Anyone in product development can confirm: progress is not always linear. Going from an idea to a reality takes careful consideration, implementation and verification, often with rounds of redesign and refinement in between. And while we rely on the function of a product, we engage with the form, making each aspect meaningful to the overall user experience.
3D Systems announced 3DXpert™ for SOLIDWORKS. By combining the tools that designers need from 3D Systems’ 3DXpert with SOLIDWORKS from Dassault Systèmes, 3D Systems provides a distinct and exclusive advantage to all SOLIDWORKS users. The new 3DXpert for SOLIDWORKS product enables SOLIDWORKS users to prepare and optimize designs for both plastic and metal additive manufacturing.
There are currently two main uses for 3D printing: prototyping and production. The majority of additive manufacturing companies focus only on meeting prototyping needs because the material demands for strong physical properties are less rigorous. 3D Systems excels at both prototyping and production needs because they have put the time and effort into making sure each material delivers the quality expected from each part. In many instances, choosing production-grade materials is more cost efficient than only serving prototyping needs because the parts last longer without failing and that durability over time saves money and effort:
Metro Aerospace has an ingenious microvane product design that delivers SLS thermoplastic 3D printed modifications to the exterior of cargo aircraft to reduce drag and improve fuel consumption by 4%. Emirates Airlines now has 3D printed fire resistant cabin parts that reduce weight of the original part by 9-13% and are produced on-demand, reducing inventory costs and time of aircraft on ground. Airbus Space and Defense has developed the first metal 3D printed radio frequency (RF) filter, tested and validated for use in commercial telecommunications satellites.
This year at Dubai Airshow, 3D Systems’ Bryan Hodgson, Advanced Aerospace Applications, will deliver a keynote discussing the benefits of industrializing 3D printing for aerospace. Being held during the event’s conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems on November 15 at 12:40pm, Bryan’s presentation will introduce the benefits of additive manufacturing technologies for the industry and reveal how 3D Systems’ industrial-grade engineering software, additive manufacturing platforms, materials and On Demand Manufacturing services are enabling new levels of productivity in the aerospace industries.
Geomagic® Control X™ 2018 inspection platform addresses unique requirements for the aerospace and automotive industries, providing up to 50 percent increase in efficiency over competitors. GibbsCAM® 12 offers a redesigned intuitive user experience that helps CNC programmers increase productivity by up to 30 percent over previous versions.
Renault Sport Formula One Team has been using 3D printing within its engineering workflow since 1998 to bring designs out of minds and into testing without wasting its most precious and limited resource: time. Home to several 3D printing technologies, the team makes significant use of 3D Systems stereolithography (SLA), and has expanded the number of applications this technology serves in parallel with larger growth trends in additive manufacturing.