Jon Christensen

last updated 1/19/2018

Jon Christensen

Sales and Marketing at Idaho Steel

Location:
255 E. Anderson, Idaho Falls, Idaho, United States
Company:
Idaho Steel
HQ Phone:
(208) 522-1275

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Idaho Steel's 3D Printer - Idaho Steel

"SLS 3D printing enables us to design for superior strength and durability," says Jon Christensen, marketing and sales manager at Idaho Steel.
"We are big on the quality of equipment we send out with our name on it," says Christensen. "The machine can work through the night or over a weekend and the forming pistons require only about three to four hours of manual labor," says Christensen. "Not only does 3D printing save time, it also frees up the CNC machines that would be tied up doing this job for 25 days." The forming insert and piston are made by the 3D printer as a complete, single assembly using 3D Systems' food-safe DuraForm ProX material. "A lot of the strength and durability of our SLS 3D printed parts is a result of 3D printing eliminating the manufacturing limitations of CNC mills," says Christensen. "New ways to create better parts with 3D printing are always presenting themselves, adding much greater flexibility to our processes," says Christensen. "We are making new scrapers, caps and plugs all the time. Those are not glamorous, but they would normally tie up the CNC mills for a simple but time-consuming part to machine." Christensen sees 3D printing and CNC as complementary tools for creating new parts: 3D printing is ideal for prototyping new designs, creating better low-volume parts and assemblies, and customizing new parts for existing machines. Christensen says that while Idaho Steel produces specialized machines, almost any machine shop can benefit from 3D printing, especially when it comes to the all-important imperative of delivering a quality part on-time under strict deadlines. "One of the machining industry's greater obstacles is lead time," says Christensen.

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Hub | 3D Printing | Solutions | D3 Technologies

"SLS 3D printing enables us to design for superior strength and durability," says Jon Christensen, marketing and sales manager at Idaho Steel.
"We are big on the quality of equipment we send out with our name on it," says Christensen. "The machine can work through the night or over a weekend and the forming pistons require only about three to four hours of manual labor," says Christensen. "Not only does 3D printing save time, it also frees up the CNC machines that would be tied up doing this job for 25 days." The forming insert and piston are made by the 3D printer as a complete, single assembly using 3D Systems' DuraForm ProX material. "A lot of the strength and durability of our SLS 3D printed parts is a result of 3D printing eliminating the manufacturing limitations of CNC mills," says Christensen. "New ways to create better parts with 3D printing are always presenting themselves, adding much greater flexibility to our processes," says Christensen. "We are making new scrapers, caps and plugs all the time. Those are not glamorous, but they would normally tie up the CNC mills for a simple but time-consuming part to machine." Christensen sees 3D printing and CNC as complementary tools for creating new parts: 3D printing is ideal for prototyping new designs, creating better low-volume parts and assemblies, and customizing new parts for existing machines. Christensen says that while Idaho Steel produces specialized machines, almost any machine shop can benefit from 3D printing, especially when it comes to the all-important imperative of delivering a quality part on-time under strict deadlines. "One of the machining industry's greater obstacles is lead time," says Christensen.

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Hub | 3D Printing | Solutions | D3 Technologies

"SLS 3D printing enables us to design for superior strength and durability," says Jon Christensen, marketing and sales manager at Idaho Steel.

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