INTAMSYS, a manufacturer of industrial 3D printing systems, has launched a new competition.
Organizations, companies, research and education institutions are invited to take part in the INTAMSYS industrial 3D Printing Global Competition. The theme of the design challenge is jigs and fixtures.
“During our business visits in the USA, Europe and China, we’ve learned first-hand from our customers and partners that 3D printed jigs and fixtures in polycarbonate, nylon and PEEK have significantly improved lead time, worker safety and costs on their production floors.” said Chun Pin Lim, Marketing Director of INTAMSYS.
A recent video published by INTAMSYS illustrates the advantages that 3D printing has in the manufacture of jigs and fixtures. The ability to make such manufacturing tools from functional materials and higher grade thermoplastics using 3D printing can result in lower costs, lighter components and decreased lead times.
Design a 3D printed jig or fixture to win
To submit an entry for the competition visit the INTAMSYS website and complete the online form. Essentially, participants are required to design and 3D print a fixture or jig. A description the primary purposes of the device is required, as is providing the dimensions and type of materials used.
INTAMSYS also requires that competition entries, “provide details on lead time, cost, durability and other benefits of your 3D printed jig or fixture as compared to the previous methods of fabrication.”
Three photos are also required to enter. These pictures should show the jig or fixture during the 3D printing process, the completed 3D print and also how the jig or fixture is used. A series of reference photographs is provided by INTAMSYS. These photos show a fixture used to support the assembly of a 3D printer.
Win the INTAMSYS FUNMAT HT industrial 3D printer and more
A range of prizes are available from INTAMSYS. Winners of the bronze and silver prizes will receive $1,000 and $2,000 respectively. However the winner of the gold prize will walk away with $2000 plus the INTAMSYS FUNMAT HT industrial 3D printer and 6 kilos of engineering grade filament.
Entries to the INTAMSYS design competition can be made until 23:59 GMT on 31 August 2018. The rules and entry form are available online here.
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Featured image shows the INTAMSYS FUNMAT HT 3D printer. Photo via INTAMSYS.