... the digital revolution

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Want to know more about digital manufacturing and how it can benefit your organisation? Check out our series of case studies, white papers, videos, material options and FAQs. If you have any questions give us a call on +61 3 5400 1210 or email us at info@keech3d.com.au

Case Studies

Xray Vision

With variety of in-house CT scanning and user-friendly conversion tools, Dental technicians can now turn a traditional CT images into a digital manufacture-ready dental model in very short time.

Manufacturing Jigs & Fixtures at BMW

Rapid prototyping has become a standard practice in product development. At the BMW AG plant in Regensburg, Germany, FDM continues to be an important component in vehicle design prototyping.

3D printing makes great products better

"Because FDM can produce accurate functional prototypes, we avoid about $60,000 in tooling cost per part by proving out the design before committing to tooling"

Polycarbonate put to the test

A belt sander at Stratasys broke down, so they took the opportunity to print a new part and put the polycarbonate material to the test.

End-Use Parts Manufacturing with FDM Technology

3D printing means you can produce end use parts straight from a CAD drawing using production-grade thermoplastics. Inventory at your fingertips.

White Papers

A new Mindset in Product Design

3D printing can help bring better products to market fast

The terms "3D printing" and "additive manufacturing" refer to the processes that automatically build objects layer by layer from computer data. The technology is already well-used in many sectors including transportation, health care, military and education. Uses include building concept models, functional prototypes, factory tooling (such as molds and robot-arm ends), and even finished goods (such as aircraft internal components).

How to Design Your Part for Direct Digital Manufacturing

Traditional manufacturing methods, like machining and injection molding have many rules, restrictions, and limitations. These rules don’t apply when using direct digital manufacturing. Designers are free to concentrate on the best design and not concern themselves with manufacturability.

Motor Trends

Additive manufacturing drives production of reace-ready parts

Additive manufacturing (AM) has been crucial in the motor sports world for years. In the race for speed and performance, it has been a lynchpin for design and testing. Now, race teams are revealing that AM parts will go far beyond review and evaluation.

Production Floor Trends

Justifying Additive Manufacturing through Jigs & Fixtures

There is an often-overlooked additive manufacturing (AM) application with potentially huge financial returns. Savings can be so large that they can justify the purchase of an AM (or 3D printing) system in far less time that the typical three- to five-year payback period the financial officer will demand.

Videos

Automotive Applications for 3D Printers and 3D Production Systems (5:23)

Aaron Blackmore of Stratsys talks about 3D Printing and 3D Production systems for automotive applications at the 2010 PRI (Performance Racing Industry) Show in Orlando, Florida.

NASA Aerospace Manufacturing with Stratsys Additive Manufacturing Technology

Fortus 3D Production Systems by Stratasys are helping NASA develop one of the most advanced pieces of aerospace manufacturing: the space exploration vehicle, which will house future astronauts exploring Mars.

3D-Printed "Magic Arms"

When Emma was 2, she wanted to play with blocks. But arthrogryposis meant she couldn't lift her arms. So researchers at a Delaware hospital 3D printed a custom assistive device that lets Emma color, hug and play. The 3D printed WREX is durable enough for everyday use, so Emma wears it at home, at pre-school, and during occupational therapy. She calls them her 'magic arms.' And the design flexibility of 3D printing lets researchers continually improve on the device - they've now made custom WREX arms for at least 15 kids.

Material Options

FDM Thermoplastics

  • ABS-M30
  • Production-grade plastic for FDM Technology. Strong and affordable material ideal for concept models and function prototypes. Available in Ivory, White, Black, Dark Grey, Red and Blue.

  • ABS-M30i
  • FDM compatible, ABS-M30i is suitable for surgical models, tools and fixtures. Complies with ISO 10993 and USP Class IV, can be gamma or EtO sterilised. Available in Ivory.

  • FDA Nylon 12
  • Ideal for automotive and aerospace applications - anything that demands high fatigue endurance. Same material used in traditional manufacturing now available for FDM. Available in Black.

  • PC
  • Polycarbonate for FDM Technology is the most widely used material. High tensile and flexural strength make it ideal for building strong parts for automative and commercial industries. Available in White.

  • ULTEM 9085
  • FDM thermoplastic suitable for functional testing, tooling and end-use parts due to its FST rating, high strength-to-weight ratio. Available in Tan and Black.

PolyJet Photopolymers

  • Digital ABS
  • Designed to simulate standard ABS plastics. Superior rigidity and toughness in walls thinner than 1.2mm. Ideal for functional prototypes, moulds, electrical parts, engine parts and snap-fit parts.

  • Transparent
  • Print clear and tinted prototypes such as eyewear and medical devices. Using RGD720 and VeroClear-RGD810 material to provide high dimensional stability and surface smoothness to your prototype or end-use products. Combine transparent and black material to create patterns and shades.

  • Rigid Opaque
  • Print attractive prototypes to test fit, form, function, moving and assembled parts. Over 40 colours available.

  • Rubber-like
  • Simulate different levels of hardness, elongation at break, tensile strength and tear resistance. Available in Grey, Black, Amber and Opaque.

FAQs

Did you know that digital manufacturing, additive manufacturing and 3D printing are the same thing!

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