PIONEERED in the aviation industry as a means of reducing the weight of components, additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, is now a growing area of interest and development for rail.
IN THE SUMMER OF 2015 Elon Musk of SpaceX introduced the Hyperloop Design Competition to further expedite the progress on the Hyperloop project. Graeme Klim, a Masters Student at Ryerson University heard about the competition and was immediately interested based on his prior experience working with aircraft landing systems. Graeme noted, “The competition called for submissions of a full pod,
3D SYSTEMS based out of Rock Hill, South Carolina is a pioneer in 3D printing technology. Some of its major accomplishments include inventing 3D printing with Stereolithography (SLA) and commercializing it in 1989, as well as inventing and commercializing Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) in 1992. Today, 3D Systems’ vast range of 3D printers are used for production-grade manufacturing in aerospace,
3D printing the components of an artificial heart, allowed a team of researchers to speed up the development of their study, and keep costs super-low. The approximate cost to manufacture the heart was just $21 USD.
Every single gram saved reduces total launch costs!
The surface quality of the EnvisionTEC printers was superior to those offered by competitors. Because the surface finish of the model is so excellent, he noted, “We can produce a very clear aligner without any distortion in the model during vacuum forming under heat.”
Thousands of customers later, their mission hasn’t changed: giving every Designer and Engineer the ability to create same-day strong, reliable parts.
ESAComp has a vast set of analysis capabilities, which have been successfully applied to structural components made of composites within the aerospace industry for many years.
In addition to strong performance, the technical support from EnvisionTEC has been provided excellent backing to the Ted Karl Designs business.
The Perfactory® Vida is a low cost, open architecture, easy to maintain and user friendly 3D printer for the digital dental laboratory. The Vida boasts a high resolution projector running at 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution with custom UV optics.