3D printing has become a beneficial tool for engineers and a necessity for streamlining and designing in the manufacturing industry. Unfortunately, many companies have yet to implement this technology for either the lack of perceived value or simply the unwillingness to change traditional processes. For manufacturers that are still on the fence, the Stratasys uPrint and uPrint SE plus are two affordable, yet powerful desktop machines that are capable of solving all of your manufacturing needs in real time. Built to perform, Stratasys uPrints are capable of creating anything from functional prototypes to manufacturing floor tools.
uPrints use FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) technology, a simple yet highly
effective layering process that allows users to quickly build models in-house with different types of ABS thermoplastics. Because of this material, the uPrint gives users the capability to build parts that are up to 8x8x6 inches in size that can be sanded, painted, and bonded together and have a look, size, and feel as needed. Another feature the uPrint offers is the functionality of GrabCAD software, a 3D printing cloud-based software that allows users to manage and collaborate projects remotely while importing native CAD files at the same time. This technology negates the need to translate your original CAD model eliminating the risk of lost information.
The value of adding a uPrint to the design process is significant. Not only is it a proven and powerful professional 3D printer, but it can easily be the tool that increases the design validation process along with producing end-use parts. With a uPrint in your corner, engineers no longer have to wait for prototypes from suppliers and are able to give their customers a conceptual design under 24 hours. With the assistance of GrabCAD, uPrints can be used across departments allowing designers to print prototypes and manufacturing floor engineers jigs and fixtures the same day without the use of a CNC machine.
About the Author
Rob Stipek is an additive manufacturing marketing specialist at Fisher Unitech. Having worked in the manufacturing technology industry since 2010, he has an extensive background with multiple manufacturing applications including injection molding, simulation, and 3D printing. He writes about ways in which additive manufacturing is being applied in multiple industries to improve on engineering processes and increase innovation.