The 8 ways 3D printing is changing manufacturing forever

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3D Printers Additive Manufacturing Binder Jetting Directed Energy Deposition Extrusion Industries Leslie's blog Material Jetting Materials Powder Bed Fusion Rapid MFG Rapid Prototyping Vat PhotopolymerizationPeople debate whether 3D printing / additive manufacturing will really have an impact on design and manufacturing.

Are 3D printing companies shifting their focus?

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–Limited information on material performance. –Perceived lack of materials. 3D Printers Additive Manufacturing Binder Jetting Directed Energy Deposition Extrusion Leslie''s blog Material Jetting Materials Powder Bed Fusion Production 3D Printers / AM Systems Professional 3D Printers Rapid MFG Rapid Prototyping Sheet Lamination Vat Photopolymerization An interesting development is emerging with the major 3D printing manufacturers.

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. Other interesting information of note include: — Photopolymers continue to be one of the larger groups of plastic materials purchased for use in 3D printing. Material jetting.

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. 3D Printers Additive Manufacturing Aerospace Automotive CNC Milling Machines Consumer Products Directed Energy Deposition Extrusion Industrial Leslie's blog Material Jetting Materials Medical Powder Bed Fusion Rapid MFG Rapid Prototyping Vat Photopolymerization

A visual look at the history of 3D printing

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3D Printers 3D Printing Basics Additive Manufacturing Binder Jetting Directed Energy Deposition Extrusion Industries Leslie''s blog Material Jetting Powder Bed Fusion Production 3D Printers / AM Systems Professional 3D Printers Rapid MFG Rapid Prototyping Service Bureaus Sheet Lamination Vat Photopolymerization This graphic gives you a very nice look at what happened when in the 3D printing industry.

Additive manufacturing turns design efficiency on its head

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But the sobering reality is that no matter how perfectly manufacturing steps are followed cost is always being designed into the part—every pocket cut, every hole drilled comes with a price in material waste, cutter wear, and machine time. With 3D printing, engineers can design cost out of a part when adding features while eliminating extraneous material and additional assembly steps. Design cost out by increasing part complexity.

Underwriters Laboratories offers a resource for 3D printing info needs

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The concerns UL experts are working on include developing a quality and safety framework, technical roadmap, material safety and compatibility, and workplace safety. Balancing growing safety concerns with the rapid pace of innovation, UL is establishing compliance guidelines, a quality assurance framework, material search and training tools. In addition, UL is developing training and education programs, as well as a materials’ database.

7 news ways you’ll 3D print parts in 2017

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Altering materials. The use of materials knowledge to alter printable materials for speed or properties is a key trend for 3D printing/additive manufacturing. Carbon uses material science to speed up the development of parts built a layer at a time. At the two major 3D printing conferences this year, AMUG and RAPID, companies introduced new ways to additively make parts. Some of these new 3D printing technologies are available now. By next year, all will be available.

How 3D printing eliminates costs

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3D Printers Additive Manufacturing Binder Jetting Directed Energy Deposition Extrusion Industries Leslie's blog Material Jetting Materials Powder Bed Fusion Rapid MFG Rapid Prototyping Vat PhotopolymerizationPeople debate whether 3D printing / additive manufacturing will really have an impact on design and manufacturing.

Tips for improving 3D printing workflows

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–Another important consideration is to optimize the design for printing in a sense of saving material and print time. Several of these programs have a function that will suggest the best way to stack or place multiple parts for the most efficient use of the print material. 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).

Testing consumer 3D printers

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3D Printers Additive Manufacturing Consumer Products Entertainment Extrusion Leslie''s blog Material Jetting Personal 3D printers Rapid Prototyping Vat Photopolymerization The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is underway, so you can expect to see a number of consumer based 3D printing introductions. Would you consider using a consumer style 3D printer?

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7 news ways you’ll 3D print parts in 2017

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Altering materials. The use of materials knowledge to alter printable materials for speed or properties is a key trend for 3D printing/additive manufacturing. Carbon uses material science to speed up the development of parts built a layer at a time. At the two major 3D printing conferences this year, AMUG and RAPID, companies introduced new ways to additively make parts. Some of these new 3D printing technologies are available now. By next year, all will be available.

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

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Recently, this additive manufacturer of optical components launched a new additive manufacturing platform that is faster, and it introduced a new clear material “LUX-Opticlear,” which can be used to manufacture high quality optics up to 20 mm in height. LUX-Opticlear printing material. The new UV curable material, LUX-Opticlear, offers excellent optical properties with a print height up to 20 mm.

How to insure a design is 3D printable

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The newer 3DP/AM machines’ ability to print/build in color, multiple materials, and textures taxes the ability of the STL program to deliver all the data to these machines. As Fred Fisher, Director of Materials and Applications Product Management, Stratasys Ltd., Additionally, 3-matic STL can add lattice structure to the design, saving even more material. For example, you would use meta-materials to describe the internal structure inside a mesh surface.

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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.” For the professional user of additive manufacturing systems, there are two key conferences.

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. For many users, however, the variety of available materials is insufficient or the selection that is available is not open for use on other brands of AM machines. And users continue to question the high costs of some materials. The challenges of creating AM materials.

Innovative service providers emerging as key trend in 3D printing

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3D Printers Additive Manufacturing Automotive Binder Jetting Consumer Products Extrusion Industrial Leslie's blog Machining / Milling Material Jetting Medical Powder Bed Fusion Rapid MFG Rapid Prototyping Service Bureau News Service Bureaus Vat Photopolymerization3D printing was originally invented to reduce the time it takes to develop an engineering prototype. The idea was for thousands of engineers to have their own personal machines at their disposal.

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Tips for using 3D printing in medical applications

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Use of polycaprolactone material ensures that the splint takes two or more years to absorb into the body, offering the trachea enough time to develop. “I A transparent material was used for the organ, but inside, color was used to show tumor location in relation to arteries and cavities. As for the materials used, it’s about 50/50 polymer and metal. Design for the human body is growing. And patient-specific is the latest trend for medical devices.

Additive manufacturing—after the hype

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Impossible Objects takes the approach of printing with carbon fiber material. And soon, HP may introduce its much anticipated multi-jetting 3D printer. And XJet gave a presentation on its nano-particle jetting additive machine, which binds stochastic metal cut into nanoparticles in a patented liquid and jets them through standard ink-jet heads onto a build platform.

3D printing and scanning movie expert headlines RAPID keynote lineup

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3D Printers 3D Scanners Additive Manufacturing Aerospace Automotive Binder Jetting Consumer Products Directed Energy Deposition Entertainment Extrusion Industrial Leslie''s blog Material Jetting Materials Medical Personal 3D printers Powder Bed Fusion Production 3D Printers / AM Systems Professional 3D Printers Service Bureaus Sheet Lamination Software Vat Photopolymerization

AMUG 2016—a unique opportunity to learn and connect

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One was XJet, which developed an interesting form of jetting with metal particles. A panel of representatives from ten vendors (3D Systems, Carbon, Concept Laser, ExOne, GE, HP, Renishaw, SLM Solutions, Somos, and Stratasys) gave attendees a chance to ask a lot of questions ranging from how do you convince others in your company of the value of 3DP, to the best applications to start using 3DP, to the need for open-source software and the need for more and better materials.

Additive or Subtractive Manufacturing: Which is Better?

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In additive manufacturing , material is added layer by layer to form a three-dimensional solid object using computers and 3D printers. Common materials used include powder and liquid, and can produce parts in plastics, metals and more. Here are some popular types of additive technologies: Material Extrusion. Fused Deposition Modeling is an example of material extrusion and is the most commonly used process in 3D printing. Material Jetting. Binder Jetting.

AM Terminology

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Material extrusion—an additive manufacturing process in which material is selectively dispensed through a nozzle or orifice. Material jetting—an additive manufacturing process in which droplets of build material are selectively deposited.

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What is Additive Manufacturing? – A Complete Guide

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That is, rather than subtract material such as is often seen in traditional means of production — think CNC milling, cutting, carving — additive manufacturing adds material to build a shape. Additive Manufacturing Materials. Material extrusion. Binder jetting.

Four Key Takeaways from the Wohlers Report 2015

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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% The most widely installed 3D printing technology in the world is material extrusion. The industrial AM systems are not limited to material jetting technologies only.

Advice, Design, Resources: 3D Printing Experts Are Here For You

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These technologies build a part up out of material, typically a polymer (plastic) or metal, but also ceramic, paste, or even exotic material like bio-based gels. Which material should I 3D print in?

What’s In A Technology Name?

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FDM (that is, the common term Fused Filament Fabrication versus the trademarked Fused Deposition Modeling), both of which effectively refer to the same process and are in fact classified as material extrusion.

Do you speak properly about additive manufacturing? Take the 3D printing quiz!

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And in 2013 a special directory was created at ISO about additive manufacturing : the ISO TC/ 261 which produced different standards about termonology, process, materials and file format. A binder jetting B material extrusion C material jetting D powder bed fusion (PBF) E selective laser melting (SLM) F sheet lamination G vat photopolymerization Question 2 Which one of these terms is not a trademark? & More material quiz resources Dear reader.

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

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3D printing at the enterprise level will be driven by lower costs, better quality, and greater materials in prototyping and manufacturing. Basiliere continues, “The high material extrusion shipment growth numbers are basically driving the 3D printer forecast. This total increase, Gartner believes, will be driven by vat photopolymerization and material jetting. “Gartner: 3D Printers to Reach 2.3 Million Shipments Totaling $13.4