Additive Manufacturing


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    The Future of the Automotive Industry - 3D Printing Takes the Wheel

    by Rob Stipek on January 25, 2017

    Since the beginning, the automotive sector has been taking advantage of 3D printing for manufacturing and design applications. With a quick turn around rate, companies are able to produce concept models, functional prototypes, and manufacturing aids in a short amount of time. With this technology at hand, today’s technologies have drastically improved from the idea of a prototype to the full production of 3D printed vehicles like the Local Motors Strati concept car.

    Automotive industries are seeing the positive effects of using additive The-Future-of-the -Automotive-Industry-3D-printing-takes-the-wheel1manufacturing. Paul Susalla, the section supervisor of Rapid Manufacturing at Ford stated, “You can come up with a really optimized part at the end of the day...That’s all because of the speed with which we can produce the prototype parts without tooling.” Not only are 3D printed prototypes great for a fast turnaround, but statistics are being proven with numbers.

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      Are you stuck in the past waiting on the future?

      by Nick Licari on December 29, 2016

      Back in 1989, Doc Brown and Marty McFly promised me that in 2015 we wouldn’t need roads where we were going—we would have flying cars. By using this same concept today in the additive manufacturing community, I should still be driving my 1987 Chevy Celebrity until flying cars become available. As you can guess, I’ve purchased new cars since 1987. Think of all the advancements in automotive technology since then; sure it may not be as advanced as flying cars, but in 1989 had Hollywood been able to sell us on heated seats, GPS, park assist, and autonomous vehicles I think we may have been just as excited.

      So what does this have to do with additive manufacturing? Like Hollywood, large 3D printing companies are making big promises as to what their technologies may be capable of in the future… but not today. This futuristic “what if” is leading to more and more companies holding on to their 1987 Celebrities and barely getting by, hoping to buy that flying car when it becomes available rather than trading it in for current technology that is readily available and industry leading today. Companies such as HP and Rize Inc are constantly making promises on what their systems can do some day... but not today, or tomorrow, or the next year, or the year after that. So why would I buy their technology today?

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        Happy Holidays! Here’s a Geek’s Guide to Gift Giving

        by Angelle Erickson on December 21, 2016

        happy-holidays-heres-a-geeks-guide-to-gift-giving-1Engineers and designers spend a big portion of their day down a continuous path of possibilities and creation. With technology changing and improving at such a rapid pace, having the latest and greatest can mean faster production and improvements in the overall work environment.

        These engineers and designers in our lives are tech savvy. When inquiring about technical gadgets and gizmos they are the first person you turn to. So what kind of gift do you give to the person who is always on top of their game? In the 3D printing and CAD world there are many inspiring technologies.

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          When uPrint you win. How the uPrint will change the way you design.

          by Rob Stipek on December 2, 2016

          3D printing has become a beneficial tool for engineers and a necessity forwhenuprintyouwin streamlining and designing in the manufacturing industry. Unfortunately, many companies have yet to implement this technology for either the lack of perceived value or simply the unwillingness to change traditional processes. For manufacturers that are still on the fence, the Stratasys uPrint and uPrint SE plus are two affordable, yet powerful desktop machines that are capable of solving all of your manufacturing needs in real time. Built to perform, Stratasys uPrints are capable of creating anything from functional prototypes to manufacturing floor tools.

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            3D Printing Changing how Manufacturers Produce Complex Composite Parts

            by Rob Stipek on November 28, 2016

            3D printing technology is rapidly changing how manufacturers are creating 3d-printing-changing-how-manufacturers-produce-complex-composite-parts1concept models and end-use parts. One of the fastest growing applications is utilizing 3D printing technology for the tooling of complex and low volume composite parts. Boeing and other companies in the aerospace and automotive industries are finding that using composite materials instead of metal, greatly reduces the weight and cost of their part which, over time, has saved thousands of dollars. So how are these models produced? There are two primary ways 3D printing is making this possible.

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              The Business Boosting Benefits of 3D Printing

              by Christa Prokos on October 18, 2016

              About thirty years ago, 3D printing emerged as a new technology that could create objects from a digital file using a process known as additive manufacturing. Today, news coverage continues to follow the business boosting benefits it affords. 

              If you are new to 3D printing, here is how it is done: First, you make a virtual design of an object using a 3D-modeling CAD program to design a new object, or if you would like to make a design file of an existing object, you can use a 3D scanner to copy it. Next, the 3D printer prints the object by applying layer after layer of material to produce the complete object. The material can be anything from clear, rubberlike and biocompatible photopolymers to tough high-performance thermoplastics. It just depends on the application for which the object is created, and the 3D printer used.

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                3D Printed Prototypes Essential to Automotive Industry

                by Rob Stipek on October 10, 2016
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                Balancing deadlines and quality work isn’t an easy task to accomplish, especially when you are challenged with creating complex automotive designs. OEMs and their suppliers are constantly looking for ways to improve process, while saving time and money. This is where using 3D printing for prototyping has become an essential part of the automotive design process.

                Validation of a design base on what a computer image shows you isn’t a foolproof way of ensuring design quality and traditional prototyping methods can be costly and expensive. By incorporating an onsite 3D printer, design engineers can print their CAD models and have them in hand within a matter of hours, ensuring quality and design validation at a speed and price that far exceeds traditional means. The value of having a part in hand to make a proper determination on design quality can be the catalyst to a project’s success.   

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                  Celebrating National Manufacturing Day

                  by Angelle Erickson on October 7, 2016

                   

                  celebrating-national-manufacturing-day-whitespaceThe first Friday in October is celebrated as National Manufacturing Day, where we commend those who have made American products with passion and determination. These are the same people who have inspired the upcoming generation of students to become further educated on developing the future. As we enter the fourth industrial revolution which will focus on the integration of data and communication, companies are focusing on skills, continued innovation, and setting new standards to drive the next generation.

                  So where does Fisher Unitech see manufacturing heading for the future? I asked Danny Levy, a 3D printing Application Engineer who works with our manufacturing customers, what his thoughts were on the topic. His insights were inspirationally optimistic.

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                    The Power of PolyJet Technology for 3D Printing

                    by Rob Stipek on September 27, 2016

                    If you’re new to PolyJet technology, it works similarly to inkjet printing, but rather than jetting drops of ink onto paper, PolyJet 3D printers jet layers of photopolymer materials onto a build tray. With PolyJet materials, users get a unique way to create high quality 3D printed parts that incorporate color, texture, and multi-material capabilities all in the same build.the-power-of-polyjet-technology-for-3d-printing

                    Why does PolyJet reign supreme?

                    PolyJet technology produces highly realistic, functional 3D models in a wide range of materials. It also provides properties that span from rigid to rubber and opaque to transparent, solving all of your printing needs. There are also materials that perform similarly to engineering plastics which combine toughness and heat resistance. PolyJet enables designers, engineers, and artists to produce finely detailed models and prototypes for virtually any industry.

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                      Come Experience the Game Changing 3D Printer: Stratasys J750

                      by Rob Stipek on September 9, 2016

                      Ask anyone in business, higher education or the manufacturing community what their top objectives are and they’ll probably say it’s to achieve more, to solve more problems, and to act faster than what’s now possible—all while saving money in the process. Ask what’s holding them back and you’ll probably find a diverse variety of obstacles in their day-to-day work processes that hinder their progress.

                      Having the right tools to do the job is one crucial element in solving problems and becoming more efficient and productive. Additive manufacturing, widely known as 3D printing, is one of those tools. It helps businesses, educators, and manufacturers breakdown production barriers. Using 3D printing reduces time and effort to produce parts, models, prototypes and other objects. And today, the game changing 3D printer is the J750 from Stratasys. You can come experience all that the Stratasys J750 has to offer at an upcoming Fisher Unitech J750 Roadshow Event

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                        Stratasys to Demonstrate Next generation 3D Printing at 2016 IMTS

                        by Rob Stipek on August 25, 2016

                        The 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions company, today announced it is previewing demonstrations of next generation manufacturing technologies at IMTS 2016 as part of its SHAPING WHAT’S NEXT™ vision for manufacturing. SHAPING WHAT’S NEXT builds on Stratasys’ industrial FDM® 3D printing expertise to respond to the needs of customers’ most challenging applications, addressing manufacturers’ needs to rapidly produce strong parts ranging in size from an automobile armrest to an entire aircraft interior panel. The Stratasys ecosystem of additive and traditional technologies, software workflows, materials development, and professional services align with individual application needs, better meeting quality, cost, and delivery metrics while unlocking the capabilities of additive manufacturing to revolutionize how parts are designed and built.

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                          3D Printing Goes for Gold at the Olympics

                          by Angelle Erickson on August 16, 2016

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                          Michael Phelps had an extra pep in his step during the 2016 Olympic Games opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro. His Under Armour sneakers were more than just comfortable, they were 3D printed. Under Armour has incorporated additive manufacturing into its product development process along with other major brands such as Nike and Adidas.

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                            FDM Additive Manufacturing and its Impact on the Automotive Industry

                            by Rob Stipek on August 15, 2016
                            The automotive industry is a very competitive market to be in. OEMs and Suppliers alike are constantly trying to better develop processes that increase production, productivity, and innovation while at the same time reducing cost and waste. One of the increasingly vital tools that automakers are coming to rely on is Additive Manufacturing, specifically Fused Deposition Modeling.
                             
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                              FDM and Polyjet Additive Manufacturing for Production Parts

                              by Rob Stipek on August 8, 2016
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                              Everyone knows that additive manufacturing is great for taking a CAD design and turning it into a physical model. Prototyping and concept modeling have traditionally been where additive manufacturing has found its niche with production, design, and manufacturing engineers. Today users of professional 3D printers are taking the next steps in the evolution of the technology and finding ways to incorporate additive manufacturing into production parts. Producing end use parts with additive manufacturing technology not only dramatically reduces your production costs and delivery times, it also reduces inventory while creating new supply chain efficiencies and new business models.

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                                SUP 706 Game Changer for Polyjet 3D Printing

                                by Rob Stipek on June 29, 2016

                                SUP 706 support material is a game changer for those looking to create complex and detailed prototypes and concept models. This hands-free soluble support material promises to make the cleaning and post processing of 3D printed models, in particular those requiring intricately placed support materials, fast and easy. This material specific to Polyjet 3D printing, educes post-printing processing down to a two-step, automated soak and rinse process.soluble1

                                Business that have projects that are time sensitive are reaping the benefits of SUP706 as time consuming post processing is drastically reduced and productivity is vastly improved upon.

                                “The development of SUP706 provides a great combination of advantages for 3D printing users,” said David Tulipman, director of product management for PolyJet consumables at Stratasys. “Owners of PolyJet-based 3D printers can now print small, intricate features with greater reassurance, and clean several parts at once, enabling high volume 3D printing that’s both cost-effective and hassle-free.”

                                To learn more about SUP 706 and other 3D Printing support materials that are opening up new 3D printing application check out Fisher Unitechs upcoming webcast on the benefits of using soluble support. Click here to learn more and sign up.


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                                  Fisher Unitech and Milacron Team Up for 3D Printing Injection Molding Event

                                  by Rob Stipek on June 17, 2016
                                  Last week world leading provider of 3D printing technology Fisher Unitech and world leader in injection molding machining Milacon teamed up for an event showcasing the value of using 3D printed molds for low volume production. The event which was hosted at Milacron state of the art Batavia facilities introduced attendees to how industry is realizing the value of using 3D printed molds along with an onsite demonstration of just how the process works.

                                   

                                  Team members from both companies ran through presentations regarding how to pick the right injection molding machine for the right applications, Polyjet technology overview, and the process in which injection molders should follow when running 3D printed molds. This event was very technical in nature with the goal of providing attendees with a solid educational base to which they can apply in their own design shops. With the great turn out and positive feedback from attendees, this is the type of event that both Fisher and Milacron hope to replicate in the coming months.  If you have any questions regarding 3D printed injection molds and polyjet technology please click here to download “Top 5 Reasons to Integrate PolyJet into YourProduct Development Lifecycle”

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                                    Not Just Why 3D Printing, but Why the Stratasys J750

                                    by Rob Stipek on May 3, 2016
                                    In order to create great products creativity, prototyping, and concept validation are key. Design engineers have broken new ground in their designs with Stratasys’ new J750 3D printer. Ever since it’s April debut, the J750 has made waves with its creative capabilities.

                                    Incredible Part Realism

                                    A hallmark of the Stratasys J750 is its true full-color capability, a breakthrough in 3D printing technology. Although printing in various colors isn’t new, getting the quality you want along with a whopping 360,000 color selection is.

                                    Unmatched Versatility

                                    This versatility originates from its robust material capacity, accommodating input of up to six base resins. Because advanced PolyJet systems create composite materials right on the build tray, the number of material options is far greater than the number of input materials. In the Stratasys J750, those six base resins yield hundreds of thousands of colors, translucencies and durometers.

                                    Fast, Efficient, and Easy to Use

                                    Printing with the J750 is easy, starting with PolyJet StudioTM software to process your part. PolyJet Studio is the next generation of Objet StudioTM software and offers multiple improvements for workflow efficiency. Improvements include an intuitive interface that makes it easy to choose material, optimize the build, and mange print queues. After the parameters of the part are selected, the user hits “print” and it’s ready to build.
                                    The J750 is ideal for any user, whether you’re planning on creating detailed surgical guides or looking to produce color coded jigs and fixtures. For more information, click here to download the newly released J750 EBook.

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                                      The Future of Manufacturing with 3D Printing Event

                                      by Rob Stipek on April 14, 2016

                                      World leading Stratasys 3D printing partner Fisher Unitech is excited to announce The Future of

                                      Manufacturing Event series highlighting the benefits manufacturing is seeing with the utilization of 3D printing. The landscape of manufacturing is transforming and 3D printing is becoming essential to production. Fisher Unitech welcomes all to this excellent opportunity to learn more about how 3D printing can increase time to market, drive innovation, and save costs.

                                      Participants of these events will learn about:

                                      • Fused Deposition Modeling and Polyjet Technologies
                                      • 3D Printing Applications and customer success stories
                                      • New J750 Features and Functionality
                                      • 3D Printing Materials Overview

                                      • 3D Printing Post Processing Techniques

                                      The Future of Manufacturing Event Series is complimentary to attend and breakfast will be provided at all locations for participants. Please click below to attend at any of the 4 current locations.-Troy, Michigan at the Fisher Unitech Headquarters May 5, 2016. Register 

                                      -Schaumburg, Illinois at the Hyatt Hotel May 10, 2016. Register 

                                      -Cincinnati, Ohio at Fisher Unitech Local Office May 17, 2016. Register

                                      -St Charles, Missouri at the St Charles Convention Center May 19, 2016. Register 


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                                        New Stratasys J750 Breaking Down Design Walls

                                        by Rob Stipek on April 4, 2016
                                        Earlier today, Stratasys announced the J750, the latest addition to their world-leading professional 3D printer lineup. Building on the already successful high-resolution multi-material PolyJet technology, this printer delivers unrivaled aesthetic performance as the world’s first full color 3D printer.
                                        Unmatched Realism
                                        Full-color capability, texture mapping, and color gradients allow the creation of prototypes that look, feel, and operate like a fully finished product. Thanks to the Stratasys J750’s wide range of material properties, painting and assembly are no longer required.
                                        Maximum Versatility
                                        With the fastest PolyJet mult-material 3D printer, time for part intricacy and complexity is no longer a sacrifice. J750 allows users to take full advantage of unparalleled 3D printing by channeling a range of applications that previously required a several step process in order to achieve an all-in-one package with a vast array of colors and material properties. Users will now be able to print parts that feature Digital ABS alongside a variety of flexible Shore values and/or translucencies.
                                        Print with 6 Materials at Once
                                        The large, six-material capacity of the Stratasys J750 means you can load your most used resins and avoid downtime associated with material changeovers. Print simulated production plastics, like Digital ABS™, in half the time or with twice the resolution. With an astounding 360,000+ color combinations to choose from and multi-material capability, the Stratasys J750 allows you to bring even your most imaginative ideas to life.
                                        Customer Success For more information on how customers are utilizing the new J750, check outthis case study discussing build service provider Synergy is saving their customers time and money, while providing the most vivid detailed concept models ever produced by a 3D printer.

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                                          Fisher Unitech Named Top Selling Stratasys Partner World Wide

                                          by Rob Stipek on March 24, 2016

                                          Stratasys, the industry leader in 3D printing, recently announced that Fisher Unitech LLC has been named the 2015 number one selling partner worldwide. The company, a SOLIDWORKS product life-cycle management solutions provider and Stratasys partner for over 19 years, supplies its customers with 3D Printing production equipment, materials, and build services.

                                          With a territory that ranges throughout the Midwest, Fisher Unitech’s strategic positioning throughout its territory with its sales and applications personnel has enabled them to develop working relationships with its customer base, strengthening the support needed to prove out the capabilities of 3D printing technologies. Over the course of Fisher Unitech’s partnership with Stratasys the strategy for success continues to be customer centric.

                                          The 3D printing team at Fisher Unitech focuses on two basic principles: applying their collective learning from applications ranging from automotive and aerospace, to consumer goods and medical and using this significant experience to solve seemingly unrelated challenges in manufacturing, tooling, product development and design. Fisher Unitech also empowers their team with the proper training and resources to become leading 3D printing experts.

                                          “It was very gratifying for Fisher Unitech to again receive the honor as #1 Stratasys Distributor Worldwide,” Says Fisher Unitech Director of 3D Printing Sales/Service Andy Dehart, “Stratasys has been a fantastic partner--providing evolving solutions for the broadening 3D Printer Market since the inception of our relationship in the early 90s, we are proud to be recognized by Stratasys in this regard and look forward to the bolder challenges in 2016.”

                                          To learn more about how Fisher Unitech is supporting customers with 3D printing applicaions, be sure to check out our upcoming webcasts

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                                            New Stratasys Incentives Announced for Those Looking to Purchase 3D Printer

                                            by Rob Stipek on March 16, 2016
                                            3D printing is one of the fastest growing areas in manufacturing and design.  Recent announcements

                                            from Stratasys should give those interested in exploring the benefits of owning a 3D printer an incentive on why now is a good time to buy.

                                            Material Promotion:
                                            ·         50% off the first $15,000 (MSRP) of designated material of your choice for the first 6 months with purchase of any new SSYS printer listed at or above $75k (MSRP).
                                            ·         50% off the first $2,000 (MSRP) of designated material of your choice for first 6 months with purchase of any new SSYS uPrint.
                                             
                                            Trade-In Promotion:
                                             Trade in any old or Stratasys 3D printer and upgrade to the latest, leading technology from Stratasys.  (For certain printers, this promotion can be combined with other offers). Speak with your Fisher Unitech sales representative for more details.
                                            Buy a 3D Printer, Get One FREE
                                             Any new Stratasys Production Systems customers can now take advantage of the inclusion of a Mojo 3D printer OR two MakerBot Replicator 3D printers with any 3D printer purchase of 60k or more.
                                            For more information on these offers, contact your sales representative at Fisher Unitech. If you are just starting the process of checking out 3D printing, please join our upcoming webcasts to learn more! 

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                                              3D Printing Spring Webinar Series

                                              by Rob Stipek on March 15, 2016
                                              3D Printing industry leader, Fisher Unitech, will be kicking off the month of April with a webinar series showcasing some of the major areas of applications and growth for 3D Printing. These webinars are all scheduled to take place at 2:00 PM EST and will educate participants in the industry changing applications that 3D Printing is enabling. design and manufacturing engineers alike will gain a better understanding of how 3D Printing is enabling users to create better quality parts faster and more cost effective than ever before.
                                              These webinars will be hosted by our Fisher Unitech applications engineers and will include a live Q&A session to address specific questions that are important to participants.
                                              These informative webinar presentations will specifically cover:
                                              For more information on dates and descriptions of these webcasts and please click here 

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                                                3D Printing Manufacturing Floor Tools

                                                by Rob Stipek on March 10, 2016
                                                Maybe one of the best applications for 3D printing is the creation of unique and essential tools used

                                                on the manufacturing floor. There are countless times during the day where a manufacturing engineer needs a tool to help hold, position, place, or organize parts. For those reasons jigs, fixtures, check gauges, and other floor tools are ideas to be 3D printed, primarily using FDM technology.

                                                On the production floor FDM jigs and fixtures make work easier and safer. And companies that use FDM find that they have more of them than ever since they are so easy and inexpensive to make. Make a masking tool for conformal coating electronics and cut out manually taping each printed circuit board. Or build a dispenser for factory floor labels. For assembly operations use FDM for nesting assembly fixtures, rivet guides, or assembly guides. Need a one of a kind tool? You can easily produce that too.

                                                 

                                                Using industry grade strong plastic like Nylon, Poly-carbonate, and Ultem that are available on Stratasys FDM printers, workers are able to quickly print the necessary tools needed to get a job done and always have them on hand as part repeat-ability is easily done on Stratasys machines. From R&D through inspection FDM is the tool to make work more efficient with jigs and fixtures.
                                                For more information on production of manufacturing tools using 3D Printing be sure to sign up for our upcoming webcast 3D Printing Manufacturing Tools 

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