3D Printing: A Useful Tool

The technology of 3D printing has been around since 1984 when Chuck Hull of 3D Systems Corporation pioneered the process. The technology has been steadily gaining steam in the industry since then. Personal 3D printing technology was nothing more than merely an idea a few years back. 3D Printer manufacturers such as FormLabs (Form 1) and MakerBot (Replicator) have brought the technology to consumers with the introduction of their desktop models at a very reasonable price

There are numerous applications for a 3D printer in the manufacturing industry.

See pie chart below (Wohlers 2013).

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“Here at Bowden Manufacturing we’ve used our 3D printer to help us better visualize parts we’ve been asked to produce in order to make sure we identify potential problem areas, work holding options and set up inspector plans. It’s a relatively quick and easy way to have a powerful visual tool for planning and presentation. ” says Andy McCartney, President of Bowden Manufacturing.

Here is a 50% scale printed part compared to a finished machined industrial component for one of our customers.

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Andy McCartney goes on to talk about the future of 3D printing in the industry and at Bowden Manufacturing, “We expect that 3D printing technology will continue to develop, get faster, become more cost-effective, and will ultimately have an important role to play in production manufacturing in the not-to-distant future. We will continue to explore the technology, the required skill set to use it, and the potential applications for our customers in the years ahead. “

 Bowden’s Andy McCartney presents 3D printing capabilities and potential usages with Bob Shutt; Engineer at Rable Machine Inc.

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Andy McCartney – Bowden MFG (Left) & Bob Shutt – Rable Machine (Right)
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AWT: Promoting Rewarding Careers in Manufacturing

On October 8th, 2014,  Bowden Manufacturing was part of the Think Manufacturing Expo held at Willoughby South High School. The event was hosted by AWT along with the Lake County Chambers of Commerce. It featured many of the areas top manufacturing companies and STEM-focused technical programs.  The Expo was designed to promote rewarding careers in manufacturing.

There was a great student turnout and the event was a brilliant success!  We generated some additional excitement by bringing our 3D Printer, along with some additional 3D printed components, for the students to view.  It can be mesmerizing to watch the printer in action as it builds a part layer by layer.  It just another example for the students that it can be pretty cool to make stuff!  All that’s needed is a good design and the printer can bring a part into reality.

Bowden Manufacturing is proud to be a part of the Alliance for Working Together program.

Alliance for Working Together (AWT)

Lake County Chambers of Commerce

Link to the List of Businesses who Attended

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