Minneapolis, MN — May 6, 2014 — Annette Lund, vice president of Diversified Plastics, Inc., spoke recently at the Annual Technical Conference (ANTEC®) for plastics engineers. The conference was hosted by the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) and it was held in Las Vegas, April 28-30. Her presentation, PolyJet Printing—An Injection Molders Point of View was part of the ANTEC program, New Technology Forum: New Frontiers in Additive (3-D) Manufacturing.
ANTEC is the largest technical conference in the U.S. for plastics industry. The event attracts more than 2,000 attendees, from scientists and academics to engineers and technicians — anyone involved in the plastics industry. The conference featured more than 600 technical and business presentations.
Lund was invited to speak at the conference by ANTEC organizers because of Diversified Plastics’ work in additive manufacturing with PolyJet printing. “We wanted a perspective on additive manufacturing technology from a processor/practitioner and Diversified Plastics fit the bill,” said Maggie Baumann, consultant, G.H. Associates. “Her presentation met every expectation regarding the program and was frank, to the point and the case studies were very helpful”.
“I explained how Diversified Plastics has used PolyJet additive manufacturing to produce prototype parts,” said Lund. “I described the wide variety of PolyJet materials available, including clear and flexible selections, and how we used secondary production steps such as gluing, decorating, pad printing, hot stamping, silk screening and painting to finish the printed parts.”
A large part of Lund’s presentation centered around several case studies and her company’s use of additive manufacturing to produce 3D printed injection molds and cavities. This was of particular interest to the audience since Diversified Plastics is one of the first plastics injection molding companies in the U.S. to use additive manufacturing for prototype molds. “Audience members were most interested to know what was possible and what challenges we had encountered,” said Lund. “And, they were very curious on how we worked through those challenges.”
After the presentation, attendees approached Lund and Diversified Plastics Tooling Manager, Mike Bartell to ask more questions and to exchange contact information. Lund added, “They wanted us to keep them up to date on our latest developments and what we are learning about the additive manufacturing process.”
About Diversified Plastics, Inc.
Employee-owned Diversified Plastics is a custom injection molder of high-precision, close tolerance, small- to medium-sized injection molded components for medical device, filtration, aerospace and a variety of other industrial markets. The 37-year-old company is a full-service contract manufacturer, from design assistance and mold construction, to intricate molding and clean room assembly. Diversified Plastics is ISO 9001:2008 and 13485:2003 certified, ITAR certified, and UL registered.