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ECS Enterprises: Your Source for Polyjet 3D Printing

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With the addition of our Objet500 Connex3, ECS Enterprises now has state-of-the-art 3D printing capabilities to offer our customers. 3D printing with Polyjet technology allows us to use three base materials to create models with multiple colors and material properties in a single build.

We offer a wide range of material options. The ability to blend three primary colors (cyan, magenta, and yellow) allows us to make models out of several different colors at once. One or more of the three primary colors can also be switched out for white, black and/or clear; allowing for different opaque and translucent color options. All of the above materials can also be combined with a rubber like material to create a range of Shore A values in a wide variety of colors. We also offer polypropylene-like materials and ABS-like materials.

Using a build envelope of 19.3 x 15.4 x 7.9 inches and a build resolution as fine as .001 inches, we can build the part you need, from a large part with precise fittings to several smaller parts with fine detail. We can even do short run or prototype injection and vacuum form molds.

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What is 3D?

What is 3D?

What Is 3D Printing?

3dprinting3D printing is a way to create physical objects directly from digital files. While digital design is nothing new, manufacturing has traditionally relied on technologies that cut objects from a larger blocks or sheets of material; or forming methods that rely on expensive molds and patterns. In contrast, 3D printing is an additive process that builds objects one layer at a time from the bottom up.

Used across industries, it complements traditional technologies to improve product design, streamline manufacturing, and even forge entirely new business models. And as its utility and accessibility increase, so does its potential to unlock innovation in countless inventors, engineers and designers and whose ideas were previously too difficult or expensive to manufacture.

How Does 3D Printing Work?

For anyone who has printed a photo or document, 3D printing should feel pretty familiar. It begins with something on your computer screen: your own 3D CAD model, one you downloaded from a sharing site, or a 3D scan from a physical object. Software slices your model into fine layers that serve as instructions for the 3D printer. Instead of ink, the 3D printer deposits a material such as plastic, wax, or liquid polymer one layer at a time until what was just data becomes substance. And because 3D printing in midair simply isn’t possible, the software also decides where support material is needed to uphold parts of the object as it builds. That material is removed after printing is complete.

How Is 3D Printing Used?

shoesAlso known as additive manufacturing, 3D printing encompasses a wide variety of methods and technologies from plastic extrusion, to polymer jetting, to laser sintering. Some technologies serve specific uses like jewelry design or dental modeling. Others span industries and produce everything from concept models and functional prototypes to manufacturing tools and production parts.

Designers, engineers, artists and researchers are finding new uses for 3D printing every day – and pushing the limits of what it can do. Partnering with a manufacturing service, companies are saving time and expense while advancing innovation in virtually every industry.

How Can We Help You?

We are committed to excellence. Whether you have a turnkey project or a customized prototype, we have the experience, equipment, and expertise to make it happen. You will benefit from our long-lasting partnerships with high quality suppliers and our innovative research and development team. To learn more about our processes, contact us today. We can answer any questions you might have and help you get started on your next big project.


Digital Material

Digital Material

Digital materials are composite materials created simultaneously by jetting two different materials in specific concentrations and structures. Each combination produces a set of properties (physical, mechanical, shades, tones, etc.) different from those of the parent materials.

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Rigid or Flexible
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Rigid or Flexible
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Digital Material
Composition of Primary and Secondary
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  • Pallets combining different ShoreA values (27-95) and colors
  • Combining color translucency with Shore A
  • A unique capability with strong demand from the Field (Beta customers
  • Excellent offering for sporting goods, CG, entertainment and medical
  • To be released in Q2 2014

  • Combining VeroClear with rigid color resin
  • New DMs with different levels of translucency
  • Excellent solution for sporting and consumer goods

Digital ABS

Color: Objet RGD5160- Green ; Objet RGD5130- Ivory

Properties:

  • Dimensional stability
  • Thermal resistance – 58-68ºC, 82-90ºC after thermal post curing static / dynamic mechanical loads
  • High impact resistance of 65-75J/m

Ideal for:

  • Functional prototypes
  • Snap-fit parts for high or low temperature usage
  • Electrical part casings, mobile telephone casings
  • Engine parts and covers
  • Simulated parts that require high-impact resistance and shock-absorption

For additional material selections, click here.


Injection Molding

Injection Molding

PolyJet – Best Fit When:

Thermoplastics with:

  • Reasonable molding temperatures (<300°C [570°F])
  • Good flowability
  • Candidates:
    • PE, PP, PS, ABS, TPE, PA, POM, PC-ABS
    • Glass filled resins

Low quantities (5 to 100)

Mid-sized parts (< 165 cc [10 cu. in.])

  • 50- to 80-ton molding machines

Design and functionality confirmation

  • Avoidance of tool rework
  • Compliance testing (e.g., UL or CE)

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Tech News

Tech News

Acrylic Edge Polishing Quality Solution - A customer who produces upscale acrylic furniture came to us with a problem they were encountering with the edge finish on thick gage acrylic. They were cutting the acrylic, then hand sanding multiple times with increasingly higher grit levels of sand paper, followed with flame polishing for the final, smooth, highly polished edge they needed. […]

A customer who produces upscale acrylic furniture came to us with a problem they were encountering with the edge finish on thick gage acrylic. They were cutting the acrylic, then hand sanding multiple times with increasingly higher grit levels of sand paper, followed with flame polishing for the final, smooth, highly polished edge they needed. Even using this costly, labor-intensive process, they did not get the consistent polished edge quality they sought. They hoped we could provide them with an alternative method of polishing the acrylic that would solve the problems with the inconsistent edge quality and very high labor costs.

We worked with our customer to utilize our Weeke Diamond Polisher to finish the edges of their parts, followed by a buffing process to obtain a consistent, clear, highly polished edge that fully met their needs. We were able to take this process completely out of their shop and reduce their total cost to obtain the high optical quality edge they were not able to consistently obtain themselves.

We always seek to meet or exceed our customers’ needs while providing cost effectiveness that allows them to go to market with the highest quality products at competitive pricing. How can we help your business grow and prosper?

Better Material, Better Rollers - A distributor of stretch wrapping equipment approached us about a problem they were having with transit rollers on the main carriage of a particular type of stretch wrapping machine that was putting an unusual load on the rollers – compressive, bending and impact. These rollers had been made from black acetal engineered plastic, an excellent […]

A distributor of stretch wrapping equipment approached us about a problem they were having with transit rollers on the main carriage of a particular type of stretch wrapping machine that was putting an unusual load on the rollers – compressive, bending and impact. These rollers had been made from black acetal engineered plastic, an excellent material for many applications, for years. But in this application, they were breaking, in some cases after only days or weeks of operation, due to the conditions and the acetal’s limitations under the combination of loads. We were asked to find a cost-effective material that could withstand the conditions for long periods without failing catastrophically. After learning as much as we could about the specific nature of the loads and conditions the part sees, we chose a machinable thermoset polyester composite material from which to produce these parts. During testing, the distributor was not able to make the rollers fail, even in conditions exceeding those the parts would see in application. And after a significant amount of time in actual operation, no parts have failed or show measurable wear. The customer has now specified this material for all new and replacement rollers for this machine. The OEM of these machines is also changing to the composite material for these rollers as the standard offering on all production and eliminating the acetal as well.

The benefits to this solution were many: the customer does not have to send service technicians into the field to replace these rollers, the end users do not lose time in production, which could be hours to days for each failure, and the cost of the new rollers is comparable to the acetal rollers that had been a long-term problem, making for a tangible financial and performance benefit to the distributor and their customers.

ISE is much more than a precision machining company – we offer solutions based on extensive knowledge of materials and applications, design assistance and quality managed production. Let us demonstrate how we can help you with solutions for your challenging components and performance issues.