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Scale Model Helps Prove Proof of Concept

Posted on: May 29th, 2014 by The Technology House

TimkenSteel, a global steel and bearing manufacturer, contacted us in need scaled model of a “Brick Manipulator”. This machine assists a worker with stacking bricks on shelves rather than the worker manually stacking the bricks, thus making the work load more efficient and safer.

Scale Model of Brick Manipulator

The 3d scale model needed to be sturdy and can be assembled and disassembled when transported. The model was scaled to 1:24-approximately 14″x16″x14″. The FDM process was chosen due to its strength as well as its ability to print in multiple colors. Parts were printed in both white and grey in order to highlight model features.

Scale Model of Brick Manipulator

When assembled, the end model would move and rotate like the life size model. This included rotation, bending, and even hydraulic lifts that went up and down. Metal pins were used to represent the bricks. The crane was designed to pick up the metal pins in order to give a good representation of how the bricks are transported.

Scale Model of Brick Manipulator

This project required an ample amount of open communication between the customer, the project manager, SLA technicians, and the operations department to ensure that each piece was done correctly to meet the customer’s needs.

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The RAPID 2014 Expo is Fast Approaching!

Posted on: May 22nd, 2014 by The Technology House

The RAPID 2014 Expo is fast approaching!

RAPID is the longest running additive manufacturing forum of nearly 25 years. There will be a lot of interesting and thought provoking keynote speakers at this year’s event. A lot of the discussions and presentations will focus on 3D printing and additive manufacturing, for it has the potential to greatly change the future of manufacturing. We highly suggest that you attend any of these presentations.

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This year, our booth (1025) will showcase a lot of parts and products that are fabricated through 3D printing. You will be able to learn from us about the latest trends and developments in 3D printing and additive manufacturing.

Be sure to stop by and say hello!

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Unveiling of Formula Race Car

Posted on: May 15th, 2014 by The Technology House

Recently, the University of Akron’s Formula SAE Racing team unveiled this year’s competition car. This year’s formula race car is known as the ZR14. We helped the team throughout the year by 3D printing and casting various car components. We made approximately 2 dozen parts that were used for the car’s intake manifold, heel rest, and clutch handle and mount.

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The 3D Printing parts we provided allowed the team to produce “one off” production pieces. We worked hand in hand with the team in order to determine the best processes and materials to meet their specific needs. The team was able to produce parts with intricate geometry at a faster rate than other manufacturing processes. The team was also able to use the parts to fit check their designs, determine ways to reduce component weight, and improve overall manufacturing efficiency.

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The team is currently ranked 8th in the world. We wish them the best of luck on this year’s races!

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For more information about the team, please visit them of facebook at https://www.facebook.com/zipsracing/

Visit Us at the Rapid 2014 Conference and Exposition!

Posted on: May 8th, 2014 by The Technology House

TTH will be exhibiting at the Rapid 2014 Conference and Exposition.

We would love to see you there!

Booth: 1025
When: June 9-12, 2014
Where: Cabo Center, Detroit MI

TTH Booth

Come visit us to learn more about the latest trends and developments in 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing.

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