Product Design Beyond Plastic—Exploring Materials

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Plastic is a popular go-to material for many new products and inventions—however, there are many more material options to choose from based on your product design, product specifications, intended use and performance maximization. Metals (Aluminum, Stainless Steel, etc.):

SOLIDWORKS Plastics At The Beach

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Which got me thinking, could I a mechanical engineer with minimal plastics training, design a new sandcastle bucket that looks right and can be successfully manufactured? SOLIDWORKS Plastics reports a Fill Time of 9.5 In plastic part design, the geometry is only half the story.

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


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. Metal 3D Printing.

Beginner’s Guide to CNC Cutting For Plastic & Foam Packaging

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CNC machines with a large enough range may be able to process plastics, foams, wood and all other materials that one may consider for their packaging needs. Plastic Pallets and Containers For Exterior Packaging. In these cases, they may employ the use of plastic containers.

What is the best way to make a metal prototype?

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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? Metal may be preferable for functional or aesthetic reasons, or both.

TriDInnov 3D Prints Electronic Components on Plastic Surfaces

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Looks like TriDInnov from France has a working technology that prints conductive electronics on plastic surfaces.

How to Replace Metal with Thermoplastics

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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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Plastic Components Improves Speed and Accuracy of Injection Molding While Reducing Back-end Costs

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Shipping over 20 million parts per month to customers worldwide, Plastic Components, Inc. The company saved time, money, and unnecessary mold iterations. “We The company also saves on back-end costs while helping customers achieve their time-to-market objectives.

SBI Produktion releases plasma arc metal 3D printer, M3DP

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SBI Produktion, an Austrian welding systems manufacturer, has released the Metallic 3D Printer (M3DP), a machine that uses a plasma arc to 3D print metal parts. Founded in 1999, SBI started as a manufacturer of thickness control systems for the plastic film industry.

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SABIC Wins Two European Plastics innovation Awards

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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).

voxeljet launches PolyPor C2 advanced plastic 3D printing process

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Industrial 3D printer manufacturer voxeljet (FRA:VX8A), headquartered in Germany, has announced the release of a new plastic 3D printing process for its VX200 system. The technology, named PolyPor C2 (PPC²), is an improvement on the company’s existing PolyPor B (PPB) process, primarily used to make investment castings for metal components.

New Techniques for Joining Plastic to Metal

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Engineering plastics and carbon-fiber composites are popular choices, but they create challenges when they have to be joined to dissimilar materials, such as aluminum, magnesium, stainless steel or titanium. However, when joining plastic parts to metal parts, options are few.

Achieving a Phenomenal Finish with Metallization

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Every industry and application is different, but metal parts often look and feel superior to their plastic counterparts. Metal provides a gloss and sheen, as well as the appearance of strength and durability. Why metallize a part? Benefits of metallizing: Aesthetics.

All About Polyethylene (PE) Plastic

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Polyethylene or “PE” is a thermoplastic that also happens to be the most common plastic. It accounts for roughly 34% of the total plastics market. Low-density polyethylene is used in plastic bags and packaging. In the US in the year 1944, a company named Bakelite Corporation (based out of Texas) began large-scale commercial production of polyethylene under license from Imperial Chemical Industries.

ASTERID 1100 3d printer by Plastic Scribbler

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From company page: The Asterid 1100 takes our base model and adds a Smart controller LCD graphics display with SD card reader, it replaces the power resistor in the hot end with a heater cartridge and it adds a PCB heated bed.

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

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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.

SolidWorks Plastics:Insert molding

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SolidWorks Plastics brings easy-to-use injection molding simulation directly to the designers of plastic parts and injection molds, as well as advanced CAE analysis. This is a two part model with the yellow being plastic and blue part is metal.

Do You Print in Metal?

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Do you print in metal?” Our users didn’t just want metal printing technology – they wanted metal printing that was as simple, affordable, safe, and easy to use as plastic printing. And then along came Desktop Metal…. The company formed in 2015.

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Spanish Company Offers Unique Way to Remember Your Loved Ones: 3D Printed Jewelry Made from Their Ashes

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All About Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Plastic

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Interestingly, it is a plastic commodity which uses one of the least amounts of non-renewable fossil fuel. The flexible version is known as plasticized polymer because it is made by adding various additives such as phthalates and other plasticizers. Addition of these plasticizers makes the polyvinyl chloride softer and increases its ability to bend. Goodrich Company found a way to blend PVC with various additives and plasticize it.

Do You Print in Metal?

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Do you print in metal?” Our users didn’t just want metal printing technology – they wanted metal printing that was as simple, affordable, safe, and easy to use as plastic printing. And then along came Desktop Metal…. The company formed in 2015.

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Desktop Metal and its Mission to Make Metal 3D Printing Accessible

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One company that’s certainly garnered its fair share of that buzz is Desktop Metal. Yes, there are other companies that do metal 3D printing so I was curious as to what makes this company different. Bringing metal printing to the office.

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Misconceptions of Metal Additive Manufacturing – Certification


In my travels across India I often meet customers interested in metal additive manufacturing. I often hear them talk about how a particular printer or material is certified by a certain company or industry. I feel the need to set the record straight and have chosen this topic as the first misconception of metal additive manufacturing that I will address in this series of articles. Our entry level metal 3D printer is the DMP Flex 100.

3D Printing: The New-Age Glue of Adhesive Companies

Individually shaped objects can be created in layers from various materials, for example plastic, metal and ceramics. The manufacturing industry has been using this process, also known as additive. View the entire article via our website. 3D Printing Business adhesives basf BASF 3D Printing Solutions DUS Architects Europe Building Henkel Henkel Adhesive Technologies

Dutch Company VormVrij 3D Uses Clay to 3D Print Huge Ceramic Pieces

We’ve seen a lot of material innovations in 3D printing lately, from better plastics to wood to metals; the latest to pop out at us is clay. Dutch company VormVrij 3D has emerged, the... View the entire article via our website.

3D Metal Printing Improves Craniomaxillofacial Surgery

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Innovation in craniomaxillofacial surgery thanks to 3D metal printing. Karl Leibinger Medizintechnik is a company that belongs to the KLS Martin Group. After the first decade of 3D metal printing, the time seemed to have come to get involved.” By Concept Laser GmbH.

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Guide to the Most Common Types of Plastic

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By now, we are willing to bet that most of our readers have a better than average familiarity with different types of plastics. From the more popular ABS and PLA to the slightly more exotic PETG and HIPS , plastics have become a definitive part of 3D printing and other popular hobbies. With their low cost and ease of manufacturing, plastics have replaced more traditional materials in various industries such as packaging, plumbing, medical devices, automobiles, furniture, and toys.

Developments in the Metal 3D Printing Segment

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As Terry Wohler’s put it best, this is the year of metal 3D printing. At trade shows globally, metal 3D printing has been a main focus for both speakers and attendees. 3D printing with plastics has advanced to the point where individuals can purchase a small, affordable and pretty compact desktop printer for their home and get to printing out their designs almost immediately. Metal 3D Printing industry expected to be worth as much as $10 billion by 2030 to 2035.

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M. Holland Broadens Distribution of BASF 3D Printing Solutions with Metal Filament

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Holland Company, a leading distributor of thermoplastic resins , announced an expanded distribution agreement with BASF 3D Printing Solutions. This metal polymer composite filament is a groundbreaking and industry-changing product that is also cost-effective. Holland Company.

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


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.

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

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EOS manufactures a variety of 3D printers for industrial and professional applications, including lines of plastic and metal 3D printers.… … The original post Strong Growth as 3D Printer Company EOS closes its 25th Year In Business appeared first on 3D Printing Industry.

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Techniplas Moving Towards Digitization, Establishing New 3D Printing Business Unit for Rapid Tooling Development

Automotive injection molder Technicplas LLC, headquartered in Wisconsin, provides custom injection molding for customers all over the world, and the company recently made a big step in its move to. View the entire article via our website.

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New in Metal 3D Printing: Copper


We worked with major aerospace companies to validate results and apply the material to critical thermal transfer applications. At Stratasys Direct, we utilize Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) , a type of Direct Metal Laser Melting (DMLM) technology.

Are You Ready for an All-Plastic Automotive Engine?

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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.

New Metal AM site as part of 3T expansion programme

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3T RPD has just opened a new metals Additive Manufacturing (AM) production site near its current facility on the former Greenham Common Airbase in Berkshire. This expansion builds on recent new AM machine acquisitions and represents the company’s latest investment in the future of AM production. The facility also paves the way for further expansion of its metals and plastics AM production capacity in 2017. foot facility triples 3T RPD’s space for metal AM production.

Stratasys & Other VCs Invest $14 Million in Desktop Metal 3D Printing Concept

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In spite of all its limitation and costs, the focus of the 3D printing market is rapidly shifting toward metal 3D printing. Metal, much more than plastic, enables 3D printing of components for final use and with the same mechanical properties as injection molded or CNC’d parts. … The original post Stratasys & Other VCs Invest $14 Million in Desktop Metal 3D Printing Concept appeared first on 3D Printing Industry. By Davide Sher.

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VDK6000, Incredible 6-axis Metal 3D Printer, Milling Machine, Laser Scanner Unveiled

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In fact many companies are already using computer controlled machines to produce goods at a fraction of the cost of human labor. The VDK6000 is capable of several different types of metal 3D printing. This is a very technologically advanced process of metal additive manufacturing.

Further Developments Made in Dissolvable Supports for Metal 3D Printed Parts

It’s hard enough to remove supports from many plastic 3D printed parts, but more than one company has been working on developing ways to make plastic support removal easier, to the delight of. View the entire article via our website.

Creating complex parts with overmolding and insert molding

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For mass production of simple parts, there are few manufacturing processes more suitable than injection molding , the most widely used plastic manufacturing process in the world. That other molded component, known as the substrate , is placed within a metal mold. Rubber over metal.

3D PrintLife Brings Eco-friendly ABS to Fab Lab Roxbury

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This is especially problematic when 3D Printing with ABS plastic which is not recyclable but highly desirable in certain applications due to its strength. Plus, unlike most filament that comes on plastic spools, Enviro ABS is packaged on recycled biodegradable cardboard.

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BASF Continues Momentum in 3D Printing with BigRep and Farsoon Partnerships, Expansion into Asia Pacific

Global chemical company BASF, headquartered in Germany, knows that setting up partnerships with other innovative companies is key to getting ahead in the 3D printing industry. In November, BASF 3D. View the entire article via our website.

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Redesigning Medical Instruments Using 3D Metal Printing

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3D metal printing helps surgeons to perform heart operation. Alex Berry took on the task and presented a biocompatible prototype of the heart stabilizer: one part made of plastic (SLS) and one part made of metal ( LaserCUSING ). By Concept Laser.

OR LASER and Heraeus to Collaborate on Metal Materials Development for AM

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Dieburg, Germany & Chicago, IL, USA; 5th May, 2017 : OR LASER is excited to announce that the company has recently signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Heraeus. Featured News Additive Manufacturing formnext 2016 Heraeus metal AM powders metal powdered materials O.R.