By Eric Doremus | Applications Engineer
3D printing has been all over the news recently with stories on how it has saved countless lives and given people and animals a new lease on life. But what about the less dramatic yet useful process of saving a students final project with a crucial deadline?
Kyle Garb, a junior studying Industrial Design at Philadelphia University, recently utilized R&D Technologies's 3D Printing Service Bureau to do just that. While designing a pair of headphones targeted for the athletic/sport user group for his design class, Kyle and his team realized that they did not have enough time to properly design and create a physical model for display.
"Since this project demanded a lot of deliverables over a very short span of time, hand crafting a model would have been next to impossible with our specifications and precise details", said Kyle in an interview with R&D Technologies. "By 3D printing the model, we were also able to take a break from the model making process and focus on other aspects of the presentation and get ahead while other groups assigned to the same task were worrying about completing their models."
After asking what Kyle's budget was to print his part and hearing that the university would not sponsor the cost of production, R&D Technologies decided to print his parts at no cost and to overnight ship them so he would make his deadline. If Kyle did not have the option of printing his piece, he would have created his headphones using wood or foam parts. This would have been extremely time consuming and they would not have been able to properly showcase the intricate yet minimalistic design that they spend hours putting together.
Kyle also stated how simple the whole process was for him. "It was as easy as sending files over by email. We were also fortunate to have our pieces shipped to us overnight since our deadline was in a week and before that we hand nothing." His parts were created on R&D Technologies's Fortus 250mc using ABS model material and a 0.001" layer resolution. This combination of material and layer resolution provided a strong part with great surface finish.
Once Kyle received the parts, his team post-processed the parts by sanding, priming and painting to make them match their exact design. After painting was complete, they cold welded their parts together with a plastic glue to make one complete part. Check out the final 3D printed model below!