3D printing is sort of an all encompassing term describing many different technologies that basically make a physical item of any kind once the correct instructions are programmed. Since we have been on the subject of 3D printing the last couple of weeks I thought it would interest everyone to know that WTI and our partner companies use 3D printers to create prototypes for our cameras and systems.
Most recently, a 3D printer was used to develop the prototype for a new 320x240 pixel thermal imaging camera that we are working on. A plastic model of the main mechanical housing, which supports the thermal imaging sensor, the shutter and the lens, were fabricated in order to verify the mechanical and optical fit and spacing of the primary camera components. Even the very fine threads for the lens were reproduced in such detail in the model that the lens was able to be screwed into the housing and adjusted.
The Finished Part
~ K. McMillan & Dale Roche, Director of Engineering
WTI (Wireless Technology, Inc.)
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