Reaching the Outer Limits with GibbsCAM and the Mars Rover Wheel

NextIntent saves days of production time and lighter-weight machined parts through the precise machining analysis with GibbsCAM CAD/CAM software

The Breakdown:

CHALLENGE

Creating One-of-a-Kind Parts for the Mars Exploration Rover

Parts and assemblies for the Rover, some machined from solid titanium, contain complex angles and undercut walls, some with thicknesses as small as 1mm (0.040″).

SOLUTION

Next Intent Uses GibbsCAM to Meet Tight Requirements

The successful Mars Rover mission underlines Next Intent’s use of GibbsCAM software to keep material as thin as possible without affecting the structural integrity of parts.

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Jay Leno and Team Put 3D Systems End-To-End Manufacturing Technologies to the Test

Reverse engineering software from 3D Systems Geomagic enables recreation of obsolete automotive part. 3D Systems Manufacturing Services allow rapid creation of precise, discrete parts

The Breakdown:

CHALLENGE

Find and fabricate replacement parts for classic and hand-built cars, some of them more than 100 years old, using advanced scanning and 3D tools.

SOLUTION

Using a Faro scanning arm and Geomagic Design X, and 3D Systems On-Demand Parts Manufacturing Services, produced SLS parts in Duraform HST Nylon material.

BENEFIT

The retrofit parts from 3D Systems fit perfectly, and the increased strength of the SLS-printed parts means that it will be harder to break them going forward.

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