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.
INDUSTRIAL research, RAPID prototyping, PROTOTYPES, and ELECTRONIC systems
The article presents the findings of a study on the accuracy of three-dimensional printing and desktop modeling systems conducted by engineer Todd Grimm. The study investigated the dimensional accuracy of Z Corp.'s ZPrinter 310, 3D Systems Corp.s' InVisionSR, and Stratasys Inc.'s Dimension SST. The study showed that the Dimension machine was the best performing prototype among the three systems tested. The study also proved that the resolution does not directly equate to dimensional accuracy.
INDUSTRIAL designers, PRINTING machinery & supplies, INJECTION molding of plastics, and MOLDING of plastics
Options continue to increase for design engineers wanting to add three-dimensional printing capabilities to their arsenals, as vendors roll out new and updated models, and prices continue to fall. Stratasys Inc., 3D Systems Corp. and Z Corp. were among the prominent rapid-prototyping purveyors touting their wares at the recent National Design Engineering Show in Chicago, Illinois. Stratasys chose the event to introduce its latest-generation 3-D printer, the Dimension SST, at a cost of $34,900. It also slashed $5,000 off the sticker for its 2-year-old legacy Dimension printer, dropping the price to just below $25,000