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Unilever Accelerates Prototype Lead Times by 3D Printing Their Injection Molds

Posted by Marcus Weddle on January 23, 2015 at 10:52 AM

While 3D printing is impacting a wide range of industries, it’s manufacturing that is currently seeing the most dramatic results. In fact, the numbers we see for time savings in prototyping are simply amazing.

Recently, consumer goods giant Unilever’s Italian division shared real-world statistics, including a 40% savings in prototype part lead times, thanks to adding Stratasys 3D printing technologies to their manufacturing processes.

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Worth Sharing: Manufacturing 3D Printed End-Use Parts with Normal

Posted by Marcus Weddle on January 22, 2015 at 3:32 PM

When you hear of end-use parts and 3D printing, typically it’s in the context of futuristic predictions describing custom consumer goods rolling off giant assembly lines a decade or more in the future. Simply put, it is assumed that 3D printing is either too slow, too expensive or the material quality isn’t good enough today.

Here’s a video that proves otherwise: Normal is shipping out custom 3D printed earphones from their factory and store in New York. Watch Normal CEO Nikki Kaufman describe how she specifically wanted the Stratasys Fortus 250mc 3D printer, with the material choice of ABS plastic in seven colors, for her vision of manufacturing the perfect earbud.

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Prototyping and Testing Using 3D Printing: Webinar

Posted by Marcus Weddle on January 21, 2015 at 11:01 AM

One of the top applications for 3D printing is rapid prototyping. With the ability to iterate designs in hours instead of days or weeks, drastic cuts in development time are very possible across all kinds of manufacturing.

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Don't Redesign - Find and Reuse Your Existing Part and Design Data

Posted by Susan Leuci on January 21, 2015 at 9:05 AM

One of the largest consumptions of time for engineers and designers is the need to recreate and redesign the same or similar parts and designs that already exist inside their company's legacy data assets. Taking the time to search for them is even more time-consuming.

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Find Venting Issues Earlier with SOLIDWORKS Plastics!

Posted by Steven Schaeffer on January 16, 2015 at 3:19 PM

So, you have a plastic part and you keep seeing small black marks on the surface. Is it burning? Is the plastic too thin somehow in that one area? No, you have figured out that it is due to an air trap dieseling. 

What are the steps you need to take to correct the mold?

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It's "Sheet Metal for Everyone" at SOLIDWORKS World 2015!

Posted by Susan Leuci on January 15, 2015 at 4:46 PM

I was enjoying perusing SOLIDWORKS' blog page this morning when I unexpectedly spotted CADD Edge mentioned in their post from yesterday. Mike Fearon, their Senior Manager Brand Offer Marketing, quickly summarizes the amazing number and quality of sessions SOLIDWORKS World in February will offer, then turns his attention to one session in particular. He writes, "Today we’re going to preview a #SWW15 session from David Bazinet titled, 'In-Context Sheet Metal for Everyone.' That’s right, not just for some of you. For all of you."

Senior Manager Brand Offer Marketing, Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS - See more at: http://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2015/01/sww15-session-preview-david-bazinets-sheet-metal-for-everyone.html#sthash.nZwrWErT.dpuf
Senior Manager Brand Offer Marketing, Dassault Systemes SOLIDWORKS - See more at: http://blogs.solidworks.com/solidworksblog/2015/01/sww15-session-preview-david-bazinets-sheet-metal-for-everyone.html#sthash.nZwrWErT.dpuf

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Worth Sharing: 3D Printing Prototype Injection Molds Videos

Posted by David Stockbower on January 14, 2015 at 4:51 PM


3D printing molds for injection molding
applications can cut the prototyping process to “days instead of weeks.” That’s not just us talking, but customers who have put the unique PolyJet technology into practice.

Watch their stories below. Looking for more information? Download the free white paper on PolyJet for injection molding or speak with us directly.

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Printing Prototype Injection Molds Using 3D Printers

Posted by David Stockbower on January 7, 2015 at 10:06 AM

One of the most exciting emerging applications for 3D printers is creating prototype molds for injection molded parts. The video below introduces a 3D material, using patented PolyJet technology from Stratasys, that's well-suited to withstand the rigors of prototyping with an injection molding press. This clearly demonstrates a real use of 3D printed parts for injection molding and what can truly be done in practical applications.

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New ASA 3D Printing Material Test Launching: CADD Edge Birdhouse

Posted by Rich Annino on January 5, 2015 at 10:00 AM

What makes commercial 3D printing or additive manufacturing better for designers, engineers or manufacturing? It’s a question we often hear, and one of the key answers is a discussion about the 3D printing materials—both in looks and in performance. A great material to discuss at the moment is a new one from Stratasys for their Fortus FDM 3D printers: ASA (Acrylonitrile Styrene Acrylate).

But rather than just tell you about ASA's appearance and performance, we want to show you! So today we are announcing a new long-term CADD Edge test program to perform a real-world evaluation of ASA.

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New Commercial 3D Printers: Faster Workflow and More Material Options

Posted by Marcus Weddle on December 19, 2014 at 10:40 AM

This is our second post on the 11 new Stratasys commercial 3D printers/materials for sale from CADD Edge.

This post continues our discussion of PolyJet 3D printing technology. Today we’ll look at a new Objet 3D printer, the Eden260VS, with soluble support material for fine detail and reduced workload, then onto how Connex triple-jetting technology is coming to Objet260 and -350 models.

The New Eden
The Eden line is the next step up in material options from the desktop models, and Stratasys has added a new model in the Objet Eden260VS. The build area and materials are identical to the 260V, but what’s new is on the support material removal side.

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