Stratasys Spotlight

Unveiling the Winning Formula of 3D Printed Car Accessories for Daihatsu’s Copen

Ever dreamed of a personalized car? Now it is possible, you can DIY your own car in a short time with 3D printing!


Issue No.5, Jul 2015

Industry Analyst Todd Grimm Describes Asia Pacific as a Dynamic Region for 3D Printing

From Direct Digital Manufacturing to a diverse range of materials, the power of 3D printing lies in its ability to bring business benefits to organizations, industries and our world.

While North America and Europe is leading the 3D printing market with 60% of the market share at the moment, it is believed that the Asia Pacific region is rapidly catching up and may take the lead in 3D printing in the near future. Renowned industry analyst, Todd Grimm, explains his belief in the growing potential of Asia. Meanwhile, Todd also presents his views on the keys to the revolution within 3D printing industry, including materials advancement, purpose-built products and more accessible education programs.

Download the full article to know more about the upcoming 3D printing trends and soaring potentials of 3D printing applications in Asia Pacific.

Maximize Business Potential with Direct Digital Manufacturing (DDM)

Direct Digital Manufacturing (DDM) is a process that uses 3D printing technology to produce tools and production parts directly from 3D digital data, such as CAD files, without machining, molding or casting. In comparison to removing material through traditional (or subtractive) fabrication methods, finished goods are produced by adding material layer by layer. DDM enables companies to create accurate final parts and tooling quickly and cost-efficiently, accelerating time to market and reducing production costs.

DDM can be applied in many ways and some of the most common applications include: 

  • Jigs & fixtures
  • End-use parts
  • Injection molding
  • Sand casting

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Using production-grade thermoplastics with diverse mechanical properties that accommodate large-format printing, DDM is ideal for high-mix low-volume production and customization of production parts and tools that require high complexity and intricate geometries, such as airplane or automotive end-use parts.

Many industry leaders have enjoyed tangible benefits from adopting DDM applications in manufacturing: 

  • BMW reduced part production lead time by 92% on average
  • Kelly Manufacturing delivered 500 units of Toroid Housing in 3 days, which is 93% faster than leveraging traditional fabrication method
  • Unilever 3D printed injection molds and accelerated prototyping time by 40%

Want to find out how DDM works and the benefits it brings about? Download the Direct Digital Manufacturing infographic.

Stratasys at Events

Showcasing professional 3D printing products and solutions across Asia Pacific

Stratasys is very active in participating in local seminars and industry events, sharing industry insights on advance 3D printing applications through live demo and tech talks. We hope you have joined us and discovered the versatility of Stratasys’ 3D printing technologies. Missed the chance? Don’t worry. Read on for some exciting snapshots and join us at our upcoming events!

Unveiling Digital Manufacturing Possibilities in the Daihatsu Copen “Effect Skin” Project at Design Engineering and Manufacturing Expo (DMS) in Japan

Ever dreamed of owning a car with personalized bumper or outer plates? Now it is possible on Daihatsu’s latest Copen model in Japan through Direct Digital Manufacturing (DDM) by Stratasys’ FDM technology.

Jointly developed among Daihatsu, Stratasys Japan and local designers Mr. Junjie Sun and Mr. Kota Nezu, the new set of Copen DRESS-FORMATION parts – named “Effect Skin” – includes customized accessories and outer car plates to decorate the bumper and around the emblem of cars, enabling drivers to express individuality while experiencing impressive driving performance. All parts are manufactured directly from 3D data by Stratasys’ 3D printing solutions and used as final parts.

We were honored to have Project Coordinator Kota Nezu and Designer & 3D Creator Junjie Sun to explain the use of Direct Digital Manufacturing in the design and manufacturing process of these 3D printed customized “Effect Skin” parts, as well as future possibilities to allow drivers DIY their own car accessories.

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Read more  about the Daihatsu Copen “Effect Skin” project on Stratasys’ blog.

In addition to showcasing the personalized Copen Kobe, Stratasys Japan has also invited Jason Lopes, Lead Systems Engineer of Legacy Effects, to speak on how Stratasys multi-material 3D printing has facilitated the production of the striking Avatar figure and impressive RoboCop suit in the Hollywood blockbusters. Jason shared the secret story behind the scenes in addition to his views on the 3D printing development after involved 3D printing in these many movie productions.

The three-day event attracted more than 35,000 visitors, and Stratasys has garnered massive media attention from various mainstream and automotive publications and portals, interviewing Hiroaki Katayama, President and CEO of Stratasys Japan.

Addressing to the Contribution of Direct Digital Manufacturing on “One Belt and One Road” Government Initiatives during World 3D Printing Technology Industry Conference and Expo 2015 at Chengdu

The World 3D Printing Technology Industry Conference and Expo 2015 was held in Chengdu, China. During the four-day event in June, we have reached out to over 500 visitors by rounds of tech talks and live advance applications demo, leering on-site consultation on material selection and advanced 3D printing applications together with industry best practices sharing.

Themed “Embracing the New Era of 3D Printing”, the event was accompanied by a series of conferences around the latest applications and upcoming market trends particularly in Southwest China. General Manager of Stratasys Greater China, Harry Wang, was invited to speak about the positive momentum that 3D printing brings to local economies following the latest “Made in China 2025” and “One Belt and One Road” policies initiated by the Chinese government. Individuals are encouraged to run their own businesses, and Harry mentioned that 3D printing will be able to help start-ups innovate and accelerate time-to-market. Stratasys, as a leading industry player, will continue to develop new 3D printing solutions to cater to different needs of individuals, small businesses and enterprises.

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Join Us at the Stratasys Asia Pacific 3D Printing Forum 2015!

3D Printing: Transforming the Manufacturing Landscape
Enable Organizations. Empower Individuals.

Following the great hit last year, the Stratasys Asia Pacific 3D Printing Forum 2015 will be held in Tokyo, Seoul, Shanghai again in late August. This year, we aim to enable more SMEs, enterprises and industry players to exchange insights on 3D printing trends, advance applications and best practices. Themed “3D Printing: Transforming the Manufacturing Landscape – Enable Organizations. Empower Individuals”, Stratasys’ vertical solutions experts will take participants to a closer look at the limitless possibilities of 3D printing across industries include automotive, consumer goods, commercial goods and education. In addition to live demo of comprehensive 3D printing solutions from 3D scanning, software to printing and post-processing, guest speakers of industry giants such as Haier Molds, Sony EMCS, Daihatsu Copen, LG and Hyundai Mobi will share their experiences and tips in applying 3D printing technologies in the design and manufacturing process.

We are also delighted to have invited renowned 3D printing advocate and robotics engineer Hod Lipson, currently a professor of engineering at Cornell University, to talk about future 3D printing trend. Hod has extensive experience in applying 3D printing in mechanical engineering, machinery and design automation; and spoken at a number of high-profile conferences such as TED talk and the US National Academies.

So, what are you waiting for? Register now for the Stratasys Asia Pacific 3D Printing Forum 2015!

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Innovate to Succeed

Chinese Home Appliance Brand Accelerates Prototyping Process and Tackle Manufacturing Challenges

Qingdao-based Chinese home appliance manufacturer Haier Molds Co. Ltd (Haier Molds) produces diversified electronic appliances, such as air-conditioners, washing machines, microwave ovens, vacuum cleaners. To stand out from the fierce market competition, Haier looked for ways to improve its R&D capacity and subsequently speed up its time-to-market.

3D printing has helped Haier shorten the turnaround time of concept models and functional prototypes -- Instead of spending two days with CNC machines, engineers could build a balance ring prototype of a washing machine in 6 hours with a FDM Fortus® production system, saving up to 69% of prototyping time. In addition, the 3D printer acted as a quick fix tool to produce emergency spare parts, such as an immediate fan blade substitute before a replacement shipped three months later.

Read more about Haier’s success story, and learn how 3D printing has helped the Chinese enterprise speed up new product launches and resolve crisis.

The Drive for Speed

Customized vehicle parts give drivers sense of individuality as well as cater to regional demand, such as climate and road surface conditions. However, developing customized parts requires skillful craftsmanship, achieving distinct specifications according to country’s needs often results in rounds of iterations.

Honda Access, a subsidiary of Honda Group and headquartered in Tokyo, strived to improve the efficiency in customizing its vehicle accessories for specific regional markets while synchronizing accessories’ development schedule with that of the vehicles. Printing the prototypes with rigid opaque material of Vero™ family, it delivers quality models in a texture that closely resembles the final products in much shorten time, that enables Honda Access to come up with more creative designs that suit local tastes.

Read the full story of Honda Access and find out how 3D printing improves the quality and speed of prototyping process.


Reincarnating Ancient Sea Creatures

Korean Exhibition Center SCEC Creates Lifelike Models and Displays

The Smart Company Exhibition Center (SCEC) specializes in the interior design of exhibition halls and museums and it has been handcrafting exhibition models for its clients over the years. SCEC maintained its business and all went well, until one day in 2007 that the company received an urgent request. The request was a great opportunity for the company, but it also cost them extra labor, man hours, and resources.

 Turning to 3D printing has solved SCEC’s problem of time and resource constrains. Meanwhile, the high precision of PolyJet™ technology enabled designers to create sea creature replicas with vivid realism. SCEC has seen steady business growth and has gained a number of opportunities to work with Korean government departments and overseas organizations.

Read how 3D printing has transformed SCEC’s business, and be the next to succeed. 

Connecting Your Heart

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In India, around 26% of deaths are caused by cardiac diseases such as heart attack, and the number of patients is estimated to reach 64 million in 2015. Having less than 4,000 cardiologists in the country while fully equipped hospitals are distant, access to critical care is limited for cardiovascular patients living in rural areas and smaller towns.

 In 2012, Anand Madanagopal, founder of Cardiac Design Labs (CDL), designed a next-generation ambulatory cardiac monitoring and diagnosing system that could remotely detect critical cardiac conditions and alert cardiologists immediately in times of emergency. However, generating mock-ups was a pain for the CDL team as the quality of prototypes produced by outsourced vendor was substandard.

Madanagopal learned about FDM 3D printing and its use of durable engineering ABSplus™ thermoplastic, and started prototyping with a Fortus 250mc® 3D printer, which became instrumental in realizing the final design and later obtained seed funding from the Indian government for further research and invention.

Read the full story of the Indian medical start-up Cardiac Design Lab now.

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