Articles by Kainon Irons

Articles by Kainon Irons

3D Application Engineer at Hawk Ridge Systems
How to Utilize the 3D Printing ROI Calculator

How to Utilize the 3D Printing ROI Calculator

The Hawk Ridge Systems 3DP ROI Calculator is a powerful tool for understanding the investment and payback period for additive equipment. The tool can also be used to understand the part cost and production estimates, as well as unique geometries. When considering additive equipment, it is key to understand both items to make smart business decisions. This article will explain how the calculator works in greater detail and provide insight into how to create a strong ROI using this tool.

Identify a Geometry that Has Value to Your Organization

Identifying a part file or series of part files for your ROI calculation is critical for creating a strong justification. Ideally, you want to know what it currently costs you to produce this part file, as well as understand the lead times and labor involved. Good candidates for ROI justifications are parts that have been difficult or costly to produce in the past. Perhaps parts are being produced overseas and the lead times and supply chain disruptions are causing production delays. Some parts also lend themselves well to an additive process much better than traditional manufacturing processes. Areas where you see many design revisions or if the design requires custom elements with each unit are perfect for additive manufacturing.

June 6, 2022
5 Reasons to Metal Plate Your 3D Printed Parts

5 Reasons to Metal Plate Your 3D Printed Parts

The practice of metal plating or metallization of plastic parts has been in use for a long time. Many folks do not realize that thermoplastic 3D printed parts can also undergo this same process with amazing results. We have seen firsthand that this process works well with many HP Jet Fusion and Markforged thermoplastic materials.

Metallization allows for targeted metal properties on lightweight and in-expensive plastics that can be printed with complex geometries that are unattainable with traditional manufacturing. In today’s blog, we are going to remove the veil look at 5 reasons to metal plate your 3D printed parts.

June 2, 2022
Offline Eiger vs. Eiger Core: Choosing Your Markforged Software

Offline Eiger vs. Eiger Core: Choosing Your Markforged Software

Hawk Ridge Systems works with Markforged Eiger software daily and we believe it is truly one of the best build prep and slicing solutions on the market. Markforged continues to innovate and add features that allow for a seamless workflow, along with the background infrastructure for scaling within teams and larger organizations. The Eiger software has both cloud-based and offline offerings with distinct differences and advantages.

In today’s article, we are going to show you the difference between Offline Eiger and Eiger Core so that you can make the best software decision for your business.

May 19, 2022
Proven Sterilization Methods for HP Jet Fusion PA12 3D Printed Parts

Proven Sterilization Methods for HP Jet Fusion PA12 3D Printed Parts

When producing parts for Medical applications, the topic of sterilization comes up quite often. Can 3D printed parts be sterilized using traditional methods? What are the effects of sterilization methods on 3D printed parts? In today’s blog post we are going to provide insight into these questions and more with a focus on PA12 material off an HP Jet Fusion 3D printer. HP printers like the 5200 are perfect for manufacturing large batches of parts and they have been heavily utilized during the pandemic to fill gaps in supply changes for many devices. PA12 material from HP has been certified for biocompatibility meeting USP Class I-VI and US FDA guidance for Intact Skin Surface Devices, making it an excellent choice for certain medical applications.

April 19, 2022
Integrated Part Cost Calculation for HP 3D Printers with Materialise Magics

Integrated Part Cost Calculation for HP 3D Printers with Materialise Magics

When diving into the world of part cost calculations for your 3D builds, a lot of time can be wasted with pure manual data entry. Materialise Magics, which is a primary nesting software for HP Jet Fusion 3D printers, has integrated tools to automate part cost calculations and report generation. Now with the click of a button, you can understand the true cost of your nested build and even break up that cost into individual part costs if multiple geometries are in a single build. In order to accomplish this task, you will need to polish up your Excel skills. The good news is that we are here to walk you through every step. Let’s get started!

March 23, 2022