3D Printing for iPhone 5 Cases

Needless to say, all of us at Advanced Design Concepts love to hear about new technology. This is why we were very excited when Apple® presented the iPhone® 5 at an event in San Francisco on September 12, 2012. The newest iPhone featuring a new 4-inch Retina™ display, a thinner and lighter body, a new Apple-designed A6 chip for much faster performance, and most importantly – better battery life. However, as a engineering services firm, we’re more interested in the manufacturing technology that comes along with the new iPhone.

A model of Apple’s new iPhone 5. The phone will be released on September 21, 2012

Only a day after Apple’s iPhone 5 display – September 13, 2012 – 3D Systems Corporation announced that it has released its Freshfiber™ line of 3D printed cases for the new  iPhone 5. The cases feature  intricate designs and double-layers for cushioning for cushioning and shock absorption. As an authorized reseller for 3D Systems, ADC and its employees are amazed to see how two different types of technology can work together.

Samples of 3D Systems’ FreshFiber Line for 3D printed iPhone 5 cases.

Now despite the fact that the iPhone 5 doesn’t hit the shelves until September 21, you can find unique 3D print designs for other major smartphones at the Freshfiber website. Additionally, if you are looking for a custom design for your iPhone, Blackberry®, Samsung Galaxy®, iPad®, or other smart device – be sure to contact a representative from ADC. We would be more than happy to work with you to design a case to fit your personal needs!

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P2P Foundation Conducts First Survey of 3D Printing Community

Peerproduction.net, a P2P Foundation website, has spiked the interest of Advanced Design Concepts by conducting the first survey of the 3D Printing community. The survey itself, which can be found here, took a sample of 358 participants in total.  They surveyors asked each of the volunteers multiple questions to find out exactly where they fit in the community, to  understand what they used 3D Printers for, and to learn what types of hardware and programs they had used.

One interesting question from the survey that spiked our interest asked participants which year they first used a 3D Printer:

Bar graph showing when participants first used a 3D Printer.
Credit: Journal of Peer Production

The data shows that the spike in 3D Printing started in 2005, and hit its peak in 2011. Using this data, we at ADC can call ourselves early adopters of rapid prototyping, as we first started 3D Printing in 2007.

Another interesting section of the study asks the volunteers which brand of printers they had used:

Pie Chart showing what brand of 3d printer each volunteer had used
Credit: Journal of Peer Production

The data shows that the top three manufacturers of 3D Printing – for this survey sample – was RapRap project, MakerBot, and Objet respectively. At ADC, we use 3D Systems, which has acquired ZCorp. If you take this into account, it can be said that 3D Systems is the third most popular maker of printers in this survey.

But enough about our take. If you’d like to get a more rounded idea of the data that doesn’t take up too much of your time, check out this video that Stephen Murphey made of the survey results:

If you’d like to learn more about the 3D Printing services that we provide, or about the 3D Systems printers that we sell, please feel free to visit the 3D Printing page of our website here. If you have any questions, please feel free to comment on this post, or contact us at ADC.

Advanced Design Concepts Expands Injection Molding Services

When our viewers look at our blog, it’s easy to pick out the service that we post the most about. Without a doubt it’s Advanced Design Concepts’ 3D Printing capabilities. However, 3D Printing isn’t our only method of producing physical prototypes. One of the other services that ADC provides is injection molding and machining. Just like rapid prototyping, injection molding can help to reduce the time spent in the product development cycle. ADC’s model makers implement this process by combining in-house scanning, Pro/ENGINEER™ and SolidWorks modeling, Raindrop Geomagic surfacing and 3 and 4-axis CNC machines. In more simple terms, through injection molding, we help our clients take their preliminary designs and produce sophisticated electronic models and physical prototypes in a shorter amount of time.

We at ADC have a number of different tools at our disposal for injection molding projects, including the Hurco VM2 High Speed Vertical Machining Center – (40 x 18 x 18), Viper High Speed 3-axis Vertical Machining Center, Tree 1060 Vertical Machining Center with full 4th axis – (40 x 24 x 25) travel, HAAS CNC Lathe, Printex Pad Printing Machine, Branson Ultrasonic Welder, and a few other tools that you can find at the injection molding page on our website. We have also served an extremely diverse customer base through developing medical devices, power tools, toys, lawn and garden equipment, and parts for INDY racers, motorcycles and automobiles.

Through both our wide array of tools and quality service to our various customers, we at ADC are continually enhancing our manufacturing capabilities. This is why we are proud to announce that we have expanded our injection molding arsenal to include a new weapon, the JSW 200 Ton Servo-Electric Injection Molding Machine.

ADC’s new JSW 200 Ton Servo-Electric Injection Molding Machine!

Another angle of the new JSW 200 Ton Servo-Electric Injection Molding Machine

With this new piece of equipment in our machine shop, ADC will have the capacity to handle a larger volume of projects. We hope that through our expansion we can better help our clients to reduce production time, and to quickly prepare products to be market ready. If you would like to know more about our engineering capabilities, feel free to visit our website. Any questions about injection molding or any of ADC’s other services can be posted in the comments section, and we will answer it as best as we can. If you would like a more specific answer, or have a project you think we can help with, feel free to contact one of us.

3D Printed Leaf

It’s been awhile since we last talked about some of the 3D Printed objects that we’ve made at ADC, but we have a great new story for you all. This story should help to shed a little more light on not only the wide variety of objects that can be produced with rapid prototyping, but also the intricate details of the printed object as well.

We started with a leaf that one of our employees took from a tree in front of their home, and took a three dimensional scan of the leaf.  The scan was then imported into a software called Geomagic Studio.  Below are some photos that illustrate the process.

The original leaf that we scanned

Point cloud of the leaf

The final STL file sent from Geomagic Studio

Next, all missing data is filled in appropriately to give the leaf one constant polygonal surface. To finish our process the leaf was then turned into an IGES (Initial Graphics Exchange Specification) Surface to create a solid CAD model. Below are pictures of the final 3D Printed leaf.

Final 3D Printed leaf

Bottom of the printed leaf

Top side of the final printed leaf

When you look at the final 3D printed leaf, we can see the preciseness of the rapid prototyping process. The final product has a rough texture on the top side, a smooth bottom side, and a very flexible body (much like the original leaf!). Knowing this, it’s easy to see that 3D Printing is a very versatile technology. Let us show you how versatile our machines can be! Check out our website for more information, or contact us with your design ideas today.

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3D Systems Adds Advanced Design Concepts to Its Network

 Full Service Engineering Design Firm Brings Complete Portfolio Of 3D Printers To Its Users 

ROCK HILL, South Carolina, February 9, 2012 — 3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD), announced today the appointment of Advanced Design Concepts, ADC, a leader in full service engineering design services, as an authorized reseller. more

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