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Design for Manufacturability

June 4, 2015
3D Innovations

Design engineers are critical during the product development cycle for concept, planning, detailed design and prototyping, and are also increasing responsible for manufacturing methods analysis and production planning. These last two responsibilities are rapidly increasing because there is more pressure on businesses to offer a quick turnaround and speedy market delivery. Additive manufacturing (3D printing) technology is one way design engineers have been able to keep up with the demands.

SONY DSC“Although additive-based rapid prototyping technologies are ever more established, from producing concept models to detailed engineering prototypes, engineers must not lose sight of how to go from prototyping and the final design stage to manufacturing production in the most efficient and effective way.” This is where design for manufacturability and assembly plays a critical role. When determining how to design and assemble in the most efficient manner possible organizations also have evaluate whether to use internal business resources or develop an external partnership.

No matter whether an organization looks internally or externally, the goal to get prototypes and production ready-parts into engineers hands in a matter of days instead of weeks remains the same. “There is now a plethora of 3D printing methods at companies’ disposal, from stereolithography to inkjet printing to direct metal laser sintering, just to name three. But quick-turn production is method-agnostic at its heart, where companies and their product development partners should keep all 3D printing options open and make their choices based on a balance of prioritized needs. These include lead time, cost, surface finish, detail and resolution, strength and material properties, and functional behavior for form and fit checks and engineering evaluation.”

Read more about design for manufacturability on the Design News website, How Do You Make Quick-Turn Design & Production a Reality?


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3D Printing Captures the Imagination

April 21, 2015
3D Innovations

Design_News_LOGOAdditive manufacturing (a/k/a 3D printing) has captured the attention of not only tech enthusiasts but almost every single industry out there. This technology is quickly expanding and moving beyond its initial prototyping function. “Although analyst predictions differ, all are in agreement that the 3D printing industry is growing and likely will continue to grow at a notable pace. Wohlers Report 2014, for example, puts the worldwide 3D printing industry at $3.07 billion in 2013 and anticipates that figure will reach $12.8 billion by 2018 and over $21 billion by 2020.” These are astonishing figures considering that just 10 years ago this technology was no where near this popular.

Another interesting way to analyze the 3D printing market is by looking at how wildly popular the technology is on crowdfunding websites, such as Kickstarter. Design News posted an article today, Top 10 3D Printing Projects, in which you garner a clear understanding of where the technology is and where it is going through Kickstarter statistics. “Without fail, the most popular of these projects are funded at seven or 10 times the amount the originator hoped to raise. Most received funding within a thirty day funding window and some were funded in minutes.” 3D printing is one of those technologies that piques your curiosity and captures your imagination.

Read the full Design News article and view the slideshow here.


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3D Printing & Injection Molding Are Compatible

April 2, 2015
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Design_News_LOGOMany times it seems as though 3D printing and Injection Molding are at odds with one another, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. There is a need for both types of technology in manufacturing, as was demonstrated at NPE 2015 recently.

Design News recently posted a synopsis of the event as it pertained to 3D printing, 3D Printing Partners With Injection Molding At NPE 2015. “3D printing (3DP) had its own area in the form of the first ever NPE3D pavilion of exhibits and demonstrations, as well as an NPE3D conference track with six presentations.” The event did a great job of highlighting these two technologies and their inherent compatibility. “A theme that was reflected in several ways was the use of 3D printing to assist in, or improve on, injection molding, as well as improvements in 3D printing materials and processes that are making better functional prototypes and end-use parts.”

If you were able to attend the event please let us know what you thought of the NPE3D exhibits pavilion and presentations with a comment below.

We invite you to read the entire Design News article and view the slideshow from the event.


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The Evolution of Education

March 19, 2015
3D Innovations

Design_News_LOGOLately there has been quite a bit of news about the uncertain future facing traditional four-year colleges. Most recently, Sweet Briar College, a 114-year-old private women’s college in Virginia announced that it would be closing its doors for good at the end of this semester. Many people believe that Sweet Briar College shutting down is just the beginning of what’s to come. Politicians and well-known public figures have been speaking out about the trouble with the current education system and the need for immediate reform.

This week Design News published an article that delves into the heart of the matter, Q&A with David Goldberg: Universities Must Change to Keep Up with ‘Era of Design’, in which Mr. Goldberg discusses disruptive innovation in regards to public and non-profit universities. He also talks about for-profit universities and how they are taking a business style approach to education to attract and retain students, and so far this model seems to be catching on. In regards to STEM education, retention is a major challenge for schools, but this for-profit model might be one way to keep students on track until graduation. Let us know what you think!

You can read the Q&A session with David Goldberg in its entirety on the Design News website.


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Educating Tomorrow’s Innovators

October 18, 2013

Design News recently published an article, Inspiring Today’s Students to Become Tomorrow’s Innovators. We originally shared this article on our 3D Innovations Twitter account (@3D_Innovations) and we were surprised by the number of people that then classroom_trainingshared this article with their own followers, so we wanted to be sure that our blog community also had the chance to read it.

Below is a powerful excerpt from the article (and we must say that we agree with the author’s conclusion):

For science and engineering, the inspiration is there — SpaceX is launching rockets to space, CERN is creating the world’s largest particle accelerator, and projects such as North American Eagle are working to break the world land speed record.

But while students can see these engineering marvels, most never get exposed to how they work or have the opportunity to build one of their own. In fact, students rarely get to participate in activities where they actually do engineering.

Unfortunately, our society and education system bombards our students with lectures, rote memorization, theory, and math throughout their education. Even in college, most only get exposed to computer simulations and programming in Java or mathematics algorithms. This lack of hands-on experience for students is driving our future innovators away in droves. And for those who stay, they graduate with no real-world experience.

Employers expect the students of today to be prepared for the jobs of tomorrow — even the ones that don’t exist today. Is that a fair expectation if we’ve never given our students a chance to do engineering?

I believe to answer industry demands for job-ready graduates, we must create an educational continuum that parallels the progression of learning to play an instrument or riding a bike and create products that grow with students from kindergarten to rocket science.

Continue reading the full article…


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Popular 3D Printing & STEM Education News (September 17th – September 21st)

September 21, 2012

This was definitely a busy week in the 3D printing world! The first consumer based 3D printing retail store opened its doors on a busy Manhattan street and great strides were made on the CAD software side of the industry. We hope this momentum keeps up!

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An Education Transformation

July 26, 2012

“Innovate or perish” rings true for every industry, including education.

Online education is transforming the way students are being educated. Within the past few years there has been a change in which students are obtaining their college degrees — “out” with the traditional lecture hall format and “in” with the new online class. The amount of students gravitating towards online classes is growing and mainly because of cost. It is no surprise that online classes are easier for students on a budget and have greater schedule flexibility.

Stanford, MIT and Harvard are just a few colleges now offering free online classes to students all over the world. Currently these free classes are relaying information and just  teaching the basics, you are not actually working towards a Harvard degree; Who is to say that this won’t become the new norm within the next 5 years, and that students across the globe will be earning their degrees completely online. While online degrees pose a challenge for education content and message delivery, it is even more challenging to bridge the gap between theories and real-world application.

As Kevin Craig, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Marquette University points out in his blog post Engineering Education Upheaval, “I have heard it said that it is easier to move a cemetery than it is to change an engineering curriculum. Engineering schools for whom that is true might soon be buried in those cemeteries.” Engineering schools, and STEM subjects in general, have a hard time changing and often become trapped by “this is how it has always been done” ways of thinking. Now is the time for these schools to break free of past methodology and embrace a new innovative approach to learning and teaching.

Engineering content must be rebundled and integrated with a balance between theory and industry best-practice. That information then becomes knowledge that is not a commodity. It is this knowledge that stimulates students and transforms them into critical-thinking problem solvers resulting in a real competitive advantage in this global economy. –Kevin Craig

In Kevin Craig’s blog post, you can see an interesting diagram he has composed that offers a complete restructuring of content delivery to students. In this diagram, on-site work plays a much greater role than learning theories does. While theories are important, in today’s workplace hands on education is what really counts.

When it comes down to it, education is changing and people need to let go of their notions of what should be and embrace what can be. Just because it is new, doesn’t mean it is wrong.

Top 5 Robotics Trends of 2011

December 14, 2011

We found this Design News article to be very informative and wanted to make sure we shared it with our followers. There have been some amazing innovations in 2011 and we cannot wait to see what 2012 will bring!

The five most important robotics trends of 2011 enable volume manufacturing and aim at further integration of robotics with machine vision and automated systems. Some of the trends outlined discuss very targeted applications, from bomb sniffing to baggage handling, but the developments in each are relevant to other, sometimes very different, types of applications. These developments concern both the design of robots themselves and the systems in which they work.

Full article can he found here.

The Top 5 Materials Trends of 2011

December 9, 2011

Design News released an article this week on the top five material trends of 2011. There were some interesting observations presented in the article that we wanted to share with our followers.

“The five most important materials trends of this past year enable volume manufacturing. They are concerned mostly with new alternative materials or processes. Volume may start out small, but the material or processes will likely spur high growth. The five areas the article looked at were additive manufacturing (AM), plastics, composites, metals, and recycling.

Several trends concern automotive manufacturing. Here, new materials and processes must not only meet regulations and cost objectives, but also must fit smoothly and easily into highly automated manufacturing processes without compromising them or slowing them down.”

  1. Additive manufacturing: The most important development was the big burst of new materials.
  2. Plastics: Aside from these medical-grade plastics, the most significant plastics breakthrough this year was bioplastics.
  3. Automotive composites: Demand is growing for several different types, primarily carbon and glass fiber.
  4. Steel and recycling: The steel industry also contends that newer lightweight, high-strength steel can give composites a run for their money when it comes to strength and emissions.
  5. Composites and recycling: Boeing’s celebrated launch of its composite-heavy 787 Dreamliner is one indication that carbon-fiber composites could be plentiful in landfills when they eventually wear out. The company’s decision to help fund research on how to recycle those materials may presage or spark further work in this area, which could also affect the growing amount of plastics used in automotive and medical applications.
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