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Acquisition of My Robot Nation by 3D Systems

After holding the takeover of Zcorp business and technology, 3D Systems has decided to get acquisition of My Robot Nation to lower the cost of 3D printing services and offer the consumers many accessible products. It is needless to say that people felt very happy when 3D Systems announced the successful acquisition of Zcorp as there were thousands of business partners and small scale industries that were making use of the Z printers and its other business solutions. After all, the larger consumer base has come under a single umbrella where they have got their own personalized solutions, services and products related to rapid prototyping.

It should be noted here that Zcorp which started in just December month, created its own niche by providing the efficient tools to the valuable consumers to make robots at their own. This facility was very much easier and convenient as compared to the complicated 3D CAD programs. However, all these facilities also made use of the 3D printing service. On the other hand, 3D Systems have offered them much popular Cubifyonline repository and Cube desktop3D printers. The sincere efforts of the company to acquire My Robot Nation simply govern the future marketing trend and emerging popularity of the Rapid Prototyping.

Traditional manufacturing needs a different ort of sales which is governed by lower cost of printing on usual basis. So, people and direct manufacturers are getting more interested in using the low cost 3D printers and technical solutions for their business purposes. My Robot Nation has got really amazing and unique quality products but the consumers are really more worried about the price of the 3D printing service. With this acquisition, the 3D System has tried its best to lower the printing cost which includes full color printing. The company is also in mood to expand the business of 3D printers and printing with the huge resources and business solutions of the My Robot Nation. This will be possible in case their wide range of printers fail to accomplish the tasks and increasing in the complicated demands.

The unique and quality printers from 3D Systems can be frequently and comprehensively used in various starts up business modules. They are excellent tools and resources for test marketing where the 3D printing service price will automatically go down as compared to the traditional manufacturing. All the methods and trends will eventually change for inherent benefits as we have been using them since a long time. For last 26 years, the 3D Systems have pioneered the great work of 3D printing and its related solutions other than giving co-operative hands to the rapid prototyping services.

3D Systems’ Z Printer gets democratized by VW

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3D printers as the latest in rapid prototyping technology are used by many car companies, including VW to design and develop cars and parts in cars.

Such 3D printers allow designers to print prototype parts direct from 3D CAD files to be tested and used in larger prototypes and also scale models. In the past prototypes would be hand made and often of a much less versatile foam or similar, they would also take a team of rapid prototyping model makers a day or so to complete usually: holding up production.

VW are one such car company who have benefitted from using 3D printers, which are supplied to them by 3D systems, they are now though putting their rapid prototyping technology into the hands of customers.

Customers don’t all want exactly the same car and there are thousands of different iterations of VW’s Polo model. In a brochure different options can be added such as different body shapes and colors but they can’t easily be seen all at once.

The rapid prototyping printers that VW used to develop the latest Polo are from 3D Systems’ Z Corporation division, a company they recently took over. The Z printer offering from Z Corporation is a full color 3D printer as well meaning full color models can be printed with any design on them with full detail. VW are now giving customers the chance to get their designs made.

Through VW’s Polo Principles website customers can create any design they want with a clever but easy to use online tool: they can then click ‘Build my Polo’ to enter their design into a competition where the best 40 designs will be printed on the Z Printer to be sent to their designers as their own physical prototype.

Out of those 40 prototypes VW will also make one into reality, no matter how wacky the design is, and the designer will themselves get to drive it for two months before Polo use it in other promotional events and potentially even advertising.

VW claim they are democratizing ‘one of the innovations that make the innovations’ with this competition and 3D systems as well believe that 3D printers real potential is as a disruptive technology, available to everyone and for much more than Rapid Prototyping.

In the future 3D Printers will increasingly be used for manufacturing either finished products or parts to actually be used by the people who print them who may have a 3D printer at home or use one at a local 3D printing service.

Some companies may fear the coming of such a disruptive technology but VW clearly embrace it; the value of their intellectual property though will become increasingly what is important: especially when they can sell designs for spare parts that people can then have made up locally or even have local service centers and dealers equipped to make parts on demand: saving VW from having to have a network of parts centers stocking endless parts.

A Different Approach To 3D Print Service

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Stereolithography is a 3D print service technique which employs the use of photo polymerization to create a solid object from a liquid material. A process termed as digital light processing exposes liquid polymer to light emitted from a DLP projector. Digital light processing is done under safe light conditions. The vat of polymer gets hardened due to the exposure. Small portions of the build plate are removed to expose more of the liquid polymer to light. This procedure is repeated till the entire object has been completed. Draining the liquid polymer from the vat leaves behind the solid object. One such example of the digital light processing rapid prototyping system is the ZBuilder Ultra.

In the Objet PolyJet 3D print service system, an inkjet printer sprays ultra-thin layers of photopolymer material, one layer at a time, until the object is completed. The layers are approximately 16 micron in thickness. Immediately after a layer is jetted, it gets cured by ultraviolet light, in order to build models that do not need post curing treatment. These models can come into immediate use. The supporting material has a gel-like nature, to be able to support complex geometry. It is removed mechanically and/or by water jetting. This method can also be applied to elastomers.

When it comes to 3D print service of ultra-small features, multiphoton photopolymerization is a highly useful procedure. It is primarily employed for 3D micro fabrication purposes. In this technique, a focused laser traces out the object in a block of gel. Curing of the gel for solidification is done in only those parts which are subjected to the focus of the laser, since the photoexcitation exhibits a nonlinear nature. The excess gel is then washed away. Parts that are smaller than 100 nm can be easily fabricated with the help of this process, besides the construction of moving/ interlocked parts.

Another approach to 3D printing service is the use of LEDs to solidify a synthetic resin. So far, inkjet printing is the most economic technique. It does not have the requirement of toxic chemicals like in the Stereolithography procedure. It costs less, is a speedy process, and is easy to handle. After the printing process is completed, not much finishing work is required. The printer itself is sufficient to clear away the powder that is left behind. In order to strengthen bonded powder prints still further, wax can be used. Another alternative is thermoset polymer impregnation.