3D printers and 3D laser scanners have revolutionized the prototyping industry. Moving prototypes that used to take ample effort and time are now accurately and finely finished (and ready to use) in just a few hours at a low cost.
Rather than cutting prototypes from materials that are difficult to work with, like metal or wood, 3D printing is an additive process. What this means is that layer by layer, your prototype is built – 16 to 28 microns at a time. In the past, if a material was to be sculpted into a prototype, material was manually subtracted – a time consuming process. On top of this, if too much material was removed, the prototype had to be scrapped. “We make many of our finished parts using injection molding,” explains Randy Betz, Senior Scientist at Access. “For years, we used SLS to make the molds—the quality was good, but the process took days or even weeks. More and more often, we didn’t have that kind of time. I was looking for a faster alternative.”
Before 3D printing, there are two options to create a customized 3D prototype. The first is through the use of a 3D laser scanner. Your model is scanned by a state-of-the-art laser scanner which produces a CAD file of your prototype. From here, using a process called reverse engineering; you can edit your model any way you please. Any detail can be adjusted or altered, including the type of finish for your project. Reverse engineering condenses research and development time and cost significantly. The end result is a durable, ready to use prototype. The second option is using 3D prototyping software. Proto3000 offers customers complete assistance through all aspects of their prototyping journey. Proto3000 will help you install the equipment, train you and provides constant, quality customer service. By supplying STL and CAD files, Proto3000 can provide you with an accurate quote for your prototype.
Any business (or individual) that uses CAD files can benefit from 3D printing in a big way. Wohlers Associates, a research firm specializing in the rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing markets, reported that spending on additive manufacturing systems (3D printers) totalled over $1 billion in 2009 with an expected growth of close to $1.2 billion in 2011. This shows that the market is valuing this technology more and more.
Society has taken notice as well. In a recent Toronto Star report on 3D printing, business reporter Francine Kopun reported that, “they (3D printers) will one day be used in ordinary homes.” According to the article, individual inventors have purchased Objet printers and laser scanners and have began to work in secrecy on their ideas.
One thing is for certain: in a time of economic uncertainty, while many businesses and markets are struggling, the 3Dprinting and especially rapid prototyping business is growing and is as strong as ever.
“Many companies can save tens of thousands of dollars and cut months off product development and delivery times by moving to rapid prototyping and rapid manufacturing techniques,” says Jon Fawcett, Manager of Fawcett Design. Also, Rapidform, a 3D Printing and 3D Scanning Software company has recently followed up their most successful year ever with a 38 per cent increase in revenue as they have found more manufactures have adopted 3D rapid prototyping technologies.
Here at Proto3000, we offer you any various 3D Engineering Solutions. We serve any North American location. Our services include: 3D Engineering Design, 3D Laser Scanning, 3D Printing and Rapid Prototyping and Reverse Engineering solutions and services. Through each of these services, our first priority is maintaining professional customer service. Each of our professionals maintains a high level of expertise to ensure success, a friendly experience and high quality service.
Our team of Mechanical Engineers and Mechanical Engineering Technologists use the latest and greatest 3D Engineering Software. This allows us to be innovative, strategic and adaptable. Our passion is evident in all our work and we are relentless and talented at what we do. Our competitive prices combined with industry leading and latest technology never fail to deliver success and quality to our clients. By creating prototypes quickly, you will not only save great amounts of time, but you will be able to alter your design to remove flaws. Our ready-to-use, durable prototypes will help save you money during the research and development stage of any project.
Our mission is to help develop world-class, industry leading products. We can take any idea and apply our expertise and extensive research and development to create and enhance products sold worldwide.
Using our creativity, we want to help pioneer ideas and perfect prototypes for our customers. By being diverse in all aspects of our business, we are committed to enhancing your experience in any way. Our industry leading design, technology and capabilities allow us to best serve you. We want to continue to lead the design and prototype industry while creating new solutions and improving old ones.
Our ultimate measure of success is customer satisfaction. Recent surveys show our aptitude, dedication and success in this category. Our devotion leads us to go above and beyond customer expectations as we value reliability and confidence in our services. As a member of the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, as well as the Vaughan Chambers of Commerce, we receive acclamation from all across North America.
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