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Beyond Prototypes: 3D Printing Transforms Xerox’s Model Shop

3D printing is transforming the way things are made at the Xerox model shop. This presentation describes how Xerox traditionally created parts, and then explains how 3D printing has saved the company countless weeks in product development. In addition, attendees will learn how Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) has helped Xerox shave thousands of dollars off production processes.

Date: September 26, 2013
Time: 1 AM EDT (10 PM PDT)
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Attendees of this presentation will learn how Xerox has embraced 3D printing to save countless weeks in product development and shave thousands of dollars off production processes. In particular, attendees will discover how the Xerox model shop uses Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) to make production parts, short-run thermoforming molds, work holding tools, and more. Invented by Stratasys more than 20 years ago, FDM Technology uses two materials to execute a print job: the modeling material, which constitutes the finished piece, and the support material, which acts as scaffolding. 3D printers that run on FDM Technology build parts layer-by-layer by heating thermoplastic material to a semi-liquid state and extruding it according to computer-controlled paths. Once the 3D printer is done building, the user breaks the support material away or dissolves it ina water-based solution, and the part is ready to use.

Key Take-Aways

  • Learn how 3D printing improves turnaround time at the Xerox model shop
  • Learn how FDM can save thousands of dollars from production processes
  • Discover other ways Xerox uses 3D printing to spark creativity


Duane Byerley, Senior Model Shop Manager, Xerox

Xerox Senior Model Shop Manager, Duane Byerley, is a 35-year industry veteran and recipient of the "Lifetime Achievement" award for excellence in the field of Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM). Byerley has been a featured speaker at industry exhibitions such as the AMUG (Additive Manufacturing Users Group) conferences and the SME's RAPID event.