Stock Drive Products/Sterling Instrument (SDP/SI), a leader in providing mechanical based design, engineering, and manufacturing services for critical motion control and small power transmission applications, recently acquired the 3D Systems ProJet MJP 2500 Plus 3D printer and will offer 3D printing services.
The ProJet MJP 2500 Plus uses a liquid polymer that has a variety of material properties and can create parts in three colors, black, white, and translucent.
The ProJet printer is used for orders of individual components, such as a gear or pulley, to more complex drive assemblies. These parts are primarily used for prototypes and low volume production. Part accuracy is similar to parts made through injection molding.
“Using the material jetting process, the polymer is dispensed in 32μ/layers (less than a human hair) with an accuracy of +/-.001 per inch or better and then UV cured,” said SDP/SI Sr. Sales Engineer, Mike Yandolino. This enables the creation of highly accurate drive components, allowing the engineer to assess the design for form, fit, and function before moving into high-volume production.
Mike Yandolino continued: “Although a new process for us, we have completed a number of projects with outstanding results. Being able to deliver a component or assembly into the engineers hand for design review quickly and at a cost savings is a tremendous benefit, resulting in better designs and manufacturability.”
In addition to 3D printing prototypes, SDP/SI manufactures high-quality machined parts, molded components, and precision gearing for a wide variety of product applications in medical, aerospace, defense, robotics, and commercial industries.