Monday, 10 October 2016

Delivering High Quantities of Prototypes Fast

Objective3D Direct Manufacturing produces parts using a range of additive and conventional manufacturing technologies. We offer tailored solutions for your project’s needs. If your project requires larger quantities of small parts – fast, Laser Sintering is the best technological solution for you. Per-part pricing is reduced as quantities increase, but there are more advantages to using Laser Sintering for small prototypes than price alone.

Laser Sintering (LS) provides strong, versatile and geometrically intricate components made from filled and un-filled nylon materials that are ideal for fit and form verification and functional testing. Prototypes made with LS are created quickly and offer robust solutions for your project.

FAST Delivery
Laser Sintering can provide sturdy, functional prototypes as little as 24 hours. Multi-component designs can be incorporated into single structures, allowing engineers to produce complex features and geometries in one print, and eliminating the need for assembly. Additionally, reduced secondary processing means quicker delivery to you.
Variable Characteristics
Prototypes from Laser Sintering are functional and stable in a variety of taxing environments. The nylon 11 and nylon 12 materials used in Laser Sintering can be reinforced with property-enhancing fillers, such as carbon fiber or glass, to produce strong parts that meet a variety of performance requirements like high tensile strength, flexural strength, impact resistance, and heat deflection temperatures. LS prototypes created with these materials are perfect for applications that experience variable temperature exposure, like fuel tanks and electronic enclosures.

The versatility of LS material qualities makes it easy to meet your project’s distinct requirements.

Little to No Finishing Needs
One key advantage to Laser Sintering is that each part is encased in powder as it is made. The surrounding powder reinforces the parts and eliminates the need for support structures that require removal after production. With ready-to-use prototypes off the printer, little to no finishing needs reduces costs and delivery time.
Your Prototype Solution
LS prototyping is an excellent solution for your project if you’re looking for high quantities of small, durable or light-weight parts. Whether your designs require complicated geometries, minimal finishing requirements or quick turn-arounds, 3D printed prototypes made with Laser Sintering are the perfect solution for your project needs. Objective3D Direct Manufacturing has the expertise and technology range to deliver upon any of your additive manufacturing projects, with Laser Sintering as the best solution if you want higher quantities of small prototypes, quickly delivered.

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Friday, 12 August 2016

CSIRO Relies on 3D Printing for Groundbreaking Research

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) is one of the largest and most diverse scientific agencies the world. CSIRO researches a variety of disciplines from agriculture to energy, manufacturing to space, improving the future for Australians and the world. CSIRO’S accomplishments include pioneering radio astronomy work leading to the invention of WiFi, development of extended-wear contact lenses and a vaccine that protects against the deadly Hendra virus. 

3D printing has played a key role in CSIRO’s Autonomous Systems Lab since 2011, accelerating research and reducing costs.

3D Printing Streamlines Research
In many CSIRO studies, researchers developed testable prototypes and gathered data by securely attaching multiple sensors to moving robotic devices in order to finalize designs. Prototypes created for tests were often held together with double-sided tape or zip ties, because using traditional fabrication methods (such as milling or cutting) or outsourcing were too costly and time consuming.

Paul Flick, a senior mechatronic engineer for CSIRO, implemented FDM® and PolyJet™ technologies to streamline prototype production. Researchers now create models quickly in-house from 3D CAD designs, minimizing lead time and outsourcing.

A hexapod robot developed by CSIRO’s robotics team with 3D printed components.

“Efficiency has been a huge factor contributing to the success of a research project for us, and 3D printing has been the integral accelerator for some of our projects with its highly reliable technology and durable ABS materials,” Flick said.

A Smart Approach
CSIRO adopted two 3D printing methods to aid its research. FDM builds durable prototypes with mechanically strong, production grade thermoplastics for projects that need higher tensile or impact strength or bio-compatibility. PolyJet creates models with fine details that can undergo functional tests, such as assembly and snap fit. With these two complementary technologies on site, Flick and his team create concept models and functional prototypes more confidently.

“Now, if someone comes up with a brilliant idea at the end of the day, it is possible to send the CAD file to one of the 3D printers and have the part ready the next day,” Flick said.

This agility sped the development of a GPS-enabled cattle monitoring sensor. A key goal was to design a collar that could house the solar panels, electronics and batteries while withstanding the rough movements of the animal. This system tracks the movement of the cow via GPS, accelerometer and barometer information that is then transferred to a base station for studies. Finalizing this design took many iterations that would have taken the team weeks or even months using a traditional fabrication method. Instead, it took only days to print, assemble and test to confirm the design using 3D printing, allowing the team to begin developing the data-reading parameter ahead of schedule.

CSIRO’s GPS-enabled sensors track animal movements

Extending the Robotic Reach
Since the Queensland lab facilities added 3D printing, its machines have been running nonstop, providing predictable results faster and more cost-effectively. For example, assembly tests for a hexapod, which can travel on uneven terrain to collect natural-science data where wheeled robots can’t go, took advantage of strong ABS material to ensure the robot prototype could withstand high impact and oscillation.

“At CSIRO, research is the religion as we endeavor to improve people’s living standards by investigating science and nature. 3D printing has been an indispensable tool and the driving force that helps us prototype better and faster, eventually pushing the limits of possibility in the many sectors that we work in,” Flick said.

While the CSIRO lab continues to seek answers to some of the world’s most challenging questions, 3D printing is enabling its researchers the ability to create applications and systems with greater efficiency.

Objective3D is Australia and New Zealand’s leading provider of Stratasys and Concept Laser 3D Printer Solutions for designers, educators and manufacturers. We are the only Stratasys reseller in Australia and New Zealand that provides both 3D Printer Solutions and 3D Printing Bureau Service through a state-of-the-art Additive Manufacturing Centre which houses the largest range of FDM and PolyJet Machines including consumables and spare parts. With more than 1500 orders received and over 100,000 parts produced annually, Objective3D Service Bureau is helping companies in diverse industries create extraordinary new products at every phase of the production process. Objective3D is an ISO 9001 compliant company and has won the Stratasys Customer Satisfaction and Support Award in 2013 and 2015 for the Asia Pacific region. 

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