Monthly Archives: February 2013

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25 02, 2013

Selective Laser Sintering

February 25th, 2013|Uncategorized|

One of the main technologies used in our rapid prototype machines is selective laser sintering, or SLS. While there are many 3D printing methods that are currently available, SLS is the one that 3D Prototype prefers, and here's why. SLS offers products that are closest to the original model, making it a slightly more precise [...]

25 02, 2013

Personalize 3D Printing

February 25th, 2013|Uncategorized|

In our last blog, we discussed a new 3D printing technology innovation, the 3Doodler pen, which allows you to create 3-dimensional drawings and models. If your model needs to be a little more solid though, a 3D prototype is in order. Even if your prototype needs to be created by a larger machine, you don't [...]

25 02, 2013

Innovation With 3D Printing Technology

February 25th, 2013|Uncategorized|

3D printing has been put to many innovative uses over the past several years, including being used to create artistic sculptures and even a house. Most recently though, the technology was personalized by a team at the Artisans Asylum in Boston and miniaturized to create the 3Doodler pen. The new 3D pen uses ABS Plastic, [...]

19 02, 2013

The Next Frontier in 3D Prototyping

February 19th, 2013|Uncategorized|

While 3D printing technology has been improved, beyond what was initially imagined, there is still room for improvement. The prototypes that are being printed are strong, flexible, durable and intricate, but they are still printed at a speed that is relatively slow. While parts can be created that are durable enough to be used as [...]

19 02, 2013

Reduce Your Lead Time

February 19th, 2013|Uncategorized|

When 3D printing technology was first created, it was used mainly for rapid prototyping, which in turn was developed to help companies significantly reduce their lead-time in developing products. Whether a company needs to test a part they plan on ordering, or they are still in the concept stages and want to see an innovative [...]

19 02, 2013

How has 3D Printing Technology Improved?

February 19th, 2013|Uncategorized|

The first 3D printers were created in the late 1970s, and were bulky, expensive and rather limited. As time passed, this early 3D printing technology has been improved upon, to the point where nearly anything can be created, from small rubber-like parts, to artistic sculptures. A variety of additive processes have been developed to make this [...]

6 02, 2013

Nylon Material Has a Long Lifespan

February 6th, 2013|Uncategorized|

In addition to making your rapid prototype versatile, nylon 12-equivalent material also has properties that allow your prototype to enjoy an impressively long lifespan. The amount of time that our nylon products remain strong and useable is so long that many companies are now ordering smaller pieces to be used as final products. By ordering [...]

6 02, 2013

Nylon is Sturdy Enough to be Modified

February 6th, 2013|Uncategorized|

Many rapid prototyping services make their models out of material that may be strong and durable as long as the prototype is left unmodified, but fall to pieces if you attempt to alter them using tools. If you try to tap or drill your product, the vibrations usually cause the model to crack or flake [...]

6 02, 2013

Nylon Allows for Greater Detail

February 6th, 2013|Uncategorized|

So far you have read about how nylon 12-equivalent material makes your prototypes and models versatile and long lasting, but rapid prototype products created from our material also allow your models to exhibit finer details than many other materials. Creating prototypes from materials that are less expensive and more brittle means that parts that have [...]

6 02, 2013

The Role of CAD

February 6th, 2013|Uncategorized|

In order to create a 3D model or prototype, a special printer that is capable of printing 3D objects must be used. Sending 2D images to a 3D prototype printer won't work, so computer-aided design (CAD) must be used. CAD is simpler than it may sound. It simply means using a computer system to help [...]