Achieving a Phenomenal Finish with Metallization

3E Rapid Prototyping

Every industry and application is different, but metal parts often look and feel superior to their plastic counterparts. Plastic is incredibly useful, but metal often wins in the overall quality stakes. On the other hand, plastic parts are often much cheaper to make than metal ones.

Voytek Medical Uses Versatile Plastic to Transform the Landscape of Healthcare

Shapeways Blog

Cable clasp printed in Versatile Plastic. Wherever you are in the 3D design process, Versatile Plastic can be used to help you create the perfect end product. The Many Benefits of Versatile Plastic. Cable clasp printed in Versatile Plastic.

Taking Your Product to the Finishing Line

Stratasys

Fresh off the machine, a 3D printed part can look like a nearly finished product. Depending on your requirements, the natural surface finish of an additive manufactured part may or may not meet your needs. Finishes for Every Product Stage.

All About Acrylic Plastic

3D Printing Hub

At that time, a couple of English chemists named Rowland Hill and John Crawford registered, through their company Imperial Chemical Industries, a newly created product under the name of “Perspex” Around the same time, a renowned German industrialist and chemist Otto Rohm of the company Rohm and Haas AG also tried making a safety glass by polymerizing methyl methacrylate between two glass sheets. Hence, CNC machines are a good fit with acrylic plastics.

Will 3D Printing be the demise of Plastic Injection Molding?

Leslie's Blog

Some observers of the plastics manufacturing industry, especially those with a vested interest, would like to have you believe that 3D printing is going to be the demise of injection molding. It is a basic, dependable method of producing high quality plastic parts. By Denny Scher.

All About Polystyrene (PS) Plastic

3D Printing Hub

Then in 1931, German company IG Farben started manufacturing polystyrene. After that, many other companies created different products using different variants of Polystyrene and it became very popular thereafter. The result of this reaction is the creation of the plastic that is known as polystyrene. Polystyrene foam is produced by blowing agents into the plastic, which expand and form a foam, which basically consists of trapped air.

Recycling Plastic for 3D Printing - Why not the default?

RichRap

In this post I will be looking at Re-filament Refil PET (Recycled plastic for 3D Printing) In a subject I'm very keen to promote, this time we are looking at recycling of plastic into filaments for 3D Printing. I was rather delighted to win a roll of Refil Re-filament PET plastic.

3D Printing With Potato Power — Do Potato Based Plastics Work Well As Filament?

3D Printing Review

This bioplastic is made in the northwest of Ireland by Biome Plastics and they sell it through the website, 3DomFilaments. The company calls the biodegradable coffee pods “a sustainable packaging alternative” within the $6.6

How 3D Printing in Polyamide (Nylon Plastic) Really Works

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Polyamide is one of the most popular 3D printing materials used by professional 3D printing companies. Today we will explain why Polyamide is such a great all-rounder and how 3D printing in nylon plastic really works. The Final Touch: Finishing Your 3D Print.

Amphora May Revolutionize 3D Printed Plastics

Fabbaloo

At this year’s 3D Printshow in London the most important item seen, in our opinion, was the launch of ColorFabb’s Amphora line of plastic filament. Amphora has been newly developed specifically for filament-based 3D printing applications by the American firm Eastman Chemical Company.

Ambix Injects Precision into Plastic Parts with Integrated Mold-filling Simulation

The Solidworks Blog

Almost everywhere you look in today’s world, you see consumer products made out of plastic. Even with so much plastic being used, most people do not realize what it takes to make this type of merchandise: expensive equipment with intricate parts.

Strong Growth as 3D Printer Company EOS closes its 25th Year In Business

3D Printing Industry

That bump in sales has brought EOS to finish the year on a strong note. EOS manufactures a variety of 3D printers for industrial and professional applications, including lines of plastic and metal 3D printers.… By Scott J Grunewald.

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How to Replace Metal with Thermoplastics

The Solidworks Blog

Have you ever considered replacing your metal parts with plastic parts? It could be a viable option especially when it comes to the flexibility of manufacture, faster production cycle times, and cost-effectiveness of replacing metal parts with plastic parts.

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How 3D Printing Customized Jigs and Fixtures Saves Rutland Plastics $60,000 Per Year

Stratasys Blog for a 3D World

Rutland Plastics is a custom injection molding company located in Rutland, United Kingdom that produces products for a wide range of companies and industries. However, as the company grew, creating the jigs and fixtures using conventional methods became a costly burden.

Are You Ready for an All-Plastic Automotive Engine?

Design 2 Part News

He came to prominence as an automotive innovator in the 1980s, when he and his company, Composite Castings , designed and built what is widely considered to be the world’s first composite-based race car engine, the Polimotor. A rendering of the Polimotor 2 all-plastic, composite-based engine.

PTI offers the hybrid Lumex Avance-25 for additive manufacturing needs

Leslie's Blog

One concern a number of engineers have about additive manufacturing and 3D printing is the finishing process. Some companies that provide prototyping and low-volume manufacturing, such as PTI Engineered Plastics in Macomb, MI, are adding these hybrid machines to their repertoire.

Design Tips for Working More Effectively with Plastics

Design 2 Part News

By Michael Busker, Minnesota Rubber and Plastics, Design-2-Part Magazine. Every engineer’s aim when designing with plastic is to achieve a technically good design that functions well and that can be manufactured cost effectively. Today’s high performance plastics make possible even the most complex designs with demanding performance requirements. Photo courtesy of Minnesota Rubber and Plastics. When Your Material of Choice is Plastic.

Why You Need to Try This Innovative Material

Shapeways Blog

A group of designers experiences HP nylon plastic for the first time. We wouldn’t want that to mean that you miss out on one of our most advanced and interesting materials — one that you have the opportunity to put to innovative new uses: HP nylon plastic.

EOS Quality Leadership: Reproducible Part Quality in Plastics-Based Additive Manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing

In this way, we address a key concern of our growing industrial customer base, which uses our technology for the series production of plastic components with consistent component quality.” Defined quality assurance activities are carried out during and after the finishing process.

Companies Tiptoe Back Toward ‘Made in the U.S.A.’

Design 2 Part News

But some companies contend the U.S. Plus, more companies want to protect designs from overseas copycats, keep closer tabs on quality control and avoid potential disruption in supply chains that span oceans. a family-owned company based in West Chester, Pa. By James R.

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Optimize Thermal Management During Plastic Injection with GF Machining Solutions’ AM S 290 Tooling Additive Manufacturing (AM) Solution

Additive Manufacturing

The partnership demonstrates the companies’ commitment to advancing AM as a leading technology and working together to ensure its seamless integration into the conventional manufacturing chain. These inserts can be used for any kind of plastic products in all segments.

The Most Important 3D Printing Technologies & Materials You Need to Know

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Home printers typically work with plastic filament. In an FDM printer, a long plastic filament is fed by a spool to a nozzle where the material is liquefied and ‘drawn’ on the platform, where it immediately hardens again.

Massachusetts Company Has Singular Focus on Medical Micro…

Design 2 Part News

“Massachusetts Company Has Singular Focus on Medical Micro Molding” By Design-2-Part Magazine. Having the tooling and molding department under one roof is a huge differentiator for the company, according to Mann, who said that MTD doesn’t outsource any of its work. “We

Ways to Create Colorful Prototypes

3E Rapid Prototyping

Whether your prototype is for user testing or investor pitches, injecting a splash of color can turn a half-finished idea into a part that looks ready for the market. For starters, prototypes are often seen by people outside of the company creating them. Adding a colorful finish.

SOLIDWORKS Education Edition 2015-2016 – The Innovation Revolution

The Solidworks Blog

SOLIDWORKS MBD defines 3D PMI such as dimensions, datums, geometric tolerances, surface finishes, welding symbols, bills of material (BOM), callouts, tables, notes, meta-properties, and other annotations within the SOLIDWORKS 3D environment.

Manufacturing Technologies Growth Trends and Forecasts

3E Rapid Prototyping

Innovations in CNC machining, additive manufacturing and casting technologies are giving companies, prosumers and consumers an unprecedented level of design options. US), Hurco Companies, Inc. (US), The number of these companies jumped from 15% to 22% from 2017 to 2018.

Design Tips for Stereolithography 3D Printing

3E Rapid Prototyping

Better still, the finish on a printed part is often remarkably smooth compared to FDM, sometimes so smooth it doesn’t even need post-processing. When all layers cured, result is 3D plastic object. Try another plastic manufacturing process instead. Company News

4 Tailor-Made Materials Created For Additive Manufacturing

3E Rapid Prototyping

With the continuing growth of additive manufacturing, companies and researchers have come up with various sub-technologies, add-ons and means of optimizing prints. Silicon nitride mitigates this factor and leads to better surface finishing. Company News Industry News

When is vacuum casting more suitable than injection molding?

3E Rapid Prototyping

For small volumes of plastic parts, however, businesses are often torn between injection molding — a commonly used process in which molten material is injected into a metal mold — and vacuum casting, in which more affordable silicone molds are used to create smaller quantities of plastic parts.

Things to consider when adding text, lettering and symbol to parts

3E Rapid Prototyping

Other components simply display a company’s name and logo for branding purposes. It is possible to add lettering to a machined part — metal or plastic — using a CNC mill. When creating plastic parts with injection molding, the rules for adding text are slightly different.

It’s Easier Than Ever to Make Injection Molded Toys

3E Rapid Prototyping

All it takes is a printer, some material and a knack for digital design and voila : plastic, colorful toys without going to the store. The surface is rough, layer lines are visible and the finished part may not be strong enough to resist the rough handling of a child. Company News

Aluminum CNC Machine: Benefits and Possible Alternatives

3E Rapid Prototyping

Other metals and plastics can provide similar benefits to aluminum, in addition to the unique benefits of their own. Since aluminum is often favored for its excellent machinability, one viable plastic alternative is POM (Delrin), which is, like aluminum, highly suited to the machining process.

Designing Parts for Injection Molding: 6 Things to Consider

3E Rapid Prototyping

When the materials cools down, it can be removed from the mold as a finished product. Long-fiber reinforced plastics. But in many cases, removing complex features would be detrimental to the performance of the finished part. Company News

Aluminium CNC Machining: Benefits and Possible Alternatives

3E Rapid Prototyping

Other metals and plastics can provide similar benefits to aluminum, in addition to the unique benefits of their own. Since aluminum is often favored for its excellent machinability, one viable plastic alternative is POM (Delrin), which is, like aluminum, highly suited to the machining process.

Machining projects are more affordable than you think

3E Rapid Prototyping

It’s easy to be tempted by the low startup costs of desktop 3D printers: cheap machines, cheap plastic filament, cheap operating costs. Company NewsFor many businesses, the prospect of hiring a manufacturer for a CNC machining project can seem daunting.

One Stop Shop

Rapid Prototyping News UK

Our new finishing facility augments our front-end process services such as design for AM , R+D, training, NPI and powder management. And our high quality finishing capability ensures that we are able to:-. Our metal finishing facility now includes:-.

Aluminum CNC Machine: Benefits and Possible Alternatives

3E Rapid Prototyping

Other metals and plastics can provide similar benefits to aluminum, in addition to the unique benefits of their own. As well as being receptive to paints and tints, aluminum can be treated with anodization, a surface finishing procedure that thickens the protective and oxidized outer layer of the part. Since aluminum is often favored for its excellent machinability, one viable plastic alternative is POM (Delrin), which is, like aluminum, highly suited to the machining process.

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

Leslie's Blog

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 printer prints in 250-micron layers with a finish comparable to injection molding.

Machining projects are more affordable than you think

3E Rapid Prototyping

It’s easy to be tempted by the low startup costs of desktop 3D printers: cheap machines, cheap plastic filament, cheap operating costs. Nonetheless, if you had a straight choice between a very rough prototype and one that closely resembled the finished part, you’d almost always choose the latter. Company NewsFor many businesses, the prospect of hiring a manufacturer for a CNC machining project can seem daunting.

A Short History of 3T RPD

Rapid Prototyping News UK

The company began as a Service Bureau, making Plastic Rapid Prototypes and Metal Rapid Tooling. We started with one plastic AM machine. The company name was made up from three T’s (Training, Technology & Techniques) and RPD to describe rapid prototype development.

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Biome3D: the new ultra eco-friendly 3D printing material from Biome Bioplastics

Top 4 3D Printing

While ABS plastic remains one of the most popular materials around for consumer-level makers, its petroleum basis makes it toxic and non-biodegradable. Biome3D combines the best processing qualities with the best product finish; it also happens to be made from natural, renewable resources.

Six Sigma training consolidates AM production

Rapid Prototyping News UK

As our metal and plastic AM journey continues to evolve from producing one-off prototypes to batch production and onwards to serial production, the infrastructure of the company has dramatically changed to meet the increased expectations of our valued customers.

3T will be at TCT Show again this year!

Rapid Prototyping News UK

For over 20 years, TCT Show has set the industry agenda, bringing together dozens of inspirational speakers , 300+ exhibiting companies and more than 10,000 visitors from over 40 countries. We are among the largest Global Plastic and Metal Production Additive Manufacturing (AM) companies providing complete end-to-end services from our manufacturing and finishing facilities in Newbury, UK.