MCAD Tech News #2038 Mar, 2007 By: Jeffrey Rowe
More than one manufacturer plans to take up residence on the product designer's desktop.
Earlier this year, 3D Systems Corporation, a manufacturer of rapid 3D printing, prototyping and manufacturing machines, announced its plans to introduce the V-Flash desktop modeler this summer.
The V-Flash desktop modeler is the first product 3D Systems plans to bring to market that's based on a new technology platform. The company claims its proprietary FTI (film transfer imaging) technology is what makes this desktop modeler possible, although details on it are lacking beyond broad specifications.
The 25" X 26" X 27" V-Flash desktop modeler weighs about 100lb and has a maximum build volume of 7" X 9" X 8" (WxDxH). The V-Flash desktop modeler will cost about $9,900, making it affordable to a wide range of potential customers.
3D Systems exhibited the V-Flash at the SolidWorks World 2007 user conference in February, and the parts it produced were quite impressive with regard to resolution and surface finish, although not as high quality as those produced by SLS (selective laser sintering) or SLA (stereolithography) processes.
Introducing the V-Flash could be a good move for 3D Systems as it adds this newest machine to round out its product portfolio. With the announcement of the V-Flash modeler, the desktop is fast becoming highly coveted real estate for so-called 3D printers. So, although 3D Systems calls the V-Flash a desktop modeler, I’d classify it as a 3D printer based on its relative low cost, part creation speed and ease of use, although this might be stretching the definition a bit. Read more>>
By Ron LaFon
@Xi Computer has a well-deserved reputation for producing speedy workstation systems for the CAD and engineering markets. Xi has been working for some time to produce a mobile workstation that meets its performance expectations. The result of those efforts is the newly released @Xi PowerGo 2Duo, the fastest mobile workstation to ever come through Cadalyst Labs. Read more>>
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