Mydea Technologies

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Mydea Technologies, the eight-year old Orlando company headed by former Disney Imagineer Michael Siemer, is playing a leading role in the Additive Manufacturing industry. Additive Manufacturing, commonly known as 3D printing, is an important new field that seems more science fiction than fact as it generates exciting, new opportunities in industry.

Mydea recently acquired the MakerBot, a sophisticated one-of-a-kind printer designed by RepRap, an open source community project that allowed contributions from many different participating companies and scientists.

The MakerBot, Mydea’s seventh in-house 3D printing machine, is essentially a digital ink jet printer conceptually similar to those on the desktops of many U.S. homes. However, the MakerBot’s “ink” is a melted plastic compound that hardens as it cools. By printing successive layers, the MakerBot gradually creates a 3D prototype.

The MakerBot was recently featured on the Colbert Report, a popular Comedy Central show with host Stephen Colbert. As the show aired, the MakerBot created a three-dimensional model of Colbert’s face.

“The impact on different business segments with additive manufacturing is enormous,” Siemer said. “It’s beginning to significantly impact production for medical, aerospace, arts and jewelry, and several other industries,” he said.

Siemer said MakerBot has some advantaged over other 3D printers.

“The MakerBot is portable, fully customizable, and it can print in glow-in-the-dark colors that are easier to identify within a prototype component,” said Siemer. “We can bring the MakerBot to client company offices, trade shows and conferences to show off its capabilities firsthand,” Siemer said.

Mydea Technologies specializes in the rapid manufacture of prototype components for a wide range of technology enterprises.

Mydea is a client of the UCF Business Incubation Program at Central Florida Research Park in east Orange County.

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Michael Siemer, founder and president of Mydea Technologies Corporation in Orlando, has been invited to lead a session at the National Academy of Engineers’ 2011 Frontiers of Engineering Symposium at Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., Sept. 19-21.

Siemer, an engineer and former Disney Imagineer, said he will co-lead a session on additive manufacturing/3D printing at the symposium.

“I am excited about this great opportunity,” Siemer said. “It’s a rare opportunity to be invited and an honor to lead a session on manufacturing,” Siemer added.

More than 300 engineers from across the county were nominated to participate in the NAE’s 2011 Frontiers of Engineering Symposium. Symposium directors narrowed the list to 85 of the most prominent engineers under 45 years of age who have performed exceptional engineering research and technical work in industry, academia and government.

The NAE’s annual Frontiers in Engineering Symposium brings together a select group of emerging engineering leaders to discuss pioneering technical work and leading edge research to facilitate collaboration, the transfer of technologies and networking, said NAE President Charles Vest.

The NAE’s 2011 Frontiers of Engineering Symposium will focus on additive manufacturing, engineering sustainable buildings, neuroprosthetics, and semantic processing, Siemer said.

Mydea Technologies is one of the leading industry providers of 3D printing, additive manufacturing, rapid prototyping, and rapid tooling using digital manufacturing technologies to produce components for technology manufacturers.

Mydea Technologies is a client of the University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program and located at the Central Florida Research Park in east Orlando

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Mydea Technologies Corporation, which specializes in rapid prototyping of specialized equipment and accessories for designers, engineers and manufacturers, recently acquired state-of-the-art SPR/CNC milling equipment to enable creation of instant prototypes in a wide range of materials, including polypropylene, polycarbonate, ABS and aluminum.

Michael Siemer, founder and president of Mydea Technologies Corporation and former Disney imagineer, said Mydea’s SPR/CNC prototyping work is increasing rapidly. The firm recently moved into larger quarters at the University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program facilities at Research Park in east Orlando to accommodate the increased workload, Siemer said.

“We can now provide prototypes and low-volume production parts made from specific materials that are not currently available in additive manufacturing,” Siemer said.

Siemer explained that most additive manufacturing processes cannot accommodate specific materials that some customers require, and even when they do there still tends to be limitations involved

“Our new equipment is the only way to produce a low-volume run of parts without any tooling required in specific thermoplastic and aluminum materials,” Siemer said.

Siemer said the new equipment complements Mydea’s urethane casting, rapid tooling and other plastic and metal direct digital manufacturing options.

Mydea Technologies Corporation is a pioneer in the rapidly growing field of Direct Digital Manufacturing, where both Additive Manufacturing and Computerized Numerical Control (SPR/CNC) can  transforms digitized engineering specifications into three-dimensional objects quickly and accurately.

Mydea Technologies Corporation serves such companies as L-3 CyTerra, DRS, and Disney with quick-turn plastic and aluminum components.

Typically, new prototypes can be produced in as little as three to five days, Siemer said.

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About Mydea Technologies:

Mydea Technologies was incorporated in July 2003 with a mission to assist companies and individuals in all aspects of product development including design and engineering, 3D modeling, rapid prototyping and production. The company is committed to researching and utilizing the newest innovations and technology for rapid product development. Mydea Technologies is located in the Central Florida Research Park in Orlando, Fla.  For more information, visit

About the UCF Incubation Program:

Since its founding in 1999, the UCF Business Incubation Program has helped more than 140 emerging companies (including 90 current clients) create over $800 million in annual revenue and more than 1,600 new jobs with an average salary of $59,000. With eight facilities across the Greater Orlando community, the Incubation Program is a collaboration in economic development between the University of Central Florida, Orange County, the City of Orlando, Seminole County, the City of Winter Springs, The City of Sanford, Lake County, the City of Leesburg, Osceola County, the City of Kissimmee, City of St. Cloud, and the Florida High Tech Corridor Council. For more information, please visit

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