Additive manufacturing moves beyond the “cool” phase

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Post-processing and material availability were seen as challenges now and in the future, with the future coming in at 34% and 46% respectively. Several of the laser-sintering machines are DTM versions before the company was bought by 3D Systems.

HP makes good on claim to enter 3D printing market

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Basic design–it laser sinters powdered plastics. No word yet on if or when it will attempt to use metal materials. Throughout the press event, though, executives stressed the idea of open source development, including materials.

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Working with plastics in 3D printing

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Plastics, whether in powder, filament, or pellet form, are one of the main material types used in 3D printing/ additive manufacturing (3DP/AM). As 3DP/AM matures, developers continue to explore plastic chemistries and capabilities to offer materials that rival more traditional versions.

A look at the future of additive from the AMUG Conference

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This business will sell machines, materials, and consulting on best practices in additive manufacturing. This was the third Inventor Showcase session and the honoree was Carl Deckard, the inventor of the Deckard engine and selective laser sintering.

With 3D printing materials, knowledge is power

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The more you know about available materials, the easier it will be to get the final build results you seek. The key to a thriving 3D printing / additive manufacturing (3DP/AM) industry will be materials. And users continue to question the high costs of some materials.

Additive manufacturing—after the hype

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Such as Trumpf, with its TruPrint 1000 laser cladding system, and Toshiba noted Todd Grimm, founder and president of T. Impossible Objects takes the approach of printing with carbon fiber material. And soon, HP may introduce its much anticipated multi-jetting 3D printer.

Get the latest 3D printing developments at the AMUG and RAPID Conferencess

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“There will be hands-on workshops and presentations that cover art and architecture, metal casting, education, manufacturing tools, materials, medical, direct metals, scanning, stereolithography, laser sintering and transportation.”

3D printing and scanning movie expert headlines RAPID keynote lineup

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I’ve seen Jason Lopes, lead systems engineer for Legacy Effects, speak at AMUG for the past couple of years. His presentations are not to be missed.

Improving Plant Efficiency with 3D Printed Production Aids

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It can be made from lighter materials but still offer comparable strength and durability. Alternatively, the tools can be topology optimized to reduce weight and material usage. Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) is a powder-bed fusion technology. Binder Jetting.

Four Key Takeaways from the Wohlers Report 2015


The past three years have been a head spinning period of growth for additive manufacturing (AM) in terms of technologies, materials, process controls, adoption and revenue. Global revenue from AM products (mostly machines and materials) grew by 31.6%

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Pros: A material jetting process, PolyJet builds in layers as thin as 0.0006” which gives PolyJet parts a smoother surface right off the machine when compared to other 3D printing processes. Laser Sintering (LS). Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS).

It’s here: HP Inc. shows off its first 3D printer

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HP set out to tackle several “limitations” of todays’ 3D printers: build speed and cost, 3D printing process flow, the proprietary aspect of many of today’s systems, 3d printing software, and range of materials. The processing station is essentially a material management system.

Additive Manufacturing: The State of the Industry

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New machines and materials are becoming available at a breakneck pace. In September 2015, Alcoa announced that it would spend $60 million to expand an R&D center to include the development of AM methods and materials. New Materials.