Rapid Prototyping, 3D Printing

Keys to Successful Rapid Prototyping

December 7, 2017

Successful rapid prototyping could be the difference between beating your competition to market or heading back to the drawing board. Lucky for you, one of our Application Engineers, Tommy DuPuy, shared some of his tips for successful rapid prototyping.

Rapid Prototyping, 3D Printing

3D Printing Living Hinge Prototypes: Best Practices

February 24, 2015

Do you work with living hinges? If you’re in the consumer products space, it's likely that’s a “yes.”

Rapid Prototyping, 3D Printing, Medical Industry

ModernTech is Attending the SEMDA 2015 Conference. Should You Be There?

February 23, 2015

If you 3D print medical devices or prototypes, come visit us at SEMDA from March 31 st through April 1 st.

If your company is not familiar, the Southeastern Medical Device Association (SEMDA) is a regional non-profit trade association that promotes medical device and medical device data systems (MDDS) companies in the southeast. 

SOLIDWORKS, 3D CAD, Rapid Prototyping, 3D Printing, Events and Webinars, Electrical Design

AutomationDirect Wins A Makerbot 3D Printer From ModernTech

February 5, 2015

We are excited to announce the winner of our Makerbot giveaway!

Following our SOLIDWORKS 2015 Launch events, ModernTech randomly selected one attendee to receive a Makerbot Replicator Mini Compact 3D printer for his or her business. This year’s winner is Barry Adams from AutomationDirect.

Rapid Prototyping, 3D Printing

3D Printed Rig Helps Knoxville Girl

December 10, 2014

This holiday season, ModernTech is focusing on the meaning of gratitude. We are thankful to have a great partner like Stratasys and to be a part of technology that impacts the lives around us. 3D printing enables manufacturers, designer and everyday people to create and print complex and customized parts.

Recently, we’ve had the fortune to work with Doug Shover, a Project Manager at The Lewis Group Architects in Knoxville, TN. Doug was working on a building project at the University of Tennessee when a contractor brought in a 3D printed model of their Strong Hall project. Interested in 3D printing technology, Doug obtained ModernTech’s information from the contractor and quickly reached out to us.

Doug’s 10-year old daughter, Riley, is Type 1 diabetic. Riley has a continuous glucose monitoring system (CGM) that allows her to measure glucose levels in real-time, identifying trends such as rapid high or rapid low. The only problem with Riley’s CGM was that her glucose levels could not be monitored remotely by her mom and dad.

Doug sought out solutions and discovered the Nightscout project, better known as CGM in the cloud. Nightscout is an open source, DIY project that allows real-time access to a CGM from web browsers via smartphones, computers, tablets and other technology. This integration is achieved by attaching an uploader device to the CGM and sending the information to the cloud. When searching for the best way for Riley to utilize the system, Doug found out about a 3D printed “rig” on thingiverse.com. The rig holds Riley’s phone, her CGM receiver, and a micro USB cable together.

See Nightscout case on thingiverse.com

Unaware of other solutions, Doug gave ModernTech a call and asked us to quote out the rig and provide information on available colors. After all, appearance was of utmost importance to a 10-year old girl. Without hesitation, ModernTech looked at the model from and adapted it to Riley’s needs and phone specifications. We decided to offer the rig for free as a gesture of support for the cause and to promote end use applications made possible with 3D printing. Riley now has her device and is pleased beyond words.

“The rig was invaluable in our situation and has provided Riley with a better quality of life. My wife and I now have a peace of mind that we have not had since her diagnosis,” said Doug. “3D printing the rig with ModernTech offered a customized solution that provided my family with immeasurable benefits in regards to management.”

If you have a problem, we would love to help you solve it. Contact TriMech for more information in Riley’s rig or other 3D printed solutions that can make a difference in the lives of our friends, family and neighbors.


Rapid Prototyping, 3D Printing, Events and Webinars

Customer Spotlight: Yokogawa Wins Award For 3D Printing Innovation

November 19, 2014

The Georgia Tech (GT) Lean Consortium Group of Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute recognized ModernTech customer Yokogawa for excellence in implementation "Best In Show" in its 5S Best Practices Contest 2014. Yokogawa was among the top 3 companies awarded for sharing its best practices as an entry to the contest.

This event marks the 2nd annual contest of its kind held by the GT Lean Consortium Group. It serves as an opportunity for individuals from member companies to showcase the projects they have taken on and to share their 5S best practices with other companies.

This year, the entries centered on 5S and Mistake Proofing. Companies were requested to submit a method in which they were incorporating 5S practices into their facility.

At the time of the contest, Yokogawa had recently acquired a Stratasys uPrint SE Plus 3D printer through ModernTech as part of a trial program.

SOLIDWORKS, Rapid Prototyping, 3D Printing

FDM gives Nova Tech Engineering virtually limitless design freedom at a fraction of the time and cost

August 28, 2014

"FDM is the perfect fit for us. It allows us to easily change designs at any stage in the game without being penalized by cost or delays."

— Jacob Rooney, Mechanical Designer, Nova Tech Engineering


Nova Tech Engineering (NTE), based in Willmar, Minnesota, produces automated machinery for use by poultry hatcheries worldwide. A key part of the company's success has been its ability to customize its machines to manage numerous types, breeds and sizes of birds. However, as the business grew, the cost of machining numerous variations became increasingly inefficient, costly and growth-inhibiting.

"We were spending a lot of time and money machining low-volume components which was detrimental to our overall operational efficiency," mechanical designer Jacob Rooney reflects. It is with these issues in mind that NTE turned to Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM).

Rapid Prototyping, 3D Printing

PolyJet 3D Printing: A Great Alternative To Old Silicone Molding Techniques

August 6, 2014


Silicone mold with PolyJet 3D printed pattern
PolyJet is one of two methods used to build prototypes on