3-D Printing and 3-D Laser Scanning Technologies

Z Corporation will demonstrate a wide range of 3-D printing and 3-D laser scanning technologies at this year’s RAPID 2011 Conference & Exposition, showcasing the tools that manufacturers, architects, educators and other innovators are increasingly employing to introduce higher-quality designs and products.

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The annual RAPID Conference and Tradeshow is North America's definitive additive manufacturing event. RAPID 2011 takes place May 23 - May 26 at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis, MN.

From ZPrinters that pump out multicolor concept models, to ZBuilder Ultra rapid prototyping machines that affordably create plastic prototypes of injection-molded quality, to 3-D laser scanners that capture surface data for reverse engineering and inspection, Z Corporation technology supports the entire product development spectrum from inspiration through quality control.

Located in booth #404, Z Corporation will offer live, interactive demonstrations of products such as:

·         ZScanner® portable 3D scanners, including the ZScanner 700, ZScanner 700 CX and the ZScanner 800, using Geomagic and Rapidform software for specific applications. ZScanners are the first handheld, self-positioning scanners that can digitize 3-D surfaces in real time.
·         The ZPrinter® 450, a full-color, easy to use, office-friendly 3-D printer delivering advanced color, automation and a print speed five to 10 times faster than any other technology.
·         The ZBuilder™ Ultra rapid prototyping machine, which builds durable plastic parts rivaling injection-molding’s accuracy, material properties, detail and surface finish. ZBuilders cost one-third of the price of machines with comparable performance.

To experience the beauty, quality and functionality of Z Corporation parts, attendees will be able to examine conceptual, presentation and functional prototypes created with ZPrinters and ZBuilders, including a large-scale ZPrinted model rocket.

Z Corporation, whose technology is also a favorite of architects who need to quickly and cost-effectively create building models, will offer a special workshop at the show primarily for architects and others in the industry. The 3-D Printing for AEC Workshop takes place on Thursday, May 26th at 9 a.m. during the Architecture Breakout session. It features Z Corporation customer Charles Overy, president of the LGM architectural visualization firm, and Olimpio Demarco, Z Corporation's director of business development. This session is an AIA approved course and earns 1.5 CEU credits for attending members.

Z Corporation will also participate in the annual RAPID Puzzle Challenge, hand out samples of multicolor 3-D printed models, and hold a drawing for a Flip camcorder.

Z Corporation senior executives will be on hand to listen to attendees’ product development priorities and discuss which rapid prototyping and 3-D scanning technologies can best meet their needs.

About Z Corporation: Z Corporation 3-D technologies help product designers, engineers and architects create the right designs the first time. Professionals use ZPrinter 3-D printers, ZBuilder Ultra rapid prototyping machines and ZScanner 3-D laser scanners to compress the design cycle, generate new concepts, communicate clearly, foster collaboration, and reduce errors. These solutions span the entire 3-D CAD/BIM design process from concept through design verification.