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Stratasys Direct Manufacturing in Valencia, California, is the largest dedicated North American provider of additive manufacturing/3D printing, rapid prototyping, tooling and injection molding services, a market projected to reach $13.4 billion by 2018. Even though it’s a market leader, it wasn’t always easy to keep up with client expectations. Printed items require precision cleaning and preparation. Stratasys used to either manually break or cut off support material, which was very labor intensive, or use heated circulating washers to melt it off, which required up to 24 hours for larger parts.
Precise and swift preparation is possible.
The company’s executive team went looking online for a faster solution and found Omegasonics, which happened to be in a nearby neighborhood. They went to see a demonstration for themselves and within a week they’d ordered their first ultrasonic unit. Stratasys plans to purchase three more within the year.
The company experienced an ROI in less than four months. Three full-time workers have been reassigned from the cleaning process to other revenue-generating activities. Parts are getting to clients up to 24 hours faster than before.
It used to take a full day to manually remove support material from some 3D parts. Now we just put the parts into the ultrasonic cleaner and do something else while they’re being cleaned. After three hours, we have nice, clean parts.”
— Armen Boyajyan, Product Finishing Manager, of Stratasys Direct Manufacturing
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The future of prototype manufacturing can get here even faster and easier.
- Gently removes support structure materials from ABS, Polycarbonate, Nylon 12 and PCABS, among others
- Thorough cleaning with even very intricate parts
- Less expensive than recirculating tank style washers
- Easy to use
- No setup or training
- No hand cleaning
- Reduced labor costs
How does an ultrasonic cleaner work?
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