Drones, also known as UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), have become a staple fixture in our society. The military certainly has relied on these small, remotely piloted aircraft for operations in the Middle East, but their potential is so much more than that. You can easily spot consumer models at big-box retailers and companies like Amazon are experimenting with drone-based deliveries. But, the most promising aspect of these UAVs lies in the enhanced capabilities of drones with cameras for commercial use. They provide companies of all sizes the ability to gather 3D data and capture incredible images. Then, users can send the images to a wide-format printer to make maps or aerial photos. Having the power to print and share drone images is giving companies who invest in this technology a massive advantage over their peers.
A fascinating aspect of 3D printing this that is touches such a wide range of industries. Outside of the obvious engineering and testing realm, there is a growing influence in the design arts. One segment of this vertical is the custom jewelry market. Learn how TAVCO client Kat (Kramer) Adair has benefited from incorporating a Formlabs Form 2 3D printer into her custom jewelry business to 3D print jewelry.
As we wrap up 2016, it is good to look back and see what activities had the most impact for our customers and readers. After all, we work hard to publish relevant and useful information for people interested in wide format and 3D printing technologies. So, here are the top 4 most popular wide format blog posts for 2016.
In many years of selling wide-format products, I can honestly say that equipment leases tend to confuse people more than anything. First of all, there is a ton of information to process with the new technologies themselves, such as Océ CrystalPoint Technology. Likewise, some buyers tend to freak out when it comes to product acquisition in general. Admittedly the topic of office equipment leasing can be daunting, but if you understand some leasing basics, you might just see how it can empower you to leverage the best wide-format plotter or scanner technology you can get without a huge cash outlay.
3D Printing is ever expanding! Just look how common the technology has become across a vast array of industries. You can find it in product design, engineering, game creation, jewelry, etc. As new manufacturers have entered the scene, the introduction of new, innovative systems has made an impact, but, the most compelling advancements are occurring with the 3D print materials, such as filament, metals, or Resins. Just look at the new SLA Resin goodies that Formlabs has announced for their best-selling Form printer series.
Recently, Canon Solutions America announced the launch of the Oce PlotWave 550 as the successor to their popular PlotWave 500 system. Like, its predecessor, the PlotWave 500 is a magnificent mid-volume, wide-format printer capable of printing 25,000 square feet per month. Also, it is fast! The PlotWave is capable of printing 10 D-size monochrome sheets per minute and can be configured as a 2 roll or 4 roll system. Likewise, it continues to use Océ Radiant Fusion technology, placing it as one of the most energy efficient units on the market. So, let’s see how it compares to another popular mid-volume competitor, the Kip 7970.
Seismic data is something that is absolutely crucial to geologists and other users in the Oil and Gas industry. They rely on this information to get a clear picture of what lies under terra firma. That is why it is essential that they have access to a reliable well log printer to accurately reproduce this data.
When it comes to 3D printing, Stereolithography (SLA), remains a popular “go to” process for quickly producing high-detail parts. Even though it is the oldest 3D method, Formlabs has completely rewritten the book on SLA with their desktop Form 2 Series. This 3D printer incorporates an inverted SLA process that requires only a fraction of the resin needed compared to what is typically needed by a SLA printer. But, the real determining factor to getting top-quality parts is having the right 3D resin for the job. This is where Formlabs has turned the tables again with new Resin Formulations for the Form 2 printer.
Canon Solutions America has just announced a new successor to the Océ PlotWave 500 printing system, the Océ PlotWave 550. While most of the design is similar to its predecessor, the upgrade brings some powerful new features to the table. Check out the benefits of the new PlotWave 550 Océ printer.
Lately, a recurring question has come up with my construction clients regarding the comparison of Bluebeam Revu and PlanGrid. Since many companies are looking for ways to become more paperless, both of these applications have become quite popular as digital workflow choices with Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC). But, which one is better? If a company is looking to take more of their wide-format workflow digital, which one should they choose? Honestly, this question has a lot of moving parts, so the answer can be a bit dynamic. But, let’s dig in and take a look at the comparison of PlanGrid vs Bluebeam Revu.