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Factor of the Future: 3D Rapid Prototyping PDF Print E-mail

So you think that the factory of the future is a fully-automated building filled with 3D printing systems and intelligent software?  You think the factory resembles a Kinko's rather than a factory where "toner" and "paper" (raw materials) go into the system and a massive stream of customized products comes out.  It is an incredibly efficient concept for sure, one with virtually zero waste.  Software and hardware seamlessly handle everything from decisions on what to make and when to make it. Still other software makes decisions that ensure the entire system stays on track to get you whatever you ordered on time and for the best price.There is no dirt on the floor and employees wear shorts an Polo shirts while they attend to the items made by the system and destined for your house.

The scenario painted above is not an exaggeration at all. Its a reality of technology being developed today by a handful of technology start-ups with ambitious dreams of a digital fabrication future.3D printers have been around for the past 20-25 years, quietly improving their capabilities which for the most part have only become mainstream in the past 5 years. The factory-of-the-future is visible in a hot new trend in the techno-dweeb sphere, so-called 3D Printing.  These machines literally ‘print’ from computer images entire finished parts or simple products, ‘assembling’ from raw metal powders using powerful lasers or electron beams.  They work much the same way much your computer’s laser printer does, though in the latter case using much less powerful lasers to print text using powdered inks.  One guy, a computer, and a 3D ‘printer’ … presto a desktop factory.  More on this incredible technology in a minute.

This new trend of distributed manufacturing is something that worries all of the big players and even countries like China.  While economic historians remind us of the importance of the twin innovations of free markets and financial structures, both those factors pale against the power of technology to create productivity, and thus the wealth of the world.

If the future factory is a machine born of emerging technologies and requires zero labor, on average such factories will be located preferentially where the skills and culture exist to invent and implement.  And, on average, you’d put such factories close to demand.  The U.S. still has more of both innovation and GDP than any other nation in the world, and will for some time.  (The “on average” necessarily assumes roughly equal tax and regulatory treatment, and roughly equal cost of capital.)

That technology adds productivity – more output using fewer labor hours – is an old story.  But this means, in a narrow sense, technology eliminates jobs even as it creates broader societal wealth.  We’ve seen this in America where total manufacturing output has doubled in the last thirty years while the manufacturing labor force dropped from 17 million in the mid ‘70s to 12 million today.  Each worker today is thus six times more productive.  Overall this is a very good thing for America, but not so good on the face of it for the five million no longer directly employed in manufacturing.

Now back to the " One guy, a computer, and a 3D ‘printer’"...there are more 3D printers on the planet than anyone realizes. Many of them exist in someone's garage. Some people have a few machines in a small business. There are only a handful of very large printing facilities on the planet and they are outnumbered 10 to one by smaller, more efficient businesses with virtually no overhead.

But what about the quality? Ah, the question that is actually has the simplest answer of all. If you were to send a report to a Kinko's in say...New York, wouldn't you expect that the results would be the same if you sent the same report to a Kinko's in Sunny California? This same reasoning holds true for 3D printing. The quality is essentially built into the 3D printer itself. Since no human touches it during fabrication, what comes from one printer in a particular city will precisely resemble an item made on the same printer in another city half way around the world.

The software that powers Kraftwurx is at the heart of this digital future. Its a mass-customization and manufacturing Knockout wrapped in a warm fuzzy that does not have a downside except for the big guys like China. 3D printer manufacturers want to sell more printers. Bureaus (the name used to describe a shop with the 3D printers), want to keep their machines busy. Creative individuals and entrepreneurs want the ability to quickly bring products to market and earn a buck. The environmentalists want us to use less fossil fuels and technology geeks want really, really cool jobs!

Digital Factory™ powers Kraftwurx. Its a software solution from Digital Reality that essentially makes all the warm fuzzy. The company has combined a lot of technologies that were once barely interconnected into a beautiful and productive thing for making products for consumers worldwide. Digital Factory™ is likely less known than some of the other players in the emerging trend of democratized manufacturing but the may hold the Ace of Spades, a 2006 Patent Filing titled Made-To-Order Digital Manufacturing Enterprise which they call Digital Factory™ claims to package everything necessary into a commercial software system that goes on sale in 2012.

Print 3D Models and Kraftwurx: A Product Developers Community PDF Print E-mail

Kraftwurx empowers artists to print 3D models in a wide variety of industries. As long as the design meets Kraftwurx’s privacy policy and has the correct wall thickness, we’ll print it! Through the rising technology known as 3D printing, we can print 3D models for anyone across the globe! This gives artists and inventors the chance to see their designs come to life.

How is this impactful? Let me elaborate: At the moment, engineers across the globe lean heavily on expensive traditional ways of manufacturing or CNC machines. These methods can’t create the same products that can be made through 3D printing and other forms of additive manufacturing. With the new availability to these technologies at Kraftwurx, product developers and artists can create virtually anything they would like to! When Kraftwurx would print 3D models for artists and designers, the choice of material is up to the artists. If that said artist was looking forward to a full color prototype part to show to investors or clients, it could be done! If the artists simply wants to enjoy the sharpness of his or her design, there is always high detail resin which shows incredibly sharp detail. Many products can be made out of various materials that serve great for mechanical use. Many materials offer great durability, precision, temperature resistance, and overall strength. Perhaps you just want a full colored print of your design – Kraftwurx can help you print 3D Models!

By giving artists the chance to print 3D models, Kraftwurx empowers the development of new products and technologies out there! This technology can help change the world, one industry at a time. When a product developer needs a physical model, he or she needs to print 3D models of that design. When an architect needs to show investors where their money will go, that architect needs to print 3D models. When a patient needs a specific prosthetic, he or she needs to print that 3D model!

In a nutshell , the 3D Printing industry is starting to take a new turn, and is becoming available to artists and engineers across the globe. This technology is simply amazing, and has so much potential. Through Kraftwurx, you can print 3D models of virtually anything for a wide variety of industries!

Transparent Pricing System PDF Print E-mail

Kraftwurx has changed our pricing structure to be completely transparent. Your orders show the actual price, based on volume and handling fees for that material. Handling fees range from $1.50 per order to $100 for Bio-Compatible Objet (pricy stuff).

  • Retail fees are a simply 10% markup to retail customers.
  • Sellers who purchase their own models NEVER pay for the store fee.
  • Plain, easy to read data shows you EXACTLY what you will pay....

Kraftwurx knows that you work hard on your designs. We recognize that you value your revenue from sales and we want to be the first to tell you that Kraftwurx will be completely transparent on all sales and sellers fees. That is why we have built the data system to show statistics on sales throughout the entire system. You can access the data using the red graph icon in your account. This shows the total sale at any time.

New Model Manager & Control Panel PDF Print E-mail

Our new model manager lets you tweak your orders by selecting any of our available materials from the Kraftwurx Sellers Control Panel. Each item can be changed in your cart individually.

DMLS Metal Printing PDF Print E-mail

Not all 3d metal printing processes are equal. In the industry there exists two major methods for 3d printing metals. Here I will explain the basic differences and advantages with DLMS 3d metal printing over traditional metal sintering. Both involve powdered metals and similar steps but produce dramatically different results.

The first and most common method is simple binder/glue metal sintering. Sintering is a process defined by building-up, melting, or binding layers of powder to produce 3d objects. For metals done with this process., The machines work much like ink jet printers. Layers of stainless steel metal powder are glued together one at a time by precise jets of binder liquid. Then dried in hot air.

This produces a very fragile model which then must be infused with a second metal such as bronze. This step makes the part not pure steel and weaker than what would be expected from stainless steel. The fragile part is baked at 2000+ degrees. At this time the additional metal (bronze) is soaked-up by the metal part.

This fills the part with the second metal. Strengthening and binding the lightly glued part together. Parts 3d printed with this method do not have the true strength and rigidity of pure stainless steel. Below is a video showing this rather lengthily metal sintering process.


Kraftwurx offers both the first and a second greater option for 3d metal printing. DLMS, Directed Laser Metal Sinterng. In this process there is no glue, binder or secondary metal used in the production of the part.

With DLMS 3d metal printers. Stainless Steel metal powder is melted or "sintered" with a laser beam. One ultra thin layer at a time. The DLMS method produces far greater detail and smoother surface finish than traditional metal glue sintering processes. The completed parts do not require baking or secondary metals to be infused into the part.

DLMS 3d printed models are not porous or brittle as with basic metal sintering. DLMS produces pure stainless steel parts with all the strength expected of true stainless steel. True DLMS is currently the greatest available method for 3d metal printing. Many metals are avaible for DLMS 3d metal printing on Including Bronze, Inconel, Nickelalloy, Stainless Steel, and more. Below you can see a few videos of the DLMS 3d metal printing process. Sparks are visible where the laser is fusing the metal powder upon contact.

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