MakerBot 3D Printers for Education
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- On-site training and certification programs.
Courtesy of Gina Scala, Stratasys Apr 23, 2019 For many years, 3D Printing was an abstract concept. The technology “could” be used to advance innovation, streamline design cycles, and power manufacturing, but there was little or no proof. Industries started to explore how to align additive manufacturing across business, but there were few use-cases to lean on. Fast-forward to present day and industrial-grade additive manufacturing is having a real and significant impact on markets ranging from aerospace to consumer packaged goods. But with this maturity comes an entirely new set of challenges. The industry is at a place where 3D printing can actually reshape traditional manufacturing processes. As proven by Stratasys use-cases, the technology is quite effective at disrupting legacy models to boost innovation and design, power time-to-market. and accelerate revenue. But be careful – there’s still a ton of work to be done in education and training to bridge the gap between industry and academia. The new Deloitte Insights report (co-authored by Stratasys and the Lanterman Group) stresses the critical nature of collaboration across business and education environments. Only by working together can the two better prepare and train the next-generation of additive manufacturing talent – effectively scaling AM into production uses. Based on countless interviews with both academics and industry experts, the piece analyzes best approaches to achieving a highly-capable additive manufacturing workforce through education. Deloitte’s report notes today’s educational institutions are in a unique position to bridge this skills gap. Tools at their disposal include curriculum development, construction of world-class facilities, cutting-edge research, and accelerated internships – each exposing students to the right AM technology, know-how and real-world implementations. The missing element is real and long-lasting partnerships across industry leaders, educators, and even students. But good news – the market is well aware of this gap, and seems willing to advance both design and process knowledge. To make this possible, both market and academic leaders must start directly focusing on five “musts” in workforce evolution: Multi-disciplinary understanding of core AM knowledge sets, including material science, design and engineering Robust design education and knowledge – specifically Design-for-AM (DfAM) Programs to nurture powerful and innovative thinkers Awareness of AM’s link to transforming legacy manufacturing processes Construction of a business-case and ROI mindset And while there’s no single approach to fit every circumstance, there are readily available methodologies, approaches and strategies that every company and academic institution CAN and SHOULD adopt – moving from opportunity to implementation. Now’s the time for each to step back and uncover the best approaches to connecting and collaborating with one another. That’s the only way true transformation is possible. Want to take a closer look at the Deloitte research and use cases from Stratasys users? Learn more about the power of Stratasys’ industrial-grade technology – and then access the Deloitte paper here.
Press Release Courtesy of MakerBot BROOKLYN, NY—August 1, 2019— MakerBot, a global leader in 3D printing, announces the launch of METHOD X, a manufacturing workstation engineered to challenge traditional manufacturing with real ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) material, a 100°C chamber, and Stratasys SR-30 soluble supports to deliver exceptional dimensional accuracy and precision for complex, durable parts. METHOD X is capable of printing real ABS that can withstand up to 15°C higher temperatures, is up to 26% more rigid, and up to 12% stronger than modified ABS formulations used on desktop 3D printer competitors.1 Real ABS parts printed on METHOD X have no warping or cracking that typically occurs when printing modified ABS on desktop platforms without heated chambers. Desktop 3D printer manufacturers attempt to get around part deformation that occurs, due to the high shrinkage rate of the material, by using a heated build plate in combination with altered ABS formulations that are easier to print but compromise thermal and mechanical properties. MakerBot Precision ABS has a heat deflection temperature of up to 15°C higher than competitors’ ABS, which are modified to make material printable without a heated chamber. With METHOD X, the 100°C Circulating Heated Chamber significantly reduces part deformation while increasing part durability and surface finish. The MakerBot METHOD X combines industry expertise and technologies from Stratasys® (Nasdaq: SSYS)—the worldwide leader in industrial 3D printing—with MakerBot’s accessibility and ease of use to provide professionals with an industrial 3D printer at a disruptive price point. MakerBot ABS for METHOD has excellent thermal and mechanical properties similar to ABS materials used for injection molding applications—making it ideal for a wide range of applications, including end-use parts, manufacturing tools, and functional prototypes. A 100°C Circulating Heated Chamber provides a stable print environment for superior Z-layer bonding—resulting in high-strength parts with superior surface finish. With the MakerBot METHOD X, engineers can design, test, and produce models and custom end-use parts with durable, production-grade ABS for their manufacturing needs.
Stratasys is transforming 3D printing again! Today, April 1st, Stratasys presented their answer to industry-ready additive tech to the world at AMUG 2019, and the superior capabilities of this desktop sized 3D printer are no joke. “The F120 is designed to be easier to own, but with industrial strength,” said Gina Scala, director of marketing, global education, Stratasys. This versatile, desktop-sized system is being presented at a price point 40% lower than models with comparable capabilities. “We’re making it easier to use and more accessible than ever before for the folks that it matters to,” said Scala. “This is all about accessibility, it’s set up to empower the next generation of designers, engineers and educators. It has an industrial grade feature set but it’s at a price point that’s more manageable for small to medium sized design firms.” Features that underscore the F120’s accessibility: Plug and Print capability: The F120 is easy to install and set up, and requires minimal know-how. Even novices can get started 3D printing from the get-go. Allows for multiple uses in a single system: the versatile F120 can support everything from rapid prototyping and tooling to full manufacturing. Prints up to 3X faster than competitive solutions: Not to mention, expanded print time capabilities with round-the-clock printing dependability and performance. Want to learn more? Stay tuned to our social platforms and make sure to register for Dig It. Fab It. Make It. on May 17, 2019 at WPI. Gina Scala will introduce this industry-changing system to attendees from the New England edu community, and demonstrate how it will expand what’s possible in today’s engineering programs.