South Carolina based 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) has updated its On Demand Manufacturing services with the Quickparts fast-turn prototyping service.
The Quickparts service will now offer metal and plastic prototypes with lead times as short as one day. This comes after 3D Systems has just commercialized their Figure 4 configuration.
How it works
3D Systems explains that the manufacturing service requires users to upload a CAD file to their website which can then generate an immediate quote. The process is similar to fellow United States manufacturing bureau, who has just reached a settlement with ICO Products for improper use of their quoting software.
Eric Tryson, Mechanical Designer at Dorman Products gives his thoughts on the service. Dorman Products is a supplier of replacement parts and Tryson states the Quickparts service “provides a quality solution for getting prototypes and small run production parts fast.” Also commenting on the software and user experience as “straightforward with clearly defined options that make it easy to upload and price a model in a variety of processes, materials, colors and finishes.” The Quickparts service has been nominated by our readers in the 3D Printing Industry Awards.
3D Systems has a number of 3D printing offerings as part of their on demand manufacturing services, these include Stereolithography (SLA), Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), Direct Metal Printing (DMP), Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) and Color Jet Printing (CJP). In addition to this, the company also offers more traditional manufacturing processes such as injection molding and CNC machined parts.
Phil Schultz, SVP of On Demand Solutions at 3D Systems spoke regarding the Quickparts announcement,
Many of our customers need instantaneous help with design challenges, materials, and processes, while others need a simple way to validate their design. This new customer experience allows our customers to quickly and easily bring their designs to life by creating and building parts from prototyping to production.
The North American company has also announced plans this week to enter the bioprinting market with a collaboration with United Therapeutics Corporation.
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Featured image shows parts produced by on demand manufacturing from 3D Systems. Image via 3D Systems.