Avante Technology

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Avante Technology, LLC, a company specializing in the development of advanced 3D printing materials and technologies, announced that it has successfully printed functional injection molding tools with its FilaOne™ GRAY High Performance Composite Filament for 3D printers. The mold was used to make ASTM test bars out of ABS, High Density Polyethylene and Polypropylene, three of the most commonly used thermoplastics for molding plastic parts."

“We have now demonstrated that it is feasible to print simple, short run injection molding tooling on a desktop FDM printer”, said Robert Zollo, President of Avante Technology.

“With a material cost for this mold of less than US $25.00, our advanced composite can save manufacturers thousands of dollars and weeks of time in producing small numbers of working prototypes and short run product parts.”

Injection molding tools typically require a using high performance industrial printer costing $75,000 or more. The mold was printed using an experimental desktop FDM printed de-signed and build by Avante Technology.

According to Zollo, ”This class of high precision desktop printer can be purchased from a number of manufacturers that sell in the $5,000 to $7,500 price range. We have proven feasibility of printing small injection molding tools at an investment savings of 90% or more compared with conventional industrial grade printers that support printing of tooling.”

The two part mold (2” high x 1.5” wide x 3.6” long) was able to handle molding process heat (up to 440º F) and pressure for more than 15 injection cycles without noticeable wear in the mold cavity. More testing is planned to determine the useful life of each mold."

“We plan to continue to test a range of materials on a number of part designs with the goal of achieving a useful life of 100 cycles for our printed molds” said Zollo. "We believe this will be achievable before the end of this year.”

Avante Technology, LLC, a company specializing in the development of advanced 3D printing technologies, announced version 1.2 of its Emendo™ Automated STL File Repair and Validation SDK. Targeted for web based 3D print on demand services and 3D printing application developers, the Emendo SDK provides powerful, automated file repair and validation that will save print-to-order services time and money lost to failed prints or lengthy manual file repairs.

“The challenge for service providers is offering a high level of print quality while minimizing the amount of time required to repair and optimize uploaded STL files”, said Robert Zollo, President of Avante Technology. “We developed the Emendo™ SDK in response to a growing number of requests from web based printing services to help them improve printing efficiency through more automated file repair”.

The SDK provides a simple, command-line interface that allows easy integration with the web server software. Developers are offered control over the type and level of precision of repair methods so they balance repair speed and precision to match the precision of their printers.

“Traditional STL file repair applications are more like engineering toolkits” said Zollo. “They require training to properly use and manual intervention if the default repair is not successful. We expanded the variety of repair methods that can be used in sequence to automate the great majority of file repairs. This improves efficiency and productivity for service bureaus who are printing large volumes of print jobs.”

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