HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
Blogs
Engineering Materials
3D Materials Expand Design Options
7/12/2012

New digital materials for Objet's Connex 3D printing systems offer improved toughness, a wider range of shore scale values, and resistance to high temperatures. They also come in new shades of gray. (Source: Objet)
New digital materials for Objet's Connex 3D printing systems offer improved toughness, a wider range of shore scale values, and resistance to high temperatures. They also come in new shades of gray.
(Source: Objet)

Return to Article

View Comments: Newest First|Oldest First|Threaded View
<<  <  Page 2/2
Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Materials mix key to 3D printer adoption
Ann R. Thryft   7/12/2012 12:53:09 PM
NO RATINGS
Thanks, Nadine. Actually, it's more than visual resemblance: with different material properties in different parts of the model that more closely resemble the product, the model does a better job of simulating form, fit and especially function.

NadineJ
User Rank
Platinum
Re: Materials mix key to 3D printer adoption
NadineJ   7/12/2012 12:46:56 PM
NO RATINGS
It sounds like the digital materials give more visual options for designers/engineers (and sales teams) to see the model as accurately as possible for actual materials are applied.

Nice progression, especially for the accessories market.

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Materials mix key to 3D printer adoption
Ann R. Thryft   7/12/2012 12:21:46 PM
NO RATINGS
"Digital materials" is Objet's term. As Bradshaw is quoted as saying, they are combined digitally, meaning via computer--preprogrammed--during printing, versus making parts of a prototype separately, and mechanically combining them after printing. The point is that engineers can program the printer to print different material property combinations in different parts of the model, as Objet describes on the page at the link we gave in the article.

TJ McDermott
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Materials mix key to 3D printer adoption
TJ McDermott   7/12/2012 10:09:05 AM
NO RATINGS
Beth, that is an interesting statement, isn't it?  "A digital material".  That's going to cause me to look at everything I see today and ask "Is that digital?"

Beth Stackpole
User Rank
Blogger
Materials mix key to 3D printer adoption
Beth Stackpole   7/12/2012 8:24:08 AM
NO RATINGS
Objet has really done a great job pushing a variety of materials for their 3D printers, thus upping the utility of how they can be used. My question is what exactly makes a material "digital"? I get the ability to mix and tune the properties so that they can mimic more traditional materials. But how is that done in a digital fashion? Is there some sort of software algorithm that handles the finetuned mixing or is it a property in the material itself?

<<  <  Page 2/2
Partner Zone
More Blogs from Engineering Materials
In this slideshow's latest crop of new bio-based and renewable plastics and methods for making them, some materials can even be completely recycled several times without loss of original properties.
It's probably too late to buy one, but some lucky people will soon be the owners of only 50 electric motorcycles made entirely with 3D printing from a super-lightweight aluminum alloy.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory has developed a surface preparation method to improve joining carbon composites with aluminum, with potentially far-reaching ramifications for high-volume industrial applications.
Our latest crop includes ABS alternatives, tougher PLAs, flexible plastics including a flexible nylon, polymers with better heat resistance, and the first biocompatible resin for desktop 3D printing.
New and improved fastening methods are helping engineers join plastics, composites, and thinner metal sheets in a variety of product assemblies.
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6 |  7 | 8 | 9


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Next Course June 28-30:
Sponsored by Proto Labs
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2016 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service