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. Recently Roland interviewed Keigo Okusa, manager of 3D product development at the company about the design choices made when developing this printer.

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Additive manufacturing turns design efficiency on its head

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Design cost out by increasing part complexity. 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. Designing features that fit standard-sized cutters and using off-the-shelf shapes and components are basic rules to keep costs down. Tyler Reid, Manufacturing Application Manager, GoEngineer.

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How to insure a design is 3D printable

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–Don’t think about designing for manufacturability; simply create the design and address manufacturing later. These are common bits of advice when it comes to developing a design for additive manufacturing.

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The 8 ways 3D printing is changing manufacturing forever

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People debate whether 3D printing / additive manufacturing will really have an impact on design and manufacturing. Hod Lipson, professor at Columbia University, recently gave a presentation on why 3D printing will definitely disrupt what we know of today as design and manufacturing.

Additive manufacturing moves beyond the “cool” phase

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The majority of the 700 respondents are familiar with additive and it’s benefits–79% know AM gives users access to more complex design capabilities. The respondent makeup was 47% engineer, 15% designer, 14% executive, 13% other, and 9% project manager.

Does 3D printing need its own operating system?

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Whether you use professional 3D printing machines or more commercial desktop units, every user has some issues with getting the designed part to print correctly. Part of the problem is the software used to convert a design into 3D printable slices.

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

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To prototype a design, or even to handle short-run production, you would probably need: –one or more subtractive machines (such as a mill, lathe, drill press, stamping press, etc.). But you would need all of this capability and flexibility because you don’t design just one type of part.

Form 2 desktop SL 3D printer offers bigger build volume

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Desktop 3d printers are an excellent and affordable way to prototype parts during the initial design iteration stages. For those engineers who do use desktop 3D printers , a popular choice is to use stereolithography (SL) technology.

Master Class: Chuck Hull on the 3D printing industry

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What is today known as additive manufacturing was initially nothing more than an attempt to solve the problem of how can you get prototypes of your design faster? 3D printing has cut that time down to as little as a few hours, depending on the design. Design choices.

Why 3D printed lattices could replace foam

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Foam’s design constraints. Yet, a main limitation of foam in some designs focused on comfort is that the compression force applied to foam increases linearly. But the drawback with EPS designs is the assembly.

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.

Testing consumer 3D printers

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Perhaps as a tool to experiment with, checking the look and feel of your designs, or just to teach yourself more about the capabilities and limitations of 3D printing? Which ones would be really useful for the design engineer?

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Underwriters Laboratories offers a resource for 3D printing info needs

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Recently, UL initiated a number of initiatives that will help designers confidently harness the benefits of 3D printing in a way that’s relevant to their business needs. –Another opportunity exists in the area of designing for 3D printing. Machine manufacturers will realize greater success if/when consumers are better educated on the design process. In parallel, designs are being sold directly to consumers through various online platforms.

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

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Design specifications, material details and product samples, are available here: Printed optics with LUX-Opticlear. Unique optical designs and components can be quickly tested and new designs validated.

Design Tips for Stereolithography 3D Printing

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Another advantage of SLA is its many coloring options which include translucent materials, massively opening up the design possibilities for a printed part. Designing parts for SLA. Engineers familiar with CAD should have no issues designing parts for SLA.

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). The most fundamental question you can ask is “can your design actually be printed on your printer?” Meaning, have you considered the needs of the equipment that will be used to create your design? The next question is “how can you optimize your design for your 3D printer?

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.

Tips for using 3D printing in medical applications

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Design for the human body is growing. Fueling and perhaps even driving this trend are 3D printers, with their ability to affordably handle custom, patient-specific designs. Said Weimer, “It’s just a mind shift as a designer if you worked outside the medical industry.

Innovative service providers emerging as key trend in 3D printing

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Noted Zarif, “Access to a variety of high quality prototype parts early in the development process enabled us to test our hardware designs to create intelligent and great performing features.

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Which 3D printer should you own?

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Some of these printers, though, may suit professional design engineer needs for initial prototypes. Printers in this category are best suited for hobbyists, designers, and some small businesses. For consumer and professional users, this is a common question.

With 3D printing materials, knowledge is power

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But we teach how to design for laser sintering to get around some of those design challenges.. Most plastics are designed to be injection molded, which is a process that happens in fractions of a second. Instead, design the part to solve the problem.

AMUG 2016—a unique opportunity to learn and connect

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It gives attendees a chance to get a closer look at established and new machines and to get answers to questions about use or design with a specific system. The number of sponsors is a clear sign that 3DP/AM is growing in use and importance to design and manufacturing operations.

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. Leslie's blog Vat Photopolymerization uniontechBy Jim Reitz, General Manager of Union Tech, Inc.

New Ceramic 3D Printing Method Able to Withstand over 2,500°F

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Throughout the brief and ever-shifting history of ceramic-based 3D printing, many of the field’s innovators have found success with printing in ceramic material by using a FDM-like process, which works by building up the design layer by layer. By Tyler Koslow.

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

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A conceptual design for HP’s first Multi Jet Fusion printer. Photopolymerization is a kind of free radical polymerization in which a plastic undergoes change upon exposure to light, for example, glossy nail polish rapidly hardening.

CSU’s Idea2Product Lab

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Researchers designed custom apparatuses for their experiments and fabricated them on the spot. Countless engineering students began to produce models of their designs from classes and projects.

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. The SME study notes that the most popular applications for AM/3DP are the creation of anatomical models (71%), for use in prototyping, design and development (56%), and the creation of tooling jigs and fixtures (46%). The most common additive technologies used are extrusion and vat photopolymerization.

The Basics of Stereolithography: Benefits, Limitations, and Buying Guide

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Instead of forming objects by material extrusion, SLA relies on photopolymerization technology to cure the liquid resin and turn it into hard plastic. SLA has become the preferred technology when printing highly detailed designs. Design.

How Much Can You Print with a Bottle of 3D Printer Resin?

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This question is easy to answer if you already have an SLA printer, as the built-in slicer software can typically estimate the volume of liquid resin needed to print a design. This whole process is called photopolymerization.

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.

Peachy Printer - a 3D Printer / Scanner for under $100?

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Developed by Rinnovated Design in Saskatchewan, Canada, the Peachy Printer is a cured resin photopolymerization printer (vaguely similar to laser sintering in powder (whose patents, btw, are set to expire next year) but using light to cure (change from liquid to solid) the liquid resin.

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

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This total increase, Gartner believes, will be driven by vat photopolymerization and material jetting. The ASPs of material extrusion and vat photopolymerization printers are expected to decrease as more and more players enter the market with offerings in the lower price bands within these two technologies.” . “Gartner: 3D Printers to Reach 2.3 Million Shipments Totaling $13.4 Billion Worldwide by 2018″ By Michael Molitch-Hou, 3D Printing 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. . Data for Design Engineers. Creating Design Rules for Additive Manufacturing.