Testing consumer 3D printers

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The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is underway, so you can expect to see a number of consumer based 3D printing introductions. Would you consider using a consumer style 3D printer? The number of companies developing 3D printers for the consumer market continues to grow.

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Mimaki enters additive manufacturing with industrial scale full color 3D printer

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Founded in 1975, Mimaki is a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers. At formnext 2017, the company made a splash with the European launch of its industrial-sized full-color 3DUJ-553 3D printer. As Mimaki moves into the 3D printing industry, we take a closer look at the Japanese company. “Making the leap from UV-curable 2D inkjet […].

Can you get injection molded quality parts without post processing from 3D printers?

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Two features of 3D printers that can be issues for users are the surface finish quality of the part and the subsequent post processing often needed to finish the part. The developers at Rize created a 3D printer to address these issues.

New Stratasys metal 3D printer, materials announced

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A Stratasys metal 3D printer will be launched in April 2018. Although the company has released only limited details, in this article 3D Printing Industry gives additional insight and information. Already a leader in polymer 3D printing solutions, and the inventor of FDM technology, the forthcoming Stratasys metal additive manufacturing platform seeks to “to displace conventional […].

ARBURG premieres freeformer 300-3X multi-material 3D printer

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ARBURG, a German 3D printer and injection molding systems manufacturer, has debuted the freeformer 300-3X, a multi-material and multi-color 3D printer. 3D Printers ARBURG FORMNEXT 2018 Freeformer Freeformer 300-3X Lukas Pawelczyk material jetting

Two new multiple material 3d printers from Stratasys

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new Objet500 Connex1 and Objet500 Connex2 Multi-material 3D Printers, which feature the company’s triple-jetting technology. It produces parts from three diverse materials in a single production run.

Working with plastics in 3D printing

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Plastics, whether in powder, filament, or pellet form, are one of the main material types used in 3D printing/ additive manufacturing (3DP/AM). As 3DP/AM matures, developers continue to explore plastic chemistries and capabilities to offer materials that rival more traditional versions.

The 8 ways 3D printing is changing manufacturing forever

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People debate whether 3D printing / additive manufacturing will really have an impact on design and manufacturing. Hod Lipson, professor at Columbia University, recently gave a presentation on why 3D printing will definitely disrupt what we know of today as design and manufacturing.

A visual look at the history of 3D printing

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This graphic gives you a very nice look at what happened when in the 3D printing industry. It begins in 1983, but you can see when it really started to take off, at around 2008. Below the graphic is a brief outline of all the major events. Check it out! Leslie Langnau. llangnau@wtwhmedia.com.

Are 3D printing companies shifting their focus?

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An interesting development is emerging with the major 3D printing manufacturers. In addition to making 3D printing and additive manufacturing machines, manufacturers are adding to and expanding their ability to make your part for you. Now, 3D Systems and Stratasys both have had departments or divisions that offered additive manufacturing services for a number of years. –Limited information on material performance. –Perceived lack of materials.

3D printing prosthetics; not just for humans

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If you have not already seen this video of Derby the dog and how 3D printing helped him run, you must see it. Tara Anderson, a 3D Systems employee, decided to help Derby using 3D technology.

HP makes good on claim to enter 3D printing market

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HP Inc has entered the 3D printing / additive manufacturing market in a big way. HP introducing its 3D printer into the market. No word yet on if or when it will attempt to use metal materials. The machine has a 3D print heads that operate 10,000 nozzles at one time.

Wacker Debuts Silicone 3D Printing Technology to North American Market at IDTechEx

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As the entire industry looks to push the capabilities of 3D printing technology to the next level, the demand for advanced materials has never been greater. 3D Printers 3D Printing 3D Printing Materials 3D printed silicone 3d printing materials 3d printing silicone ACEO ACEO Print Fab IDTechEx K 2016 material jetting silicone silicone 3D printer WACKER CHEMIE

Additive manufacturing moves beyond the “cool” phase

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The next trend you’ll find with Additive Manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, is the growth of additive services. Post-processing and material availability were seen as challenges now and in the future, with the future coming in at 34% and 46% respectively.

Push the boundaries of color 3D printing

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Adobe unveiled 3D printing capabilities in its Photoshop CC in January 2014. Through a simplified 3D print process, Photoshop CC let users produce print-ready 3D models using familiar Photoshop tools.

A look at the future of additive from the AMUG Conference

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This business will sell machines, materials, and consulting on best practices in additive manufacturing.

Underwriters Laboratories offers a resource for 3D printing info needs

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Underwriters Laboratories is working to address the short-term and long-term performance and safety concerns of 3D printers and additive manufacturing systems. Recently, UL initiated a number of initiatives that will help designers confidently harness the benefits of 3D printing in a way that’s relevant to their business needs. In addition, UL is developing training and education programs, as well as a materials’ database.

Additive manufacturing turns design efficiency on its head

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But the sobering reality is that no matter how perfectly manufacturing steps are followed cost is always being designed into the part—every pocket cut, every hole drilled comes with a price in material waste, cutter wear, and machine time. With 3D printing, engineers can design cost out of a part when adding features while eliminating extraneous material and additional assembly steps. Original stainless steel welded assembly vs. single piece 3D printed titanium.

Here they come—faster additive manufacturing systems

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Additive manufacturing (AM) machines and 3D printers have a reputation for being slower than users desire when it comes to building a part. Speed depends on part design, material, and the selected additive build process.

Additive manufacturing technology moves into production

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Is 3D printing /Additive manufacturing shifting out of prototyping? Its PromakerV6000 was developed for the 3D additive manufacturing of composite parts, particularly ceramic and metal. You might think so after listening to the conversations at RAPID 2015 and the recent AMUG conference.

7 news ways you’ll 3D print parts in 2017

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At the two major 3D printing conferences this year, AMUG and RAPID, companies introduced new ways to additively make parts. Some of these new 3D printing technologies are available now. Researchers in 3D printing are definitely thinking outside the box. Altering materials.

A 3D printing love story for Valentine’s Day

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The design job is not always problem solving for engineers, especially when you have a 3D printer. According to Tyler Reid, a CAD, CAM, and a 3D printing specialist at GoEngineer and team leader on this project, “Stop-motion video is cool, but film making is not easy!

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How to insure a design is 3D printable

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As 3D printing / additive manufacturing becomes a more accepted every day industrial tool, the focus is turning to best practices that help smooth out the kinks in preparing parts for the additive build. CAD programs do not automatically convert 2D surfaces to 3D objects. 3D Systems.

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A look at additive manufacturing on display at IMTS

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One of the major vendors attending the show will be 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD). Our 3D design and manufacturing products and services enable manufacturers to become nimbler and transform their businesses by shortening their time to value.”.

Use your 3D printing skills to help differently-abled veterans

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Over the years, there have been a number of heart-warming stories about innovators and engineers using 3D printing to design prosthetics and other systems that help veterans regain abilities they may have lost. Anyone interested in helping to improve the lives of veterans is welcome– veterans, engineers, designers, and 3D printing enthusiasts. Stratasys is supplying 14 FDM 3D Printers and application engineering support for the two-day design challenge.

Get the latest 3D printing developments at the AMUG and RAPID Conferencess

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The next one is the RAPID Conference & Exposition , which has been showcasing manufacturers of 3D printers and additive manufacturing machines for 25 years. For the professional user of additive manufacturing systems, there are two key conferences.

New dimensions in 3D printing: free-form fabrication

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The freedom to build any geometric shape you desire, especially with metal materials, is one of the advantages of Additive Manufacturing (also known as 3D printing —3DP) over more traditional forms of part production, such as CNCs and injection molding.

LUXeXceL’s 3D printing process for optics is an alternative to injection molding

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Even though recent news reports speculate that HP could enter the market for 3D printed glass, LUXeXceL Group , Goes, The Netherlands, has been 3D printing optics for some time now. LUX-Opticlear printing material.

Tips for improving 3D printing workflows

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Recently we held a webinar on three of the main software programs available that help prepare a CAD design for 3D printing / additive manufacturing (Magics, Rhino3DPRINT , and Spark). As our presenters noted, 3D printing is not yet living up to its potential or its hype. Part of the problem is the link between software and hardware for 3D printing, which needs improvement. The most fundamental question you can ask is “can your design actually be printed on your printer?”

Master Class: How to use 3D printing for injection molds

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While not the most glamorous or “sexy” application for 3D printing, using this technology to obtain molds for injection molding is one of the key applications of this technology. Tom Charron, vice president at 3D Systems, discusses the materials and 3D printing methods well suited to developing molds for lower quantities of injection molding projects.

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How 3D printing eliminates costs

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People debate whether 3D printing / additive manufacturing will really have an impact on design and manufacturing. Hod Lipson, professor at Columbia University, recently gave a presentation on why 3D printing will definitely disrupt what we know of today as design and manufacturing.

With 3D printing materials, knowledge is power

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The more you know about available materials, the easier it will be to get the final build results you seek. The key to a thriving 3D printing / additive manufacturing (3DP/AM) industry will be materials. And users continue to question the high costs of some materials.

XJet officially launches NanoParticle Jetting additive manufacturing systems

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XJet, a provider of ceramic and metal 3D printing solutions based in Rehovot, Israel, has officially launched its “breakthrough” Carmel 1400 and the Carmel 700 Additive Manufacturing (AM) systems. Both systems are powered by XJet’s trademark NanoParticle Jetting (NPJ) technology, and coincide with the delivery of the firm’s first ever machine to an off-site customer.

3D printing and scanning movie expert headlines RAPID keynote lineup

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He is inspiring in the number of ways he and his team use many types of 3D printing and additive manufacturing systems, and they are always crunched for time, so it is fun and fascinating to see how he uses this equipment to meet deadlines.

Stratasys and PTC Creo work together to streamline 3D printing

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This move should help create integrated, collaborative solutions that help those of you who use PTC Creo ® design software to optimize your designs and streamline workflows for 3D printing.

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7 news ways you’ll 3D print parts in 2017

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At the two major 3D printing conferences this year, AMUG and RAPID, companies introduced new ways to additively make parts. Some of these new 3D printing technologies are available now. Researchers in 3D printing are definitely thinking outside the box. Altering materials.

3D Systems Announces Availability of MJP 2500 3D Printer

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In time for AMUG, 3D Systems has announced the commercial availability of its newest MultiJet Printing (MJP) 3D printer, the ProJet® MJP 2500 Series. 3D Printers Featured