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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Design choices–an interview with Roland 3D printer developer

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Roland is also a developer of 3D printers. The company’s most recent 3D printer is the monoFab ARM-10, which uses a layered projection system and resin material.

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Form 2 desktop SL 3D printer offers bigger build volume

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Desktop 3d printers are an excellent and affordable way to prototype parts during the initial design iteration stages. For those engineers who do use desktop 3D printers , a popular choice is to use stereolithography (SL) technology.

Which 3D printer should you own?

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3D Hubs recently created a guide on the best low-cost, desktop, more consumer style printers. Some of these printers, though, may suit professional design engineer needs for initial prototypes. 3D Hubs is a privately held company founded in 2013 by Bram de Zwart and Brian Garret.

3D printing Master Class: How to get the look without the cost

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Engineers can choose from a number of different methods to help their 3D printed parts simulate the look of various metals without spending a lot of time, effort, or money to do so. 3D Printers Additive Manufacturing Aerospace Automotive Consumer Products Entertainment Industrial Industries Leslie's blog Master Class Materials Medical Rapid Prototyping Vat Photopolymerization met-l-flo

Researchers turn Yellowstone methane into 3D printer material

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Materials bacteria biofilm green materials greenhouse gases Jim Wilking methane methanotrophs microbes Mines mining photopolymerization recycled material Robin Gerlach SDSM&T SLA South Dakota School of Mines and Technology University of Oklahoma Yellowstone National ParkThough methane only constitutes around 0.00017% of the Earth’s atmosphere, the gas is responsible for 20% of the total radiative forcing created by greenhouse gases.

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.

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. Are you more inclined to work with companies like Stratasys and 3D Systems, or a local service bureau?

Additive manufacturing helps build a system than blends multiple solar technologies

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For example, due to the precise nature of the panels’ mechanical drivetrains, 3D printed prototypes will be built using stereolithography (SL).

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). One example is CeraMAX from 3D Systems. and MultiJet Printing (MJP) from 3D Systems.

Interview with Manuela Pipino of Stereolithography & DLP Company Lumi Industries

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Lumi Industries is an Italian company specializing in stereolithography 3D printers. We covered the company’s Kickstarter launch in 2015, the launch of their DLP printer, the Lumifold foldable. 3D Printing curing SLA resin with UV light Desktop DLP 3D Printer dlp italy Lumi Industries Lumifold TAB lumiofold Manuela Pipino photopolymer photopolymer resin photopolymerization sla sla printer

Does 3D printing need its own operating system?

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Whether you use professional 3D printing machines or more commercial desktop units, every user has some issues with getting the designed part to print correctly. Part of the problem is the software used to convert a design into 3D printable slices.

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

A look at the future of additive from the AMUG Conference

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Additive manufacturing turns design efficiency on its head

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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. Guest blogger Tyler Reid is a CAD, CAM, and 3D printing specialist. Now an Applications Engineer focused on 3D printing, Tyler leans on his technical background and experience to present and speak on industrial additive manufacturing applications.

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. For training, UL has an initial course, the Foundations of 3D printing, available online through the eLearning modules.

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.

3D Systems says its fab-grade printers as good as or more productive than injection molding

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In a recent press release, 3D Systems  (NYSE:DDD) announced that its fab-grade 3D printers effectively matched and exceeded the productivity of traditional injection molding in the direct manufacture of functional parts.

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.

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.

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.

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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Master Class: Chuck Hull on the 3D printing industry

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When Hull first developed his 3D printer, prototyping of plastic parts took weeks, often 6 to 8. 3D printing has cut that time down to as little as a few hours, depending on the design. It’s been said that 3D printing allows engineers to “fail faster,” and there is value in that.

Is Spark the answer to faster, easier 3D printing?

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When Local Motors announced it was going to 3D print a car at the recent IMTS show, a number of tasks had to happen first. One was the engineers needed a 3D printer big enough to print whole sections of a car, even if the car itself is small. Local Motors Strati 3D printed car.

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?”

3D printing shifts into manufacturing

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Louis, many conversations focused on taking 3D printing / additive manufacturing (3DP/AM) more into manufacturing rather than just prototyping. 3D Systems, though, demonstrated such an approach at AMUG with its Figure 4 system. At the recent AMUG Conference in St.

Why 3D printed lattices could replace foam

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A 3D printing solution. Such capability will make it easier to develop products for safety applications; enabling the 3D manufacture of a single monolithic part produced from the same material with a design that delivers multiple functional performance zones.

Accelerating the Future of 3D Printing

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For years, Ive been fascinated by the promise and frustrated by the reality of 3D printing. First is an open software platform for 3D printing called Spark, which will make it more reliable yet simpler to print 3D models, and easier to control how that model is actually printed.

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.

With 3D printing materials, knowledge is power

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The key to a thriving 3D printing / additive manufacturing (3DP/AM) industry will be materials. It is available for 355 nm and 365 nm photopolymer-based machines for 3D printing. VeroGlaze (MED620) dental material is for use with the Objet EdenV and OrthoDesk 3D Printers.

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.

How service providers can meet your low-volume 3D printing needs

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At this plant, Proto Labs offers five additive technologies: stereolithography from 3D Systems, laser sintering from 3D Systems, direct metal laser sintering from Concept Laser, Polyjet from Stratasys, and HP’s multijet system.

New 3D printing technique–Build parts through software controlled chemical reactions

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Joe DeSimone, Co-founder and CEO, wants to deliver an alternative technology to injection molding through the additive process often known as 3D printing (3DP). Although DeSimone uses the term “grow” rather than 3D print. All of Carbon printers are internet connected.

Innovative service providers emerging as key trend in 3D printing

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3D printing was originally invented to reduce the time it takes to develop an engineering prototype. New 3D printing service providers are emerging, many with innovative business models for delivering 3D printed prototyping and manufacturing functions.

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Tips for using 3D printing in medical applications

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Fueling and perhaps even driving this trend are 3D printers, with their ability to affordably handle custom, patient-specific designs. Today, more than 10 million 3D printed hearing aids are in circulation. Design for the human body is growing.

Additive manufacturing—after the hype

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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.

AMUG 2016—a unique opportunity to learn and connect

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Most conferences and shows about 3D printing / additive manufacturing (3DP/AM) focus on giving vendors an opportunity to reach potential customers. Some of the highlights this year include the return of 3D Systems.

Will HP’s 3D Printing Technology Revolutionize the Industry?

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HP has a bold vision for 3D printing in which organizations and individuals will manufacture rugged parts on a machine costing under $100,000. Its 3D printer harnessing Multi Jet Fusion will print with amazing speed.

Peachy Printer - a 3D Printer / Scanner for under $100?

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You may have already heard of the Peachy Printer , because it is big news in the 3D Printer scene. Built mostly with common household materials, it promises to bring 3D printing to them masses for $100 or less. However, this printer is different.

Gartner: 3D Printers to Reach 2.3 Million Shipments Totaling…

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“Gartner: 3D Printers to Reach 2.3 Billion Worldwide by 2018″ By Michael Molitch-Hou, 3D Printing Industry . Industrial research firm Gartner has put out its latest report on 3D printing, in which it projects that the worldwide shipments of 3D printers will more than double every year from now until 2018. Basiliere continues, “The high material extrusion shipment growth numbers are basically driving the 3D printer forecast.

New Ceramic 3D Printing Method Able to Withstand over 2,500°F

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Throughout the brief and ever-shifting history of ceramic-based 3D printing, many of the field’s innovators have found success with printing in ceramic material by using a FDM-like process, which works by building up the design layer by layer. By Tyler Koslow.

CSU’s Idea2Product Lab

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At universities worldwide, 3D printing is unlocking doors previously unavailable to students, staff, and others. Five years ago, David Prawel introduced Colorado State University to 3D printing with a single RepRap 3D printer in the mechanical engineering department.

IP Lessons from NewPro 3D’s 3D Printing Spat with Nexa3D

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The recently reported patent spat between two 3D printing startups offers some insight for businesses about IP rights. NewPro 3D was a stealthy company and hadn’t appeared in the 3D printing news until November 2015, when Nexa3D launched a Kickstarter campaign.…