RAPID prototyping, INJECTION molding, THERMOPLASTICS, SILICONE rubber, NUMERICAL control of machine tools, and THREE-dimensional printing
The article focuses on digital manufacturing model is accelerating from rapid prototypes and first-run production parts to "on-demand" short-run manufacturing with injection molding services. It mentions one-demand injection molding of thermoplastics and silicone rubber outpaced its prototyping business for the first time. It also mentions new processes within injection molding and computerized numerical control (CNC) machining with additive manufacturing.
TECHNOLOGICAL innovations, MANUFACTURING processes, PLASTICS, MOLDING (Founding), and MEDICAL equipment
The article looks at the innovations in prototyping and manufacturing equipment and processes in the plastics processing industry. Spectrum Plastics improved its RP/AM and injection molding capacities with its rapid tooling technology on its Dynaclass Quick-Turn tooling system. Thogus Products boosted its RP/AM demand from clients for healthcare and medical instruments since it bought its Stratasys FDM system. INSET: Rapid-Prototyping, Additive-Manufacturing Methods.
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.
PROTOTYPES, RAPID prototyping, ENGINEERING design, MOLDING of plastics, and MACHINING
Discusses the benefits of a hybrid rapid-prototyping technique combined with casting and machining in creating a plastic prototype parts. Target application of the technique; Time and cost benefits of the process; Patented technology used in the system.
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.
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.
SILICONE rubber, RAPID prototyping, LEAD time (Supply chain management), METERING pumps, and ELECTRONIC equipment enclosures
The article offers information on Pinpoint system, a new liquid-color mixing and dispensing system which is designed to permit efficient in-house color matching by injection molders who perform short runs with short lead times and handle dozens of colors, developed by PolyOne in collaboration with 3M. It also mentions comments of Jeff Schipper, the company's director of Special Operations who agreed that Pinpoint is a game changer for cosmetic applications.
Reports on the improvement of fashion, fused deposition modeling Titan system, which builds models from polycarbonate and alkyl benzene sulphonate by fused deposition modeling by Minneapolis, Minnesota-based rapid-prototyping systems maker Stratasys Inc. Increase in resolution of model-layer thickness; Addition of the company's WaterWorks automated support-removal process.
The article discusses the highlights of the 15th Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) in which the theme was focused on lightweighting technologies. Eric Wollan of PlastiComp informs that hybrid longer-fiber thermoplastic (LFT) composites reduces mass and cost while optimizing performance. Several examples of the automotive rapid-prototyping capabilities of manufacturer Stratasys were showcased such as the bumper fascia and next generation 3D-printing composites.
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.
Introduces the FDM Maxum rapid-prototyping machine from Stratasys Inc. in Eden Prairie, Minnesotta. Features of the equipment; Advantages of the device; Production of intricate components for pocket cameras.
The article reports on a partnership between Germany's Bayer MaterialScience and Solid Composites GmbH to develop thermoplastic polyurethane powders for selective laser sintering which is used for fabricating 3D structures.
Describes the RapidPatternMaker rapid-prototyping machine from Sanders Design International of Wilton, New Hampshire. Use of four moveable print heads to build models; Provisions to achieve uniform layer thickness; Digitally controlled build-table elevator; Benchmarking study.
Deals with several gas-assist molding approaches presented by several companies at the 2004 conference and design competition of SPI Structural Plastics in Charlotte, North Carolina. Advantage of steel production molds; Fast-Form laser-based technology from Fast4M Tooling Inc.; Rapid-prototyping technologies studied by Express Pattern.
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.
Focuses on some developments that have been made in CAD/CAM and CAE technology in the United States. Features of Moldflow's Version 9.2 of its Dynamic Series simulation software; Capabilities of the PT/Product runs in Windows NT and Windows 95 from Parametric Technology Corporation; Features of the software `Euclid Quantum' from Matra Datavision in Andover, Massachusetts.