3DFabTech Announces Development of a Brief-Case 3D Replicator/Copier to Serve Mass-Customization Applications
3DFabTech's brief-case sized fabrication system provides fast and inexpensive tooling that supports the emerging rapid 3D printing market for cost-sensitive consumer products as well as the exacting needs of the aerospace/military and transportation industries for an environmentally friendly and quick replication of 3D parts.
Santa Clara July 31, 2013
3D Fabrication Technology Inc. (3DFabTech) announces that it has developed a 3D replicator or copier that can perform precise 3D copying of parts. Robust enough to duplicate high temperature parts for aerospace and military applications, the technology is inexpensive to support rapid production in commercial applications such as automotive and medical applications.
Starting with devices made from 3D printers or from existing parts, the 3DFabTech system makes a mold that can act as a template for high volume production of 3D parts produced by 3D printers or conventional manufacturing equipment. The technology provides a means of creating faster, less-expensive products or means for quick repair of conventional or high-temperature composites. In some or many applications, our technology may replace altogether tooling materials and approaches as currently used.
3DFabTech's system for composite fabrication is based on a material that has been nicknamed "engineered quicksand," and can provide such fast and inexpensive tooling to the emerging rapid 3D printing market. The technology can serve cost-sensitive consumer products as well as the exacting needs of medical, aerospace, and military applications. Ted Jacobson, the inventor behind the 3DFabTech system, notes that3DFabTech solution fundamentally changes the economics and performance of current manufacturing solutions as follows:
* We save the customer time - We reduce the prototyping cycle from 10-15 weeks (hard tooling), or 1-7 days (rapid tooling) to hours.
*We save the customer money - We reduce the cost of tooling from $5,000-$10,000/sq ft (hard tooling), or $750-$1,000/sq ft (rapid tooling) to $50-$100/sq ft.
*We provide new capabilities - Our flexible manufacturing option greatly reduces tooling inventory ($) and space required ($).
The technology allows for an environmentally friendly and quick molding and replication of parts. Using a water-soluble, ceramic-based slurry, the 3DFabTech system can duplicate composite parts-currently items that can fit inside a brief case up to 6'x 9'-in a tool bed. The company's patented system is capable of copying 3D parts in as little as 15 minutes in an environmentally friendly way since materials can be recycled. This ability enables mass customization commercial production of 3D printed parts and devices. Due to this environmentally friendly 3D replication technology, 3DFabTech has been selected as a Cleantech 2013 Competition Semifinalist.
3DFabTech's portfolio of intellectual property development has been accelerated using patent workflow solutions such as ProvisionalBuilder from PowerPatent Inc. Such tools enable 3DFabTech to file quickly and benefit from the first-inventor-to-file provision of the American Invents Act (AIA).
3DFabTech changes the Value Proposition for the Composites Fabrication & Repair and Plastics Industries. 3DFabTech's patented and patent pending rapid tooling system enables near instant manufacture of detailed tools of any size. For more information, please visit http://www.3dfabtech.com.
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