16. Printing MRI / CAT Data • Surgical Planning • Research Study