We’ve Got Some Big News!

April 25th, 2014

We Love Working With You
For the last seven plus years, we have enjoyed working with you to help bring your projects to life. Having worked nearly exclusively with Stratasys 3D Printing equipment during this time, GROWit owner David Gurrola has decided to take a position with Stratasys and in turn sell our expertise, along with some of our key equipment, to FORECAST 3D, an independent leader in the enterprise 3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing space.

Joining Forces with Forecast3D
We are happy to announce that we have moved our operations to Forecast 3D in Carlsbad! Known for their quality, craftsmanship, and customer service – together we continue to support you at the high level that we have come to be known for.

At the new facility in Carlsbad, we have just added the all new, full color CONNEX 3 platform along with more Additive Manufacturing processes.

Who Do I Call Now?
Ken Burns, GROWit lead project manager, will be making the transition to Forecast 3D. Effective immediately, Ken can be reached at ken@forecast3d.com or by phone at 800-549-5414 x 122.

How Does This Affect Me?
You will still be working with Ken Burns on your projects, only now you will have additional options for additive manufacturing technologies, along with several other materials, finishes, and the expanded capacity offered by Forecast 3D’s full model shop facility – allowing you to choose the best Additive Manufacturing option for your particular project.

What About Quoting Projects?
The quoting process will be very similar – simply click the orange button in the upper right of our website as you normally would, and you will be directed to Forecast 3D’s dashboard. Like our quoting process, their’s has an extremely user-friendly interface. You will receive confirmation and follow up upon submitting your file.

Who Is This Forecast3D, Anyway?
Carlsbad-based Forecast 3D (www.forecast3d.com) has provided 3D printing, rapid prototyping, and short run manufacturing services for twenty years, and was recently voted by their employees as one of the 10 Best Places to Work in the US & Canada in Plastics News. Known for their quality of service and craftsmanship, Forecast 3D offers a diverse range of 3D printing solutions with SLA (Stereolithography), FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling), DMLS (Direct Metal Laser Sintering), PolyJet high-precision 3D printing, and CNC Machining, as well as being a leader in RTV Tooling operations.

More Questions?
Great, we love questions and are glad to answer any you may have. Please contact Ken at ken@forecast3d.com.

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POW :: The Key to Erebor

January 8th, 2014

POW - Key to Erebor

Process: Polyjet Material Jetting

Material: VeroWhite

Purpose: To unlock the secret passage to the Dwarf realm of Erebor beneath the Lonely Mountain.

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Shaping the Future: 3D Dental Solutions

January 6th, 2014

By: Heather Tackett

No one likes going to the dentist, but imagine needing a crown, bridge, appliance or implant and only having to make one appointment. The dental industry is rapidly changing and the most well-known case of this is Invisalign. In 2012 alone, Align Technology, the company behind Invisalign, printed 17 million of their transparent dental braces for patients. Invisalign has adopted Stereo Lithography (SLA) as their technology of choice, pioneering the 3D printed dental market. Due to their ability and need to print in large quantities, the cost-to-quantity ratio has made the technology more than beneficial and cost effective for this application. While other forms of 3D printing in the dental industry are still being perfected and developed, there are many factors contributing to the desire to use 3D printers in office.

In order to print a model, one must have a file; the dental industry has found a way to combine oral scanning and CAD/CAM design to create exact models for their patients. The best part about 3D printing for this application – if there is a problem with the printed piece, changes can be made to the file quickly and easily and a replacement piece can be printed. What is even more incredible is that a US Dentist completed all of this in office during a single appointment!

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Welcome to the future, no more temporary pieces and then going back weeks later for the rest. Traditionally, there are impressions taken, molds made, which is then sent to another facility where the new piece is made using subtractive manufacturing. Unlike subtractive manufacturing, there is little to no waste in additive manufacturing (3D printing), a huge indicator as to why this technology could be so revolutionary for the dental industry.

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Each and every mouth is individual; since the printer builds from the bottom up and only what the operator tells it to, each and every customer’s unique and individual needs can be created on demand. This all sounds too good to be true, right? Well it sort of is, there are prohibiting factors to the technology for many dental professionals, the largest of these being cost. Dental work can already be somewhat costly and the 3D printers for this advancement are pricey for a not so widely adopted method. Truth be told, if the technology was inexpensive the advancement would be more widely accepted as it would be more widely accessible.
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The potential is there and the solution is clear 3D, printing will shape the future of the dental industry! Read the rest of this entry »

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