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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.

Click here to learn more about this exhibit.

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.

UofA_car1

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.

UofA_car2

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

UofA_car3

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.

Click here to visit the Rapid Conference and Exposition’s website.

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AMUG 2014

Posted on: April 23rd, 2014 by The Technology House

We recently attended the 2014 Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) in Tucson, Arizona.  This is a users group that started in the early 1990’s.  The group initially focused on the advancement of stereolithography (SL) with the owners and operators of 3D Systems’ equipment.  Today, the group educates and supports users of all Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing technologies.

There were over 600 attendees and exhibitors, which was a record showing for the event.  This group ranged from graduate students to 3D printing manufacturing companies.  Throughout the history of this event, camaraderie’s and relationships have formed, which have helped advance the Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing processes and applications.  The atmosphere of this event is open, and encourages communication between all members for the sake of enhancing and improving the industry.

It was exciting to see designs and products that are now possible due to Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing.  We look forward to next year’s conference!

Click here to learn more about AMUG.

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Electric Motorcycle Utilizes Rapid Prototyping

Posted on: April 17th, 2014 by The Technology House

We recently helped The Ohio State University Electric Motorcycle team, known as Buckeye Current, on prototyping pieces for their new motorcycle.  Buckeye Current was founded by students in 2010 through the Ohio State University’s Center for Automotive Research.  The objective of this team is to provide students experience with electric vehicles and to construct a fully operable electric motorcycle to compete in races on both the national and international level.

We first came in contact with Buckeye Current when they required 3D printed parts for their electronic enclosures.  We printed parts through the Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) process.  We asked Polina Brodsky, a team member and mechanical engineer student, the following questions on these 3D printed parts.

3D printed parts for motorcycles

Why was the FDM Process Chosen?
The FDM process was chosen to make our electronics enclosures because we needed more than just a black box form radio shack to house all of the custom made, home-built electronics. All of the boards on our bike have connectors with specific sealed panel opening requirements and have buttons and LEDs that need to be accessible. Because of this, the FDM process was chosen to make our boxes. This process is inexpensive, has low tooling costs and provides crisp, well tolerance parts that ensure the functionality of our custom electronics enclosures.

What Were the Prototypes Used For?
These prototypes were used to house our custom CAN data-logging and home-made BMS that monitor our battery pack on the electric motorcycle and log valuable data from our race at the Isle of Man.

3D printed prototypes

What Did You Learn from the Prototypes
The teams’ CAD surfacing skills improved in designing these creative enclosures, as well as our mindset of minimalistic design.  We had to sacrifice aesthetics for using less material and making stronger parts.

How Did the Prototypes Improve Your Product?
These prototypes gave the bike a professional look and ensured that the custom electronics we worked so hard on had the proper housing on our TT bike.

Buckeye Current

Last year, the team placed 3rd in their inaugural effort at the TT Zero race.  Their motorcycle, The RW-2, averaged a speed of 90.43 mph.  The team looks to build on this great achievement at the 2014 TT Zero.  We wish them the best of luck in their upcoming races, and are proud to have helped.

Click here to learn more about Buckeye Current.

We listen and work with customers every day to be a value added supplier by matching our processes and materials to their specific needs.  Click here to see what process and material can help you.

March Manufacturing PMI shows growth. But What Does this Mean?

Posted on: April 3rd, 2014 by The Technology House

The Manufacturing PMI (Purchasing Managers’ Index) published by the ISM (Institute of Supply Management) registered 53.7 percent for the month of March. This is an increase of 0.5 percent from February’s reading of 53.2.

But, what does this number mean? And how are they calculated?

This index number is based off a monthly polling of businesses that represent the makeup of various manufacturing sectors. 400 purchasing managers are surveyed in five different fields; production level, new orders from customers, speed of supplier deliveries, inventories and employment level. Respondents report either better, same, or worse conditions than the previous month.  Any reading above 50% indicates growth, and any reading below 50% indicates contraction.

Manufacturing numbers

Based off our insight and these numbers, the sector appears to be strong, and looks to continue this trend.

6 Quick Benefits of Metal Castings

Posted on: March 25th, 2014 by The Technology House

Casting is a manufacturing process where a liquid metal material is poured into a mold, and then solidifies in the mold cavities.  The solidified part is known as the casting.  Although casting is a process that is over 6000 years old, one may not know when it is applicable because one can easily be inundated with other metal fabrication processes.

machined metal casting

Below are some of the major benefits of metal castings that can help you determine if this is the best process for your product.

  1. Complex and large parts that would be otherwise difficult to machine can be casted
  2. Castings have more precise forming size than ordinary forgings and welding parts.
  3. Parts can be casted as single pieces rather than assembly of various parts if produced from other methods.
  4. Tooling can be tailored to meet quantity demands.  Parts can be casted in quantities ranging from 1-100’s.
  5. Castings can be less expensive than other metal forming methods.
  6. Secondary operations such as machining, drilling & tapping holes, anodizing, and painting are available.

The metal casting process can be tailored to your needs.  Click HERE to see how metal castings can quickly get your product to the market.

 

Metal Casting frame

Additive Manufacturing? 3D Printing? What’s the Difference?

Posted on: March 19th, 2014 by The Technology House

Both terms have regularly been in the news recently.  But is there a difference in terminology, or are both terms synonymous?

The difference between 3d printing and additive manufacturing…

Generally speaking, both terms mean the same.  It is the equivalent of one saying automobile and car. People in the industry generally prefer additive manufacturing while the general public generally prefers 3D Printing.  Defining a difference between the two is like splitting hair….or like splitting filament.  You shouldn’t be bogged down on the two terms. The technology has made great advancements since its inception, and it will be exciting to see how it advances.

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The Field of Manufacturing is a Fun and Ever-Evolving Industry

Posted on: March 14th, 2014 by The Technology House

At the end of February, “Smart Business” hosted the 2014 Evolution of Manufacturing.  Our company was honored to have our Vice President of Business Development be a part of its panel discussion.  In addition to us, two other local manufacturing companies were included in the panel discussion.

Lots of topics were discussed by the panel, which ranged from the various company histories to additive manufacturing.  But there was an overall theme to the entire conference-The manufacturing field is an exciting and ever-changing industry.  The success of the exhibited companies all have the common denominator that they must evolve in order to survive.

Additive manufacturing was a popular topic at the event.  The event proved that Additive Manufacturing has helped product innovation and streamlined product development.  Additive Manufacturing has helped prove that the pace of manufacturing’s evolution is quick, and shows no signs of slowing down.

We thank Smart Business for having us be a part of the 2014 evolution of Manufacturing event.  This event showed that manufacturing is still a fun and stimulating industry.  It was exciting to see the future and innovation of Northeast Ohio manufacturing.

Project Breakdown: Trade Show Prototypes That Make Great First Impressions

Posted on: February 17th, 2014 by The Technology House

Columbus Ohio based company, Knockout Concepts, is developing a mobile 3D Scanner. Their objective is to create a mobile 3D Scanner that can go wherever you go, and capture whatever what you see. The prototype renders a digital file that is suitable to CAD, 3D animation or 3D printing.

We first came in contact with Knockout Concepts when they needed show model prototypes for a trade show, the Maker Faire in Detroit. We asked Knockout Concept’s founder and CEO, Brooks Myers, the following questions on how additive manufacturing helps his product.

Sample prototype knockout
Why Do You Use Additive Manufacturing?
“Additive manufacturing is an affordable way for us to realize our designs fast so we can test form factors and ergonomics. “

Why Was the SLA Process Chosen?
“We wanted to bring a polished prototype to Maker Faire Detroit. SLA provides a level of finish that appears to be an injection molded part. You only have one chance to make a great first impression.”

How Did the Prototypes Improve Your Product?
“The prototypes from TTH helped to improve our presence at Maker Faire and we were awarded a Maker of Merit Blue Ribbon! Not only were the prototypes professional looking but they also helped us to learn from our initial design and identify where improvements could be made for our next iterations.”

Knockout prototype

Click HERE to visit Knockout Concept’s website to learn more about their product.

Every day TTH works with companies like Knockout Concepts in order to produce high quality parts under tight deadlines. Click HERE to see how additive manufacturing and 3D printing can streamline your product launch.