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What is the best way to make a metal prototype?

3E Rapid Prototyping

Metal prototypes are important for businesses in many industries, from aerospace to electronics, because an effective metal prototype can lead to a better finished product. What is a metal prototype? In the manufacturing world, a prototype is a mock-up or rough draft of a part.

From Prototypes to Production


The story of 3D printing started in prototyping. Products are typically designed to be mass manufactured in thousands or hundreds of thousands, with prototypes being built and tested throughout the development process. Final Prototyping.

Quantum Systems’ Drones Take Flight with the Help of 3D Printing

Shapeways Blog

Quantum Systems is a Munich-based company specializing in advanced eVTOL (electric vertical take off and landing) drones. Founded in 2015, the company has grown quickly by utilizing 3D printing from the beginning of their journey. Quantum-Systems is a young company.

DOMO Chemicals and ZARE Boost Sinterline® 3D-Printed Parts Manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing

Leuna, May 14, 2020 – DOMO Chemicals , a leader in Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) materials innovation, is strengthening its position as a key player in the additive manufacturing sector by partnering with ZARE , a leading 3D-printed parts service bureau.

Voytek Medical Uses Versatile Plastic to Transform the Landscape of Healthcare

Shapeways Blog

Cable clasp printed in Versatile Plastic. It doesn’t matter whether you’re experimenting with prototypes or printing final products. Wherever you are in the 3D design process, Versatile Plastic can be used to help you create the perfect end product.

SABIC Wins Two European Plastics innovation Awards

Additive Manufacturing

September 27, 2017 — SABIC has been named winner in two categories at the 2017 European Plastics Innovation Awards ceremony organized by the Society of Plastics Engineers ( SPE ) and trade association PlasticsEurope in Brussels on Monday (Sept 18).

Rapid Prototyping in 2018 (New Guide)

3E Rapid Prototyping

Rapid Prototyping in 2018 (New Guide): Everything You Need to Know. The manufacturing world has been revolutionized by the emergence of rapid prototyping, an umbrella term for a range of manufacturing techniques that can fabricate prototypes and parts in a quick and cost-effective manner. In the following guide, we’ll cover every aspect of different rapid prototyping techniques and applications, showcasing the different processes, advantages and common applications.

Intermountain 3D Broadens Manufacturing Capabilities with New 3D Systems SLS 3D Printer

Additive Manufacturing

a Boise, Idaho-based service bureau – has grown its service offering and business thanks to the inclusion of new Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) printing capabilities from 3D Systems. This is achieved with the Company’s best of breed digital manufacturing ecosystem.

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

Leslie's Blog

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. PTI Engineered Plastics recently announced the addition of the Lumex Avance-25, from Matsurra.

Making the Mold: The Technology of Rapid Prototyping

3D Printing Hub

During the course of product development, you will often need to produce a prototype whether for reliability testing of the product, or for an exhibit or proof of concept presentation. For such situations, there is no more reliable, affordable, and faster technology available today than rapid prototyping. What is Rapid Prototyping? Rapid prototyping refers to a group of techniques that have revolutionized the field of product development. Who uses Rapid Prototyping?

Exclusive with Hugo da Silva, VP of Additive Manufacturing, Royal DSM

Additive Manufacturing

Royal DSM , a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials, recently announced the company is forming an integrated business called DSM Additive Manufacturing. So, it’s logical that all large material companies are moving quickly into this market.

Proto Labs – Ready for Take Off

Additive Manufacturing

Direct metal laser sintering enables the design of internal cooling channels in metal parts. Deng, who works at a research and development job in Minneapolis, contacted Proto Labs through a company executive his boss knew. By Proto Labs | Case Studies.

DSM Sharpens Focus on Additive Manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing

13 Nov 2017 – Royal DSM , a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials, today announces a new approach for its additive manufacturing (AM) activities. Integral to DSM’s future strategy in AM is what the company calls the ‘ecosystem’ approach.

Outsourcing options for 3D printing

Leslie's Blog

You don’t have to own a 3D printer to obtain prototypes or finished parts. Most service bureaus are local, small shops that handle your prototypes relatively quickly. All of which means you have more choices for obtaining prototypes, or handling low volume production needs.

3D Systems Acquires LayerWise, Extending its Global Leadership in Advanced Metal 3D Printing, On-Demand Parts Manufacturing Services and Personalized Medical Devices

Additive Manufacturing

Its powerful digital thread empowers professionals and consumers everywhere to bring their ideas to life in material choices including plastics, metals, ceramics and edibles. 3DS invented Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) printing and was the first to commercialize it in 1992.

With 3D printing materials, knowledge is power

Leslie's Blog

Said Andy Snow, Regional Director of EOS North America, Laser sintering with metals is achieving some unique results, such as annealing, because of how long a material is sitting in the AM process. The third party plastics side is very hard.

6 Ways to Reduce Development Costs with Industrial 3D Printing

The Solidworks Blog

A direct metal laser sintering machine fuses together powder to form each layer of a 3D printing design. All offer great potential for cost reductions when prototyping. SLS and DMLS are especially important to those thousands of companies that are 3D printing end-use parts.

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.

Sintratec Now Represented in the Benelux Region

Additive Manufacturing

is a company with more than 50 years of experience in the metal and plastics processing industry, specializing in the sales and service of turning, milling and grinding machines. Brugg (Switzerland) 10 March 2020 – Sintratec is strengthening its presence in Western Europe.

Proto Labs: A 3D Printing Giant that Will Only Grow

3D Printing Hub

He’s an entrepreneur and computer geek who was interested in reducing the time it took to get injection molded plastic prototype parts. As a result, plastic and metal products could be produced in significantly less time. Since then the company has continued to grow.

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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3D Printing Creates Physical Art Experience


Aaron Lutze of Red Bull and Paul Williams of Become Company introduced Hustle and Drone to artist Kamanchi with the idea of creating a physical representation of the band’s latest album artwork. The Solution: Laser Sintering.

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Jabil Advances Additive Manufacturing Market with Integration of Engineered Materials, World-Class 3D Printing Machines and Proven Processes

Additive Manufacturing

The availability of Jabil Engineered Materials reinforces the company’s 3D printing leadership while driving further adoption of 3D printing to produce highly functional parts for diverse and unique customer applications. Chase Plastic Services, Inc. Chase Plastic Services ?Ultimaker

Top 5 questions users ask when outsourcing 3D printing

Leslie's Blog

RP Marketplace , an online platform that helps you find professional suppliers of rapid prototyping services, recently teamed with some of the leading professional 3D printing suppliers to answer clients most common inquiries.

Groundbreaking 3D printing training center to open at leading research facility

3D Printing Review

The University of Louisville and UL, a safety science company, are launching a training center for professionals to learn about additive manufacturing, adding to Louisville’s growing list of 3D printing facilities.

3D Printing:Then and Now

Rapid Prototyping News UK

The decade began with the first attempt at patenting a Rapid Prototyping (RP) technology in Japan. This accretion of layers, one on top of another and then bonded together using lasers or heat, remains the basis of the various AM technologies today.

4 Reasons to Use a 3D Printing Service Bureau


Like many businesses, your company is exploring 3D printing and additive manufacturing. Perhaps your company has considered buying a 3D printer, but aren’t sure about the costs involved and technological expertise needed.

Comparing 3D Printed Nylon Materials

Stratasys Blog for a 3D World

Today, it’s used in common applications such as cable ties, screws, bolts, nuts, and even plastic gears for machines. However, it does require higher temperatures for printing than other plastics, making it more specialized in terms of use.

DIMENSIONEXT: BMW 3D Printing On The Road & In The Factory


The BMW Group ( BMW:GR ) has applied three dimensional printing for rapid prototyping since 1989. BMW uses a variety of additive technologies including selective laser sintering , stereolithography , fused deposition modelling and polyjet printing. Pages. SECTOR NEWS. REPORTS.

3D Systems Largest Line of 3D Printers and Technology Available!!

3D Rapid Pro

We invite you to schedule a tour at our Additive Manufacturing Lab in Noblesville, IN to learn more about how this technology can benefit your company. 3d printer 3D Systems additive manufacturing buying 3d printer FDM multijet OBJET rapid prototyping SLA SLS stratasys twi

Democratizing Prosthetics Through The Power Of 3D Printing


This completely changed everything for us,” explains Nate, “meeting somebody who actually wears them and seeing that they’re big bits of plastic that still look like the exact same designs that were made in WWII.”.

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Key Considerations for Weighing the Purchase of a 3D Printer

3D Printing Review

Whether a company has a pressing need for 3D printing or not, it has become an increasingly common Chief Officer mandate to “take stock of what 3D printing is, how it can impact our company, and come up with a strategy of what to do about it.” Will you be prototyping?

Why Additive Manufacturing Works for the Aerospace Industry

3D Perspectives

There has recently been a real tectonic shift in the way large aerospace companies are investing in additive manufacturing,” says Kamran Mumtaz , lecturer in additive manufacturing at the Centre for Advanced Additive Manufacturing at the University of Sheffield, U.K. By Catherine Bolgar.

HP’s 3D Print Breakthrough Could Push Rivals ‘Out of Business’

3D Printing Review

Although HP is targeting a crowded market, the company’s inkjet technology — announced today — looks so revolutionary to analyst Terry Wohlers that he predicts “it could even put some other companies out of business.”. Factory bosses around the world are intrigued by the potential for 3D printing, which rapidly fuses together layer after layer of plastics or other materials, until a full-fledged object is created. Color? Fine details?

DIMENSIONEXT: BMW 3D Printing Innovation On The Road & In.


It is safe to say that the BMW Group ( BMW:GR ) was one of the earliest commercial adopters of 3D printing — it has applied the technology for rapid prototyping since 1989. The tool is then 3D printed using selective laser sintering. Pages. SECTOR NEWS. REPORTS. REVIEWS.

Taking Your Product to the Finishing Line


EMD Millipore Corporation utilized our finishing services from prototype to production parts when manufacturing the Millipore Muse™ Cell Analyzer. Once Millipore approved the finished SL prototype models, secondary SL parts were built as master patterns for urethane castings.

EOS – VOLUM-e Installs the First EOS M 400 System in France

Additive Manufacturing

Blangy-sur-Bresle/Lyon, May 10 2016 – VOLUM-e , subsidiary of the group MMB, just recently installed an EOS M 400 Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) system, first high capacity system from EOS , the global technology and quality leader for high-end Additive Manufacturing (AM) solutions.

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

3D Printing Review

Furthermore, HP will come to market as the long-awaited seasoned player because the company knows how to manage global supply chains, relationships with dealers, product quality, and other disciplines under-developed in early market companies.

DSM and FormFutura Announce Distribution Collaboration

Additive Manufacturing

Geleen, 14 September 2018 - Royal DSM , a global science-based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living, today announced that FormFutura will distribute its high performance additive manufacturing filaments to customers in the fast-growing additive manufacturing/3D printing industry.

AMUG Awards Two Scholarships

Additive Manufacturing

She has used her hands-on experience to develop new process parameters for both plastic and metal materials, while also optimizing support structures in metal AM. Entrepreneurial at heart, Chris also offers prototyping and design services through his company, Crisco Designs.

EOS Quality Leadership in Additive Manufacturing: Holistic Approach for Consistent Product Quality in Metal-Based Series Production

Additive Manufacturing

The AM process, which was mainly used for Rapid Prototyping in the early years, is increasingly making fully-fledged series production possible in many areas. EOS additive manufacturing systems process metals or plastics.

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7 Facts About 3D Printing

3D Printing Hub

In 1984, Chuck Hill invented ‘Stereolithography’, a process which made use of UV lasers to solidify photopolymers. The technology took off within five years with many other companies mimicking the technique to print their own 3D models.

KFAIR 2016: EOS Presents New High-Throughput Polymer System EOS P770; GF Machining Solutions Sub-Exhibitor

Additive Manufacturing

From rapid prototyping to large-scale production: Additive Manufacturing solutions for all fields of application. In the area of plastics-based Additive Manufacturing, EOS is presenting the high productivity system EOS P 770 for the first time.

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