Concept Laser – Additive Manufacturing in the Consumer Goods Sector

Additive Manufacturing

And this holds true even though injection-molded toothbrushes made of plastic have been design objects or years now. In 2009, we purchased our first 3D plastic printer.” Today, our ratio of plastic to metal products is 40 to 60,” explains Andrea Pasquali.

Senses and Sensibility: Putting the Consumer at the Center of Simulation and Design

3D Perspectives

by Michael Plishka, Consumer Goods, Consumer Packaged Goods & Retail Industry Solutions Experience Senior Manger, Dassault Systèmes. We can start from the consumer standpoint: what are their individual desires in terms of comfort, durability, experience and so on?—and

This Simple 3D-Printed Door Handle Works Without Any Moving Parts

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For example, 3D-printing a door handle and latch isn’t impossible, but it would require you to replicate every last moving part and then assemble them all when complete—a time consuming process. 3D Modeling Consumer Goods 3D Printing door handle Hasso-Plattner-Institut

MIT’s experimental 3D-printed sneaker shape-shifts to your foot

3D Perspectives

While it hasn’t quite taken off to revolutionize the way consumer products are made just yet, it does offer a lot of exciting, innovative ideas, especially in the realm of sneakers. Byline: Marc Bain. At the moment, 3D printing is still mostly about experimentation.

Eyewear Icon Safilo Re-Invents Design, Boosts Time to Market for Fashion Frames with Stratasys 3D Printing

Stratasys Blog for a 3D World

Not only can the company produce full-color prototypes with textures and intricate designs built into the plastic, but it is able to do so in a fraction of the time. Consumer Goods / Electronics Prototyping

Don’t Ban the Bottle Yet: 3D Print This Elegant Voss Storage System From Avooq

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Like many others around the world who are aware of the dire problem with plastic water bottle trash, I am not a fan of purchasing my liquids in that form, and really prefer cold, clean tap water. 3D Design 3D Printing 3D printed consumer goods 3D printed home goods 3D printed kitchen accessories 3D printed storage system 3D printed upcycling project 3D printed VOSS storage system 3D printing DIY projects australia Avooq Voss water WaveRack

Polylactic Acid (PLA): The Environment-friendly Plastic

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Over the past decades, the development of economical production methods and a rising environmental consciousness in consumers lead to the widespread use of PLA as packaging material for consumer goods. It is currently the second most produced and consumed bioplastic in the world in terms of volume. One of the major advantages of PLA is its biodegradable nature and the sustainable process by which it is made, making it the environmentally friendly choice of plastic.

New Techniques for Joining Plastic to Metal

Design 2 Part News

If it rolls, floats or flies, light weight is always good. 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.

Eyewear Icon Safilo Re-Invents Design, Boosts Time to Market for Fashion Frames with Stratasys 3D Printing

Stratasys Blog for a 3D World

Not only can the company produce full-color prototypes with textures and intricate designs built into the plastic, but it is able to do so in a fraction of the time. Consumer Goods / Electronics Prototyping

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New Techniques for Joining Plastic to Metal

Design 2 Part News

If it rolls, floats or flies, light weight is always good. 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.

Know Your Materials: ABS

Modern Tech

Take a walk down any aisle in a store and you are bound to see ABS in items that contain plastic. Consumer goods and automotive are the first industries that come to mind. ABS is the most widely used polymer for Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printing.

Stratasys Additive Manufacturing Chosen by Airbus to Produce 3D Printed Flight Parts for its A350 XWB Aircraft

Stratasys Blog for a 3D World

Leading companies in a variety of industries, from aerospace and automotive to consumer goods and medical, are partnering with Stratasys to adopt additive manufacturing strategies. Aerospace Engineering Plastics Fortus Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Production

Stratasys Speeds Access to Advanced 3D Printing with 11 New High Performance Products at EuroMold 2014

Stratasys Blog for a 3D World

These properties make the ULTEM 1010 the good choice for aerospace, automotive, food production tooling, medical devices, and other applications. This makes it ideal, among others for consumer goods, electronics and medical-device applications.

What are the obstacles to greater adoption of 3D printing?

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More than half, 55%, said metals, with 35% choosing plastics, and 3% choosing ceramics. Polls are fun if for no other reason than they confirm what you suspect or maybe even know.

Which is better, 3D printing or injection molding?

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Will 3D Printing be the demise of Plastic Injection Molding? And here’s an application example of the Italian division of international consumer goods giant, Unilever, using 3D printed injection molds to reduce prototype lead times.

YOU CAN DESIGN AND 3D-PRINT YOUR OWN GOLD AND SILVER JEWELRY WITH TROVE

3D Printing Review

While 3D printing has certainly taken off in other markets — think medicine, transportation, even houses — high-end consumer goods have generally steered clear of the DIY methodology, mostly because of the limitations in the type of material available for 3D-printed objects.

3T at Formnext and Professional Motorsport exhibitions

Rapid Prototyping News UK

As a leading provider of metal and plastic Additive Manufacturing (AM) services globally, 3T RPD are looking forward to exhibiting at both Formnext and Professional Motorsport in a few weeks’ time. It is the UK’s largest Production AM provider, supplying circa 50% of the UK Plastic AM market and 40% of the metal AM market (since 2007).

Visit 3T RPD at TCT Show

Rapid Prototyping News UK

Working with a range of industry sectors including Automotive and Autosport/F1, Aerospace and Space, Defence, Consumer Goods and Medical, 3T’s impressive suite of plastic and metal AM machines enable them to offer 24/7 production from their One-Stop-Shop manufacturing facility in Newbury. 3T are again looking forward to attending this year’s TCT Show at the NEC Birmingham on 26-28 September.

Worth Sharing: Manufacturing 3D Printed End-Use Parts with Normal

CADD Edge

When you hear of end-use parts and 3D printing, typically it’s in the context of futuristic predictions describing custom consumer goods rolling off giant assembly lines a decade or more in the future.

New & Improved Recycling Standards for the 3D Printing Era

3D Printing Industry

Though the university lab has made a good deal of progress in developing low-cost 3D printing hardware – including a plastic-recycling filament extruder, a solar-powered 3D printer, and a sub-$2,000 metal 3D printer – some of its most important contributions to the sustainability movement lay in research and standards. By Michael Molitch-Hou.

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. Overall, the increasing level of investment is a good sign of health for the technology.

Unilever Accelerates Prototype Lead Times by 3D Printing Their Injection Molds

CADD Edge

Recently, consumer goods giant Unilever’s Italian division shared real-world statistics, including a 40% savings in prototype part lead times , thanks to adding Stratasys 3D printing technologies to their manufacturing processes.

Unilever Accelerates Consumer Product Prototyping By 40% with 3D Printed Injection Molds

Stratasys Blog for a 3D World

The Italian division of international consumer goods giant, Unilever , has cut lead times for prototype parts by 40% since introducing Stratasys’ PolyJet 3D printing technology into its manufacturing process. Connex Consumer Products Fortus

How 3D printing is set to shake up manufacturing supply chains

3D Printing Review

Regional manufacturing centres can also tackle inventory concerns, especially for the industrial spare parts and consumer sectors selling highly-customised products. 3D printing technology will enable manufacturers to easily produce goods to order, helping save money and minimise waste.

HP Opens New 150,000 Square Foot 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing Center of Excellence

Additive Manufacturing

Leaders such as BASF, GKN Metallurgy, Siemens, Volkswagen and others across the automotive, industrial, healthcare, and consumer goods sectors will continue collaborating with HP on new 3D printing and digital manufacturing innovations at the Center.

How to Choose Injection Molding Surface Finishes and What are the Grades?

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Plastic parts and parts made of other materials can be given various types of finishes for aesthetic or functional purposes. The perceived value of the product gets increased with a good finish. However, these plastic flow creases can be tackled with a textured finish.

Sustainability Series Op-ed: The Food Tech Revolution

3D Perspectives

Consumers, grocery stores and restaurants all contribute to food waste. The food industry is the largest economy in the world , its market size around €2 trillion in 2015.

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Your Shoes Will Be Printed Shortly

Design 2 Part News

Innovative techniques in 3-D printing mean some previously impossible design will start showing up in consumer products. But the radical innovation of 3-D printing techniques means we are finally going to see some previously impossible designs creep into our consumer goods.

Beyond 3D Printed car and Supercar: can you 3D print car parts?

Sculpteo

The Strati has many 3D printed parts in ABS plastic that has been reinforced with carbon fiber, including the chassis/frame, exterior body, and some interior features. For instance, most plastic parts are designed to take most benefit of injection molding.

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

Additive Manufacturing

It’s comprised of plastic and metal 3D printers, print materials, on demand manufacturing services and end-to-end manufacturing software solutions. Increased capabilities have driven Intermountain 3D’s revenue 120% higher YTD.

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Airbus Gets on Board with 3D Printing

Additive Manufacturing

The collaboration between Materialise and Airbus first started two years ago, when Materialise announced the manufacture of 3D-printed plastic parts for Airbus’s A350 XWB. By Materialise | Case Study. When it comes to retrofitting for aircraft, time is of the essence.

3D Systems’ NextDent™ 5100 Now Available – Dental Industry Embracing New Solutions to Revolutionize Workflows

Additive Manufacturing

It’s comprised of plastic and metal 3D printers, print materials, on demand manufacturing services and end-to-end manufacturing software solutions. The NextDent™ 5100 – powered by Figure 4™ technology – out-performs similar competitive offerings with 4X the speed.

List of Manufacturing Processes

3D Printing Hub

Used extensively with thermoplastic materials, injection molding involves injecting the melted raw material (mostly plastic) into a cavity of a tightly held mold. First, the material (mainly plastic) is melted and formed into a tube-like shape with a hole on one end. Then air is blown through the hole with high pressure to push out the melted plastic and take the shape of the mold in which it is held. In this method, plastic or rubber is used in a preheated form.

3D Systems and Huntington Ingalls Industries Partner to Transform U.S. Navy Shipbuilding

Additive Manufacturing

It’s comprised of plastic and metal 3D printers, print materials, on demand manufacturing services and end-to-end manufacturing software solutions.

PostProcess Announces Expanded Channel Partner Coverage Across North America

Additive Manufacturing

We are excited to partner with PostProcess to offer our customers solutions that will help them get the most out of their plastic and metal additive manufacturing systems for prototyping, tooling, and production.”. Four New Channel Partners Accelerate Growth. . BUFFALO, N.Y.,

Top 10 Posts of 2016: Personalized Cars, Lighter Weight Plane Parts and a New Look & Feel for Fashion

Stratasys Blog for a 3D World

It not only enables the eyewear icon to streamline their prototyping workflow, but also brought with it the opportunity to achieve greater prototype realism than previous methods allowed – producing full-color prototypes with textures and intricate designs built into the plastic.

Materialise Introduces the Materialise Magics 3D Print Suite, the Most Complete Software Suite for the 3D Printing Industry

Additive Manufacturing

While advances in 3D printer technology have helped push the industry forward, it has been Materialise’s ability to import nearly all file formats and support both metal and plastic production that has been a catalyst for progress in the industry.