East Hartford, CT (PRWEB) June 10, 2014
Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. (CCAT) today announced it is expanding capabilities for additive manufacturing at its Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMC) with the installation of 3D Systems’ most advanced multi-material printer.
The ProJet 5500X printer is the highest quality, multi-material, rapid prototyping machine available today. By working closely with 3D Systems, the world’s largest additive equipment and software manufacturer at the forefront of the latest technology, ACT Group’s 3D Equipment and Services was able to secure the leading edge device for CCAT.
“We are working in partnership with ACT Group to provide our customers with the best-in-class technology and education in additive manufacturing,” said Bob Torrani, director, CCAT Advanced Manufacturing Center.
“With the ProJet 5500X our customers will be able to print finely detailed, ultra high resolution parts with varying degrees of flexibility, and material transparency all from one machine,” he explained. “Parts made on the printer will have features and functionality never before possible.”
According to Torrani, the multi-material 3D printer has the capacity to build parts up to 21 inches x 15 inches x 12 inches, and is larger than most 3D machines. The ProJet 5500X can be used for a variety of applications, including fixtures, over-molded parts, multi-material assemblies, rubber-like components, and prototypes.
“This addition greatly expands our additive manufacturing capabilities at the AMC,” stated Torrani. “Our manufacturing customers will now be able to use state-of-the-art additive technology for metals and plastics, keeping them competitive in today’s global market.”
With two MTAP (Manufacturing Technology Assistance Programs) projects already planning to use this new capability for advanced product development and fabrication, the ProJet 5500X is proving its utility in a highly innovative manufacturing world that demands newer, more efficient technology.
The Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. (CCAT), a unique economic development organization headquartered in East Hartford, Conn., leads partnerships between industry, academia and government, creating a collaborative framework for tackling today’s economic challenges. CCAT combines expertise in cutting-edge manufacturing and information technology with specialized centers of excellence in education and workforce development and alternative energy solutions to help organizations increase efficiencies, compete and succeed.