Fisher Unitech participates in many different design and manufacturing trade shows throughout the
The lamp post which is about 8 feet tall was designed by Fisher Unitech 3D Printing Application Engineer Adam Kneller, who was given the task of designing something that would make attendees at a trade show stop and ask questions. To design the lamp post Adam started with a general design inside of Solidworks. The build had 3 major components the base, the post, and the lamp top. As Adam is an expert in 3D printing, he was able to design the lamp post, utilizing self-supporting angles, so that it would be best suited for the 3D printer by reducing not only support material required but also shortening build time.
Once the design had gone through about 5 hours of iterations and subtle adjustments, it was time to send the design to the printers. The lamp post, which was made up of 12 Fused Deposition Modeling Parts and 4 Polyjet Parts was printed in the Fisher Unitech Troy, MI office using our Objet 500 Connex 3 and Fortus 450 machine using ABS-M30 material. These machines were used based on build size and color availability, particularly the Connex 3 technology allows us to blend polyjet materials to get vivid or clear colors.
Once these parts were printed it was simple to assemble the tongue and grove joint design of the post sections, add some wiring for the light, and plug in the post. Fisher Unitech unveiled this project at the Big M in Detroit last June and those in attendance were blow away by the detail of the post, most not even realizing it was a 3D printed part.