How to Choose A Manufacturing Method For Low Volume Production
IKEA Offers Free 3D Printable Files To Make Its Products More Accessible For People With Disabilities
When developing a new product, the leap from design to production is one of the biggest challenges to overcome. With traditional manufacturing methods, even the simplest parts can require weeks of time and thousands of dollars in tooling costs. These costs may be prohibitive for small scale production of 100-1000 parts.
Fortunately, there are a number of options available which are more appropriate for smaller scale production.
Case Study: 3D Printing Aviation Hardware Parts...In One Day
IKEA recently announced a project that uses 3D printing to help people with disabilities. The project is called ThisAbles and consists of a set of free 3D printable files that improve the usability of IKEA’s products for people with disabilities--for example, an adapter to make a light switch easier to operate, and a riser that raises a couch up by several inches.
Choosing a Material for 3D Printing
With deadlines approaching and an unexpected equipment failure, Eric was running out of options to keep his project on schedule. His team had identified an issue with the placement of a piece of equipment on a prototype aircraft. Learn how we worked with Eric to get the replacement parts printed to keep the project on track.
Rapid Prototyping: How to Reduce 3D Print Time
So…whats the best material for 3D printing? If it were that simple, we would only offer one option! However, when 3D printing your model, the ideal material depends on a variety of factors. It's easy enough to look up material properties, but there is more to the story than that. Each of the materials we provide have a unique character when 3D printing beyond just the specification sheet. We'll cover some of the basics in this post to give you an idea what to think about.
Configuring Your Slicer Software To Reduce Printing Time
There are some things you can do to dramatically reduce the printing time and get the prototype in your hands more quickly. I’m going to share a few of the techniques we use at 3DPros to reduce print time and deliver prototypes to our customers on time.
Case Study: 3D Printing a Full Size PC Model in 32 Hours
In this post, we’ll be focusing on software settings for rapid prototypes. For this use case, speed is the most important consideration. Even if you want to print your final product at a higher quality level, it often makes sense to trade quality for speed during the prototyping process.
Scott contacted us on a Tuesday night, in need of a full size model for a customer demo...that Friday.