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IMTS 2014 Conference: Mass Finishing for 3D Printed Parts

Learn what happens when you use mass finishing on an FDM part, compared with parts made through other 3D printing technologies.

IMTS 2014 Conference: Mass Finishing for 3D Printed Parts

Chicago – Make plans to attend the IMTS 2014 Conferences to learn about New Research on Mass Finishing for 3D Printed Parts.

DATE: Tuesday, September 9 from 2:15 PM - 3:10 PM   ROOM: W-192B

SPEAKER: John Oney, Application Engineer, Stratasys

Mass finishing has been used in many industries for more than a hundred years to improve surface finish. John Oney, the leading researcher on mass finishing for Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Technology, will introduce technical concepts such as deformation, amplitude and energy, and discuss what happens when you use mass finishing on an FDM part, compared with parts made through other 3D printing technologies. Oney will also offer CAD guidelines to design the best possible final product through mass finishing. 

You will learn:

  • An overview of automated post-processes such as mass finishing, which is a smoothing process normally used for preparing a part for paint or application needs
  • The importance of processing a file, including looking for voids in the part that can be corrected by picking proper contour widths or multiple contours, as well raster direction and thickness of both within Insight software for Fortus 3D Production Systems
  • The difference in time between traditional manufacturing and additive manufacturing with automated finishing
  • Several examples will be offered throughout, showing the effects of mass finishing and how it works with various thermoplastic and photopolymer materials, from standard ABS to high-performance ULTEM 9085 resin. 
  • Oney will also preview other automated finishing processes that he is examining for additive manufacturing, showing complete automation of additive manufacturing and how it has benefited many industries. This will include conventional systems from support removal to mass finishing to finished product. 
  • The presentation will have an open forum feel, with questions addressed throughout. Time permitting; some hands-on activities will be available.

Discussion topics:

  • Current post-processing methods in additive manufacturing compared with those in mainstream manufacturing
  • Conventional automation technologies that can be used today alongside additive manufacturing 
  • The future convergence of additive manufacturing and automated post-processing

The educational and informative conferences run Sept. 8-11, 2014 in the West Building, Level 1. To register for this or any session, visit www.imts.com/education/imtsconference.html.

Source: IMTS

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