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. SMS Research Advisors conducted a survey on additive manufacturing. And 47% said service bureaus offer access to additive expertise.

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? Several companies recently have or will be introducing new additive approaches and equipment.

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Additive manufacturing helps build a system than blends multiple solar technologies

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A debate is going on in the additive manufacturing and manufacturing world, with some proponents pushing for the elimination of traditional manufacturing methods (such as CNCs and injection molding) in favor of solely additive manufacturing.

Additive manufacturing turns design efficiency on its head

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Tyler Reid, Manufacturing Application Manager, GoEngineer. Engineers are normally introduced to the concept of design for manufacture (DFM) while in school. But the reality is that the majority of engineers don’t actually learn how to design for manufacture until they are on the job. Additive manufacturing, however, turns this scenario completely around by encouraging part complexity: pockets and holes suddenly become time-savers!

RAPID 2017: Paxis LLC Introducing WAV Additive Manufacturing Process

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3D Printing Business 3d printing service bureau CIDEAS industrial 3d printing investment casting large build volume patent-pending Paxis LLC photopolymerization RAPID + TCT RAPID 2017 vat system WAV Wave Applied VoxelAbout a year after Carbon introduced its breakthrough CLIP 3D printing technology in 2015, it announced four partners that would be using the high speed technology, including CIDEAS, which was one of. View the entire article via our website.

New Company and Technology Announcement: Paxis LLC to Introduce New WAV Additive Manufacturing Process and Technology

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WAV, a new large build area industrial manufacturing process with projected speeds of 4x, 8x, and 24x+ of current additive manufacturing photopolymerization systems. For more information on the WAV additive manufacturing process and technology, visit www.paxis.com.

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

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3D Printers Additive Manufacturing Aerospace Automotive Consumer Products Entertainment Industrial Industries Leslie's blog Master Class Materials Medical Rapid Prototyping Vat Photopolymerization met-l-floEngineers 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. Carl Dekker, president of Met-l-flo Inc. discusses several options. Leslie Langnau.

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.

A look at the future of additive from the AMUG Conference

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If you listen to financial analysts, the additive manufacturing industry is struggling; additive machines are not taking over CNC machining and injection molding fast enough, or additive machines are not big enough or fast enough, and so on and so on.

Design choices–an interview with Roland 3D printer developer

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This printer is in the category of professional, desktop stereolithography or vat photopolymerization systems. Additive Manufacturing Consumer Products Leslie''s blog Personal 3D printers Rapid Prototyping Vat Photopolymerization Roland DGA

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

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–at least one or more additive manufacturing machines (such as stereolithography, extrusion, multi-jetting, various material laser sintering systems, and so on). But such a scenario is probably not going to happen with additive in the near future.

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.

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.

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. The use of materials knowledge to alter printable materials for speed or properties is a key trend for 3D printing/additive manufacturing.

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. The ability to build whole assemblies, rather than parts that must be put together later, eliminates a number of costs common with other methods of manufacturing.

Master Class: Chuck Hull on the 3D printing industry

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Chuck Hull attended the 2015 Additive Manufacturing Users Group conference in April and was interviewed by Todd Grimm, president and founder of T.A. Digital manufacturing. In general,” he continued, “3D printing is a big part of digital manufacturing, the broad movement.

Form 2 desktop SL 3D printer offers bigger build volume

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In addition, the laser is 50% more powerful than the one used in the Form 1+. 3D Printers Additive Manufacturing Consumer Products Entertainment Industrial Leslie's blog Materials Medical News Packaging Personal 3D printers Vat Photopolymerization Formlabs

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

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For the professional user of additive manufacturing systems, there are two key conferences. This year, the first one up is The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) Education & Training Conference , which will be held in Jacksonville, Florida, from April 19 – 23, 2015.

Why 3D printed lattices could replace foam

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Combined with Carbon software tools, designers can optimize the lattice parameters in their design—such as unit cell type, shape, and strut size—to achieve the desired mechanical response and manufacturability within a part.

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. I had a conversation with Simin Zhou, Vice President of UL’s Digital Manufacturing Technologies, about these developments that you can listen to here. In addition, UL is developing training and education programs, as well as a materials’ database.

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. The use of materials knowledge to alter printable materials for speed or properties is a key trend for 3D printing/additive manufacturing.

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. Designing specifically for additive is not as simple as many tell you it is.

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Testing consumer 3D printers

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

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For the printer, the design group at Local Motors was able to use the Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) developed by Cincinnati Incorporated and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Spark and additive manufacturing will also influence future CAD software from Autodesk.

Innovative service providers emerging as key trend in 3D printing

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New 3D printing service providers are emerging, many with innovative business models for delivering 3D printed prototyping and manufacturing functions. Fictiv is the latest additive manufacturing service provider.

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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). Another mesh language choice is the Additive Manufacturing Format, which is a bit smarter that STL. In addition to handling meshes, it also condenses your files and can handle color and texture information.

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). Build speed is a key differentiator of Carbon’s technology from other additive technologies.

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.

Tips for using 3D printing in medical applications

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Align Technologies, which manufacturers Invisalign teeth guards, uses 3D printing to print 140 custom units per day. Said Weimer, even 3D printed devices must go through the same approval pathways as non-additively made devices. Design for the human body is growing.

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. Some vendors are turning this question around and asking users if they really need the same material they would use in a traditional manufacturing process?

Which 3D printer should you own?

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The Resin category printers are more expensive and require additional post-processing work for creating models, but the print quality and precision are unmatched when compared to other desktop 3D printers. For consumer and professional users, this is a common question.

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. The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) Education & Training Conference is different.

Do you speak properly about additive manufacturing? Take the 3D printing quiz!

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So we created this 3D printing quiz to let you check how skilled you are when it comes to talking about 3D printing… oups additive manufacturing. In 2012, ATSM have realased ASTM F2792-12a Standard Terminology for Additive Manufacturing Technology and other standards about the process of additive manufacturing. Go back to school for 5 minutes, and take this short quiz about Additive Manufacturing. Dear reader.

CSU’s Idea2Product Lab

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The lab boasts 20 3D printers of both material extrusion and vat photopolymerization technologies. 3D printing additive manufacturing CAD/CAM/CAE educationNote: The following was authored by Ray Huff, manager of the I2P lab at Colorado State University.

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. Over the next few years, you will see a number of product introductions and systems that demonstrate more manufacturing capability.

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.

Accelerating the Future of 3D Printing

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Together, these will provide the building blocks that product designers, hardware manufacturers, software developers and materials scientists can use to continue to explore the limits of 3D printing technology. A news release including this commentary from Carl Bass just crossed my desk.

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

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Recently, this additive manufacturer of optical components launched a new additive manufacturing platform that is faster, and it introduced a new clear material “LUX-Opticlear,” which can be used to manufacture high quality optics up to 20 mm in height.

What’s in a name? Thoughts on Stereolithography terminology

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While speaking to attendees at the Additive Manufacturing Users Group recently, I observed that the term SLA® has become synonymous with a range of additive manufacturing processes that use a UV light source to cure, layer by layer, a photopolymer formulation to translate a Computer Aided Design (CAD) into a three-dimensional part. Stereolithography was the first widely used process in what has become the additive manufacturing industry.

Is it Time to Think Differently about 3D Printing?

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factor is still strong, but engineers and designers are thinking about 3D printing in new ways, from evaluating its business value to learning the ropes of designing for additive manufacturing. . Photo courtesy of Stratasys Direct Manufacturing.

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

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3D printing at the enterprise level will be driven by lower costs, better quality, and greater materials in prototyping and manufacturing. This total increase, Gartner believes, will be driven by vat photopolymerization and material jetting. Basiliere explains, “Manufacturers will strive to add features and improve performance in the first few years rather than reduce the prices of printers. Manufacturing News 3D Printing additive manufacturing Manufacturing

3D printing turns physicians into point-of-care manufacturers

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For design engineers, 3D printing (3DP) and its ability to be used as additive manufacturing (AM) is opening design and employment opportunities in the medical care industry. 3DP/AM is behind the rise of Point-of-Care (POC) manufacturing. SME recently released a study, Physicians as manufacturers: the rise of Point-of-care manufacturing , on the use of AM in the medical field, with an emphasis on POC.

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. In summary: — Photopolymeric parts are a thermoset plastic, i.e., they cannot be melted down and recycled.