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3 Ways to Reduce Your Production Piece Price

Posted on: February 17th, 2015 by The Technology House

Regardless of your product, the cost of it is more than likely always on your mind.  But have you ever determined how to reduce costs without impacting the quality of your final product and altering what your customers have come to expect and rely on?

Below are three easy ways to help you do a full cost analysis on your product.

1. Blanket Orders
Do you order parts as they are needed, or place blanket orders with multiple delivers?  Having a blanket order prevents you from holding greater than necessary inventory, avoid any administrative burden of placing multiple purchase orders, and receive lower piece prices due to economies of scale.

2. Part Design Reviews
Any non-standard or unconventional features add timing to make the part.  The increase in cycle time for any features that are not necessary may be increasing your part cost.  With every project we quote, we review your part to ensure that it is properly designed to meet your needs.  We review items such as part radii, optimal wall thickness, undercuts, and draft analysis to ensure that the part is properly designed for the intended manufacturing method.

3. Material Analysis
Products can usually be manufactured utilizing a variety of different materials, depending on your requirements, and the manufacturing techniques.  Technology is constantly improving materials, and creating new ones.  Be sure the recognize all factors involved with your product when choosing a material.  Be sure to know if it needs any certain requirements (e.x. RoHS compliant, FDA approved, medical grade, etc.).

 

We understand that reviewing costs is important and should be a continuous effort.  Through our value analysis and value engineering, we can help you find the proper production techniques that let you reduce costs without sacrificing part performance or appearance.

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TTH Uses 3D Printing to Help Reduce Surgical Time

Posted on: February 11th, 2015 by The Technology House

We are updating our case studies in order to give you a better insight on how our processes and capabilities help a variety of customers and industries solve problems and improve their product.  These new case studies show an up-close and in-depth look on how we can listen to your needs.

Below is an overview of the first of three new case studies we are publishing.  Click here to read this case study in more detail.

We create SLA models of a patients skull.  These skulls are printed from CAD files created from the patient’s CT scan. The SLA models are then used as masters in surgery to create high quality implants.  The SLA process is used because it is one of the most accurate 3D printing processes.  Creating precise SLA models is imperative in order to create implants that precisely fit the patient.

The SLA models offer a real boon for complex surgeries. Not only have we reduced the time it takes to make a model, but the 3D models we create are far more accurate than the wire-mesh models previously used

Click here to read our prototype case studies.

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3D Printing Resources for You

Posted on: February 5th, 2015 by The Technology House

We here at The Technology House are proud to introduce our 3D printing application and finishing handouts!

These handouts were created to help you understand the major 3D printing and additive manufacturing techniques, helping you choose the correct processes, and finishes.  These can easily be printed out and used as your reference while you create the best product possible using our technologies and processes.

What’s Included?

Here’s a brief rundown of the topics and main points our handouts cover:

-3D Printing Applications? What application is correct for your particular situation? If you are confused about where to start and what service to use, then use these handouts to learn what 3D printing process is best for your.

-3D Printing Finishes. Captivate your audience by having a custom finish to your 3D printed parts.  Learn what finishes are available for your specific needs.

-3D Printing Materials. What’s the difference between SLA and DMLS? What’s the advantage of ABS material over PC material? We discuss the different types of printing materials as well as their unique applications on each of the various areas of 3D printing.

Click here for printable version of our 3D printing finishes.

Click here for printable version of 3D printing applications.

 

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