Utilizing ink-jet technology to avoid masking and the other pitfalls of the more common coating technologies is great. Having designed several polycarb product display lenses I would have liked to use this process, the article does not mention if the current process can only handle flat parts. Since it is ink-jet I guess this is the case. Perhaps the next step will be 3d spray head applications.
Sounds like a promising abrasion coating process, particularly in that it can minimize design and manufacturing efforts via its ability to selectively coat specific components or areas. Could you provide any examples of current products that employ Vuecoat?
As manufacturers add new technologies to their products, designing for compliance becomes more difficult. Prepare for the certification testing process. Otherwise, you increase the risk of discovering a safety issue after a product leaves the assembly line. That will cause significant time-to-market delays, be much costlier to fix, and damage your brand in the eyes of customers.
Stratasys will be exhibiting two groundbreaking large-scale additive manufacturing technologies, as well as other new products, next month at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago.
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