Plastics Technology. August 2004, Vol. 50 Issue 8, p43, 3 p.
Z Corp., 3D Systems Corp., Wohlers Associates Inc., and Image processing equipment industry
* Bringing rapid prototyping capabilities in-house is becoming a reality for many plastics manufacturers, thanks to more affordable, faster, and easy-to-use 3D printers. On the market almost seven years, these [...]
NEW product development, INVENTIONS, and 3-D printers
The article presents an interview with Patrick Dunne, who is vice president in 3D Systems for advanced application development. Topics discussed include impact of three-dimensional (3D) printing over inventing process and product development; utilization of 30 printers by the general public; price drops observed in 3D printers; and high-frequency signal response associated with 3D printing.
3D Systems Corp. and Image processing equipment industry
A collaboration between 3D Systems Corp., Rock Hill, S.C., and two-year old rapid-prototyping service bureau Tangible Express in Springville, Utah, has spawned a novel fractional-ownership program in manufacturing. The Tangible [...]
Provides information on several rapid prototyping (RP) materials introduced by companies from around the world. Description of ProtoComposites from DSM Somos; Comparison between the Somos 9100 series resins and DSM ProtoTool 20 L; Selection of RP materials offered by 3D Systems.
RAPID prototyping, PHOTOPOLYMERS, and SYNTHETIC gums & resins
The article presents information on the stereolithography resins and colored resins developed by DSM Somos, Huntsman Advanced Materials and 3D Systems. The recent introduction of a number of stereolithography resins and colored resins for an inkjet-style desktop three-dimensional printer reflect the growing interest in rapid-prototyping technologies. DSM has created the Somos 9420 EP-White photopolymer while Huntsman developed RenShape SL 7800, a clear amber epoxy acrylate photopolymer.
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.
Reports the marketing of stereolithography rapid-prototyping equipment from 3D Systems Corp. in Valencia, California. Expansion of product marketing; Introduction of a line of epoxy-based RP resins; Materials used in the Accura line.
MANUFACTURING industries and MERGERS & acquisitions
The article reports on the definitive agreement signed by South Carolina-based rapid prototyping developer 3D Systems Corp. to acquire Massachusetts-based Z Corp. and Virginia-based Vidar Systems Corp. from the Contex Group for 137 million dollars. Contex is a subsidiary of the Swedish firm Ratos AB. The opinion of 3D Systems' Abe Reichental on the acquisition is also cited.
Rapid prototyping leader Valencia, California-based 3D Systems Corp. and Auburn Hills, Michigan-based toolmaking firm POM Group Inc. have launched ventures to make production molds from metallic powder. 3D plans to commercialize its product in June with a production-mold-ready system at its selective laser sintering process. The new drive toward production molds began with 3D's purchase of DTM Corp. of Austin, Texas. The LaserForm material also can be used to make complex parts and mold inserts, slides and rails.
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.
The article focuses on the rapid prototyping technology used by service providers. It reveals the 3D printers of Z Corp. that spray glue to a bed of powdered plaster or starch to produces a plastic-like appearance. It presents the stereolithography apparatus (SLA) from 3D Systems Corp. which uses ultraviolet lasers to generate 3D images in liquid resin to form the model. It notes the laser-sintering machines of Eos GmbH and 3D Systems Corp. which combine powdered materials into solid objects.
Foundry Management & Technology. Oct 2010, Vol. 138 Issue 10, p8, 1 p.
3D Systems Corp., Image processing equipment industry, and Rapid prototyping
Developer and supplier of 3D printing and rapid prototyping systems 3D Systems Corporation has purchased the assets of Express Pattern, which performs rapid prototyping services and supplies patterns for investment [...]
The article discusses the use of 3D System Corp.'s DuraForm Flex Plastic for prototyping of Reebok's products. Reebok uses DuraForm to create complex and functional prototypes of footwear, sandals, and athletic equipment. According to Paul Bates, director of advanced process engineering for Reebok International, this thermoplastic elastomer material is a flexible and stable material that makes them confident to produce good quality products.
CONTRACTS, DAMAGES (Law), PATENTS, and ACTIONS & defenses (Administrative law)
Reports on the settlement agreement reached between rapid prototyping suppliers 3D Systems Corp. and EOS GmbH regarding all worldwide disputes and litigation between the companies. Terms of settlement; Claims for damages; Licenses on various patents.
Reports on Valencia, California-based 3D Systems Corp.'s release of Maestro Workstation 1.7 for the preparation of CAD files for the vendor's sterolithography apparatus in rapid prototyping and manufacturing applications. Part Manager; 3dverify; View; Vista module; CSlice; Converge.
Introduces the SLA 7000, a stereolithography machine from Valencia, California-based 3D Systems. Dual-spot laser and other enhancements; Application for rapid prototyping; Software and resin that goes with the product.
Presents the hardware and materials for rapid prototyping that were featured at the 1998 AutoFact Show in Detroit. Applications for the Direct AIM system from 3D Systems of Valencia, California; Composite material for laminated-object manufacturing (LOM) from Helisys Corp.; Uses of `Solid Imager' from Aaroflex Corp.