VANDALIA — Ben Staub Jr., the President of Bastech, Inc. and Rapid Direction, Inc., spoke to the Rotary Club on Vandalia last Thursday giving an industry overview of “3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing.”
He traced applications for product development and described how using these methods, a particular airplane component could be made of one part instead of 18 parts and could be 25 percent lighter and five times more durable.
Staub traced applications for jewelry, dentistry, medical, architecture, automotive and numerous other applications. He also discussed time and cost savings.
Staub is a 1990 graduate from the University of Dayton with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology. He started Bastech, Inc. as a Rapid Prototyping Service Bureau. It grew beyond the basic Sterolithography Prototyping and developed into a full service organization with the addition of Selective Laser Sintering, 3D Printing, Model Shop and Tooling Services.
In 2007, Staub started a new division of the company which eventually was spun off into what is now Rapid Direction, Inc., a value added reseller for 3D Printing equipment and 3D Scanning solution as well as supporting service, software and materials.