ITC offers a 3D Printing service that allows you to create products faster than machining and at a fraction of the cost. Using ITC’s service simplifies and accelerates the process of creating prototypes and finished goods. The 3D printing process, also known as additive manufacturing, is easy, yet powerful, companies of all sizes can benefit from it.
How Does a 3D Printer Work?
Beginning with computer-aided design (CAD) data, toolpath a toolpath is determined and sent to the 3D printer. The printer extrudes and deposits molten thermoplastic in layers to build the part from the bottom up, which makes complex parts very easy to produce.
Benefits of 3D Printing
- Allows designers to concentrate on the form and function of a part rather than how the part will be built
- Produces diverse products, from unmanned aerial vehicles to magnetic resonance imaging machine housings
- Quickly fabricates low-cost jigs and fixtures
- Replaces high-cost specialty production parts
- Helps companies explore various possibilities by creating rapid prototypes
- Provides an alternative for machining / milling difficult pieces
ITC offers the following options for your 3D printing requirements:
- Interior: Solid Fill, Sparse Fill, or Double-Dense Sparse Fill
- Printing Area: 16″ x 14″ x 16″ (Width x Depth x Height)
The 3D printer currently in employed at ITC is a Stratasys Fortus 400mc. Using Stratasys’ Insight software, a client-provided STL file is imported, prepared, and sent to the Fortus 400MC for printing.
Additive Manufacturing for a UAV Wing
A University of Manitoba student worked with the Industrial Technology Centre to use additive manufacturing technology to build the internal structure of a UAV wing. The Rapid Prototyped Nodal Frame Manufacturing Technique for Advanced Composite Applications won first place for Innovative Design in the Canadian Engineering Competition 2012.
From Physical Item to Revised Prototype
A joystick handle requiring modification was brought to the Industrial Technology Centre without original product modeling data. Technical staff first captured 3D shape data of the handle, then modified the model with 3D CAD software, and finally, built the prototype of the revised model using additive manufacturing technology.