Thursday, 27 April 2017

4 Reasons to Use a 3D Printing Service Bureau

Like many businesses, your company is exploring 3D printing and additive manufacturing. Maybe you have the perfect design, and the innate benefits of 3D printing has caught the attention of your team. But while the benefits may be clear, operational costs and implementation may not be. Perhaps your company has considered buying a 3D printer, but aren’t sure about the costs involved and technological expertise needed. Then the question occurs, would it be better to buy a printer or outsource our 3D printing needs?

These internal debates have existed for years in the manufacturing realm and especially the 3D printing arena. Fortunately, the field has expanded in such a way that owning a printer and outsourcing don’t always have to be mutually exclusive. Below we’ve highlighted four important considerations when thinking through these options:

1. Advanced Equipment and Materials
Prototypes are just a percentage of the parts produced in major 3D printing services bureaus like Objective3D Direct Manufacturing. Additively manufactured production parts for major industries are continuing to grow due to technology advancements and development of materials from rigid and elastomeric plastics to high strength metals and alloys. 3D printing customers are aware of the inherent design freedoms, cost effectiveness and quick turnarounds associated with 3D printing production parts, but aren’t equipped to set up the operations associated with major additive manufacturing.

Some businesses have office set-ups perfect for clean, safe printers like the Stratasys F123 Series, but when exploring the more production caliber technologies like Laser Sintering and Direct Metal Laser Sintering, a considerable amount of careful handling and higher process temperatures have to be considered.

That’s where service bureaus fit in with their scope of technologies and materials. By utilizing their services, you can explore new 3D printing technologies that might not be available to you otherwise. Specifically, additive metals are not an in-house possibility for most businesses due to cost, material handling, and technical requirements. Objective3D Direct Manufacturing has the expertise, finishing capabilities, controls and secondary operations necessary to produce robust and functional DMLS components.

2. Investment Risk
Buying an additive manufacturing technology can be a significant capital expense all on its own. Additionally, it often involves investing in staff to set up software, provide maintenance, purchase and install material and other consumables. The setup involved may disrupt and require re-configuring of overall operations. Though owning a printer may be in your future, a service bureau is a great first step toward incorporating 3D printing into your business. Working with experts to understand which technology works best for your applications and quality requirements can help you determine which solution you need for the long term.

3. Part Manufacturability
Sometimes a part is complex and requires a special build style or specific materials. In-house operations may not be able to fulfill the desired look, feel or function. Or perhaps it’s time to try something new with the design and an exploration of new materials and build styles may be in order. Service bureaus open that opportunity to you.

This can also be a complementary process to in-house operations. Conventional manufacturers may need custom jigs and fixtures that would be better accomplished with additive manufacturing. Large parts or parts needing assembly might be better accomplished with a bureau’s experienced finishers who can assemble multiple sections without sacrificing strength or integrity.

4. Additive Manufacturing Expertise
At the end of the day, it’s really about expertise for quality parts. Objective3D Direct Manufacturing has been in the 3D printing industry practically since its inception and has made a point to explore every new avenue as it emerged. Development of parts for major players across a variety of industries, including aerospace, medical and consumer products means we’re well equipped to take on even the most complex application.

The sweet spot in additive manufacturing is a high volume of a low mix of part designs; there we can deliver with unmatched consistency and repeatability. We have developed the process and quality controls needed to deliver parts with strict requirements and certifications.

In addition to our manufacturing capabilities, we’ve spent 30 years honing post-processing and finishing skills that are unmatched in the industry. So many additive manufacturing technologies require knowledge of what’s required to finish them to customer desire and the supplemental equipment used to accomplish it. For DMLS especially, there is a full suite of post-processing equipment required to produce metals parts.

In other words, service bureaus like Objective3D Direct Manufacturing may be better suited to help customers realize additive manufacturing’s full potential for your application. We take amazing new ideas for products and technologies and champion them into real applications, one-by-one, by identifying new ways 3D printing can bring them to life faster and easier. Let’s take your idea and fully realize the possibilities available to you through our suite of technologies and services.

If you would like to build or scan a 3D Part and need a quote, please contact us at 03-0785 2333 (AUS) or 09 801 0380 (NZ) or email us at Alternatively, you may upload your files and get a quote on our online system.

Monday, 27 March 2017

Learn how to Implement 3D Printing into Your Business Model

In the decades since its invention, 3D printing, has proved to have long-term benefits for businesses that incorporated the technology into their business models and operations. More companies are looking to save the time and money 3D printing offers them. However, it’s not always easy to make this transition and many businesses need help identifying how to fully leverage the benefits of 3D Printing. Objective3D Direct Manufacturing Professional Services exists to provide guidance for these businesses. They offer truly customised manufacturing solutions for your company by evaluating your operations, identifying opportunities for 3D Printing, assessing its impact, and offering training services on how to use this remarkable technology.

Objective3D are hosting a Professional 3D Printing and 3D Scanning Workshops where you can learn the details and advantages of different 3D Printing solutions, engage in-depth about new applications and participate in hands-on demonstrations.
The customised training curriculum is intended to support a range of players, including machine operators, manufacturing or process engineers, product development, design engineers and management. From technology overviews and technology selection to building an internal 3D Printing center, the engineers at Objective3D Direct Manufacturing team will speak to several topics to get your business started with utilizing 3D printing.
Workshop topics include:

Selecting the Right Technology 

New advances in manufacturing technologies may have you asking, what is the best fit for my

You want the best quality and precision possible, but also want to keep costs down.
This presentation delves into the unique benefits and the difference between key manufacturing solutions available today and how to identify which technology is best for your project.

FDM and LS Technology, Materials and Production Applications

Learn the details about Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) and Laser Sintering (LS) technology, their materials and which applications they service. FDM and LS offer unique benefits, especially for production parts. Increased knowledge of these processes will help you design for the technologies and determine the best steps for your project.

Rapid PrototypingDesign for 3D Printing

Understanding the fundamentals of part design and preparation of files for 3D Printing will impact the way you design for this cutting-edge technology. Leave the design constraints of traditional tooling behind and unleash the benefits of free-form fabrication with LS and FDM. Learn how to utilize 3D Printing to take advantage of reduced material consumption, weight reduction, and most importantly, increased functionality.

Post Processing Workshop

Get hands-on experience with the methods and tools used to post-process LS and FDM parts. Attendees will remove support material, hand sand parts to fit, join parts together with a bond, drill and add inserts, taps, and more.

Sign Up Now!

These topics and more will help your business ramp up and begin the process to implementation of 3D Printing. The Workshop is limited to an intimate group of 6 to a class, so sign-up now to save your spot!