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posted 24 May 2016 at 13:41:51

When a strong, lightweight enclosure capable of withstanding extreme temperatures was required for its latest wind measurement system, Colorado-based Sibelloptics turned to 3D printing experts Axis Prototypes of Montreal for help. Protection was required for the Windmager® LIDAR's sensitive mirrors, motors and slip-rings at temperatures that could range from -17ºF to +100ºF, depending on where in the world the wind measurement machine was placed.

Axis designed and printed a dome and a cowl in nylon, using SLA technology. The covers were then primed and painted to match the existing equipment and, after a year of testing in the field, the 3D printed parts have proven highly effective.

Steve Vetorino, co-founder of Sibelloptics, said, ‘Given the large size and internal features of the printed scanner enclosure parts, I know of no other means to create them other than through 3D printing.

‘The 3D printed nylon dome and cowling have survived without a scratch, chip or dent. Without a doubt, the dome and cowling have exceeded our greatest expectations; their durability and resilience are truly remarkable! These features, coupled with their lightweight, great appearance and cost-effectiveness are why we will continue to use 3D printed technology for all future systems.’

More evidence that 3D printing is entering the mainstream in all walks of life.

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