Comparing Surface Finish and Post-Processing Methods for SLM 3D Printed Parts

It’s not easy to produce parts that contain internal cooling channels using traditional manufacturing methods, which makes 3D printing an attractive option for easy, precise integration of. View the entire article via our website.

AM Solutions – Post Processing of AM Components

Additive Manufacturing

Efficient and fully automatic finishing of internal passages. conducted a study with the surface treatment methods mass finishing, shot blasting and chemically supported mass finishing. In addition, dedicated compounds are added during the process.

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Introducing the 3DP-RDM Feasibility Studies: The enabling role of 3DP in redistributed manufacturing: A total cost model

Capturing the Value

Following the recent feasibility study competition, the 3DP-RDM network is funding four projects in 2015. In this series of blog posts we introduce the four studies. Today we introduce the second study, “The enabling role of 3DP in redistributed manufacturing: A total cost model”, which is being led by Dr Martin Baumers at the University of Nottingham. ” This feasibility study is his first as a principal investigator.

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Case study: How SOLIDWORKS Laid a Solid Base for Baser

The Solidworks Blog

Their patented design has made securing an umbrella sunscreen a far simpler process than ever before. The 3D CAD program was used exclusively to design, test and craft the finished product. It’s hard to believe during the depths of winter.

PostProcess Achieves Milestones for Automated Surface Finishing of Complex Additive Manufactured Metal Parts

Additive Manufacturing

PostProcess Technologies has successfully delivered excellent surface finish standards and replicable results to an exacting requirement for complex metal parts with its automated Hybrid DECI Duo solution. To learn more, download the case study at : [link].

3D Printed Robots – A Case Study in Democratizing Mechanics

Shapeways Blog

Besuchet had used the method of prototyping before, in fact, and knew it would be a great way to attack the trial-and-error process of their gearboxes. Of course, the process came with its fair share of hiccups.

Lean Construction Case Study: UCSF Cardiovascular Building Team Implements “Value Stream Mapping”

3D Perspectives

Below is a case study from that report on Value Stream Mapping, implemented on the Cardiovascular Research Building project at the University of California in San Francisco. Process Improvements Identified Through Value Stream Mapping. VSM Study Results in Project Budget Reduction.

Carnegie Mellon University – New Study Examines How Tiny Gas Pockets Affect 3D Printing

Additive Manufacturing

“For additive manufacturing to really take off for the majority of companies, we need to improve the consistency of the finished products. The lasers, which scan over each layer of powder to fuse metal where it is needed, create the finished product from the ground up.

Getting Technical: Students Study Up and Choose Afinia for 3D Printing


They researched 3D printers, and in the process, improved their technical understanding and communication skills,” explains Richardson. The amazingly fine quality of the Afinia allows us to give prints the finished look of an item you could buy at a store.

3D printing growth: the most relevant studies to build your strategy


This is something we touched on in our State of 3D Printing report, a study with more than 1,100 respondents published this past May, which described the state of the 3D printing market. Two studies that are long but rewarding. However, the study is also pricey: $195.

Lawrence Livermore Discovery a ‘Big Step Forward’ for Metal 3-D Printing Process

Additive Manufacturing

Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ( LLNL ) have taken a major step toward answering a question plaguing a common metal 3-D printing technique: What interactions can lead to the porosity found in parts produced by laser powder-bed fusion processes?

How can I be more efficient with my Structure Design & Validation Process?

The Solidworks Blog

After attending this session, I had a clear understanding that the SOLIDWORKS workflow can improve structure design and validation processes by leaps and bounds. Structure Case Study. Below, are the workflow process used in the workshop.

Airbus Gets on Board with 3D Printing

Additive Manufacturing

By Materialise | Case Study. The finished, 3D-printed spacer panel (Photo courtesy of Materialise). The finished, 3D-printed spacer panel, interior view (Photo courtesy of Materialise). Painting and Finishing. Detail view of the finish (Photo courtesy of Materialise).

‘Impossible Objects’ Become Possible with New 3D Process

Design 2 Part News

He studied both mathematics and computer science as a graduate student and went on to found several software and patent licensing companies. But when he sought to learn more about the process, he was disappointed. By Katelyn DaMour, Manufacturing Engineering.

The economics of 3D Printing report

Capturing the Value

The final project report from the feasibility study led by Dr Martin Baumers at the University of Nottingham is now online. AM processes are generally associated with two advantages over conventional manufacturing techniques. Firstly, they avoid many of the tooling-related constraints on the geometries that can be achieved through conventional manufacturing processes. This relationship underlies the approach taken in this project; AM processes do not operate in isolation.

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Danny van Ryswyk’s Dark Wonderland: Master Artist Shares How He Hand-Paints Polyamide 3D Prints


I have considered muliticolor sandstone material, but the colors used in this printing process are based on dye inks that are sensitive to UV-light. This washes off any powder that is left on the sculpture from the printing process.

TU Graz researchers modify 316L stainless steel powder to improve quality of metal 3D printing

3D Printing Industry

Researchers at Graz University of Technology (TU Graz), Austria, have modified 316L stainless steel powder for additive manufacturing for better print quality and surface finish. The pioneering aspect of the study was the addition of silicon nitride to control the reaction of borides, which were used as activators in the sintering process.

Plastic AM works of art at design shows

Rapid Prototyping News UK

The work we’re doing with Michael Eden is continuing to generate stunning works of art using our plastic Additive Manufacturing process, and some are being displayed at design shows at the moment.

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After the Build: Preparing 3D Printed Composite Tools for Use

Stratasys Blog for a 3D World

In this post we will discuss post-processing of 3D printed composite tooling produced with FDM technology. Traditional metal and FRP (fiber reinforced polymer) tooling typically requires post processing after the initial forming or milling processes.

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Luxexcel Goes Global, With the Help of Materialise Software!


One of the main components is a reliable online ordering platform, but as the orders keep growing, the need for a fully automated process becomes tangible. We want to continue our partnership to create an even better, faster and more automated process.”. Read the full case study.

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

Leslie's Blog

Kazmer’s study looked at where 3D printed tooling inserts may fit into the big picture, and concluded that there were still significant issues with both metal inserts (surface finish and machine cost) and polymer inserts (surface finish as well as poor strength and heat transfer).

3T RPD – Year In Industry Student makes Regional Finals

Rapid Prototyping News UK

Usually they go on to study Engineering and then return to the engineering industry after Uni. The scheme augments their studies enabling them to be fully prepared for a career working in the engineering sector. Wills by his display at the Regional Finals.

Robotic Composite 3D Demonstrator tackles automated manufacturing

Leslie's Blog

The finish is very good. Depending on your needs, parts could be usable with little post processing. The Robotic Composite 3D Demonstrator builds parts with a fine finish.

7 Questions to Ask Yourself When Choosing a 3D Printing Technology and Material


Today there are a plethora of 3D printing processes and materials to choose from and it’s only growing. The dynamic additive manufacturing market is often difficult to navigate, especially if you’re still learning about the processes. Priorities: Surface finish and speed.

Let There Be LIGHT, Said Fraunhofer ILT: A Mammoth Print Job for Self-Supporting Letters


For a detailed look into how this project was designed, prepared, and 3D-printed , check out our case study here!). To learn more about how we realized this project, take a look at our case study. How do you create a showstopper display for an exhibition about lasers?

6 Planet-Friendly 3D-Printed Designs


For instance, a study by Southern Cross University found that 87% of respondents make an effort to live an eco-friendly lifestyle.

Driving packaging trends with the 3DEXPERIENCE platform

3D Perspectives

In addition to producing standard preforms, which vary in neck finish, weight, color and shape, RETAL also manufactures bottle closures and preforms tailored to customer requirements. Hear from RETAL how they benefit from the 3D EXPERIENCE platform and check out a written case study and video.

3D-printed swimsuit echoes the motion of crashing waves

3D Printing Review

“I began to study the vast world of 3D printing and became fascinated by it, seeing it as an opportunity to create garments and accessories in an innovative way,” Gordon told 3DPrint.

Integrating Next-Generation Technology: Topology Optimization

The Solidworks Blog

With Additive Manufacturing (AM), core elements of the manufacturing processes are being transformed today, beginning with the basics of how parts are designed. Traditionally design and simulation are seen as an iterative process (see image below).

A 3D Printed Dress from Space: the Vortex Dress by Laura Thapthimkuna


She studied fashion design, but her career as a design engineer happened by accident. The most stunning thing about this dress is its sheer size, which made the design processes more challenging. “I The print was finished in a black clear coat of paint.”.

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Practicing What We Preach: How Stratasys Direct Manufacturing Benefits from 3D Printed Fixtures


We share case studies and research reports detailing how your peers are benefiting from additive manufacturing throughout their supply chain or in production and assembly. 3D Printed Fixtures for Finishing FDM parts. Together, these fixtures resulted in a streamlined process.

Understanding Additive Metals


According to a recent assessment study conducted by SMS Research Advisors, Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) shows significant promise of entering the mainstream of metal manufacturing in the coming years. The DMLS Process.

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New Stratasys J750 Breaking Down Design Walls


Unmatched Realism Full-color capability, texture mapping, and color gradients allow the creation of prototypes that look, feel, and operate like a fully finished product. Earlier today, Stratasys announced the J750, the latest addition to their world-leading professional 3D printer lineup.

Holthinrichs Watches: Time to Raise the Bar for Metal 3D Printing


He grew up in a family of artists and automotive engineers, and was drawn to study architecture for most of his life – in his eyes the most artistic way of shaping the world. The collaboration with Materialise is very rewarding, because the process is continuous,” says Michiel.

SOLIDWORKS 2018: How Great Designs Get Built

The Solidworks Blog

With the many innovations in SOLIDWORKS 2018, companies can accelerate time to market and their innovation processes while reducing product developments costs.

Spare Parts & 3D Printing


Part suppliers can simply send digital files to an additive manufacturing service bureau like Stratasys Direct, and access large manufacturing capacities and a wide-range of post-processing offerings. By incorporating the processes now, they will gain a significant competitive advantage.

Reverse Engineering using an Artec 3D Scanner with SOLIDWORKS

Javelin Tech Tips

Lightweight, mobile and compatible with several popular tablets, Artec 3D scanners can be used absolutely anywhere to ensure a smooth capturing process without having to relocate objects to a particular place. Artec Studio software is designed to capture, process, analyze, and edit data.

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3D Printing and Algorithmic Design Collide Creating Unique Jewelry Designs

Stratasys Blog for a 3D World

Paride Stella doesn’t consider himself a 3D designer or engineer by trade, he’s currently attending the University of Pescara, in Italy, studying architecture. Every year, the Extreme Redesign Challenge calls upon tomorrow’s engineers, artists and entrepreneurs to design a better future.

5 Things You Need to Consider when 3D Printing Wearables


So what goes into the process of using 3D Printing to manufacture a product that people will be wearing? 3D printing wearables means being able to offer a wide range of colors and finishes, with a quality and elegance that reflects your brand’s identity. Luxura, our new premium finish.

30 Minutes to Smarter Design Decisions with SOLIDWORKS Simulation


Working with many companies seeking to innovate and differentiate their products, I have seen personally that the decisions engineers make early in the design process often make the difference between success and failure of the products and the companies.

“Grey’s Anatomy” Prominently Features Medical 3D Printing Technology

3D Printing Review

Medical Modeling was built on the idea that medical imaging studies could be used for diagnosis and to drive clinical treatment, and they’ve developed surgical planning and clinical transfer tools.

Bling! Bling! The ‘Bling’ 3D Printer is Much More than a Pretty Machine

3D Printing Review

I am a sociologist that studies open knowledge and new technologies,” Bergstrom tells “I I have just finished my master’s thesis about peer production, using the 3D printer (the RepRap project) as a case. I have also studied Danish hackerspaces and hacker culture, and I built the ‘Bling’ [3D] printer when I started to investigate development of technology in the civil sphere as a part of my master’s degree.”.

Korean Architect Se Yoon Park Designs Stunning 3D Printed Trees for His Art Installation


In both the practice and study of architecture, 3D printing has become an essential tool for architects to express their complex formal visions, and he developed a keen understanding of the 3D printing process over these years as a result. The 3D Printing Process behind the Art.

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