Whale Cuts Product Development Timescales With Objet 3D Printing
RHEINMUENSTER, Germany, September 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –
Watertight materials cited as key advantage of Objet Connex multi-material
Award-winning water pump and heating system manufacturer, Whale, today announced an
increase in new business following the purchase of an Objet Connex multi-material 3D
Printer for its headquarters in Bangor, Northern Ireland. The introduction of Objet Connex
multi-material technology means the company can now prototype design concepts with supreme
accuracy and undertake robust testing using watertight digital materials – helping the
company to bring its products to market quicker than ever before.
“We saw Objet Connex multi-material technology as a means to provide a broad
capability,” comments Richard Bovill, Whale Design Engineering Manager. “The range of
materials from rigid to rubber gives us a great advantage when recreating production
parts, especially the water tight material, as it allows us to carry out robust tests that
can reduce the product development process by weeks or even months.”
Over the past three years Whale has issued 15 worldwide design patents, driven by its
culture of innovation throughout the business, supplying first class products to the
marine, caravan and motorhome, shower drainage and industrial markets. To maintain its
leadership in these markets, Whale added an Objet Connex 3D Printer to its portfolio of
rapid prototyping solutions to expand its capabilities when designing new products and
making improvements to current solutions.
“Using Objet Connex multi-material technology we can now produce rubber, over-molded,
transparent and waterproof models, allowing us to recreate design faults and identify ways
we can improve our products in a much more cost effective and timely manner,” says
Managing Director Patrick Hurst. “This has enabled us to increase our existing business
and create new business opportunities, whilst maintaining the level of innovation our
customers are accustomed to.”
With the Objet Connex multi-material 3D Printer currently in operation 24 hours a day,
Whale are using a large variety of materials to deal with the demand and diversity of its
customer’s design projects.
“Having such a wide range of shore hardness and the ability to print rubber parts,
means that it is like having three machines in one. We can now deliver our customers a
finished high quality model in as little as 24 hours,” concludes Hurst.
Whale purchased the Objet Connex 3D Printer through Objet UK distributor HK
Rapidprototyping. Nigel Bunt, Sales Director at HK Rapidprototyping, adds: “The Objet
Connex provided Whale the ideal solution for their product design projects. Whale has now
become more flexible and thus increased its workflow capacity.”
Resources for Media
- Video: Objet Connex Multi-Material 3D Printing Technology [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mX6G-TluQHE&feature=plcp ] - Video: Objet260 Connex in Action [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbRlDBScDz4 ] - Objet Connex350 [http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=BJVTbzn0_so ] - Objet Clear Transparent Material [http://www.objet.com/3D-Printing-Materials/Overview/Transparent ]
Objet Ltd. [http://www.objet.com ], is a leading provider of high quality, cost
effective inkjet-based 3D printing systems and materials. A global company, Objet has
offices in North America, Europe, Japan, China, Hong Kong, and India.
Objet’s 3D printing systems and 3D printing materials are ideal for any company
involved in the manufacture or design of physical products using 3D software or other 3D
content. Companies using Objet’s solutions can be typically found in sectors
[http://www.objet.com/INDUSTRIES ] such as consumer goods & electronics, aerospace &
defense, automotive, education, dental, medical and medical devices, architecture,
industrial machinery, footwear, sporting goods, toys and service bureaus.
Founded in 1998, the company has thousands of customers
[http://www.objet.com/RESOURCES/Case_Studies ] worldwide including a substantial share of
the relevant Fortune 100 and Fortune 500. Its award-winning technology (13 awards in 8
years) is based upon over 110 patents and patent pending inventions.
Objet’s advanced 3D printing systems and range of over 100 materials
[http://www.objet.com/3D-Printing-Materials ] enable professionals to build prototypes that
accurately simulate the true look, feel and function of an end-product, even complex,
assembled goods. The Objet Connex [http://www.objet.com/3D-Printer/Objet_Connex_Family
](TM) line of multi-material 3D printers features the world’s only technology to
simultaneously jet 2 materials. With this, users can print many different materials into a
single part and print various mixed parts on the same build tray. Users can also create
advanced composite materials, or Digital Materials
[http://www.objet.com/3D-Printing-Materials/Overview/Digital_Materials ](TM) featuring
unique mechanical and thermal properties. Objet’s range of over 100 3D printing materials
[http://www.objet.com/3D-Printing-Materials ] simulate properties ranging from rigid
[http://www.objet.com/3D-Printing-Materials/Overview/Rigid_Opaque ] to rubber-like
[http://www.objet.com/3D-Printing-Materials/Overview/Rubber-like ], transparent
[http://www.objet.com/3D-Printing-Materials/Overview/Transparent ] to opaque and standard
to ABS-grade engineering plastics
[http://www.objet.com/3D-Printing-Materials/Overview/ABS-like ], with a large number of
in-between shore grades and shades.
Objet’s 3D printers [http://www.objet.com/3D-Printer/Products_Overview ] are available
in a range of form-factors, from cost-effective desktop 3D printers ideal for entry-level
professionals all the way to industrial-scale multi-material machines for front-line
designers and top manufacturers. Objet’s 3D printers feature the industry’s
highest-resolution 3D printing quality, based on 16-micron (0.0006 in.) super-thin
layering, wide material versatility, office friendliness and ease of operation.
For more information, visit us at http://www.objet.com and for more about 3D
printing industry-related news, business issues and trends, read the Objet blog
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