Did you enter the recent Stratasys Ltd contest to win a Mojo 3D printer? Held earlier in the summer, readers of Design World were given a chance to enter and potentially win a Mojo printer. The Mojo is a desktop printer that uses Fused Deposition Modeling technology to build parts. The material is ABSplus, which is included with the Mojo 3D Print Pack. Along with the Print Pack, the winner of the contest receives the Control Panel software, WaveWash 55 Support Cleaning System, and other start up supplies.
The winner of the contest is Paul Rogulski, Sr. Engineer Tech at Advanced Protection Technologies Inc., (APT) a division of Emerson Network Power, in Florida. The company designs, develops, and manufacturers a full line of surge protection products for commercial, industrial, residential, ITS / DOT, DC, solar / photovoltaic and medium voltage applications.
This is the first 3D printer for Rogulski. While he has seen them operate, particularly at the service bureau that prototypes some of the company’s designs, he has not used one before. “This is amazing technology,” he said. “I think it is definitely part of the future of manufacturing.”
When asked about his plans for the Mojo, Rogulski said that initially, he will test the printer using some simple builds. Once he has had a chance to use it a few times, he may give other engineers at the company a chance to experiment with it. “We have potential plans for using the printer to prototype medium voltage and high current surge protection enclosures,” he added. Depending on what they find, they may also use the Mojo to printer insulators for these products. Rogulski is primarily looking for prototypes that meet form and fit needs before final design.
APT is building an engineering lab and Rogulski noted that eventually, the Mojo will go in there, once he’s had time with it first.
Presently, Rogulski and his fellow engineers contract out their prototyping needs. Depending on their service provider’s schedule, it can take at least a month to get the prototype. So the ability to receive a prototype in much less time, a few hours to a day, will definitely give him other opportunities. He is looking forward to having prototypes arrive more quickly, and to learning first hand about what 3D printing can do for him.