3D Printing

3D Modeling, 3D Printing, 3D Scanning, Rapid Prototyping

Bay Area firm leading the way in 3D printer technology

BENICIA, Calif. — 

BY: Claudine Wong

A Benicia company is getting attention across the world for its cutting edge approach to an industry that has long relied on more traditional methods.

F3 started as a land surveying company, but considers itself a leader in the field of industrial measurements.

Sean Finn, one of the company’s three founders, tells KTVU that his firm has been involved in several big projects including the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge.

"For example, we worked with the Bay Bridge when it was built and helped with the foundations,” he said. “And when a strip mall gets built, we tell them where all the curbs go and where all the buildings go."

But then a few years ago, F3 decided to try something new.

“Sometimes to win the game you have to change the rules a little bit," said Finn of the decision.

So the company decided to invest in a 3D printer to see how much more perspective they could give their clients.

Now they own four 3D printers, working around the clock, helping give their clients a look at their project in a way no one else can.

The response has been stronger than the company could have imagined with big name clients like Apple, Google, Shell and the Walt Disney Corporation lining up to work with F3.

Locally, F3 has also helped with the Hogan Dam and the Cal Memorial Stadium.

The projects have several layers, Finn said. Clients get traditional paper plans but then the project site gets a 3D scan.

What they get next is a 3D replica of the site. Most replicas have moveable parts so that everyone involved can take a look at the challenges in front of them in miniature.

Clients even get what F3 calls a 3D hardcopy. Those are 3D pieces that attach by magnet to the paper prints so models can be taken into the field.

On recent project Finn says those 3D models helped a refinery complete a project two days ahead of schedule and saved the refinery millions of dollars.

3D printing is not new but Finn says no one else in the world has used it like this. In fact in a recent industry conference in Las Vegas, F3 went up against 5,000 participants and companies from 30 different countries and walked away with two first place awards.

3D Modeling, 3D Printing, 3D Scanning, BIM, Rapid Prototyping

3D Scanning Conference in Las Vegas

The F3 team had a blast in Vegas. We displayed our new "3D Hardcopies" to tremendous response and they took home 1st place in two categories. 

Our presentation was well received and as usual the attendees and Lecia staff were a blast to hang out with. F3 was fortunate enough to get a great deal of attention that lead to interviews and photo shoots. Check in for more post about this as the week goes on.......

3D Printing, Rapid Prototyping, 3D Modeling

3D Printing MORE THAN “JUST” PROTOTYPING

At F-3, your project is unique and we treat it that way. Whether you are a corporation or developing on a personal level, our non-generic approach coupled with our unique resources allows us to help you develop your idea in the best way possible; we tailor to your needs. Far from a generic approach, every project has a unique method of execution. While working directly with our clients and communicating our progress at every benchmark, your project is important to us and we are here to help you develop your creation to its potential while remaining cost effective and combining our resources with your ideas to create a streamlined product that will perform to your expectations.

 

Using 3D scanning and 3D printing we can produce your intricate project to precision specifications and take it through the rapid prototyping stages to somewhere beyond, as far as you want to go.

 

It is your idea, it should reflect you; we are here to help you achieve that. When you come for a consultation you will meet with our engineers who have experience with many different types of concepts. We are able to take your concept whatever state it is in, any direction and are willing to go above and beyond to help you achieve satisfaction with your idea. You put a lot of thought in your idea, so will we.

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3D Printed Wrench Wednesday Question

Happy Wrench Wednesday!  Today’s challenge, first person to identify what was 3D printed in this picture will receive a 3D printed crescent wrench.  Bonus question…who would win in a fight between Batman and Captain America, and why?  Most creative answer will also win a 3D printed crescent wrench.  

Batman vs. Captain America Which item was 3D Printed?

Batman vs. Captain America Which item was 3D Printed?