Reports on the importance of 3D printers in bringing rapid prototyping capabilities in-house for many plastic manufacturers. Information on "Wohlers Report 2004" released by rapid prototyping guru Terry Wohlers; Price range of 3D printers from Stratasys and Z Corp.; Key advantage of Stratasys' Dimension 3D printer.
Early work by the authors explored the potential for manufacture of electro-discharge machining (EDM) electrodes, using rapid prototyping (RP) technologies. A number of possible routes were identified to provide an integrated system from computer aided design (CAD) data through to production tooling. One such route is the processing of stereolithography (SL) RP models by electro-depositing copper onto the metallized surface. This strategy provides a process route from model to tool with minimum manual intervention. Initial studies using thin-coated SL models for EDM have identified a limitation to application due to heat build up in the electrode. Currently, the electrodes can be used at low material removal rates (MRR), commonly known as semi-roughing or finishing cuts. Higher MRR generates greater heat at the cutting face which causes failure of the RP electrodes. This failure is believed to occur through a combination of delamination, thinning and distortion of the electrode. The heat distribution and associated failure modes for these electrodes are being investigated to determine how the machining performance can be improved. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
Focuses on the auxiliaries used in the U.S. plastics industry. Rapid prototyping equipment manufactured by the company 3D Systems Corp.; Use of substrate registration device for adding versatility to the rotary screen printer from Systematic Automation Inc.; Benefits of intermediate bulk container system launched by the company ISL Cone Valve technology.
Tom Mueller, co-owner of Express Pattern Inc. in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, outlined advances in rapid prototyping materials on March 22, 2004 at the Charlotte, North Carolina conference of the Structural Plastics Division of the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. Mueller bought one of the first stereolithography machines in the late 1980s at Baxter Healthcare Corp., where he was manager of computer-aided engineering. Mueller said, product designers first have to determine how close they need to come for properties such as stiffness, flexural modulus, impact and coefficient of thermal expansion, then select the proper rapid prototyping material.
Rapid prototyping, Plastics industries, and Polymer testing
Focuses on the materials used in the U.S. plastics industry. Humidity resistance built by the epoxy materials for stereolithography rapid prototyping; Biocompatibility testing for polycarbonate/polyester alloys; Powdered masterbatch vehicles in a variety of resins introduced by the company ICO Polymers Inc.
Reports on advances made in rapid-prototyping (RP) technology in the United States plastics industry. Impact of RP systems on product development; Percentage of RP equipment located at service bureaus and model shops; Limitation of RP systems; Introduction of epoxy-based photopolymers by 3-D Systems.
The article discusses the highlights of the Global Plastics Summit 2015 which was held in Chicago, Illinois on October 29-30. Topics discussed include Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor Skylar Tibbits' discussion of the uses of four-dimensional (4-D) technology in various industries including health care, construction and infrastructure and plastic applications of 4-D printing in parts made for Airbus and Briggs Automotive Co.
The article discusses the scope of three-dimensional (3D) printing in the plastics manufacturing industry. Details related to the current market size of 3D printing, the global growth of the technology, its signiificance in the Plastic industry, along with its case studies in other industries are presented.
Rapid prototyping, Prototypes, New product development, Plastics industries, and Polypropylene
The article highlights the announcement of Harvest Technologies Inc., a leading provider of rapid prototyping and manufacturing services, on the addition of DuraForm EX to its SLS rapid prototyping and manufacturing material offerings. SLS DuraForm EX is an easy-to-process, tough and impact resistant plastic that offers mechanical properties similar to injection molded ABS and polypropylene plastics. Business development director Ron Clemons comments on the product's capabilities.
Plastics industries, Holding companies, Rapid prototyping, Mergers & acquisitions, Molding of plastics, and Chemical molding
The article reports that the holding company Westfall Technik Inc. has acquired the rapid prototyping and short-run molding companies 10 Day Parts Inc. and Elfy's Inc. Topics discussed include the other plastics companies owned by Westfall, the reasons for Westfall's decision to acquire 10 Day and Elfy's and the services and products offered by 10 Day and Elfy's.
Reports that Plastics Technologies Inc. (PTI) will establish PTI Europe in Lausanne, Switzerland to oversee its plastics prototyping business in the region. Goal to identify customer base and need; Potentials of the division to supply prototyping services to European customers.
Computer-aided design, Rapid prototyping, New product development, Plastics industries, Conferences & conventions, and Rotational molding of plastics
The article discusses the use of computer-aided design, rapid prototyping, and rotational molding in the development of toys at the toy manufacturing company Little Tikes Co., focusing on comments of the creative director Tom Fish. A 2014 TopCon conference of the Society of Plastics Engineers trade group is mentioned.
The article discusses additive manufacturing in Northeast Ohio and a call for proposals by the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute as of December 2012, focusing on an analysis of the 3-D printing and rapid prototyping industry in Ohio. It states that additive manufacturing is used in the plastics industry for low-volume production and prototyping processes.
Plastics industries, Exhibitions, and Equipment for injection molding of plastics
Presents plastic injection molding equipments exhibited at the Rapid Prototyping & Manufacturing 2001 show in Cincinnati, Ohio. Features of ToolMaker System, a model making machine; Introduction of FDP, a precision-machined aluminum tooling, by the Paramount Industries Inc.; Tests for Laser Engineered Net Shaping, an injection mold by Optomec Inc.
Presents information on the Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing 1997 Conference and Exposition, which will be held April 22-24 in Dearborn, Michigan. Keynote speakers for the conference; Sponsors of the conference; Contact information.