17th June 2013
3D Fabrication Technology has announced a new technology that enables the company to perform precise 3D copying of parts. Robust enough to duplicate high temperature parts for aerospace and military applications, the technology is inexpensive to support rapid production in commercial applications such as automotive and medical applications.
Starting with devices made from 3D printers or from existing parts, the 3DFabTech system makes a mold that can act as a template for high volume production of 3D parts produced by 3D printers or conventional manufacturing equipment. The technology provides a means of creating faster, less-expensive products or repairs with conventional or high-temperature composites. In some or many applications, their technology may replace altogether tooling materials and approaches currently used.
3DFabTech’s system for composite fabrication is based on a material that has been nicknamed “engineered quicksand,” and can provide such fast and inexpensive tooling to the emerging rapid 3D printing market. The technology can serve cost-sensitive consumer products as well as the exacting needs of the aerospace and transportation industries. The technology allows for an environmentally friendly and quick molding and replication of parts.
Using a water-soluble, ceramic-based slurry, the 3DFabTech system can form composite industrial parts—currently as large as 6’x 9’—in a tool bed. The company’s patented system is capable of copying 3D parts in as little as 15 minutes in an environmentally friendly way. Materials can be recycled. This ability enables mass customization commercial production of 3D printed parts and devices.
“The licensing arrangement enables 3DFabTech to quickly address the needs of many industrial applications in the rapidly growing 3D-printing market,” said Bao Tran, Principal of the boutique IP law firm of Tran & Associates and the founder of 3DFabTech. In addition to the licensed technology, 3DFabTech is developing a portfolio of intellectual property using patent workflow solutions from PowerPatent Inc. Such tools enable the company to file quickly and benefit from the first-inventor-to-file provision of the AIA.