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Bastech and 3D Systems Streamline Mold-Making Process

Balance of efficiency, cost, and quality result in competitive advantage

Published: Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 14:00

(3D Systems: Rock Hill, SC) -- 3D Systems announced today that Bastech, a partner and one-source solution provider for additive manufacturing services and equipment, used 3D Systems’ end-to-end 3D solutions to introduce a new level of simplicity, efficiency, and economy to its conformal cooling mold-making process. By combining the tailored mold design toolsets of Cimatron with the flexibility of the ProX DMP 200 for producing complex metal geometries and Geomagic Control for quality inspection, Bastech was able to reduce design time by 70 percent, cycle time by 14 percent, and overall costs by 16 percent. In the manufacturing industry, where success is a delicate balance of efficiency, cost, and quality, these benefits give Bastech a clear competitive advantage.

For more than two decades, Bastech has used additive manufacturing technology to improve a wide range of applications, from functional prototypes for the automotive industry to complex investment casting patterns for end-use aerospace components. Well versed in traditional as well as additive methods, Bastech recently performed two benchmark tests for manufacturing molds with conformal cooling channels—one using 3D Systems’ end-to-end solutions, and one using conventional processes. The Ohio-based firm found that using 3D Systems’ Cimatron mold-making software, the ProX DMP 200 3D printer, and Geomagic Control led to a quantifiably more productive, affordable, and streamlined manufacturing process.

Together with 3D printing on the ProX DMP 200 and quality inspection via Geomagic Control, Cimatron design and analysis saved the firm more than 40 hours of programming and shop time compared with traditional methods. More importantly, the effectiveness of the conformal cooling mold that Bastech produced led to a more efficient production run, boosting company productivity even further.

"The bottom line is that by working with Cimatron, Direct Metal Printing, and Geomagic Control, we are designing faster and making more efficient molds more economically,” says Ben Staub, president and owner of Bastech. “3D Systems’ end-to-end solutions take our business to the next level by saving our designers and engineers time and energy in developing and executing complex designs.”

“Combining our advanced technologies allows our customers to achieve better and more innovative outcomes,” says David Lindemann, applications engineer for 3D Systems. “End-to-end digital workflows are transforming the field of manufacturing.”

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3D Systems is a leading provider of 3D content-to-print solutions including 3D printers, print materials, and on-demand custom parts services for professionals and consumers alike with materials ranging from thermoplastics, metals, ceramics, and edible sugar. The company also provides software design tools including CAD, scanning and inspection, and consumer 3D printers, apps, and services. 3D System's expertly integrated solutions replace and complement traditional methods and reduce the time and cost of designing new products by printing real parts directly from digital input. These solutions are used to rapidly design, create, communicate, prototype or produce real parts, empowering customers to manufacture the future.