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What is SLS #3Dprinting  ? Take a look at one of the pro 3D printing technologies powering the new industrial revolution.

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Is the age of Star Trek “Replicator” upon us? 3D Printing companies like Makerbot have created affordable machines that allow consumers to print their very own 3D designs at home. Consumer adoption of 3D printing will enhance the public awareness of this exciting technology.
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PolyJet, CNC or Something Else?

Polyjet, CNC, or Something Else?

Some Tips on Deciding What Method to Use for Short-Run Job

Frankly, there are a lot of reasons on why to make a one-off or short run part: prototypes, fixtures, first articles, feature testing, and display models to name a few. The real question that we see on a day-to-day basis is how should the part be made?

NextLine Manufacturing offers several methods of creating parts: CNC Machining, Plastic Additive Manufacturing (polyjet 3D printing), and Metal Additive Manufacturing (Direct Metal Laser Sintering / DMLS). Hopefully this post can serve as a tool for how to choose your process based off of the application of your design, environment, part size, part complexity, budget, and time frame.

I am going to start this long conversation with a very simple graph with the relative strengths and weaknesses of a given process. Please keep in mind that this is a generalization and there is some wiggle room for each method – but this graph can still serve as a guide.

Figure 1. The Relative Strengths of Rapid Manufacturing by Process.

Part designers have many constraints but there are a couple that usually scream out as a priority. For example, if I need a complex part quickly I may look at Polyjet-Plastic options; however, this may also mean I am sacrificing a certain level of end-usability or durability. Another example may be where I just need a large, simple fixture to hold parts in place for an assembly job over a month away. In this example I would likely look at CNC-Metal or CNC-Plastic; these processes has a longer lead times to make but will likely be the most economical option. Some of the Polyjet-Plastic materials, such as ABS-Like, have high strength and some flex which allows them to substitute for rigid fixture parts so if your requirements are slightly changed – such as an expedited lead time.

The team at NextLine is highly experienced in not just making the parts, but also applying the processes to fulfill various needs. We have decades of Additive and Subtractive Manufacturing experience in house and are happy to help guide you through our process and finish selections to make sure you have the best parts given your priorities.

 

Like I said: This is the beginning of a long conversation. I look forward to working with you.

Cheers,

-Greg Paulsen, Business Development Manager // gpaulsen@nextlinemfg.com

Greg has extensive experience in applied additive manufacturing and product development. He has served as an engineer, product developer, manufacturing lead, and quality assurance. Because of his multidisciplinary history, Greg plays a valuable role in NextLine's Business Development by understanding the needs and timelines of engineered products in commercial, defense, medical, and industrial sectors.
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This week only get 15% off DMLS and polyjet 3Dprinting!
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Figure 1. Helicopter's stir up a large dust cloud when landing or hovering. Helicopter brownout is the phenomena when a rotorcraft performs a landing or hovering maneuver close to a surface with lose sand or sediment causing a large cloud to form around the aircraft.
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Often parts and designs will come to NextLine that may require additional work to improve their ability to manufacture using 3D Printing (Additive Manufacturing). NextLine's experienced staff is ready and willing to work with customers to modify a part so it will come out great each and every ...
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Tree Injection System Prototype via NextLine Manufacturing
Design evaluation before moving to higher scale production benefits greatly through applied additive manufacturing (3D Printing). YouTube user GraftingAvacados (Carlos) reached out to NextLine for prototypes of his tree injector system. His custom piece, which resembles a T-shaped item with barbs to daisy-chain a hose and an end which implants directly in to the tree, will eventually be used for direct infusion of agricultural products to protect fruiting trees from fungus, pests, etc. NextLine was able to build his prototypes on our Objet Connex 500 PolyJet printer in the ABS Like material for a robust end-use prototype. Carlos was able to get instant online quotes and ordered through NextLine’s website – on our side we were able to respond, build, and ship the prototypes the same day as the order. With our free 2-day shipping, Carlos received his parts quickly and went straight to work testing how well they worked!

ABS Like PolyJet prototypes showing off their durability.

Above: Prototypes in action!

In his video, “Tree injection system Prototype 3D printing review of Nextline Manufacturing Part I,” Carlos reviews the PolyJet prototypes and his experiences with NextLine’s service. He was really pleased to see that the parts were robust enough to hold 30 PSI of water and survived being tapped in a tree with a hammer. His ability to get prototypes quickly and evaluate his design also allowed him to identify the need for a separate termination piece. Carlos designed a new piece, quoted, and ordered via NextLine’s site and we shipped him the new part for his second test run!

Carlos added a second piece to complete his system.

Above: Round Two! The T-Handles plus the new L-shaped terminator.

His next video, “Tree injection system Prototype 3D printing rewiew of Nextline Manufacturing Part II,” Carlos tests the system further hitting a higher PSI (~50 PSI) without system failures. He contacted NextLine with his gratitude and was pleased with the results of the project. We are excited about working with Carlos on his project and hope to see more projects like this come through our site. We are currently working with Carlos on how to scale to production as he matures his design to approach the masses!

ABS Like material is one of the most robust materials out of the Stratasys Objet materials lineup, it has great durability and is impact resistant. Do you have a project that needs functional evaluation? We would be happy to work with you to determine the right way to make your prototypes and what materials to choose!

Also, check out GraftingAvacados on YouTube – it’s pretty interesting information for those with green thumbs!

Cheers!

-Greg Paulsen, Business Development Manager // gpaulsen@nextlinemfg.com

Greg has extensive experience in applied additive manufacturing and product development. He has served as an engineer, product developer, manufacturing lead, and quality assurance. Because of his multidisciplinary history, Greg plays a valuable role in NextLine's Business Development by understanding the needs and timelines of engineered products in commercial, defense, medical, and industrial sectors.

 
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Checkout how we helped build this system using our PolyJet machine
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