Looking for a fast and secure way to quote components as part of the production process? Print3D, which provides rapid prototyping services, is offering a new spin on the process with its free, pricing engine plug-in that works with major CAD systems.
Company officials tout Print3D version 1.0 as a tool that makes ordering designs into production as easy as sending a document to a printer. The way it works is as follows: CAD users receive real-time, guaranteed quotes for plastic or metal prototypes for whatever components they have open in their modeling workspace. Using the tool’s integrated interface, users can customize their order, adding paint and finish options, and then sending the request to rapid prototyping facilities directly from their 3D modeler.
Print3D claims it’s the first rapid prototyping bureau to develop an offline method of pricing and ordering parts. Officials say the approach is optimal because it gives CAD users the opportunity to iteratively check costs throughout the course of the design process and it’s also more secure than online ordering methods employed by competing bureaus. When it comes time to order, Print3D automatically packages designs into a password-encrypted data stream that is sent directly to the company’s secure FTP site, officials explained.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
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