May/June 2015 odtmag.com ODT • 57
The company has invested in AMTI and
ProSim wear simulators, and performs
testing to all parts of ISO 14242 for hip
and ISO 14243 for knee wear simulation.
“The new investment of a second six-
station knee wear simulator is a reflection
of the demand for our services and our
commitment to supplying this demand,”
said Frank Anderson, president of Lu-
cideon’s U.S. operations.“We are commit-
ted to developing centers of excellence for
hip and knee wear testing on both sides of
the Atlantic. We also plan to develop and
validate methods for other joints, such as
ankles, as these product lines become in-
creasingly important to our clients.”
Lucideon’s analytical capabilities in-
clude non-contact surface roughness
evaluation (3-D profiling), scanning
electron microscope evaluation and laser
diffraction techniques. According to the
company, development work can be done
to go beyond ISO standards and a com-
prehensive test report will be included to
help with regulatory submission.
Lucideon also offers materials development and characterization, regulatory
approval testing packages, cleanliness
validation, process troubleshooting and
failure analysis, using chemical, physical,
mechanical and surface analysis applications. The company operates in the aerospace and defense, construction, healthcare, nuclear energy, power generation
and other industries.
In the United States, Lucideon has facilities in Schenectady, N.Y., and Greenville, S.C.
Cadence Unveils New
Cadence Inc. has added new LaserSwiss
machining capability to its offerings. The
technology, according to officials from the
Staunton, Va.-based contract manufacturing firm, combines six-axis Swiss machining and laser cutting into one process.
Tube fabrication technologies have
emerged as significant total cost drivers
for critical components, officials noted.
This combination of key tube fabrication
technologies provides “endless possibili-
ties” for complex tubing that were once
deemed impossible through convention-
al Swiss machining alone, according to
LaserSwiss enables new product designs that were not able to be manufactured using prior technologies, higher precision with less variation, and lower costs,
Cadence leadership claims.
“Cadence is committed to investing in
highly technical solutions for our custom-
ers,” said Alan Connor, CEO. “LaserSwiss
provides our customers with new product
design possibilities in a way that yields
lowest total cost. That’s a ‘win-win’ for ev-
Cadence employs nearly 500 people
worldwide with headquarters in Staunton
and other locations in Massachusetts,
Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Wisconsin
and the Dominican Republic.
Stratasys Offers New Large-Scale
3-D Printing Technology
Stratasys Ltd., a provider of 3-D printing
and additive manufacturing solutions, has
introduced the industrial-scale Objet1000
Plus 3D Production System that, according to the company, offers extra-large
print size and accelerated speeds for demanding manufacturing applications such
as those required by the aerospace, automotive, medical device, and consumer
products industries, as well as for service
bureaus and universities.
The move is part of the company’s
effort to scale back its consumer offerings. Stratasys’ consumer and desktop
unit recently laid off about 20 percent of
its staff. CEO David Reis said in a recent
interview that the company’s efforts will
focus more on various professional and
Company officials claim the Objet1000
Plus brings versatility to the world of
large-scale 3-D printing in its ability to
mix materials and part sizes while main-
taining precision. Its extra-large build en-
velope (1000 x 800 x 500 millimeters/ 39
x 31 x 19 inches) is traversed with a new
optimized print block movement that ac-
celerates print speeds up to 40 percent
faster than previous models. This produc-
tivity boost reduces cost per part, accord-
ing to Stratasys.
Users can choose from more than 100
Stratasys materials, including the polypro-pylene-like Endur.
“The range of materials is quite exten-
sive,”said Ron Ellenbogen, Stratasys prod-
uct marketing director. “From rubber-like
materials to Digital ABS to various Shore
A levels, up to 14 material properties are
possible on a single part. And many parts
can be produced with varying properties
in a single run.”
Unlike many large-format systems,
there is no “trade-off between part size
and part quality,” according to the com-
pany. The workflow is identical to smaller
PolyJet 3-D printing systems, and the sys-
tem is“simple to operate. In addition, it is
designed for long periods of unattended
operation,” officials said.
“Today’s designers and engineers at
manufacturing companies and service
bureaus need an additive manufacturing
system that can take on all challenges—
large and small. We believe that’s the big
advantage of the Objet1000 Plus Production System. It is the first of its kind to
combine large print sizes, multiple materials, accelerated print speeds, super
fine resolution and a simplified workflow.
If you need to create industrial 1:1 scale
prototypes, large ergonomic production
tools or low volumes of small parts—all
with the superior surface finish and fine
details engineers expect from Stratasys
3D printing – the Objet1000 Plus is the
best choice,” said Ellenbogen.
Stratasys has facilities in Minneapolis,
Minn., and Israel.
Foster Corp. and Mitsubishi Partner
to Distribute Medical Polyamide in
Foster Polymer Distribution, a business
unit of Putnam, Conn.-based Foster Corp.
specializing in the distribution of medical
polymers and additives, is partnering with
Japan-based Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Co.
Inc. to distribute MX-Nylon to the North
American medical market.
Mitsubishi’s MX-Nylon is a meta-xy-lene diamine polyamide that, according to
Foster officials, offers “excellent mechani-