TECHNOLOGY, RAPID prototyping, MANUFACTURING processes, SILICONES, and SILICONE rubber
German RepRap GmbH, a manufacturer of industrial 3D printers, has developed a platform for liquid silicone rubber that it claims makes it possible to 3D print heat-cured silicone parts using a high performance LSR. "The combination of the printer with the Dow 3D 3335 LSR is the only commercially available technology that heat cures the silicone rubber, the same curing method as used in the LSR manufacturing process". [Extracted from the article]
RAPID prototyping, THREE-dimensional printing, SILICONES, COMPRESSION molding, and SILICONE rubber
Bont said customers seek Albright's 3D LSR printing services at all stages of the development process. One of the advantages to Albright's rapid prototype process, Bont said, is using a final, commercial grade LSR, which allows the 3D prototype to have performance traits and thresholds that are "relatively similar" to the end product. [Extracted from the article]
RAPID prototyping, MEDICAL equipment, and THREE-dimensional printing
The article reports on the addition of Rapid Prototype capabilities by ProMed Molded Products Inc. for the medical market. It mentions that 3-dimensional (3D) printing is one area in prototyping that is not given a lot of attention. It adds that with the addition of Rapid Prototype, ProMed can turn around parts in three to seven days. It also offers the insights of Connie Laumeyer, director of sales of ProMed on the fast turnaround of molded silicone from the specified material.
EXPANSION (Business), RAPID prototyping, and INDUSTRIAL equipment
The article reports on the addition of a new Rapid Prototype Center by Trelleborg Engineered Coated Fabrics at its Rutherfordton facility to enhance and expand the operation's capabilities. It is noted that miniature prototype equipment that allows the company to innovate faster is placed at the center. Comments of Steve Brockman, sales and business development director for Trelleborg Engineered Coated Fabrics, regarding manufacturing equipment at the center are also given.
Rubber & Plastics News. 5/19/2003, Vol. 32 Issue 21, p1. 2p. 1 Black and White Photograph.
CAPITAL budget, FINANCIAL management, and MEDICAL equipment
Silicone molder ProMed Molded Products Inc. plans to double the size of its Minneapolis, Minnesota manufacturing plant and increase capital expenditures in 2004 to continue its recent growth. The firm's customers include medical companies of various sizes, including Minnesota-based firms such as Medtronic Inc., St. Jude Medical Inc., Mentor Corp. and Urologix Inc. The company molds parts for products such as pace makers, urological devices, surgical instruments, defibrillators and drug delivery systems. The firm designs the mold and molds the silicone components, then sends them to customers for assembly into their specific medical devices, she said, though ProMed is becoming more involved in subassembly and insert molding than in the past.
RAPID prototyping, MEDICAL equipment industry, and CHEMICAL molding equipment
The article reports on the Rapid Prototype WorkCell program developed by medical device manufacturer Freudenberg Medical. It mentions the components of the Rapid Prototype WorkCell which include a molding press, a modular mold system, and design engineers. Comments from Freudenberg Medical's program engineering manager Tom Diaz are provided.
RAPID prototyping, WATER filtration, ETHYLENE-propylene rubber, and OIL seepage
The article informs that PGS LLC is prototyping a thermoplastic vulcanizate (TPV) tube that could be an alternative to EPDM in some applications because of the improvements it provides. J.J. Vickers, project manager at PGS, said that the company began work on the tube product in 2007 after a customer told the company the EPDM formula it was using required a change because of oil seepage from a tube diffuser in a water filtration application that could potentially cause early product deterioration.
COMPUTER software, RAPID prototyping, SEALING (Technology), and CHEMICAL molding
Simrit--the industrial sealing division of Freudenberg-NOK--is offering a flexible alternative process to traditional molding, particularly for low-quantity and rapid prototype seal production. Simrit's Xpress technology utilizes computer numeric control milling machinery and integrated computer software to custom produce seals, usually in less than one day, the company said. The system also gives customers online control in designing products or choosing from nearly 100 seal types, including hydraulic, pneumatic, static, rod, piston and radial shaft seals. On the Simrit web site, customers can get an instant price quote and often have their product shipped within 24 hours. Customers online also can change materials and view design limits based on the material and input dimensions, Simrit said.
EXPANSION (Business), RAPID prototyping, NUMERICAL control of machine tools, and THREE-dimensional printing
The article offers information on the expansion of its business by manufacturing equipment company Proto Labs, focusing on the growth of its computer numerical control (CNC) machine business; the company's operations in rapid prototypes as well as low-volume production parts; and the views of Charlie Johnson, technical operations manager at the company, on it. Also mentioned are the three-dimensional (3D) printing solutions provided by the company.
Rubber & Plastics News. 8/22/2005, Vol. 35 Issue 2, p15-15. 1/4p. 1 Black and White Photograph.
NEW product development, RAPID prototyping, PROTOTYPES, MANUFACTURING processes, and PHOTOPOLYMERS
The article reports that Stratasys Inc. has introduced a line of photopolymer modeling materials with rubber-like properties for its Eden333 PolyJet rapid prototyping systems. Called FullCure Tango, the material line allows users to create prototypes of flexible end-products, the company said.
EXPANSION (Business), RAPID prototyping, and HYDRAULIC presses
The article discusses business expansion of the silicone prototype maker Albright Technologies Inc with addition of presses from Pasadena Hydraulic. Topics discussed include views of Ryan Taylor, sales director at Albright, on investment in equipment for growth, business of the company in rapid prototyping as per the sales director and mentions that the company produces parts for skin contact and implantable applications.
FACILITIES, AUTOMOBILE industry, AUTONOMOUS vehicles, and MATERIALS science
The article focuses on the opening of a technology center in Livonia, Michigan by Cooper Standard Automotive for promoting development and production of automotive in material science. It talks about the center being reserved for production, prototyping and checking of the quality for finished products. It tells about the company developing autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles and developing braking systems for the growth of the automotive industry.