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We at FineLine Prototyping are excited to announce the launch of MicroFine Metal, the newest technology of our high-quality, precision rapid prototyping services. We are pleased to be the first in the industry to offer metal prototypes at the highly detailed resolution that we are known for producing, affording us the opportunity to serve you in new and innovative ways.

We discovered through surveying our customers that there was a great need for precision metal parts made quickly. We set about finding a solution that produced precision, full-strength metal parts that our customers could order as quickly and easily as plastic parts. After two years of research and development, we are happy to now have that service in place. We can now meet the needs of our customer base by producing prototypes – and even production-ready parts – in stainless steel and aluminum.

More specifically, the following materials are available as part of our MicroFine Metal service offering:

MicroFine Metal Direct:

  • Stainless Steel 17-4PH
  • Stainless Steel 316L

MicroFine Metal Casting:

  • Aluminum 6061-T6 (A356.2-T6)
  • Aluminum 2024-T7 (B206.2-T7)

MicroFine Metal parts are built in micro-resolution (.001” layers), making extremely fine details possible. The MicroFine Metal Direct process has a working build envelope of 3.5” by 3.5” by 3”. The process is capable of resolving features down to .005”. Tolerances of +/-.002” or better can be expected on features under 1”. Surface finish of the parts as built is approximately 130 microinches RMS.

The current limitations of the Microfine Metal Casting process are a maximum part dimension of 3”, maximum part volume of 1.5 cu. in., and minimum feature size of .010”. Tolerances of +/- .003” can be expected for features less than 1 in. and +/- .005” for features greater than 1 in. Surface finish of the parts as cast is very fine at approximately 32 RMS – similar to die-cast parts.

We offer finishing options to improve on surfaces if needed. In addition to our standard finishes, optional finishing procedures such as anodizing, electropolish, hand polish, and powder coating/painting are available to meet your every need. If tighter tolerances are required, we offer secondary machining operations such as drilling, slotting, milling and reaming. Discuss your needs with our quoting staff and we will help you select the best finishing method for your part.

For your convenience and just like with our other services, you may upload your files via our online quoter and simply select “metal” as your material choice to get started. A typical turnaround time is 2-4 business days for parts built using MicroFine Metal Direct and 5-6 business days for parts built using MicroFine Metal Casting.

We are very excited about this new service and the ability to now offer precision production-level quality metal prototypes with the ease and speed of plastic parts.

For more information, visit: www.finelineprototyping.com/services/materials.php#metal

Wednesday, 24 August 2011 09:45

Fineline Prototyping To Exhibit At MD&M Online

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FineLine Prototyping, Inc. is pleased to be exhibiting at the 2011 Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) Online Conference.  The event will take place September 28-29, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM PDT.

MD&M Online is an internet-based conference and exposition dedicated to medical device design and development.  Its goal is to gather medtech manufacturing professionals and the industry's leading medical OEM suppliers together in an online environment to create a dynamic interactive experience, all from the convenience of a desktop.

FineLine Prototyping services the US's medical device product development community with precision stereolithography technology.  Attendees to MD&M Online will have the opportunity to visit FineLine’s virtual booth, tour the company facility, see samples of materials and finishes, and ask real time questions of staff.

To learn more about FineLine Prototyping, visit: www.finelineprototyping.com

Additional information on MD&M Online can be found at: www.canontradeshows.com/expo/mdmonline11

FineLine Prototyping is pleased to be exhibiting, sponsoring, and presenting at Medical Design’s first ever Medical Prototyping Conference (MPC).  The conference will be held in Minneapolis, home to many medical device companies, September 7-8, 2011.  Unlike other prototyping conferences, MPC will focus exclusively on the medical device industry.  FineLine Prototyping is a rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing service organization specializing in high-accuracy, high-resolution parts for the medical device industry.

Modeled after the successful two-day Medical Silicone Conference events, MPC will feature presentations by leading industry experts, including FineLine Co-Founder and President Rob Connelly, who will present on stereolithography as a means to reduce product development time.  “The many possible uses of stereolithography for medical applications have proven effective for reducing product development time, saving costs, and increasing quality,” said Connelly.  “Some applications just are not possible without the use of additive manufacturing.”

Other presentation topics scheduled for the conference include selective laser sintering, 3D printing, rapid injection molding, and other topics specific to medical device OEMs.  Keynote sessions will address the significance of prototyping in the medical device industry, particularly in light of market forces.

Founded in 2001, FineLine Prototyping, Inc. services the US's medical device product development community with precision stereolithography technology.  FineLine pioneered the use of high-resolution stereolithography, and helped develop it into a mainstream tool, used by product development professionals around the globe.

For more information, visit: www.finelineprototyping.com or http://medicaldesign.com/microsites/protoyping-conference

FineLine Prototyping, Inc. is pleased to announce that the company is now ISO 9001:2008 registered.  FineLine, a leader in the rapid prototyping industry, spent the last year formalizing conformance with the ISO 9001:2008 standard and all operations have been audited and registered as being in compliance.

FineLine Prototyping specializes in high-quality precision rapid prototyping.  What sets FineLine apart from its competitors is a high standard of quality.  To ensure that they consistently offer a service that meets the expectations of customers, they have historically always utilized rigorous processes, checklists, and procedures that guided all operations.  Therefore, many of the steps were already in place as FineLine worked to formalize conformance with the ISO 9001:2008 standard over the past year.

What compelled FineLine to tackle this effort after ten years of service to the rapid prototyping industry?  According to Rob Connelly, President and Founder, it enables FineLine to be a better company - better able to successfully serve the needs of customers.  “Any rapidly growing company faces potential product quality issues associated with training, record keeping and conformance with procedures, and ours is no exception,” stated Connelly.  “Our experience with implementation of this standard has already led to many improvements, and we know that we will continue to evolve and advance because of it.”

It is the hope of FineLine Prototyping that customers will benefit from these efforts, as well as give valuable feedback in the future as they continue to seek excellence in the industry.

Founded in 2001, FineLine Prototyping, Inc. services the US's medical device product development community with precision stereolithography technology.  FineLine pioneered the use of high-resolution stereolithography, and helped develop it into a mainstream tool, used by product development professionals around the globe.

For more information visit: www.finelineprototyping.com

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