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Desktop 3D Printing

Posted on: December 18th, 2018 by Randal Pope

The Desktop 3D Printing Process

Desktop 3D printers build parts from a computer-aided design (CAD) file by extruding thermoplastic filament layer by layer through a nozzle from a spool of material.  The nozzle moves horizontally under the direction of the computer aided manufacturing (CAM) software package.  The nozzle is heated, and the material hardens after it is extruded.

When Does a Desktop 3D Printed Prototype Make Sense for Your Job?

Desktop 3D printing offers one of the fastest and most affordable ways to fabricate prototypes.  Prototypes generated from desktop 3D printers are ideal for initial design review.  In addition, Desktop 3D printing is beneficial to people who need small gadget accessories.  Gadget accessories can be customized to fit your needs and personality.

These rapid prototypes can help one get a better understanding of their product before proceeding to the next manufacturing stage.

Desktop 3D Printing Materials

Rapid prototypes from our desktop 3D printer are built in an ABS-like material.  Parts can be printed in a number of different colors, such as red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, white, and black.

Design Review
Gadget Accessories

Desktop 3D Printing of Bird Clock
Desktop 3D Printing of Gorilla

3D Scale Models

Posted on: December 18th, 2018 by The Technology House

Display Models

TTH applies many of the same engineering, design, model-making, and production skills we use in creating detailed prototypes to producing a growing line of scale models of aircraft and sea-going vessels and display items. They’re popular choices as retirement mementos and collectors’ items, for home and office décor, and as versatile show models, sales tools, and new concept displays in the boating and defense industries.

Cast Pewter Models

Artisans have used pewter, a tin-copper alloy, for millennia to create both decorative and utilitarian objects. Its soft, malleable nature makes it a natural for creating detailed, highly accurate models of ships, aircraft, buildings, etc. We cast a wide range of models and display items in high quality, lead-free pewter, creating all designs, master models, and tooling in house. The spin-casting process we employ allows us to create these pewter items quickly and efficiently.

We add new items to our cast pewter line frequently and we can create custom items to order, such as commemorative coins, plaques, or cast pewter coasters designed and finished with your company logo and colors for use as business gifts. We can also personalize your cast pewter objects with wooden bases and custom-engraved placards. Bulk discount rates are available for larger orders.

Architectural Models

In a competitive industry like architectural design, the success of a project sometimes depends on the ability to present a new concept to a client in a visually impactful way. Traditional model-makers can require weeks, even months, to create a detailed scale model, and the cost can be prohibitive. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Using the same high-speed stereolithography tools we use to create prototypes, Gear Precision Models can deliver a finished architectural model, ready for display, discussion, and redesign in as little as three days.

Our model design team will work with you throughout the process to ensure the finished model meets your needs without blowing your budget. Depending on the project, we can build models in a single piece or in sections, with removable roofs and floors, to show interior details. The high-resolution stereolithography process allows reproducing fine details like handrails and window trim accurately. If desired, pieces such as furniture, cabinets, and appliances, can be removable to allow greater design freedom. We can also finish models with a smooth surface or paint them to convey the proposed building concept.



3D Model Aircraft

3D Scale Model Military Ship

3D Model Ship

3D Scale Model Ship Up Close

3D Model of Bomb

3D Scale Model of Military Vehicle

The Technology House wins award at 2018 TCT Awards

Posted on: October 9th, 2018 by The Technology House

          The second annual TCT Awards took place in Birmingham, UK on September 26th, awarding ground-breaking technology and applications from designers to engineers to technology providers. The awards were hosted by Robert Llewellyn, a renowned British actor and presenter. In total, there were 14 competitive award categories and The Technology House took home the Consumer Product Application Award for their combined efforts with Carbon and Vitamix, in the creation of the production nozzle. The award’s purpose was to highlight design and technology coming together to create an innovative product. TTH was up against 4 other nominees in the Consumer Product Application Category ranging from a Carbon Fibre Bike Frame to Luxury Faucets.  We are very grateful to have collaborated with such admirable production partners!

Click the link to see the list of all the 2018 winners:

TTH Presenting at the 7th Annual North East Ohio (NEO) Manufacturing Symposium

Posted on: September 26th, 2018 by The Technology House

Come hear from The Technology House’s VP of Sales and Project Management, Greg Cebular as he partakes in a “New Frontiers in Manufacturing Technology” panel discussion at the NEO Manufacturing Symposium. He will be sitting on the panel in Workshop #2 and adding his expertise on how TTH is adapting to the everchanging world of additive manufacturing and advanced manufacturing. If you are interested in adding new technologies to your company or want to stay up to date on how manufacturing is reshaping the future, this session is a must attend!


Spitzer Conference Center at Lorain County Community College

1005 North Abbe Road

Elyria, OH 44035



Friday, September 28th from 8:00am to 1:00pm



CES Members: $100

Nonmembers: $125

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More Event Details: Annual North East Ohio (NEO) Manufacturing Symposium Brochure

3D Printing for Production: Stepping into Production

Posted on: September 21st, 2018 by The Technology House

We are honored to be highlighted in the latest Additive Manufacturing Magazine September 2018 Issue. In the article, we were able to share our 20 year background in 3D printing and how we are running new technology, like the Carbon’s Speedcell, in production.

Click here to read the whole article by Stephanie Hendrixson with Additive Manufacturing

How 3D Printing with Stereolithography is Helping Launch a new Surgical Navigation Technology

Posted on: August 14th, 2018 by The Technology House

Some of us learn by simply reading from a textbook, others learn by hearing directions aloud, but many of us learn from hands-on exposure to a task or concept presented to us.

The Technology House (TTH) teamed up with Cleveland-based medical start-up company Centerline Biomedical, Inc. to aid in their demonstration and explanation of their product and its value. Centerline Biomedical, Inc. is commercializing a novel surgical navigation technology aimed at vastly improving the precision, safety, and control in minimally invasive endovascular procedures.

Centerline Biomedical requirements:

  • Transparent model that allows surgeons to see tools in practice
  • Display movement of the apparatus going inside the aorta
  • Durable model to withstand multiple shipments and demonstrations
  • Create a high-quality, visually accurate model

Today, when a patient receives a stent or stent-graft, surgeons use X-ray fluoroscopy for navigation, which provides a poor form of visualization and subjects patients and caregivers to dangerous ionizing radiation. Centerline’s IOPS technology is designed to give surgeons high resolution color 3D imaging without using ionizing radiation.

Essential to the success of a young high-tech start-up is the ability to demonstrate the technology to potential investors, customers and other stakeholders, and Centerline looked to The Technology House to fulfill their need of a portable and rugged version of their technology and demonstration pieces. With their 22-year history in creating rapid prototype models for demonstrations, The Technology House was able to provide insight and information to Centerline Biomedical, Inc.

“The Technology House leveraged its rapid prototyping capabilities in Stereolithography to 3D print a vascular phantom and electronics housings exquisitely suited to our needs.”
– Vikash Goel, Chief Technology Officer

Centerline Biomedical envisions these demo prototypes eventually leading to product lines for training and educational use.

The Challenge: Create an Aesthetic, Durable Model in a Clear Paintable Material

After reviewing Centerline’s requirements and the 3D CAD file, one of our Project Managers met with our Additive Engineers and decided the best solution was to section the file to 3D print in the Stereolithography (SLA) technology of high resolution, accuracy, easy of finish, paint, and assembly.

Step 1: Section the File for 3D Printing in the SLA process

Using the Magics Software by Materialise, our Additive Engineers were able to bring in the provided 3D CAD file and make customized part breaks that allowed for the best parts to build, finish, paint and assemble.

3D CAD file sectioned via Magics

Step 2: 3D Print Parts in SLA ClearVue SL 7870

After sectioning the files, we were able to orientate and add supports as needed, which allowed us to layout the part perfectly on our 20’’ x 20’’ build platforms. Parts were then built by a UV laser tracing the part images layer by layer, or “slicing” the part at .005’’ increments, over and over until the build was complete. Parts were ready for the next steps in 1 business day.

Step 3: Prepare Parts for Paint

Once the parts finished printing, they went through a standard cleanup which includes: support removal, wash and UV oven cure. Parts are then lightly sanded to remove any support remnants and sand blasted. This is the standard SLA part finish. To prep a part for painting (or as we call it, a Paint Ready Finish), the parts are sanded to remove all the build layer lines. For the clear part, we wet sand the part because the clear shows imperfections such as scratches that then require post-paint buffing. From there any non-clear parts are primed and ready for paint.

Step 4: Paint Parts

For paint, we had three total parts. By painting the parts separately, it improved the overall process and look of the parts because we did not have to hand mask the model multiple times. If you have ever painted your home, you know this is the toughest and most tedious part of painting and it never comes out perfect the first time. The base was painted gray. The keypad was painted white. Both received a light texture to hide any small imperfections. The main aorta part needed to be painted clear with a red tint, not an easy task, but using our in-house custom color match system, we were able to customize a red tint clear paint. This allowed the parts to be red, but also see-through when used for demonstrations. After drying the aorta part was buffed and all parts were ready for next step.

Step 5: Assemble Parts

After all the parts were painted, the parts needed to be re-assembled together into a finished model. When sectioning the parts in the Magics software, we were able to add tolerance for the superglue leaving room for the parts to assemble perfectly without a big mess of excess glue.

Final Painted Aorta ModelFinal Painted Aorta Model

Step 6: Create Custom Reusable Shipping Package

The last step was to ensure the parts held up from demo to demo when shipped across the world. To do this, we used the CAD file to custom cut foam inserts that would fit into a box. This allowed ease of packaging and confidence that the part would show up perfect every time.

In the end, Centerline’s model is what we do at TTH every day. Our Project Managers and Engineering Team work together with customers to fully understand requirements of the project and even offer new solutions from our diverse in-house services, to exceed customer expectations.

If you are interested in working on a project with our team at TTH please email us at

TTH Presenting At the Advanced Design and Manufacturing Cleveland Expo

Posted on: February 28th, 2018 by Greg Cebular

Join us at ADM Cleveland 2018 in booth 602.

March 7-8, 2018 – Cleveland, OH

Use our promo code SPECIAL for a FREE expo pass!

 What is Advanced Design and Manufacturing (ADM) Cleveland?

ADM Cleveland will deliver the full spectrum of advanced design and manufacturing technology. Engineers and executives will get access to the latest solutions in the product development process with cutting-edge technologies, networking events, and educational opportunities.

Who Should Attend?

Engineers and executives who use or are interested in contract manufacturing services like 3D printing, additive manufacturing, injection molding and CNC machining in key industries such as automotive, medtech, aerospace, robotics, automation, plastics, packaging, and design technology. The conference will have interactive events and exhibits for people of all skill levels.

Will I See TTH There?

Of course!  We will be exhibiting at the conference at booth #602.  Be sure to stop by to see how we are using innovative contract manufacturing technologies that pair 3D printing and additive manufacturing with traditional injection molding and CNC machining. Also, we will have plenty of free giveaways.

In addition, Mark Horner, VP of Business Development, will be offering two presentations:

Capitalizing on the Changing Dynamics of 3D Printing Wednesday, March 7, 10:00-10: 45 am

This panel, also including Jack Heslin (3D Tech Talks), Dave Pierson (MAGNET) and Tracy Albers (Rapid Prototype and Manufacturing LLC), will explore how to leverage the shifts in smart manufacturing dynamics resulting from 3D printing, how to manage throughput when frequently changing out materials; and how to scale up efficiently without sacrificing quality, new materials, new possibilities, and new processes.

Next-Gen Materials for 3D Printing Wednesday, March 7, 3:15-4: 00 pm

Users know what 3D printing can do for them but now they are looking to save money on materials and usage costs while maintaining the “wow” factor of what they are creating. New 3D printers and technologies can create shapes that haven’t existed before, as well as lighter objects that don’t sacrifice strength. You will hear about applications that are solving industry issues by taking advantage of the Carbon Digital Light Synthesis process and materials to produce production quality components without traditional tooling or manufacturing processes.

TTH Presenting At the SAE Additive Manufacturing in Motion Symposium

Posted on: February 26th, 2018 by Greg Cebular

Vist us at the SAE 2018

Additive Manufacturing in Motion Symposium

March 13-14, 2018 – Cleveland, OH

Booth #102


What is the Additive Manufacturing in Motion Symposium?

This premier additive manufacturing event for the mobility industry is your chance to hear from technical experts in automobile and aerospace OEMs and Tier 1 and 2 suppliers, as well as experts from government and academia. You’ll learn about the needs, research, development activities and solutions that will help maximize the benefits of additive manufacturing.

Who Should Attend?

Manufacturing engineers, business development professionals, research engineers, design engineers, product engineers, system design engineers, researchers and academia who are looking from more information regarding the value, ROI, development and next generation of additive manufacturing technology.

Will I See TTH There?

Of course!  We will be exhibiting at the conference at booth #102.  Be sure to stop by to see firsthand the innovation and benefits of 3D printing and additive manufacturing.  Also, we will have plenty of free giveaways.

In addition, Mark Horner, VP of Business Development, will be presenting a session explaining applications that are solving industry issues by taking advantage of the Carbon Digital Light Synthesis process and materials to produce production quality components without traditional tooling or manufacturing processes.