Thursday, October 26, 2006

Enhancing rapid prototype material properties

I have used rapid prototypes to create masters for aluminum castings, I have used them directly as actual parts in low stress environments, and I have used them for helping conceptualize a project.

For low stress applications I have used parts directly off our Dimension rapid prototyping machine in the field. Applications have included cable and hose mounts, or electronic boxes. The ABS material is pretty good for direct end use. One does have to be aware of its limitations however.

Here is an article on how to enhance the material properties for parts coming from SLA machines. The process entails metal coating the parts. The resultant properties expands the field in which SLA parts can be used.

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