Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Timeline to obtain the Connex 500

August 15, 2013 Official MRI award to TAMUK announced
August & September 2013 Preliminary discussions with distributor and manufacturer of machine, about non-standard use of machine
September 24, 2013 Final account set up for purchase
October 2, 2013 Conference call with Engatech (Distributor) and Stratasys Headquarters representative on prospective uses of machine.
October 2013

Discussion with PI and Co-PIs on Stratasys' usage policies, and capabilities of the Connex System.

Set up non-binding memorandum of understanding with Stratasys to collaborate on research involving the CONNEX 3d printers, but to only use approved materials in the machine, and have Stratasys print any non-standard materials.  Stratasys agree to help with electronics-related processes.

October & November 2013 Obtained several quotes, revised machine size to correspond with proposal, discussed options for materials, revised options, got permission to include a generic $25K supplies section, without ordering lots of mateiral up front.
Dec 3, 2013

Obtained final satisfactory quote from Engatech/Stratasys

Dec 3-16, 2013

TAMUK requisitions submitted and approved, sole source form submitted, but not approved.

Dec 18, 2013 - Jan 7, 2014 TAMUK advertised for a machine similar to the CONNEX 500, Engatech and Stratasys awarded bid.
Jan 8 - 31, 2014 TAMUK & Stratasys process order
Feb 7- Mar 3, 2014 Finish site preparation document, change location to Dott 207B, because crate slightly too big to put in elevator, get electrical preparations and room ready.
March 26 - 28, April 1-3, 2014 Initial installation, training, and submission of print jobs, then replacement of failed power supply.
Apr 4- June 3, 2014 Printing of some multimaterial parts, some samples, failure of UPS system, replacement, additional failure of another power supply, replacement, failure of print jobs due to host and printer communication failure, now currently working.

This page was last updated on: June 11, 2014