Reverse Engineering Scanner Technology

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Last week, I attended the Wichita Industrial Trade Show which is held every two years in Wichita, Kansas.  This show offers several hundred booths offering machine services to consulting to cleaning products found in most manufacturing shops today.  We ran across one interesting company though that I wanted to share with you as I get a lot of requests for this from customers.  The company is called Modern Manufacturing Technologies International and they offer 3D scanning for reverse engineering or […]

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Leading-Edge Manufacturing Technologies: Robotics & Additive Manufacturing.

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Leading-Edge Manufacturing Technologies: Part 2 Robotics & Additive Manufacturing. Editor’s Note: This is the second article in a two-part series examining three leading-edge manufacturing technologies. Read part one on advanced sensors: Leading-Edge Manufacturing Technologies. Technology is transforming the manufacturing industry. Imagine a manufacturing floor saturated with 3-D printers overseen by robotics capable of gathering data through advanced sensors and then transmitting that information digitally to inform other systems of impending issues or failures, updating other machines on the status of […]

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Need a New Liver? Print One.

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Well, not quite yet. 3D printing continues to garner lots of press and attention. It truly has become a way to leverage 3D data generated from many different sources. The medical product industry has embraced additive manufacturing and continues to find new applications for the tool. A corollary use for 3D printing applies to surgical simulation. For example, training surgeons in the use of new medical tools using 3D printed organs instead of a patient. The following article from the […]

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Print 3D Models using your iPhone as a 3D Scanner…Really

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With the recent surge in use and awareness of 3D printingand additive fabrication solutions, the need to create and utilize 3D data hasgreatly increased. Classically the mechanism to create this data model has beeneither using a 3D CAD tool such as SolidWorks to build your model or startingwith scanned data of an existing physical model. High cost/high precision scanners have been around for quitesome time but with a relatively high price point they haven’t become amainstream tool. In addition, several […]

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Super SOLIDWORKS Brothers Mobius Strip

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The other day I was on a website called Shapeways where you can upload, 3dprint and sell your 3d models. There I shall something that was a blast from 1985 someone a designer named Joaquin Baldwin design a couple of Modius strips. For those who don’t know, Modius strip has several curious properties. A line drawn starting from the seam down the middle will meet back at the seam but at the "other side". If continued the line will meet […]

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Objet 3D Printing Overview

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Using an Objet 3D Printer The 3D printers from Objet Geometries can create some amazing plastic parts. They can range from color models (such as the Halo Masterchief model) to flexible rubber parts, to clear lenses and covers. But how do you get to these end results? Is the process complex? Not at all. Sending a model to an Objet printer to be built only involves a few steps. Export STL File First you need to save your 3D model […]

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If you can draw it, we can print it!

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3D CAD continues to grow in capability year after year.  Now so do the 3D printers.  3D printers have taken an attitude that if you can draw it, we can build it.   As long as you can create a room big enough and create enough gantry travel the sky is the limit.   I have recently read an article from Forbes website (http://www.forbes.com/sites/parmyolson/2012/07/11/airbus-explores-a-future-where-planes-are-built-with-giant-3d-printers/2/) that discussed how Boeing has started to experiment with printing an airplane.  With the composite materials getting better and […]

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Robot Pebbles

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My daughter would argue that I have no idea what is and what is not cool.  I believe, however, that THIS is really freaking cool: Researchers at MIT have hyptohesized a "smart sand," which will allow you to clone real 3D objects.  A key use case is replacement broken mechanical parts, creating a very interesting future direction for rapid prototyping. Please read more here: http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2012/smart-robotic-sand-0402.html

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Top Five Reasons to Integrate 3D Printing in Your Product Development Cycle – Part 3

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Part 3. Field test with prototypes that resemble the final product providing insight into potential design flaws More prototyping means more opportunity to evaluate whether or not a part will function as intended. Shawn Greene from Fender Musical Instruments describes a recent project to develop a light-up front panel for an amplifier. Using 3D printing, Greene produced prototypes of the panel using a clear material, tested it with different types of lights and discovered that light didn’t deflect the way […]

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