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JAM's Mechanical Advantage Takes Design and Prototypes to a New Level

By S. Mathur

John A. Mersereau, President of the company, summarizes its work in design and production: "JAM's Mechanical Advantage provides our clients with professional 3D CAD design services and onsite 3D printing. Our clients are a mix of small to large manufacturing companies, tradespeople, independent entrepreneurs and inventors. JAM is your "one stop shop" for your CAD design and 3D printing needs."

While this sounds simple, the implications of this new technology are nothing less than a profound transformation of production, work and of society overall. The rise and increasing accessibility of 3D printing make a fascinating story, he adds.

"The current 3D printing industry is comparable to the computer industry of the late 70's. Since its inception, printing medium has progressed from plastics to metals and spans to edibles, concrete and even DNA. The next 5 to 10 years are going to be mind-blowing for the innovation of 3D printing technologies and subsequent applications."

Writer and social theorist Jeremy Rifkin has called this the Third Industrial Revolution. With 3D printing, the process of production is decentralized and democratized, transforming the way that both durable and perishable goods are produced. The process is also known as additive manufacturing (AM) since it works by building up layers of material. AM uses less raw material and energy than traditional factory manufacturing, and reduces or eliminates transportation and warehousing costs.

How does 3D printing actually work? Mersereau explains that "A digital CAD (computer aided design) model of an object must exist before it can be 3D printed." Using powder, molten plastic or metal, 3D printers create products from the instructions contained in the CAD file. JAM provided both design and printing services, says Mersereau, "excelling in both CAD design and 3D print technologies. JAM's Mechanical Advantage uses superior design skills; CAD expertise and SolidWorks software to professionally design your CAD models. Combined with JAM's 3D printing capabilities, physical prototypes of your CAD design can then be printed onsite."

JAM is more than qualified to bring this new technology to life, with over twenty-five years of experience in design and building prototypes. The design and prototype services are currently used by manufacturing companies, innovative tradespeople and entrepreneurs. JAM's expertise in design and CAD models helps companies bring their projects life, living up to the motto: "Your design concepts are transformed into reality"

And it's quite a reality: high-quality design using the latest CAD technology, documented through engineering and assembly drawings, photo-real renderings for presentation, and finally,3D printed parts in tough abs plastic. JAM offers complete design and drafting services, from "old school" paper and pencil drawings to state of the art CAD tools. They can also provide "reverse-engineered" floor plans and 3D models of all kinds and residential, commercial and industrial buildings, based on precision laser measurements.

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