Objet Ltd. has been invited to feature at LEGO World 2012, February 16-19, Bella Center, Copenhagen. The event will highlight the combination of LEGO design and innovative technologies such as 3D printing, with Objet showcasing the exceptional abilities of Objet Desktop 3D Printers to create true-to-life LEGO prototypes.
Objet will demonstrate how 3D technology is used in the design stage of LEGO products to create prototypes of LEGO elements, exhibiting printed samples including LEGO Minifigures and LEGO bricks. Presenting the development process; from the original design computer CAD file, through the 3D printing process and to-scale examples of the final result.
Kenneth Wested Laursen, Head of the LEGO Prototyping Department, comments on the process, "The LEGO brick is born digital on a computer as a CAD drawing and is converted into a physical brick during the manufacturing processes. The Objet 3D printer is a critical component in the LEGO development phase. It helps us in getting physical elements for checking the design, build-ability and functionality at a very early point in production."
Objet 3D printing technology is used to communicate a product's visual and functional properties to customers, decision makers and manufacturers early on in the product development stage, enabling significant savings in time, costs and detection of necessary improvements.
LEGO World, held every year in Copenhagen, gives children and adults the opportunity to learn, create and play with LEGO bricks. This year, a special stand highlights the digital technologies that are used to develop the end product, providing the chance to experience all the processes which contribute to the diverse LEGO experience.
Objet's affordable, high-quality 3D printers use patented inkjet-based technology to jet ultra-thin layers of photopolymer materials onto the build tray where each layer is cured with UV light. The process delivers models which can be handled immediately, with exceptional accuracy and allowing any geometry, including thin walls, overhangs and even moveable parts. Desktop printers such as the Objet24 means no more dependency on outsourced providers, rapidly printing what is needed in-house, multiple times, with ultra-precision details for many global companies.