3D Printers And Enclosures

The Englewood Incubation Center is almost four years old and our goal to get 3D printing, modeling and prototyping into the hands of students and entrepreneurs has been very successful. But, in order to continue on our mission to help change the economic landscape of this area we have set up a For-Profit arm: LiteWorld LLC, that has the ability to sell 3D based equipment, enclosures, filament and do limited production.

 

LiteWorld is now one of 12 Resellers in the US for the line of TAZ 3D printers from Lulzbot owned by Aleph Objects. We have the TAZ 5 and TAZ Mini 3D printers and will soon have the new TAZ 6 printer. LiteWorld also has its own line of enclosures made specifically for the TAZ 5 and other open concept 3D printers. 

The LPE or LiteWorld Protective Enclosures are made with all aluminum frames, plexiglass and have two large access doors. These are 36" wide by 32" high by 30" deep. They are large enough to hold the TAZ 5 and easily have enough room to mount the filament on the side or from the top. These units are $399.00 each plus shipping and handling and are made in the USA. For more information on this product please go to our website at: www.liteworldllc.com or contact Don Musilli at;  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.com and you can call us at; 941-999-8200.

We are also in the process of putting the 3D printers into Libraries here in Sarasota County Florida and in other public facilities as well. The use of the new enclosure will ensure that the users ( especially the younger ones ) will be limited into the access of the 3D printer during operation.

Further information can also be obtained by contacting us through the Englewood Incubation Center.

Why 3D Printing Can Save America

Okay. So you keep seeing articles about 3D printing and all the new and wonderful things it can do for a wide variety of industries. Does any of this exciting, innovative technology give you pause to think about its' future economic implications? Maybe not. But one thing should grab your attention. The speed of this inovative process is moving faster than any other technology since the industrial revolution.

EIC has been working with 3D printers for almost 3 years and we see this technology as being one way of getting the US back into making things again...and I mean hard technologies not phone apps or software.

The youth of today, starting with 8 years of age and up, are very competent in working with 3D modeling softwares such as Tinkercad, Minecraft, Sketchup and others. 3D printers require a .stl file to print an object. All of the above software tools allow anyone to create an object and save it as a .stl file. The ability to have an 8 or 9 year old create an object on the computer and then immediately produce that product on a 3D printer. This ability to make it simple to make an object and not just a picture is extremely important and there are no more vocational programs in K-12 schools at this time.

If you Google 3D printing and any industry you will find that all areas of the medical, aerospace, auto, military, fashion, construction and governmental operations are investing heavily in this technology. Advancements in the size, speed and types of materials in which one can print using a 3D printer are increasing on a  DAILY basis.

One of the main advantages of 3D printing or Additive Manufacturing as it is called, is the amount of space and money that is NOT needed to enter this market. You can have a number of printers, computers, scanners and other apparatus in less than 500 square feet. Or in the case of many entrepreneurs, their garage. You can now purchase an FDM, SLA and SLS printer ( Fused Deposition, Resin and Metal ) all combined for less than $20,000.00. If you just want an FDM printer, $2,500.00 will cover it along with some filament.  

EIC is making great strides by working with schools ( elementary through high school and some colleges) to put printers in the hands of students ( especially STEM programs) that can use their higher skill sets with CAD and Solidworks 3D modeling software to create usable, sophisticated objects. In many cases more advanced than many companies. This is the best way to connect the students t the real world and hopefully spark an interest in making something.

For more information on EIC and our programs please contact us at: https://englewoodincubationcenter.org or call us at 317-796-7617.

Jobs For Jobs Not LeBron

The people in America are still more ingrossed and impressed with athletic skills than science, math and technology skills. Yet there are few people who actually make any money in sports and even with the amazing growth in sports and the money being made by athletes, there is little economic trickle down to the masses. Sure restaurants, hotels and tourist attractions may benefit from the large crowds that attend the sporting events, but the majority of the jobs produced by these events are low paying, mostly minimum wage jobs.

EIC has been a strong proponent of finding ways to utilize 3D printing as a training tool to encourage children as young as 8 years of age to use their creative minds to actually make something to hold and use. This transition from drawing on a computer screen to creating something they can hold in their hand jump starts their opportunity to be a viable member of a productive society than using sports as a potential career vehicle. 

While many people may disagree with this philosophy, the fact that the rest of the world is moving ahead of the US in many areas should be of a concern for the US. All major corporations are looking for ways to compete in this constantly changing business environment and they recognize the need for technological skills sets to help them create new products, processes and concepts.

EIC has seen a growing interest in what we do and our on-going relationships with the school systems in the counties bordering Englewood, Florida. There are people in the educational community and business community that realize something needs to be done to encourage our youth to develop better skill sets that will create new businesses that can acually offer jobs to people that pay more than $10.00 an hour.

There is always resistance to new ideas and the older generation has some real issues with the speed in which technology is affecting their lives. The younger generation has little interest in going backwards and their life tie-in with digital technology will only widen the gap between the two groups. Yet this move into technology will eventually benefti everyone. Steve Jobs saw that need and recongized that barriers are only temporary and people will eventually realize the benefits of new technology, even if they don't always understand it.

For more information on EIC, our programs and 3D Printing processes, please contact us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

The Z Gap

Working with four 3D printers can sometimes be a little daunting, especially when you are try to set the Z Gap. For those of you who have a 3D Printer you know what I mean. For the unititiated, the Z Gap is the distance from the tip of the extruder nozzle to the surface of the build platform ( or bed ). This distance is critical in making sure the object your are printing comes out looking like the one you designed on your 3D software.

The difficulty comes in setting the gap. I use a very thin piece of paper that seems to provide the optimum gap distance as I move the head around to different parts of the build plate to make sure the gap is the same from side to side and front to back. There are a few new printers that actually have self-leveling build platforms but they are also smaller machines.

EIC has been working with the 3D Printers for almost two years and uses them daily to print out parts for prototyping as well as promotional ifems and one of a kind products. Becuase of our reputation, EIC is now getting companie from as far as Orlando and Ft. Myers to work with us and our STEM engineering students to develop, design, print and build new product concepts.

Taking a new idea from drawing to finished production part is daunting. WIthout the use of 3D Printers most people would have to spend thousands of dollars and months to just come up with the prototype. EIC can go from concept to finished prototype often in less than two weeks and for 1/100th the cost. And, once we are done with the design, we give you the thumb drive with the g-code files so you can take it to any fabricator or injection molding company and have your parts or product made in quantity.

For more information on EIC, please go to our website at: http://www.englewoodincubationcenter.org or contact Don Musilli at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Englewood Incubation Center, Inc.
P.O. Box 465, Englewood, FL. 34295
Phone:  317-796-7617

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Website: www.englewoodincubationcenter.org

 

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