Friday, 29 June 2012

3D Printing - The Future according to Autodesk

Autodesk, is a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software. Customers across the manufacturing, architecture, building, construction, and media and entertainment industries – including the last 15 Academy Award winners for Best Visual Effects – use Autodesk software to design, visualise, and simulate their ideas. Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk continues to develop the broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art software for global markets.

Click here to view a video of a Forbes interview with Jeff Kowalski, Vice President Autodesk about the future of 3D printing and how he believes 3D printing will make the US self-sustainable.

Monday, 25 June 2012

Introducing Redeye Corporate Advantage

Calling Existing FDM machine owners!

Do you have a Dimension, U-Print, Mojo or 400MC machine and can’t keep up with your printing requirements?

Supplement your existing capabilities by utilising the facilities at Redeye Australasia (the bureau service for Stratasys and Fortus).
RedEye Australasia offers corporate rates to existing machine owners allowing them access to a full suite of machines (including 400MC and 900MC), as well as the complete range of FDM materials including Ultem, PC, PC-ISO, ABS-M30i, and ABS in a wide variety of colours.
Whether you need diversity in materials, a larger build platform or simply more machines to meet your short term requirements, take advantage of the RedEye Corporate rate and allow RedEye Australasia to supplement your existing FDM capabilities.
You already know the benefits of FDM for accurate repeatable models, prototypes and parts, and now you can gain a corporate discount for any projects that are built in the RedEye Australasia facilities because of your previous machine purchase.

To receive the corporate discount, send your existing Stratasys or Fortus serial number along with your files, and upgrade your capabilities without the capital expenditure by becoming a member of the RedEye Australasia Corporate Advantage network.
RedEye Australasia,, 1300 559 454,

Friday, 15 June 2012

FDM end use parts break land speed record

Not sure of the end use applications of FDM? Read about how durable parts can be in the following article where FDM parts were used on a custom built motorcycle to break the land speed record.

When the Discovery Channel set the task of building a custom bike in 10 days for viewing by die-hard cyclists at the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally for their Biker Build-Off, no-one expected that bike to be able to break the AMA Land speed record.

Klock Werks Kustom Cycles, South Dakota, took on the Biker Build off challenge and won with 'Best bike at the show'. They followed up their win by setting an AMA Land Speed Record (147 mph) at the Bonneville salt flats.

“Direct Digital Manufacturing gave us a major edge in the competition,” says Jesse Hanssen, Klock Werks mechanical engineer. With only a five-day filming schedule, one-of-a-kind components with complex geometries and strict functional requirements were created with direct digital manufacturing using polycarbonate. “FDM enabled us to build anything we could imagine. FDM put no limits on our imagination,” says Hanssen.

“Many of the parts on this bike could not have been produced by any other method in the time-frame required. FDM saved us a considerable amount of money and made a major contribution to our winning the Biker Build-Off,” says Klock Werks partner Todd Snedeker.

In building a custom bike for the competition, Klock Werks called upon their own line of bagger parts, purchased some components, and others were one-of-a-kind creations that could not be purchased off the shelf. Most of these unique parts had complex geometries and many also needed to also meet strict functional requirements such as a gauge pod which had to withstand cyclical vibrations without breaking.

“Normally, these parts would be produced from injection molded plastic or machined aluminum,” says Hanssen. “But it takes three to four weeks to build parts using either of these methods because they require tooling. Klock Werks had to fabricate all of the components during a five-day filming segment.” In addition, the cost of building the parts needed for the competition would have been between $15,000 and $20,000, which would have been far too expensive.

Klock Werks engineers designed the gauge pod, fork tube covers, headlight bezel, floorboard mounts, floorboard undercovers, and wheel spacer cover in SolidWorks. “FDM put no limits on our imagination,” says Hanssen. “We built all of these parts in a quarter of the cost to injection mold or cast them."

"The finished parts met all of our requirements for both geometric accuracy and mechanical strength," says Klock Werks partner Todd Snedeker. "The ability to produce fully functional parts using direct digital manufacturing methods was instrumental to our success. Many of the parts on this bike could not have been produced by any other method in the time-frame required. FDM saved us a considerable amount of money and made a major contribution to our winning the Biker Build-Off at Sturgis Week."

After winning the competition, the Klock Werks team raced the bike at the Bonneville salt flats, where they set an AMA Land Speed Record. "The WFB (World’s Fastest Bagger) proves the durability of FDM polycarbonate parts at 147 mph.," says partner Brian Klock.

Friday, 1 June 2012

Medical Device innovation utilises 3D print technologies

A recent Medical Design article highlights the increased use of Rapid Prototyping technologies in the field of Medical Device innovation and design.
Craig Lanning, an instructor at the Deptartment of Bio-Engineering at the University of Colarado in Denver said: “Rapid prototyping may have increased the number of design cycles, but it also has dramatically decreased the cycle time.”
Arlen Meyers, professor of Otolaryngology, Dentistry and Engineering also at the university refers to 3D printing and prototyping as “a global sandbox” that provides medical professionals in active practice access to the tools and support needed for bringing new ideas and devices to reality.
To read the full article, click here.