OXFORD’S DASH-CAE INVESTS IN 3D PRINTING FOR COMPOSITE TOOLING

3D Printing Industry | 1/16/2019 | Umair Iftikhar
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Dash-CAE, a prototype and tooling manufacturer based in the UK, has acquired a Stratasys F900mc 3D printer to ramp up its services to the automotive, motorsport and aerospace industries.

Adding to an existing bank of Stratasys FDM machines, the new system is contributing to Dash-CAE’s advanced composite manufacturing workflow for the likes of Formula 1, hydrofoil boats and MotoGP.

Tim - Robathan - Director - Dash-CAE - F1

Tim Robathan, managing director of Dash-CAE and former F1 Principle Engineer, comments, “Our primary interest was to develop easier processes for molding carbon fibre parts. As a result we pioneered tooling for composite parts – both for direct and lost tooling.”

Since its acquisition, the F900 has already started making significant savings for the company across production times, part cost and the design process.

Dash-CAE - Company - Oxfordshire - South - East

Founded in 2006, Dash-CAE is a privately held company based in Oxfordshire, South East England. Supporting high value transport and aerospace industries, the company is a one-stop shop for design, rapid prototyping and composites services.

From a secure studio and R&D workshop, the team has all the tools necessary to produce prototypes and strong, end-use carbon fiber parts harnessing 3D scanning, traditional 6-axis milling and 3D printing.

Addition - F900 - Dash-CAE - Stratasys - F400

In addition to the new F900, Dash-CAE owns Stratasys F400 and F250mc FDM machines. At the company, these systems are used, among other things, to create tooling, jigs and fixtures.

“Our 3D printers are helping us slash development times and costs, while building fully functional parts and production tools,” explains Robathan, “Other...
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