The 8 ways 3D printing is changing manufacturing forever

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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. In the past 12 to 18 months, it has tripled its capacity to prototype and build customer parts, with much of that growth coming in metals.

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

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The printer is able to deliver comparable injection molding finish through the use of two techniques for material deposition, extrusion and jetting. These two techniques deposit three different materials. This release material makes it easy to remove a part from the build plate.

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.

A visual look at the history of 3D printing

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This graphic gives you a very nice look at what happened when in the 3D printing industry. It begins in 1983, but you can see when it really started to take off, at around 2008. Below the graphic is a brief outline of all the major events. Check it out! Leslie Langnau. llangnau@wtwhmedia.com.

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.

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.

Use your 3D printing skills to help differently-abled veterans

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During the event, design teams will use the 3D printers to produce prototypes, test and refine their designs. 3D Printers Additive Manufacturing Extrusion Leslie's blog Material Jetting Medical Rapid MFG Rapid Prototyping StratasysOver the years, there have been a number of heart-warming stories about innovators and engineers using 3D printing to design prosthetics and other systems that help veterans regain abilities they may have lost.

A 3D printing love story for Valentine’s Day

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3D Printers Additive Manufacturing Entertainment Extrusion Leslie's blog Material Jetting News Rapid Prototyping GoengineerThe design job is not always problem solving for engineers, especially when you have a 3D printer. Sometimes, it’s just fun.

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Master Class: How to use 3D printing for injection molds

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Tom Charron, vice president at 3D Systems, discusses the materials and 3D printing methods well suited to developing molds for lower quantities of injection molding projects. 3D Printers 3D Printing Basics Additive Manufacturing Aerospace Automotive Consumer Products Entertainment Featured Industrial Industries Leslie's blog Master Class Material Jetting Materials Medical Packaging Rapid Injection Molding Rapid Prototyping 3D Systems

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How 3D printing eliminates costs

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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.

Testing consumer 3D printers

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Two new multiple material 3d printers from Stratasys

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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.

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.

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.

How to insure a design is 3D printable

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The newness of using additive for manufacturing, as opposed to using it for prototyping, is also a factor in the limited experience many engineers have with this technology. As Fred Fisher, Director of Materials and Applications Product Management, Stratasys Ltd.,

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Innovative service providers emerging as key trend in 3D printing

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3D printing was originally invented to reduce the time it takes to develop an engineering prototype. New 3D printing service providers are emerging, many with innovative business models for delivering 3D printed prototyping and manufacturing functions.

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It's No Fairytale: Todd Grimm Shares His Treasure Trove of 3D Printing News at RAPID

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A safer metal additive 3D printing system

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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

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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.”

Additive manufacturing technology moves into production

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Is 3D printing /Additive manufacturing shifting out of prototyping? But really, prototyping is not going away. It offers a unique processing capacity of highly viscous materials (pastes), combining throughput, resolution and precision.

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.

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.

Stratasys and PTC Creo work together to streamline 3D printing

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The initial focus will include prototyping, manufacturing tools, temporary parts, and end-use parts. It’s no secret that there is a gap between design software programs and additive manufacturing systems that challenges design engineers on printing the part they really designed.

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Additive manufacturing—after the hype

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How has the all the hype around 3D printing /additive manufacturing (3DP/AM) prototyping and manufacturing endeavors affected you? Impossible Objects takes the approach of printing with carbon fiber material. And soon, HP may introduce its much anticipated multi-jetting 3D printer.

How to eliminate 3D printing post processing steps

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When engineers at Otterbox design a new style smart phone or smart tablet cover, they want the best possible prototype representation of the final product that they can achieve. They would prefer a prototype that is indistinguishable from the final product. The key is always materials.

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. Most conferences and shows about 3D printing / additive manufacturing (3DP/AM) focus on giving vendors an opportunity to reach potential customers.

Here they come—faster additive manufacturing systems

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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.

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. For example, one suggestion is to print thin walled shells rather than fully dense parts, especially for prototypes. 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.

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

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The new solution leverages proven Materialise technology to enable NX computer-aided design, manufacturing and engineering (CAD/CAM/CAE) software to accurately and completely prepare CAD models for powder bed fusion and material jetting 3D printing processes.

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.

Additive manufacturing–your way

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Stratasys displayed a full-size airplane cabin interior that showed a combination of FDM and PolyJet 3D printing techniques for prototypes (various seat parts), manufacturing tools (sand casting pattern for seat base) and end use parts (sidewall upper skin, electrical clips and air ducts).

3D Systems Announces Availability of MJP 2500 3D Printer

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The system implements 3D Systems’ own brand of material jetting technology into an office-friendly machine meant for creating precise models, prototypes, and end-parts.

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.

Where is 3D printing development now?

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–Binder Jetting. –Material Jetting. –Material Extrusion. –3D Printing for Prototyping. The Gartner group is a frequent resource for tracking technical developments. Its Hype Cycle curve being one of the more referenced graphics for analysis.

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. 3D printing is most commonly used for manufacturing functional parts (both prototype and for end-use applications).