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New, Advanced 3D Printer Helps Manufacturers Build Better Prototypes

By Monika Earle

 3D Printer SEMA Garage
Using the SEMA Garage’s new 3D printer, members are able to print functional prototypes in up to nine different materials as large as 16x14x16 in.

SEMA-member manufacturers now have access to a new, upgraded 3D printer that produces larger and more accurate prototypes than the machine previously available through the SEMA Garage.

Resembling a vending machine that dispenses soft drinks, the new Fortus 450mc is actually the preeminent model on the market. It features cutting-edge technology and produces physical products (or prototypes) using computer-aided design (CAD) files. Products can be produced as large as 406x355x406 mm (16x14x16 in.) with accuracy within plus or minus .005 in., in nine standard, engineering and high-performance thermoplastics.

3D Prototype
 3D Prototype
 3D Prototype

SEMA offers 3D printing at a deeply discounted rate for members, starting at $12 per square inch. The printer will be demonstrated live during the PWA Kickoff Reception taking place at the SEMA Garage, Sunday, August 30. All SEMA-member manufacturers are invited to attend the event, where the renovated SEMA Garage will be unveiled. Attendees will be able to see and learn how the newly upgraded emissions lab, 3D scanner, photo studio and training center are available to help manufacturers develop products faster, more accurately and less expensively.

To attend the event or to learn more about the SEMA Garage, contact Rachael Salazar at rachaels@sema.org or 909-978-6728.