Testing consumer 3D printers

Leslie's Blog

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? Perhaps as a tool to experiment with, checking the look and feel of your designs, or just to teach yourself more about the capabilities and limitations of 3D printing? The number of companies developing 3D printers for the consumer market continues to grow.

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Working with plastics in 3D printing

Leslie's Blog

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. Other interesting information of note include: — Photopolymers continue to be one of the larger groups of plastic materials purchased for use in 3D printing.

Additive manufacturing moves beyond the “cool” phase

Leslie's Blog

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. Several of the laser-sintering machines are DTM versions before the company was bought by 3D Systems.

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

Leslie's Blog

The next one is the RAPID Conference & Exposition , which has been showcasing manufacturers of 3D printers and additive manufacturing machines for 25 years. “There will be hands-on workshops and presentations that cover art and architecture, metal casting, education, manufacturing tools, materials, medical, direct metals, scanning, stereolithography, laser sintering and transportation.”

How to insure a design is 3D printable

Leslie's Blog

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. When processing a CAD model for printing, many 3D printers project a series of cross section curves through the model to determine what to fill and what not to fill. 3D printing requires one surface.

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With 3D printing materials, knowledge is power

Leslie's Blog

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. For many users, however, the variety of available materials is insufficient or the selection that is available is not open for use on other brands of AM machines. And users continue to question the high costs of some materials. Can 3DP material be reused?

3D printing and scanning movie expert headlines RAPID keynote lineup

Leslie's Blog

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. I’ve seen Jason Lopes, lead systems engineer for Legacy Effects, speak at AMUG for the past couple of years. His presentations are not to be missed.

Additive manufacturing—after the hype

Leslie's Blog

How has the all the hype around 3D printing /additive manufacturing (3DP/AM) prototyping and manufacturing endeavors affected you? While investors are making short-sided decisions on 3D printing public stocks, more companies are entering the 3DP/AM industry. Impossible Objects takes the approach of printing with carbon fiber material. And soon, HP may introduce its much anticipated multi-jetting 3D printer.

Additive or Subtractive Manufacturing: Which is Better?

Shapeways Blog

In additive manufacturing , material is added layer by layer to form a three-dimensional solid object using computers and 3D printers. Common materials used include powder and liquid, and can produce parts in plastics, metals and more. Here are some popular types of additive technologies: Material Extrusion. Fused Deposition Modeling is an example of material extrusion and is the most commonly used process in 3D printing. Material Jetting.

The complete guide to 3D printing

3E Rapid Prototyping

3D printing is a digital prototyping and production technology that fabricates plastic or metal parts one layer at a time. which remove material to form a raw material. 3D printing technologies. Multi Jet Fusion. Material Jetting. Binder Jetting.

Tips for 3D printing molds

3E Rapid Prototyping

At least, injecting a shot of material into a mold isn’t: the process is lightning-fast, and pellets are an inexpensive form of plastic. One way to make injection molded parts at a very low cost is to simply 3D print the molds. Why use 3D printing for molds?

What is Additive Manufacturing? – A Complete Guide

Shapeways Blog

Shapeways offers 3D printing on demand, enabling product creation at scale. But let’s take a step back: what exactly is 3D printing? What is additive manufacturing, and how is it used — and how is it different from 3D printing? Additive Manufacturing Materials.

Ensuring Quality: Post-Processing in Additive Manufacturing

Shapeways Blog

The business of 3D printing is very exciting from start to finish, ending with all the options available in post-processing. At Shapeways, post-processing is an integral part of our entire production process for every material,” says Zach Dillon, User Application Team Lead at Shapeways.

Advice, Design, Resources: 3D Printing Experts Are Here For You

Shapeways Blog

Working with experts who have decades of experience working every day with 3D printing can be your entry point into a whole new world of making. So how can 3D printing, or additive manufacturing , be useful for you? What is 3D printing? 3D printing isn’t just one thing.

HP Accelerates Democratization of 3D Printing With Breakthrough Full Colour Platform

Additive Manufacturing

Portfolio expansion ignites new wave of voxel-level innovation with low cost HP Jet Fusion 300 / 500 Series for functional parts in full colour, black or white; Channel program evolution and new collaboration with Dassault Systèmes. News highlights: Introducing the industry’s only 3D printing technology for engineering-grade, functional, full colour parts. HP Multi Jet Fusion technology features voxel-level control and is changing the way the world designs and manufactures.