Can you get injection molded quality parts without post processing from 3D printers?

Leslie's Blog

Two features of 3D printers that can be issues for users are the surface finish quality of the part and the subsequent post processing often needed to finish the part. These two techniques deposit three different materials. Plus, it eliminates much of the post processing.

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

Leslie's Blog

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.

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How to eliminate 3D printing post processing steps

Leslie's Blog

Post processing steps, such as painting, polishing, assembly and others, have been a sticking point for many engineers that use 3D printing. Despite recent 3D printer introductions, this part of the prototyping process is still time intensive and the supplies expensive.

Working with plastics in 3D printing

Leslie's Blog

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.

Interview with Eugene Giller founder and CTO of Rize Inc. 3D printers

3D Printing Industry

A previous employee of ZCorp – the full color, binder jetting 3D printing pioneer that is now 3D Systems – Giller officially founded Rize in 2014, after spending four […]. 3D Printers APD Augmented Polymer Deposition color 3d printer Eugene Giller FFF material jetting Medical post-processing Rize Rize inc. Rize One TCT zero post processing

Additive manufacturing moves beyond the “cool” phase

Leslie's Blog

Post-processing and material availability were seen as challenges now and in the future, with the future coming in at 34% and 46% respectively. The next trend you’ll find with Additive Manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, is the growth of additive services.

HP makes good on claim to enter 3D printing market

Leslie's Blog

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. HP Inc has entered the 3D printing / additive manufacturing market in a big way.

Additive manufacturing technology moves into production

Leslie's Blog

–ExOne recently introduced its Exerial machine, which contains multiple industrial stations that allow for continuous production and simultaneous processing. –Prodways uses Digital Light Processing (DLP) to process thermoplastic parts.

Underwriters Laboratories offers a resource for 3D printing info needs

Leslie's Blog

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.

Additive manufacturing turns design efficiency on its head

Leslie's Blog

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.

Testing consumer 3D printers

Leslie's Blog

It uses an LED Digital Light Processing light source and is being targeted at the jeweler and dentistry markets. 3D Printers Additive Manufacturing Consumer Products Entertainment Extrusion Leslie''s blog Material Jetting Personal 3D printers Rapid Prototyping Vat Photopolymerization

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New dimensions in 3D printing: free-form fabrication

Leslie's Blog

Some machines and processes deliver what may be the ultimate freedom—free-form fabrication. Many AM processes for metal materials use a type of powder bed fusion. A process known as Blown Powder additive manufacturing can deliver such freedom.

Here they come—faster additive manufacturing systems

Leslie's Blog

Speed depends on part design, material, and the selected additive build process. For tough parts in high-speed mode, the Objet1000 Plus 3D Production System is compatible with Endur polypropylene-like material.

Two new multiple material 3d printers from Stratasys

Leslie's Blog

new Objet500 Connex1 and Objet500 Connex2 Multi-material 3D Printers, which feature the company’s triple-jetting technology. It produces parts from three diverse materials in a single production run. At the IMTS show in Chicago this week, I had a chance to see Stratasys Ltd.

How to insure a design is 3D printable

Leslie's Blog

And because the process is not all that simple, it leads to several questions: • Is there a missing piece between the CAD-STL-Additive build process? Do CAD programs lack data or features to help engineers ensure that their designs can be made in an additive process? •

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A safer metal additive 3D printing system

Leslie's Blog

Another new method to additively build parts discussed at the recent AMUG Conference was NanoParticle Jetting from XJet. These drops are then jetted in a pattern to build parts. The print heads also jet support material as needed.

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

Leslie's Blog

Said Mark Barfoot, AMUG president, “We have an exciting lineup of keynote speakers, including two returning favorites and one that has gained notoriety for the development of new additive manufacturing technologies and processes.

With 3D printing materials, knowledge is power

Leslie's Blog

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.

A look at additive manufacturing on display at IMTS

Leslie's Blog

Simultaneous, multi-materials composite printing – The ProJet ® 5500X simultaneously prints and fuses together flexible and rigid material composites layer by layer in a variety of colors and shades, including opaque, clear, black or white and numerous shades of gray.

Innovative service providers emerging as key trend in 3D printing

Leslie's Blog

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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Tips for improving 3D printing workflows

Leslie's Blog

Software must translate the digital content into the right format to be produced by the printer, but there are many potential failure points in this process. –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.

Tips for using 3D printing in medical applications

Leslie's Blog

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.

How 3D printing in color works

Leslie's Blog

According to the company, color-choice printers print one to three colors at a time, depending on the loaded material. A brand of 3D printers that 3D Systems refers to as “color-choice” printers depend on the color of the material loaded into the printer.

Stratasys and PTC Creo work together to streamline 3D printing

Leslie's Blog

In the same way that CAD programs have a “design for manufacturing” function for traditional subtractive and injection molding processes, soon you should see similar features that help you design for additive manufacturing.

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Additive manufacturing—after the hype

Leslie's Blog

Impossible Objects takes the approach of printing with carbon fiber material. And soon, HP may introduce its much anticipated multi-jetting 3D printer. A lot of development and research that came about because of the earlier hype is delivering these imaginative processes.

3D printing and scanning movie expert headlines RAPID keynote lineup

Leslie's Blog

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.

Additive manufacturing–your way

Leslie's Blog

The designers there use 3D printers in daily design iterations, beating out the competition with the ability to create 3D concept models overnight, and building “unbuildable props” with design material and versatility.

Siemens and Materialise Technology Integration Streamlines Product Design Through 3D Printing

Additive Manufacturing

Siemens and Materialise have integrated additive manufacturing (AM) technology from Materialise into Siemens’ NX™ software , streamlining the design to manufacturing process for the rapidly growing universe of products being produced using AM (a.k.a.

3Diligent’s New 2019 State of Metal 3D Printing Report Documents Growth of Metal 3D Printing and New Processes

Additive Manufacturing

Document Explores Metal 3D Printing Trends and Catalogs Existing and Emerging Processes Providing Readers with a Comprehensive Guide for Metal 3D Printing Projects. Binder Jetting – Sand Print-to-Cast, Full Sinter and Infiltrated. Material Jetting.

HP Multi Jet fusion 3D printing comes to Australia and India

3D Printing Industry

3D printer manufacturer HP has sold its first Jet Fusion 3D printer in Australia to Brisbane-based firm iOrthotics, which will use the technology to produce its EnviroPoly range of orthotic insoles. HP separately announced that it will also be extending its Jet Fusion 3D printing technology, which manufactures objects by material jetting PA, to the Indian market. […].

Merck Selects RIZE for Making Industrial 3D Printing Easy

Additive Manufacturing

RIZE’s Unique Material Properties Provide Merck with Maximum Flexibility for a Range of Functional Additive Manufacturing Applications. Our internal lab tests, ranks and recommends approximately 15 3D printing materials for internal stakeholders, said Tinh.

HP Multi Jet Fusion: An IP Perspective

3D Printing Industry

According to HP, 3D printing 1000 gears with its proprietary Multi Jet Fusion process takes only three hours, compared to 83 hours with Material Extrusion machines. … The original post HP Multi Jet Fusion: An IP Perspective appeared first on 3D Printing Industry.

Four Key Takeaways from the Wohlers Report 2015

Stratasys

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%

Manufacturing the Future: 4 Billion Drops A Minute

3D Systems

This revolutionary new printer takes supreme advantage of each minute it operates to jet out four billion drops of precision-placed materials, be they in color, conductive, or with other specially engineered properties, to offer a never-before-possible combination of design freedom, material options, and blazing speed. In fact, our Continuous High-Speed, Fab-Grade printer is nearly 50 times faster than other material jetting 3D printers.

Additive Manufacturing, 3D Printing and Subtractive Manufacturing: What’s the Difference?

The Solidworks Blog

Additive manufacturing (AM) is a relatively new catchall term for the latest techniques for making things, starting with nothing, building up material layer by layer directly from 3D data. It is an industry standard term (ASTM F2792 and ISO TC261) for all techniques that use this process.

3D printers shipments to double each year until 2018’s $13.4bn market

3D Printing Review

Analyst firm Gartner is predicting 3D printer shipments will grow by 100 percent every year until 2018, with the increase driven by falling costs and enterprises integrating the devices into their manufacturing processes.

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

Leslie's Blog

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.