GCC’s Computer Aided Drafting and Design Program Purchases State-of-the-Art 3-D Printer.
Imagine that a company is in the process of developing a new product or re-designing an existing product and wants to see an actual prototype of the product. A home may have been designed and a set of working drawings are available, but an actual model of the home may want to be seen before the home is built.
The Computer Aided Drafting and Design Program at GCC has the equipment that allow these prototype models to be generated. The Stratasys Technology uses a Dimension System to build a functional 3D model from the bottom up, one layer at a time with a tough, durable acrylnitrile butadene styrene (ABS) plastic.
STL CAD files are imported into Catalyst software which automatically slices and orients the parts and creates any necessary support structures. The software automatically plots a precise deposition path for Dimensions to follow. ABS plastic (in filament form within auto-loading cartridges) is fed into an extrusion head, heated to a semi-liquid state and accurately deposited in layers as fine as .010 inch thick. After completion of the build, support structures are simply removed.
Unlike appearance prototypes produced with other materials, Dimension Models in ABS can be used for functional and field test parts.
In conjunction with 3D solid CAD, GCC and GOISD CAD students will be able to generate 3D functional models that they can use to evaluate designs, test functionality, and most importantly achieve a real-world learning experience.
GCC’s CAD program will also be able to provide prototype services for local manufacturers that may want to utilize this state-of-the-art equipment.
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