3D Printing helps highlight Hahndorf’s historical heritage

Prominent SA based architectural design firm Beyond Ink have been doing some great work with their 3D Systems ProJet 660Pro full colour 3D printer supplied by evok3d.

John Ashcroft, managing director of beyond Ink said:

“The model represents the redevelopment one of the heritage buildings in Hahndorf for use as The Wolf Blass Gallery and Museum.

The building with the rusted roof is the first schoolhouse in Hahndorf thought to have been established somewhere around 1855. The proposal is to incorporate the schoolhouse within the museum structure.”

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“The model is approximately 900mm long and was created in six pieces with every component printed using the Projet printer.

We have spent a lot of time adjusting scanned finishes in an attempt to create a model which is as realistic as possible.”

The Wolf Blass Gallery and Museum model by Beyond Ink
3D printed full colour model of The Wolf Blass Gallery and Museum by Beyond Ink

We think the final results look fantastic demonstrating that the ProJet 660 Pro is ideal for architects and designers, delivering life-like, photo-quality models in three dimensions.

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ProJet 660 Pro 3D Printer

 

Contact us today to find out more about this or any of the 3D printing technologies we have to offer.

EnvisionTEC Launches cDLM™ – Continuous Digital Light Manufacturing

EnvisionTEC to introduce the first continuous 3D printing process capable of producing models for direct investment casting in minutes, not hours

Contact evok3d now to order your Micro Plus cDLM™ machine: Contact evok3d

DEARBORN, Mich., June 3, 2016 – EnvisionTEC, a leading global manufacturer of professional grade 3D cDLM Microprinting solutions, announced today the unveiling of the patented new breakthrough technology, cDLM™, Continuous Digital Light Manufacturing, at the JCK Las Vegas tradeshow. The first 3D printer to print 3D models for direct investment casting for the jewelry industry in minutes rather than hours, the Micro Plus cDLM, will be on display at EnvisionTEC’s booth #B62063. Demonstrations will be running throughout the event showcasing the Micro Plus cDLM, building casting-ready models in the industry standard 3D print casting material PIC 100 and also EnvisionTEC’s fastest material, QView.

“The addition of cDLM technology to EnvisionTEC’s Micro Plus 3D printer is a game changer for the jewelry industry,” said EnvisionTEC CEO Al Siblani, “Traditionally, 3D printing castable materials such as our PIC 100 would take hours to build. With cDLM, bridal and fashion rings can be designed, grown, and ready for investment casting the same day, which is a huge advantage for the jewelry market.”

The Micro Plus cDLM has average build speeds of 10-20 minutes per inch in Z for the full build envelope, depending on the material used, and a build size of 45 x 28 x 75 mm. As the rest of EnvisionT EC’s Micro Plus line, the Micro Plus cDLM will feature an industrial UV LED light engine, an integrated PC with Wi-Fi, and a convenient built-in touchscreen.

“EnvisionTEC has a long history of innovation, with a focus on 3D printing parts that are made to matter. Providing real solutions to real application problems has become the hallmark of our research and development team’s efforts. Adding the speed of cDLM to our professional grade jewelry 3D printing lineup will provide our customers with unprecedented manufacturing turnaround times,” added Siblani.

The Micro Plus cDLM will be available August 2016.

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evok3d – professional 3D printer preventative maintenance

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The term preventive maintenance refers to the practice of regularly servicing equipment on a pre-determined schedule so that your machine does not develop catastrophic failures and performs better over its useful lifetime.

Although it is well known that equipment routinely serviced on a pre-determined schedule outlasts equipment that is not, many companies still indulge in the practice of neglecting 3D printing equipment and/or only responding reactively to equipment failures.

Preventive maintenance has a number of powerful advantages that make it worth utilising. Because of these advantages, more and more companies are starting to realize the importance of taking proper care of their professional 3D printing equipment.

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• Reduced production downtime
•Better conservation of assets and increased life expectancy of assets, thereby eliminating premature replacement of machinery and equipment
•Reduced overtime costs and more economical use of maintenance services due to working on a scheduled basis instead of a crash basis to repair breakdowns
•Timely, routine repairs circumvent large-scale repairs
•Reduced cost of repairs by reducing secondary failures. When parts fail in service, they may damage other parts or waste consumables
•Reduced product rejects, rework, and scrap due to better overall equipment condition
•Identification of equipment with excessive maintenance costs, indicating the need for corrective maintenance, operator training, or replacement of obsolete equipment
•Improved safety and quality conditions

Contact evok3d today for preventative maintenance or corrective service.

evok3d Hosts Manufacturing the Future NOW seminars

On August 11 and 13, evok3d were proud to host our guests at the Nissan Motorsport headquarters as part of the 3D Systems Manufacturing the Future NOW seminar series.

After guests were welcomed with coffee and breakfast came our presentation where we covered some of the 3D printing technologies across various industries such as medical, dental, jewelry, defense, aerospace and motorsport. We showed many real world applications where 3D printing has been used to enable these industries to reduce costs, be first to market, create personalised and bespoke items and solve previously unsolvable problems.

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Participants then enjoyed a personal tour of the facilities which allowed our visitors to see how 3D printing has now become and essential part of a high tech manufacturing facility, complementing traditional manufacturing capabilities such as CNC machining and composite part production.

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As a refresher for attendees and for the benefit of those unable to join us we have published below the slides from the presentation.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject in the comment section below. If you have any questions about how 3D printing can work for your business please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Emergence of the Digital Supply Chain

How your business can leverage 3D Printing to realise competitive advantage

Last week we were honored to be asked to give a presentation at the annual SMART conference. Managing Director Joe Carmody addressed the audience regarding the ongoing advances in additive manufacturing (3D printing) technologies. He outlined what these mean for industrial and consumer products now being manufactured geographically closer to the end user and the subsequent effects upon the value chain.

Industry experts predict this transition from centralised manufacturing of stock to a distributed on demand model will, in the long term, significantly reduce inventory levels and slash transportation requirements. Together with the trend towards mass customisation, the impact to the supply chain industry will be transformative.

In this presentation Joe provides an insider’s glimpse of the state of the industry, shares insight into how businesses can leverage 3D printing today and also position themselves for the inevitable convergence of manufacturing and supply chain functions.

 

Is your business ready to take the next step in digital manufacturing?

Be sure to check out our range of professional and production ready 3D printers. Don’t hesitate to contact us today to find out how we can help you business find the best 3D printing solutions for your needs.

Is 3D Printing Tough Enough for Track Duty? Nissan Motorsport and evok3d know it is!

Off the back of our hugely successful Manufacturing the Future: 3D Printing 2.0 seminars held recently, 3D Systems asked us to present to a global audience through their webinar platform and we were happy to oblige.

Nissan Motorsports runs several cars in the Australian V8 Supercar Championship, the premier motorsport category in Australasia and one of Australia’s biggest sports. The team partnered with Melbourne-based evok3d to use 3D Systems printers to manufacture parts for their heavily modified Nissan Altimas, saving them the time and expense of making tooling to make parts.

Nismo 3D prints the specialized ducting necessary to keep their drivers cool, which is critical with interior temperatures reaching 50° C (122° F). To print these parts, they’re using the ProJet 3510 with VisiJet M3 Black material, which they have found performs as well as injection-molded ducting.

But that’s not all — they’re using 3D printing to make prototypes as well as rapid tooling for parts that can’t be directly 3D printed, such as carbon fiber components.

Join Perry Kapper, Chief Designer at Nissan Motorsports, and Joe Carmody, Managing Director of evok3d, as they explain how they’re working with 3D Systems to Manufacture The Future.

 

Bionics Institute saves months on prototyping with ProJet 1200

Researchers at the Bionics Institute have saved months of work since using 3D printing technology to produce bionic eye prototypes, allowing them to work with surgeons on faster clinical upgrades.Senior Research Fellow at the Bionics Institute, Chris Williams, leads a team who are working to create components such as RF coils that transmit power and data wirelessly once implanted in the eye.

“You would be able to transmit vision to the device in the eye…it’s just like putting a smart phone in your eye,” he says.

Bionic Eye prototypes from the Bionics Institute
Bionic Eye prototype from the Bionics Institute

Associate Professor Williams uses the ProJet 1200 for verification models which allow his team to test for fit, size and functionality. The team then use the 3D printing for pre-production, making moulds from the models which they use to cast silicon prototypes.

“We can now get a prototype out in 4 hours using the ProJet 1200. Before 3D printing it would take us weeks or months. We found it takes 20 iterations to reach an upgrade, in terms of going through iterations, the machine justified itself in the first week.” he says.

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ProJet 1200 used by the Bionics Institute to help create their revolutionary device

After 5 years of research the first clinical trial has been completed on patients using a novel device.

“It was quite promising, their vision was optimised, obviously they want better vision and fully wireless power, but the eye surgeons were pleased with the process and that’s a platform for future trials”, Associate Professor William’s said.

evok3d hosts Manufacturing the Future: 3D Printing 2.0 seminars

On September 30 and Oct 1, evok3d were proud to host our guests at the Nissan Motorsport headquarters as part of the 3D Systems Manufacturing the Future: 3d Printing 2.0 seminar series.

Participants were welcomed with coffee and breakfast before our presentation where we outlined some of the technologies that demonstrate the ‘coming of age’ of 3D printing. We showed some real world applications where 3D printing has been used, not only prototyping and conceptual communication, but fit and function testing through to end use parts. These applications were demonstrated by some of the parts produced for and being used in the Nissan V8 Supercars, all produced on our in house professional 3D printing machines.

This was followed by a personal tour of the facilities which allowed our visitors to see how 3D printing has now become and essential part of a working facility, complementing traditional manufacturing techniques such as CNC machining and composite mold making. Our friends at 3D Printing Today also made a short video with some pictures from the event.

As a refresher for attendees and for the benefit of those unable to join us we have published below the slides from the presentation.

Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below. If you have any questions about how 3D printing can work for your business or are in the market for a 3D printer yourself please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Man vs Coffee Machine

While using 3D printing to fix things is nothing new, we thought we’d do this little case study to highlight just how quick and easy it has become to use this technology to repair an everyday item thereby saving money and reducing waste.

Here in the evok3d print center we love our coffee machine. It’s an old Saeco Magic Comfort+ from around 2004 and ten years on is still a solid performer, until today when one small plastic part finally blew making the machine unusable. This would have been devastating. It would have meant

  • trashing an otherwise working machine creating unnecessary waste
  • scouring the internet for a replacement part – possibly expensive and taking a long time to receive
  • having to drink instant coffee until a new machine arrived or the old one was fixed. Heaven forbid!
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Our pre 2004 Saeco Magic Comfort+ made us uncomfortable when it broke. Image courtesy partsguru.com

Thanks to the wonderful age we live in not only were we able to restore the machine to it’s former glory, we did it with the minimum of fuss.

While I was happy to draw up the replacement part myself in something like 123D Design, I figured I’d do a quick search. Lo and behold, Thingiverse came to our rescue with the exact piece we needed already created by user ‘thomas63’, making it a simple matter of downloading and printing the files. Thanks Thomas!

We printed both parts in ABS on our  CubePro Trio to see which would work best, opting to use the one with the M3 nut fitting . We did these with the following settings:

75 micron layer height, 3 surface layers, almost solid fill, diamond fill pattern, points supports (though they probably weren’t needed) and with no raft. Total overkill, but we wanted good strong parts.

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The CubePro 3D Printer

 

It took just over three hours to print both parts (due to the super fine layer height), using just over 5 grams of material.

Finally we brushed the parts with some Acetone to give them greater strength before fitting back in the coffee machine. Success! I don’t think coffee has ever tasted so good.

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Original broken part on the left and acetone treated parts on the right

So there you have it. We saved ourselves several hundred dollars and a perfectly good coffee machine from going to in the trash with a quick look online and less than a dollar of material. We achieved this in a much quicker time (around five hours total) than if we’d been able to source a replacement part elsewhere – all thanks to the power of the internet and 3D printing.

evok3d features on Nissan Nismo Insider

evok3d is the subject of the latest Nissan Nismo Insider video (Season 2, Episode 17). Special guest host James Moffat chats with evok3d founder and Managing Director Joe Carmody, taking a closer look at the in-house 3D printing center at the Nissan Motorsport headquarters. Chief designer Perry Kapper also shares some insight into how the race team is using these facilities for rapid prototyping to improve design and manufacture of parts  for testing, helping to give the drivers a competitive edge.

Check out the video below and if you have parts you need printed or are in the market for a 3D printer yourself we would love to hear from you.