GRT-Mars Inc., a contract manufacturer of mechanical and electro-mechanical assemblies based in Mountainside, NJ, recently added the latest in 3D printing to its engineering department. Its new uPrint 3D personal printer delivers production-grade concept and working models durable enough for functional testing, according to GRT-Mars. The uPrint is a product of Dimension and Stratasys, and offers desktop 3D printing for a sub-$20,000 price.
Personal printers offer a fast, low-cost alternative to traditional rapid prototyping, and they are designed for workstation and network access much like a standard laser printer. 3D printing is an ideal tool for quick design collaboration within the development teams. "We can now send SolidWorks 3D CAD files directly to this printer, hold an engineering meeting and return to find a prototype of the part in tough ABS plastic in sizes up to 6 x 6 x 8 inches," said Geoff Engelstein, president at GRT-Mars. "We plan on using it for a variety of projects, ranging from sleek wireless product cases to complex mechanical parts. As always, we are excited about enhancing our product development capabilities for our customers." ...