มาดูกันว่าเหล่าธุรกิจในอุตสาหกรรมต่างๆ ใช้ประโยชน์จากเครื่องพิมพ์ 3 มิติ ของ Ultimaker, ซอฟต์แวร์, และการเลือกใช้วัสดุอย่างไรเพื่อการพัฒนา เติบโต และสร้างสรรค์สิ่งใหม่ๆ
Yasuhide Yokoi and Final Aim Inc.
การทำซ้ำอย่างรวดเร็วของหุ่นยนต์ส่งของอัตโนมัติโดย Ultimaker S3
Yasuhide “Yasu” Yokoi เป็นผู้ร่วมก่อตั้งบริษัทออกแบบและเทคโนโลยี Final Aim Inc. ซึ่งทำงานร่วมกับกลุ่มสตาร์ทอัพ และบริษัทข้ามชาติเพื่อเปลี่ยนแนวคิดให้เป็นโซลูชันที่จับต้องได้ เขาและทีมของเขาใช้เครื่องพิมพ์ 3 มิติ Ultimaker เพื่อให้สามารถทำการออกแบบซ้ำๆได้อย่างรวดเร็วยิ่งขึ้นในระหว่างขั้นตอนการสร้างต้นแบบ
หนึ่งในโครงการล่าสุดของบริษัทคือ OSTAW Camello หุ่นยนต์ส่งพัสดุอัตโนมัติ
Camello ได้รับการออกแบบมาเพื่อแก้ไขปัญหาในห่วงโซ่การขนส่งในประเทศสิงคโปร์ ซึ่งปัญหานี้ทำให้ต้นทุนการจัดส่งสูงและมีความซับซ้อนในการดำเนินงาน เนื่องจากจำนวนการบรรทุกน้อยและระยะเวลารอนานในช่องโหลดและขนถ่าย การจัดส่งพัสดุมักจะไม่มีประสิทธิภาพ
เพื่อจัดการกับความท้าทายนี้ Final Aim ได้ร่วมมือกับ OTSAW Digital PTE LTD ซึ่งเป็นบริษัท Startupด้านหุ่นยนต์ของประเทศสิงคโปร์ โดย Camello เป็นผลิตภัณฑ์ที่จะทำหน้าที่ในการขนส่งสินค้า
Camello เป็นมิตรกับผู้ใช้งาน โดยมีพื้นที่เก็บสัมภาระตามหลักสรีรศาสตร์และการออกแบบที่โฉบเฉี่ยว – เหมาะสำหรับสภาพแวดล้อมในเมืองสิงคโปร์ ขณะนี้กำลังดำเนินการตามแผนเพื่อให้ผู้เล่นรายสำคัญในอุตสาหกรรมต่างๆ บริษัทจัดส่ง และผู้ค้าปลีกทั่วสิงคโปร์นำไปใช้ เพื่อสร้างระบบนิเวศที่ได้รับการปรับปรุงซึ่งมอบการส่งมอบที่ราบรื่นและมีประสิทธิภาพให้กับลูกค้า ในขณะที่เพิ่มอัตรากำไรสำหรับธุรกิจที่ใช้ Camello
เช่นเดียวกับผลิตภัณฑ์อื่นๆ มีหลายขั้นตอนที่เกี่ยวข้องกับการออกแบบของ Camello โดย Ultimaker S3, Ultimaker Cura และซอฟต์แวร์ CAD ทำหน้าที่เป็นคู่หูที่ยิ่งใหญ่ที่สุดของ Yasu และ Final Aim ตลอดกระบวนการ
อันดับแรกคือการพัฒนาและประเมินแนวคิดของหุ่นยนต์ จากจุดเริ่มต้นสู่ความคิด เขาใช้ทั้งแบบร่างการออกแบบที่วาดด้วยมือและซอฟต์แวร์ CAD
เมื่อเขาพัฒนาแนวคิดนี้แล้ว Yasu ก็เริ่มกระบวนการนำเสนอต่อผู้บริหารระดับสูง สมาชิกแนวหน้า และผู้ใช้ปลายทาง แนวทางที่แตกต่างนี้ทำให้ Yasu ได้รับการตอบรับมากที่สุดเท่าที่จะเป็นไปได้ ซึ่งเขาสามารถใช้เพื่อปรับแต่ง ปรับปรุง และปรับปรุงแนวคิดของเขาให้สมบูรณ์ยิ่งขึ้น
ต่อมาเป็นขั้นตอนการสร้างต้นแบบ เนื่องจากตอนนี้ Yasu มีแนวคิดที่เป็นไปได้มากมาย เขาจึงจำเป็นต้องทำให้เป็นจริงอย่างรวดเร็ว ซึ่งมักมีกำหนดส่งที่คับคั่ง โชคดีที่นี่เป็นงานที่การพิมพ์ 3 มิติสามารถจัดการได้อย่างง่ายดาย เมื่อเปรียบเทียบกับวิธีการสร้างต้นแบบทั่วไปอื่นๆ เช่น การแกะสลักหรือการแกะสลักจากโฟม ไม้เคมี หรือดินเหนียวอุตสาหกรรม การพิมพ์ 3 มิตินั้นมีประสิทธิภาพมากกว่ามาก ซึ่งทำให้ Yasu มีเวลาทำงานน้อยลงในการออกแบบอื่นๆ
“มากกว่าการลดต้นทุน การพิมพ์ 3 มิติยังเพิ่มมูลค่าให้กับกระบวนการของฉัน” Yasu กล่าว
เพื่อให้ Camello ประสบความสำเร็จ การออกแบบต้องใช้งานง่ายและเข้าถึงได้ตั้งแต่แรกเห็น ดังนั้น ขั้นตอนการออกแบบจึงเกี่ยวข้องกับแนวคิดที่แตกต่าง โดยสำรวจความเป็นไปได้ทั้งหมด จากนั้นจึงจำกัดขอบเขตให้แคบลงอย่างระมัดระวัง ความเร็วในการพัฒนาจึวมีความสำคัญอย่างมากต่อ Stakeholder
การพิมพ์ 3 มิติช่วยให้ Stakeholder เหล่านี้มองเห็นและสัมผัสผลิตภัณฑ์ที่จับต้องได้ ทำให้เข้าใจแนวคิดและการออกแบบของ Camello ลึกซึ้งยิ่งขึ้น และทำให้กระบวนการตัดสินใจคล่องตัวขึ้น
Old Dominion University
A student engineering makerspace that exceeds expectations
Old Dominion University uses Ultimaker 3D printers to deliver a new level of innovation and confidence for engineering students.
When engineering student Aric Veatch started helping out at the university’s new Engineering Makerspace and Invention Center (EMIC) in 2017, he was intrigued by the center’s Ultimaker 3D printers. “The long-term and operational data on the Ultimaker systems was far better than the nearest competitor, and the purchase cost was exceptional,” said Veatch. “Seeing if they lived up to the expectations set was the first thing on my mind.”
In 2017, the dean of the Frank Batten College of Engineering & Technology at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, had a vision to create an advanced makerspace that was owned and operated by students. As a result, the $1.5m Engineering Makerspace and Invention Center was founded, providing a resource for any student to try out new design ideas. The center offers a range of resources including CAD design and testing, electronics production, metal, wood, and composite machining, welding, finishing, and 3D printing.
“The center was built with the mission to produce engineers as critical thinkers, leaders, and problem solvers,” said Rafael E. Landaeta, Ph.D, associate Engineering Makerspace and Invention dean at the Frank Batten College of Engineering & Technology. “Our aim is to give student engineers the edge they need with employable skills for the market.”
With the 3D printers, the intent was for students to have access to rapid prototyping tools, so they could create finished parts at the attached workspace area that has an array of traditional manufacturing tools. According to Veatch, however, the quality of the 3D printers and materials was high enough that most designs are not just being prototyped in the maker-space but produced as 3D printed end-use parts.
“We wanted to have a variety of different printers, but we paid close attention to the reputation of the manufacturer, the long-standing reliability of its service, and how easy to use its products are,” said Dr. Orlando Ayala, the director of EMIC. “Undeniably, Ultimaker did fit all the criteria.”
An Evolution in learning
The EMIC was designed to enable ideation and prototyping of these ideas, and there were a lot of students keen to take the opportunity. The two Ultimaker S3 and one S5 desktop 3D printers quickly became part of the engineering department’s syllabus. Veatch was appointed as the student operations manager as part of his graduate studies to operate the 3D printers as well as other engineering systems in the EMIC.
“The usage on the 3D printers ramped up quickly,” he said. “By November 2019, all the printers were in constant use and we had ordered another Ultimaker S3 to help with demand.”
The Ultimaker systems use fused filament fabrication (FFF) technology and are compact enough to fit on a desktop while delivering generous build sizes: The S3 offers a build size of up to 230 x 190 x 200 mm with dual material fusion, and the S5 can build up to 330 x 240 x 300 mm—both with layer thicknesses as small as 20 microns.
These specifications make it possible for the students to think big. The ideas and parts being created advanced quickly to the point where students were not just designing and producing parts for coursework, but were experimenting with and producing parts for other engineering challenges.
Parts produced range from fidget spinners and fictional character masks to difficult-to-source parts for vehicles.
Ultimaker also offers over 150 materials for its customers, and the engineering students quickly focused in on their favorites.
“The materials delivered by Ultimaker, especially TPU and PLA, make it appropriate to deliver end-use parts for certain engineering scenarios, such as bushings for a gear shift,” said Veatch. “It has been amazing to watch the evolution in what students believe is possible with 3D printing, and they quickly went from basic to very advanced projects.”
Ultimately, he says, 3D printing is enabling a generation of better engineers who think in the 3D space and are evolving at a faster rate.
“The experience of the makerspace with Ultimaker has meant that our student engineers have completely exceeded expectations of what could be achieved,” said Dr. Landaeta. “We have been completely blown away by the students’ work.”
Ease of operation
Veatch quoted the following benefits with production using the Ultimaker platforms: ease of use, ease of maintenance, high-quality materials, comprehensive software, and low cost of ownership.
“Once I had the 3D printer out of the box, it took half an hour to be up and running,” said Veatch. “Since you can switch around the print cores easily, it makes it easy to keep a printer going while you repair another.”
He also cites the high-quality materials supplied with the Ultimaker, including the PLA and TPU materials, but also the freedom to source and use filament from other sources without limitations.
All Ultimaker systems come supplied with the Cura software—a free, high-performing 3D print preparation software solution. It operates with all major CAD file formats and is open source, enabling availability to anyone.
“The Cura software is just great for the print preparation,” he said. “You can also do changes to the print data on the fly during a print, which is great for fixing a problem without having to totally restart the build.”
Engineering in a virtual class
The stay-at-home orders for students and faculty at educational institutions across the country have disrupted many classes. However, both Dr. Landaeta and Dr. Ayala have taken it in stride as a very fast, and unexpected, pilot study into how engineering studies can be conducted in a virtual setting.
“Virtual engineering processes have been successfully implemented across commercial organizations,” said Dr. Landaeta. “However, this has required a good investment in time and technologies. These last three months just accelerated what we believed was going to take years to become normal in engineering.”
Dr. Landaeta points out that a big portion of engineering requires hands-on work for the production of parts and products, which means that while the design work can be easily conducted in a virtual space, the prototyping, testing, production, and maintenance stages still need an extended team in a physical space. However, 3D printing is helping overcome some of these limitations.
For the upcoming Summer Bridge program, which introduces graduating high school students to the university’s engineering program, 3D printed parts became a cost-effective option to continue the class in a virtual environment. The team has cost-effectively 3D printed and delivered entire transmission models to the students so they can continue the program in a virtual setting.
“Low-fidelity 3D printing technologies are affordable enough to have them at home,” said Landaeta. “Nothing replaces touching and holding a prototype, moving it, placing it in perspective against other objects, and feeling its surface.”
To help prove the theory, the 3D printers were taken to Veatch’s home when the lockdown started, where the small desktop footprint remained easy to handle.
“Moving the 3D printers around is fast and easy,” said Veatch. “It is less easy to move the bigger traditional manufacturing machines plus you have to have space for them. The Ultimakers are clean and small enough to be used in my house.”
3D design data is sent to Veatch across the university’s intranet, the parts are printed, and then shipped back to the student for analysis and testing.
“The Batten College of Engineering & Technology plans to support the education of this new engineering normal. We now need to teach our students how to be successful engineers in virtual engineering environments,” said Dr. Landaeta. “3D printing technologies are at the forefront of these efforts, allowing students to prototype from campus or from home.”
The EMIC is now planning to further expand the amount of 3D printers available, hoping to operate between 12 to 20 in the future. They are also looking to expand the operation of the 3D printing with the Ultimaker Digital Factory software to help manage the 3D printer fleet as it grows.
“We are very happy with the Ultimaker 3D printers. The students have been able to work on amazing projects with ease,” said Dr Ayala. “We are planning on buying more Ultimaker 3D printers in the future.”
Driving the transformation of physical to digital inventory with additive manufacturing
Azoth has built a new business helping manufacturing customers have machine parts right on time, while saving thousands of dollars.
When engineers get enthusiastic on the topic of additive manufacturing, it can be compelling. Indeed, in the presence of Cody Cochran, Azoth’s general manager, and Ronnie Sherrer, polymers engineering lead at Azoth, you can’t be anything but a fan. Their expertise and energetic approach have been successful in consistently delivering new value propositions to their manufacturing customers through the intelligent application of additive manufacturing and 3D data for end-use parts.
Additive manufacturing and materials have recently evolved to the point where many end-use parts can be produced tool-free and at a lower cost than traditional methods. According to Cochran, it is all about identifying parts in their customers’ inventories that meet the specifications and having a clear business case. Then they are evolved into a digital inventory for immediate, on-demand part production.
“Not all parts are ideal for additive,” said Cochran. “We sort through and find where the complexities are in the supply chain, the overload of inventory, where parts often fail, and build a business case for each one.”
Azoth was formed by the EWIE Group of Companies (EGC) to bring the advantages of additive manufacturing to its customer base. EGC focuses on fulfilling the indirect manufacturing needs of its Fortune 500 customer base across 12 countries, with customers such as John Deere, GM, and Ford. Azoth also focuses on those indirect needs by applying additive manufacturing to machine parts.
The Azoth Approach
As customer engagement begins, the team at Azoth takes a methodical approach by working through their inventories and initially identifying machine parts that are overstocked as a result of minimum order quantities or that are often out of stock because of lengthy production lead times of five to 10 weeks—or longer. The team then goes on to identify parts that have a high failure rate or that need some re-engineering for greater efficiency. All of these parts are wasting their customers’ money, wasting time, and causing unnecessary complexity in the supply chain.
The Azoth team is equipped with 3D scanners and software so that parts without CAD data can be reverse-engineered and then re-engineered, if necessary, to improve mean time between failure (MTBF). Material analysis is applied, as well as an understanding of the tolerances in play. And asa part is validated, an analysis of cost—including post-processing, material, build times, and part size—is delivered.
Selecting the right 3D printer and materials is also part of this equation. Azoth uses both metal and plastic additive manufacturing and is particularly reliant on its Ultimaker 3D printers in this process. The Ultimaker systems use fused filament fabrication (FFF) technology and are compact enough to fit on a desktop while delivering generous build sizes: The S3 offers a build size of up to 230 x 190 x 200 mm and the S5 can build up to 330 x 240 x 300 mm—both with dual material extrusion and layer thicknesses as small as 20 microns.
“The materials and the printers from Ultimaker are key in this process,” said Cochran. “The low cost of operation, the high-quality materials, have made our success possible—providing significant cost reductions for our customers.”
The team also looks at metal parts to see if they can be produced more efficiently in plastic while maintaining tolerances and performance.
“The Ultimaker materials are less expensive and often outperform traditional plastics, and even some metals,” said Cochran. “With some gripper finger parts that were originally machined from metal, we took the cost from $350 down to $75 per part by re-engineering them for plastic additive production. And they maintained performance.”
The types of parts that the Azoth team analyzes include jigs and fixtures, gripper fingers, blow-off nozzles, gage handles, and more. They look for parts that will benefit from being produced additively, and with no tooling, tool setup, or minimum order quantities, amazing time and cost savings can be made.
“The average person wouldn’t find these parts sexy in any way,” said Cochran, “but these are the workhorse parts that enable production to continue. We work to eliminate machine downtime on our customers’ shop floors, reduce complexity, reduce cost, and shrink physical inventory. And we have been successful at it!”
Take One, Make One
Once the customer’s digital inventory is in play, Azoth uses a model it calls “Take One, Make One.” This is a direct form of on-demand production where as soon as a replacement part is taken, a new part is made. Azoth operates this through synchronization with parts vending machines and ERP/MRP systems that send an order to Azoth’s competency center. The new part is typically built and shipped within 24 hours.
“The vending machine implementation can generate instant work orders,” said Sheerer. “This means that the customer maintains a limited inventory driven by actual usage and not based on random requirements, such as minimum order requirements. This saves money and increases efficiency for the manufacturer.”
Dynamism, a provider of 3D printing solutions, materials, and consulting expertise located in Chicago, Illinois, was a key collaborator in the company’s TOMO initiative. The Azoth team was introduced to the Ultimaker platforms by Dynamism, and both teams maintain a strategic relationship to push the boundaries of 3D printing.
“The continual support, expertise, and creativity from the Dynamism team allows us to meet the needs of our customers,” said Cochran. “Their help means we can always offer the best solutions, materials, and outcomes.”
Each part produced by Azoth is delivered with a proven business case for the customers. Depending on the part, the business case can be quite different.
“Our approach disrupts the status quo in a positive way for our customers,” said Sheerer. “When we transitioned a simple wear pad part to additive with Ultimaker, it resulted in $30,000 in cost savings for the customer. That is what we call a business case.”
The ability to rapid prototype parts is also a part of the work done by the Azoth team. For some prototype cutter parts, the customer would typically have them CNC machined in steel, which took 12-14 weeks. The Azoth team had plastic prototypes that could be used for a direct, accurate fit and checked within one day. Azoth’s results speak for themselves. They are regularly achieving cost reductions of 50-90%.
“With one gripper finger part, we produce about 30 a month at about half the cost of the traditionally manufactured part,” said Cochran. “We tested the new part with SLS nylon, SLA-based resin, but ended up using the PA 4035 on the Ultimakers. It replaced Delrin, and that’s a tough, workhorse material in our world.”
The Azoth team is also able to produce emergency parts to help reduce machine downtime. One example was of a tool steel injector pin that ran out in inventory. The team had a polymer replacement pin in 48 hours, whereas the 3D metal replacement took a week.
With the tools and expertise, the Azoth team is also able to re-engineer parts for better performance. Complex blow-off nozzles with designs that accurately target the air flow are great examples—and are simple to produce with additive manufacturing.
The Azoth team has proven to itself and its customers that additive has a valuable and important place in the manufacturing supply chain, and both Cochran and Sherrer are keen to continue to lead, innovate, and help customers be more successful.
“Daily, we are changing mindsets within our customers as we deliver valid business cases on their parts inventory using additive manufacturing,” said Cochran. “With Ultimaker 3D printers and materials, the cost is right—they offer easily scalable production and a reliability that we couldn’t have anticipated.”
Schwartz Off Road Motorsportz
Saving time on and off the track with 3D printing
Owner and driver, Erik Schwartz of Schwartz Off Road Motorsportz is an engineer by trade and spends all of his free time tinkering and maintaining his vehicle to compete in the Championship Off Road Series. Schwartz has become adept at making improvements on the fly. In order to turn these ideas into reality, Schwartz utilizes Ultimaker 3D printing technology.
Once considered a novelty, the Ultimaker product line has become a necessary tool for this team to compete at a high level. With advanced material options available with the Ultimaker S5, Schwartz Off Road Motorsportz (SORM) is saving time on and off the track.
Tomorrow is the big race. All week long, the team has been preparing their Side by Side (SxS) vehicle to compete and win. Suddenly, during their preparation on Thursday afternoon the antenna clamp breaks. This is bad news and without a proper replacement, communications are shut off between the pit crew and the race officials —creating a very unsafe environment for the driver. With less than 24 hours until the race weekend, it’s impossible to get a part produced and shipped in time. Adversity calls for a creative solution.
This scenario is common for those who participate in all sorts of off road sports. Typically, the racing teams are small and fueled by passion, so they tend to be cost conscious and resourceful when it comes to problem solving. Schwartz Off Road Motorsportz (Oshkosh, WI) is one of the many family-owned teams competing in the Championship Off Road Series, but their approach to engineering solutions is anything but common.
Erik Schwartz, Owner and Driver, has worked with 3D printing since high school. and knows what type of value it can provide for quick-turn answers to complex problems. Combining his passion for motorsports with his affection for 3D printing enabled his team to do more with less. “Some people want to tinker with 3D printing,” said Schwartz. “Not me. Quality matters and when I hit print, I want it to be done right.” A few years back, Schwartz and his team ran into several design and performance issues for the SxS vehicle and wasted no time integrating the Ultimaker 2. Since then, it has clocked up more than 4,000 hours of printing, and the team has upgraded to the Ultimaker S5.
Operating on passion and a limited budget is a real challenge for those who wish to compete at a high level. For SORM and many other racing teams, it’s imperative to build, test and optimize the vehicle without draining the bank account. Traditionally, races are held bi- weekly throughout a given season and adjustments are constantly made. Whether it’s fixing broken parts, replacing others or making design improvements to enhance performance, this requires time and money. “When a part issue arises, we typically outsource to a machine shop,” said Schwartz. “It gets expensive and can take up to three weeks for delivery.”
Like most racing teams, the SORM team has limited fabrication methods inhouse and must rely on third party businesses to produce parts from sheet metal. Parts that need consistent replacement on the vehicle due to wear and tear are brackets, fixtures, clamps, and a variety of mounts. While some parts can last an entire season, others need replacement every other weekend. “These parts range from $500 – $750 per,” said Schwartz. “It’s difficult to absorb that type of cost, especially when we require backups or we make a design mistake. Let’s face it, we don’t always get it right the first time.”
In addition to the problem of replacing worn out parts, Schwartz and his team are constantly tweaking and finding new ways to keep their vehicle competitive. Ideation is one of their key advantages, so the team needed to find a low-cost way to test ideas and validate the functionality of certain parts. Whether it’s the development of lighter weight components or redesigning air passageways, every new design can be the difference between winning or losing. “Fans may only see the 20 minutes on the track but behind the scenes, our team puts a lot of time and effort during the week to make this work. We need it done right,” said Schwartz.
“It can be the difference between finishing tenth or first”
Schwartz is a veteran Ultimaker user. For years, the team owned and operated the Ultimaker 2, single extrusion 3D printer. Using it predominantly as a prototyping tool, the team printed in PLA to test form, fit and function for a variety of ideas. After 4,000+ hours of printing, the equipment continues to run like new and has been a source of curiosity for fans and fellow competitors. “We invite fans into our pit at the race track and it’s always the topic of conversation,” said Schwartz. “Like our trailer or tool box, we treat the 3D printer as an important part of the business.” Used mainly for prototyping, Schwartz and his team knew that an upgrade was necessary to take them into production. Enter the dual-extrusion, Ultimaker S5 3D printer.
At the beginning of last season, a costly crash damaged the vehicle in several ways which forced the team to replace the radiator. Due to supply chain problems, the manufacturer quoted a six-month lead time. This was unacceptable, and would cause the team to miss the season entirely. Instead, Schwartz ordered an off-the-shelf radiator and designed several brackets to custom fit it into the vehicle. The Ultimaker S5 was the perfect tool to print and reprint parts out of polycarbonate that would connect to metal brackets that hold the radiator in place. “We were in a super time pinch,” said Schwartz. “The 3D printer saved our season and in some ways, improved it.” With a wide array of advanced materials at their fingertips, the team began using the equipment in ways they never thought possible.
Let’s look at some other applications and benefits, followed by a cost comparison for a typical bracket part.
Performance panels: Accidents happen in motorsports. The back quarter panel is a prime location for damage and if impacted hard enough, can damage the chassis. Instead of purchasing new quarter panels, SORM designed a quarter panel clamp 3D printed with nylon and a TPU insert that could absorb the damage more effectively. Not only does this save them hundreds in replacement cost, the nylon material is more likely to crush then ruin the chassis—which would cost a lot more than just a quarter panel itself.
Complex capabilities: Dual extrusion technology enables SORM to maximize the value of PVA (water soluble) material especially for complex geometries or internal channels. SORM developed an enhanced front grille designed to increase airflow to the vehicle, thus providing a natural cooling mechanism. Machining a custom passageway such as this is nearly impossible, but completely doable with dual material 3D printing combining the strength and functionality of polycarbonate with soluble PVA.
Organization: A working shop can be chaotic and sometimes the smallest details can save time, money and headaches. Printing custom jigs, fixtures and color coded trays have become standard in the SORM shop. Multicolor printing capabilities leads to a better-organized workshop. This is common practice for many larger industrial companies who use this technology to identify safety fixtures and create ergonomically sound devices for workers.
|Traditional method||Expedited||Ultimaker 3D printers|
|Cost||$300 – $500||$750+||Negligible|
|Time||2 – 3 weeks||2 – 3 days||Within hours|
Results and the future
“Materials and data,” Schwartz said confidently. The progress being made in polymer development has become a major benefit to the industry. Stronger rubbers, custom plastics made with chemical resistant properties and improved heat deflection thermoplastics will help move the industry forward. In addition, the data collected will improve part analysis and performance for future product development. The next generation of industrialization is highly connected, and the compilation of data will impact the way companies produce prototypes, spare parts and products.
Ultimaker is the epitome of innovation and continues to lead by example. Its material portfolio boasts over 40 advanced filaments available directly with Ultimaker or accessible through a preferred network of providers. In addition, the CURA software is rated as one of the most user-friendly and intuitive programs available to the community of 3D printing engineers and enthusiasts. Through data aggregation, this software is equipping the industry with the tools to react quicker and perform at a higher level. Similar to Schwartz Off Road Motorsportz, Ultimaker is committed to tweaking, improving, and performing at the highest level possible.