3D Printing – Reshaping Future

LVL.UP KL - 3D Printing

We are extremely happy to be invited as one of the panel speakers to share our ideas and thoughts on 3D printing at LVL.UP KL which shares latest technology, design, creative, social and entrepreneurial skills to the community.

Our Executive Director, Dalphine Ong discussed about how 3D Printing is Reshaping Future:

“Look around us, there is an increasing demand in personalised products, people are looking for tailored goods – not at a mass level BUT down right to an individual,unique and personal use only. This mentality fuels the growth of mass customization which we now see in the digital world: Nike ID, Ray Ban Colorize and many more.”

“It is all about customisation and personalisation. If you’d noticed, there is always a higher profit margin for customised products when compared to standard products. From a business perspective, there exist a very large market in customized premium!”

“So, what exactly does this have to do with 3D Printing? By the way, the proper engineering terminology for 3DP is Additive Manufacturing where it prints layer by layer. Traditionally it was used for on concept models and functional prototype, but now we are moving towards Direct Digital Manufacturing, too technical? It means using 3D printed parts as manufacturing tools or even, end-use-parts.”

“Let’s talk about some fun stuff, or how people are using 3D printer now. Go check out American Chopper, where they 3D printed a dragon head bike for some filthy wealthy man. Or world’s first 3D printed car, last but not least, the famous Legacy Effects which 3D printed many characters and figures for movie production such as Ironman & Robocop.”

“For something which we are more concerned about, or even the possibilities of changing one’s life is medical industry. Take a look at Emma with her magic arms which changed her life drastically. We are also collaborating with our medical partners locally to simulating a head for brain tumour surgery planning, this can increase the success rate of surgery by leaps and bounds. It is truly inspiring how 3D printing can work for medical industry or even, 3D printing a solar powered suitcase to solve electrical problems, kudos to Peppermint!”

“Last but not least, while 3D Printing is still in its infancy in Malaysia, I am telling you 4D Printing is coming. Lands are becoming scarce, think of Hong Kong as an example, what if you have furnitures which can transform according to time & temperature to suit your usage? Do enjoy the video and have a great evening.”

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Plastic Injection Mold Tooling Workshop

Injection molding (IM): the process of injecting plastic material into a mold cavity where it cools and hardens to the configuration of the cavity – is best used to mass-produce highly accurate, and often complex, three dimensional (3D) end-use parts and products. However, the development of molds for this process is often painstaking, highly expensive and time intensive.

The cost and time of tooling molds is often compounded by factors like design mistakes that require the mold be remade correctly or the need to create multiple iterations before the final part design and quality are achieved. It is with these issues in mind that manufacturers have begun to embrace the use of 3D printed molds to create functional IM prototypes.

Date : 16 July 2014 (Wed)
Time : 09.00am – 01:00pm
Venue : IME Seminar Room, Petaling Jaya
Fee : F.O.C. (By Invitation Only)

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[OVER] Jigs and Fixtures – 3D Printing Seminar

Manufacturing relies on tools, including jigs, fixtures, templates and gauges, to maintain quality and production efficiency. With the arising complexity of end products, many jigs & fixtures require ad hoc customization which lead to higher cost.

Join this industrial workshop to learn new way in Jigs & Fixtures design can:

  • Reducing Production Lead Time by 50%
  • Higher Productivity
  • Cost Saving in Overall Machining Process
Date : 5 June 2014 (Thurs)
Time : 09.00am – 01:00pm
Venue : IME Seminar Room, Petaling Jaya
Fee : F.O.C. (By Invitation Only)

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3D Printing with Polyjet Technology

How it works

You probably know about 3D printing by now and have a rough understanding on how it works (Or you can refer here for an overview).

Like always, it is an additive manufacturing technology which prints layer-by-layer, but instead of using filament, it uses photo polymer liquid resins. The materials are constantly cured by UV light during the printing process to ensure it overlaps on one another correctly. These fine layers build up to create a precise 3D model or prototype, and it is ready to handle use right out of printing with no post-processes required.

For example, this is a project which we collaborated with Kakiseni in 3D printing the Monarch Butterfly trophies:

*If you’d noticed, the support materials were washed away easily in the first picture.

Color and Multi-Material 3D Printing

Polyjet 3D Printing technology offers an astonishingly fine detail, smooth surfaces, speed and precision. Most important of all, it works with a wide range of materials which includes rigid opaque in hundreds of vibrant colors to clear tinted translucent materials, rubber-like materials and materials that are compatible for dental and medical industries.

The Objet series is capable of combining diverse materials for printing in a single build. This means you are capable of selectively position multiple materials in one single print or even creating composite digital materials with various materials. Our recent Connex3 is the most advanced multi-color, multi-material 3D printer, you can refer to here.

With hundreds of digital material combinations and colors to choose from, PolyJet technology gives you better final-product realism than any other 3D printing method.

 

Connex3 Color Variation

Why Objet500 Connex3?

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Build Color, Multi-Material Prototype with The World’s Most Advanced 3D Printer

The Objet500 Connex3 offers comprehensive modeling solution for designers throughout the entire product development cycle.  Powered by Stratasys’ technology, it has over 180 materials to choose – from rigid to flexible materials.

With the capabilities of producing vibrant colors into a multi material models, it provides multi-purpose solutions and endless possibilities for prototyping.

It’s time to experience unequaled design freedom

For manufacturing industry, prototyping serves as a crucial moment as it where companies proof of concept to seal a deal. Most often than not, it is also the toughest process to go through as it involves a huge monetary and time cost.  From ideation to design validation, the Objet500 Connex3 offers a true product realism – all pre-assembled in one prototype build. The process of creating complex prototypes with diverse materials properties are completely automated and no assembly is required.

Prototypes created are in fine-feature quality which is 16-micron high resolution that provides fine detailing, smooth surfaces and precise colored 3D models to wow your audience. With all of the color multi-material options available, the models printed on the Objet500 Connex3 will always be the most realistic possible.