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3D Printing for Machine Design

Learn how one company is using 3D printed parts for machine design and the manufacture of final machine components. Part types include brackets, guards, and other custom parts that cannot be machined using traditional methods. In addition, attendees of this presentation will discover how the use of 3D printed parts promotes rapid part evolution for improved design and increased profit margin.

Date: October 15, 2013
Time: 2 PM EDT (11 AM PDT)
Duration: 1 hour
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This presentation describes the use of 3D printers for machine design and the manufacture of final machine components such as brackets, guards, and other custom parts that cannot be machined using traditional methods. Participants will review applications for 3D printing tooling and machine components using the Stratasys Mojo printer, as well as applications using the larger uPrint and Objet printers. Techniques for maximizing accuracy and for dealing with a smaller print envelope for larger items will be discussed, as will scheduling and cost benefits. Attendees will also learn how component design can be used to leverage printer capabilities. Discover why 3D printed components offer a lower cost means to produce prototype parts and end use components for machinery.

Key Take-Aways

  • Discover potential applications for 3D printed parts
  • Learn how to tailor component design to 3D printing
  • Understand material selection requirements for fixture applications
  • Learn design techniques to lower the cost of printed components


Bruce Bradshaw, Director of Marketing North America, Stratasys

Bruce leads Stratasys Marketing efforts in North America. His experience in product marketing, product management, communication and messaging have helped position Stratasys as the leading 3D printer solution in the additive manufacturing market. Bruce is often an author of articles in leading industry publications such as Desktop Engineering, Product Development and Design World and is often a featured speaker at events such as SME, PTC Live, SolidWork World and more. He brings more than 20 years' experience of knowledge and expertise in technology, marketing and over positioning for organizations such as Stratasys.

David Baker, Owner, Worxsimple LLC

David Baker is president and owner of Worxsimple LLC, a consulting group focusing on system design, equipment manufacture, and rapid prototyping for the medical device industry. A mechanical engineer by training (BME, Auburn University), David has been involved in both plant start-ups and plant shutdowns; off-shore process migration; design, development, and installation of numerous production lines; and the creation of hundreds of work cells and process systems.