It Ain't Smoke and Mirrors!

3D Printer Users

If the V-Flash actually kicks out some parts in front of the crowd at EASTEC 2007 we can rest a little easier. If anyone has any information as to how these items were processed please let us know.

V-FLASH Newsletter Announces Beta to Begin

3D Printer Users

This is a great technique for making the process both efficient of materials and clean. We received an email this morning, from V-Flash, containing their latest newsletter. The bulk of the newsletter was dedicated to explaining why they chose to build the objects in an upside down orientation.

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A first look at the Desktop Factory 3D Printer

3D Printer Users

So, for our first desktop 3D printers, we need to be realistic about what they can and cannot achieve without any further processing. It appears that the material used in the Desktop Factory is very receptive to polishing or processing to achieve a finer finish.

V-Flash 3D Printer - Early Info & Specifications

3D Printer Users

The film is again retracted to pick up more resin and the process is repeated until the 3D object is completed. The V-Flash methodology will require the user to design small breakaway supports to hold the free floating items in place as the build is being processed.

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Most People Cannot Design

Wohlers Talk

in 2007. As they better understand the design deficiencies among the population, they will develop approaches to personalized design and manufacturing with specific limits built into the process. Most consumers cannot design, so tools will become available to assist them with the process of creating one-of-a-kind products. Historically, additive fabrication (AF) has been used for applications such as modeling, prototyping, and making patterns for silicone rubber molds.

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3D Printing of Game Characters

Wohlers Talk

In the short term, the challenge will be to fine-tune the file processing and part finishing steps, and then build capacity. The idea has been discussed in the past and now it’s a reality. Ed Fries, former vice president of Microsofts video games business, rolled out FigurePrints last week. The 9.3 million subscribers of World of Warcraft (WoW) can now order a 100 mm (4-inch) tall model of their personalized character from the online game.

Will Fab@Home Succeed?

Wohlers Talk

About a dozen people are building one and three are complete and running, according to a March 5, 2007 story published by The Engineer Online , a web-based publication in the UK that quoted Lipson. Part quality aside, I believe that engineers, students, and others would enjoy assembling and experimenting with the machine and custom tailoring the process for a specific application and/or material. Fab@Home has been receiving a lot of attention lately. What is it?

Design and Manufacturing in the Future

Wohlers Talk

With advances in additive processes, expect the development of custom jewelry, collectables such as action and sports figures and bobble heads, and personalized awards, gifts, and corporate give-aways. Many types of products that are made and sold today will be designed and manufactured similarly in the future. Conventional methods of molding, casting, and stamping of high volumes of parts will continue.

Metal Fabrication is Heating Up

Wohlers Talk

Magnus Rene, CEO of Sweden-based Arcam, said that its customers are using the process extensively for part manufacturing. Making parts additively from powder metal is taking off. Morris Technologies of Cincinnati, Ohio is now running six EOSINT M machines from EOS of Germany. The machines produce solid metal parts by melting powder with a laser, layer by layer. To date, the company has produced an estimated 8,000 parts.

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Larry Rhoades Will be Missed

Wohlers Talk

Larry holds patents on more than 25 inventions on nontraditional manufacturing processes for machining, finishing, forming, and measurement. Last Monday, I received word that Larry Rhoades, founder and CEO of The Ex One Company, had died two days earlier while vacationing in Hawaii. I was shocked. Larry was a creative genius and an enthusiastic supporter of manufacturing technology. He was the CEO of Extrude Hone Corp.

Scaling new heights


In my article laying-it-on-the-line I showed how I arrived at this test shape, a 20mm open ended cube :- I decided to try different sized shapes to see how the process scales.



Here is the code :- // // Process the shaft encoder signals // #define DEBOUNCE 3 static void scan_optos(void) { static byte last_raw = 0; static byte debounce_count = DEBOUNCE; byte delta; // // Debounce the inputs // byte bits = P1IN & (SHAFT_A | SHAFT_B); if(bits !=

Dust bustin'


Not very RepRap as it is a subtractive rather than additive process, but it is a part of itself. I decided to tackle dust extraction as my first attempt at milling plastic made a right mess as you can see below in the video.

Disaster recovery


I fixed it by moving my comms to the foreground as the machine has nothing else to do in the foreground but process commands coming from the network so there was no point in doing it with interrupts. I am pleased to say HydraRaptor is now back up and running after my accident where I connected 240V to a 3.3V logic input.

Shapeways Streamlines eCommerce Process by Introducing Combined Shipments

Founded in 2007, Shapeways is headquartered in New York and has factories and offices in Eindhoven, Queens, and Seattle. It’s a spin-off of Royal Philips Electronics, and their roster of investors included Union Square Ventures,... View the entire article via our website. 3D Printing Business 3d print delivery 3d printing service bureaus 3d printing shipping Marleen Vogelaar Peter Weijmarshausen Robert Schouwenburg shapeways shapeways delivery time shipping

When a Medical Part Requires a New Process

Design 2 Part News

Medical OEMs’ demands on high quality custom manufacturing firms are so great that they have inspired some industry-leading suppliers to develop new manufacturing processes or technologies to meet these exacting customer needs. We had the expertise in mold design, automation, and processing.

LPW’s Latest AM Case Study: Porosity – Powder or Process Derived?

Additive Manufacturing

Porosity might originate from the metal powder or the AM process,” says Dr Rob Deffley, LPW’s Research & Development Manager. Porosity – Powder or process derived?’

LPW Chairs Advisory Board of National Manufacturing Hub for Advanced Powder Processes

Additive Manufacturing

MAPP , the EPSRC Future Manufacturing Hub in Manufacture using Advanced Powder Processes, has been created to support UK businesses to exploit the potential of powder based manufacturing routes including metal AM technologies. “It’s

New LPW Technology – Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair Created to Mine, Process and Alloy Data, and to Model Novel Alloys for Optimising the Additive Manufacturing Process

Additive Manufacturing

Industrialisation of metal additive manufacturing is at the point of delivering vast quantities of data from the complex metallurgical processes involved in creating components through metal AM.

LPW’s latest case study, ‘Maraging Steel: The Effects of Alloy Chemistry on Processability’

Additive Manufacturing

Maraging Steel: The effects of alloy chemistry on processability’ can be found in the LPW website technical library, alongside the brochures and the laboratory services datasheets. LPW’s latest AM case study uses M300 to demonstrate the importance of metal powder specification.

LPW Technology and 3DSIM Adding Intelligence into the AM Process at formnext Hall 3.1 Stand H18

Additive Manufacturing

LPW Technology Ltd , the market leader in the development, processing and supply of high quality metal powders for the AM industry and 3DSIM , the AM software innovation company with easy-to-use tools to predict how to build successful parts, will stand share at Hall 3.1

Nanoscribe Expands Its Worldwide Presence

Additive Manufacturing

Numerous product prizes such as the Prism Award and most recently the Innovation Award of the LASER World of Photonics 2019 as well as various company awards underline the success story of the company founded in 2007 from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

RepRap: Blog: 3D printers shown to emit potentially harmful.

RepRap Blog

It appears that we have might have a problem not so much with the outgassing from our printers but from nanoparticles produced by our extruders during the printing process. RepRap: Blog. Blog for the RepRap project at - a project to create an open-source self-copying 3D printer. Wednesday, July 24, 2013. 3D printers shown to emit potentially harmful nanosized particles. I am reposting this out of

It is Wonderful When a Vision Becomes a Reality

Cubify 3D Printing Fans & Fun

And, that is because printing the part is simply one step in the process of turning a creative idea into a stunning piece of art. And, that process is already familiar to clay artisans.

Popularity of FDM

Wohlers Talk

Since the early 2000s, fused deposition modeling (FDM), more formally referred to as material extrusion by ASTM and ISO, has been the most popular additive manufacturing and 3D printing process worldwide. 2007 was a turning point for FDM technology, although no one knew it at the time.

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The exVive3D™ Liver Model: Organovo Delivers its 3D Printed Livers

3D Printing Industry

Pioneer of the 3D bioprinting business Organovo has been researching the field since 2007, first developing their NovoGen MMX Bioprinter and then using their bioprinting process to begin 3D printing samples of living human tissue. By Michael Molitch-Hou.

Concept Laser Has Helped Shape “Additive Manufacturing” for 15 Years

Additive Manufacturing

where value creation is focused on automation and digital process and supplier chains. Fifteen years of Concept Laser means fifteen years of successful process development. The patented process significantly reduces tension during the manufacture of very large components.

RepRap: Blog: Colour Mix Progress

RepRap Blog

Slicers to process the files. I was explaining your process to a friend the other night and he came up with an intriguing alternative, why not use only natural filament and inject the dye into the extruder? RepRap: Blog.

RepRap: Blog: Like a glue gun on a robot arm.

RepRap Blog

I have been on the hunt for a suitable buy/deal on a used or surplus or decommissioned Yaskawa Motoman or other similar multi-axis multiple degrees of freedom robotic arm unit to try on couple of projects such as this or some sort of metal shaping/forming processes. RepRap: Blog.

RepRap: Blog: Being in a 3D world, with a 3D printer? what do I.

RepRap Blog

On my mac, I installed the following to make this work ( its Processing based, so should work anywhere very similarly ) : Processing 1.5.1 and then downloaded these extra libraries: OpenCV Processing library: [link]. RepRap: Blog.

RepRap: Blog: Say goodbye to unsightly STL triangle misery! Forever!

RepRap Blog

The software still uses the STL too, but just as a bunch of triangles for display on the screen; STL takes no part in the build process.) Wow - I find the idea of running an STL through the final process meassively appealing. RepRap: Blog.

RepRap: Blog: New open source slicer: CuraEngine!

RepRap Blog

On-the-fly model preparation There is no slicing button anymore because it starts processing right-away. RepRap: Blog. Blog for the RepRap project at - a project to create an open-source self-copying 3D printer. Friday, August 02, 2013. New open source slicer: CuraEngine!

RepRap: Blog: Colour mixing

RepRap Blog

Could you use a IR LED & sensor to auto detect the color is true & automate the process? RepRap: Blog. Blog for the RepRap project at - a project to create an open-source self-copying 3D printer. Thursday, April 19, 2012. Colour mixing.

RepRap: Blog: Vapor Treating ABS RP parts

RepRap Blog

Treating ABS parts with acetone is almost as old as RepRap itself, but usually this has involved either dipping the part into liquid acetone, which causes white streaks in the parts, or brushing the acetone onto the part with a slurry mix, which can work very well but tends to be a messy process.

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RepRap: Blog: Variations on Powder Printing

RepRap Blog

They shouldnt require the secondary process of dipping them in cyanoacrylate to toughen them up. There is lot of questions, as, if layers can be bonded together in such process or some other resin is better option, other type of curing, etc. RepRap: Blog. Blog for the RepRap project at - a project to create an open-source self-copying 3D printer. Sunday, July 08, 2012. Variations on Powder Printing.

Arcimoto Steps into the Future with its Electric Fun Utility Vehicle

The Solidworks Blog

Founded in 2007, Arcimoto , Inc.’s To find out more about Arcimoto and how they streamlined their development process, cut their vehicle weight by 40 percent, and improved manufacturability, Click Here. Innovation is the future and to get there you need the right tools.

SOLIDWORKS Distributed Data Management

The Solidworks Blog

With the release of SOLIDWORKS Manage the SOLIDWORKS Distributed Data Management process solution is becoming a reality for a long time SOLIDWORKS customer ENVE Composites. Now the company is adopting SOLIDWORKS Manage to help streamline its processes and manufacturing data.

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The Role of CNC Machining in Green Energy Industry

3E Rapid Prototyping

After all, the renewables sector grew by 5% every year from 2007 to 2017, with more initiatives and growing global backing also increasing. Similarly, CNC drilling machines are often used for processing holes in tube shell heat exchangers for a variety of energy systems.

3T at Formnext and Professional Motorsport exhibitions

Rapid Prototyping News UK

3T’s focus is on AM Production, providing a complete end-to-end service, including design, NPI (New Product Introduction to Aerospace standard), R&D, training, AM build and all finishing and specialist post-processing requirements. It is the UK’s largest Production AM provider, supplying circa 50% of the UK Plastic AM market and 40% of the metal AM market (since 2007).

RepRap: Blog: 0.01 Layer Height on a Prusa Mendel

RepRap Blog

STL that would take 30-40 minutes to convert to Gcode it can process in 2-4 minutes (The.01 I've added support for these omitted dimensions to my Processing gcode examiner: RepRap: Blog.

RepRap: Blog: New Extruder Design

RepRap Blog

Rather coincidentally I am currently in the process of fitting my Wade extruder with a NEMA-17 motor on my huxley x-bar carriage. RepRap: Blog. Blog for the RepRap project at - a project to create an open-source self-copying 3D printer. Friday, April 22, 2011.

CNBC Report: 3D Printing Patent “Gold Rush”

Law in the Making

My colleague, patent agent Matthew Powell , pointed me to a new article from CNBC ‘s Heesun Wee which sheds light on the flood of 3D printing-related patent applications being filed: From utilitarian processes to the final appearance of designed objects ranging from jewelry to spare machine parts, get ready for a patent land grab of 3-D intellectual property. Since 2007, about 680 patents a year have been filed—39.6

The Role of CNC Machining in Green Energy Industry

3E Rapid Prototyping

After all, the renewables sector grew by 5% every year from 2007 to 2017, with more initiatives and growing global backing also increasing. Similarly, CNC drilling machines are often used for processing holes in tube shell heat exchangers for a variety of energy systems.