Taking 3D Printing Service One Step Further

Not only does this moldmaker offer 3D printing services, it offers R&D Pods--a single place to go for training, prototyping and production that will help address the copyright and idea protection concerns companies have today.

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We've covered Michigan-based Linear Mold & Engineering a number of times in the past couple of years for its conformal cooling work using DMLS and building end-use production parts, which both continue to grow. We've also noted its mission to educate customers on 3D printing by providing Centers of Excellence to train customers in all aspects of 3D printing--from design to build to finished part with support, technical services and turn-key solutions. This in an effort to enable customers to then do the work themselves. 

Most recently Linear has introduced R&D Pods. 

“Our customers asked us if we could provide them with a secure room for development of new materials and intellectual property development, prototype candidate parts and production possible parts. Some even wanted to bring in physicists and metallurgists to look at modifications to the DMLM process for their specific applications. We decided that we would provide an entirely dedicated, secure space, along with the equipment and personnel to run the process for them,” says Bruce Colter, New Business Development Director, Additive Manufacturing at Linear.

Linear can design the part for its clients or teach them how to design it for themselves. 

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