SOLIDWORKS Plastics At The Beach

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Which got me thinking, could I a mechanical engineer with minimal plastics training, design a new sandcastle bucket that looks right and can be successfully manufactured? SOLIDWORKS Plastics reports a Fill Time of 9.5 In plastic part design, the geometry is only half the story.

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.

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What If 3D Printing Plastics Were Superheroes?

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Plastic is the most popular material used for 3D printing and the cheapest one. We decided to make this ordinary topic a bit funnier than it really is and compared qualities of different plastic. 3D Printing 3D Printing Materials Editorials / Opinions 3D printing plastics abs conductive filament flexible plastic Gambody glow in the dark filament humor metal filament Nylon PET pla polyamide polycarbonate filament PVA superheroes wood filament

Formnext Day 2: High Performance Plastics and Ceramics Challenge Metal

3D Printing Industry

There is no doubt that metal was the undiscussed protagonist at formnext and it is metal that will carry the industry forward into the age of serial additive manufacturing. However, metal 3D printer manufacturers were not the only ones presenting big news and future visions at the show.

TriDInnov 3D Prints Electronic Components on Plastic Surfaces

DIY 3D Printing

Looks like TriDInnov from France has a working technology that prints conductive electronics on plastic surfaces.

Simplify the Material Selection Process When 3D Printing Plastic Parts

The Solidworks Blog

Of the 114,000 thousand plastics recognized by the Society of Plastics Engineers , roughly 600 are used in 3D printing processes. In this post, we’ll cover common 3D printing materials used to prototype plastic part designs.

How to Replace Metal with Thermoplastics

The Solidworks Blog

Have you ever considered replacing your metal parts with plastic parts? It could be a viable option especially when it comes to the flexibility of manufacture, faster production cycle times, and cost-effectiveness of replacing metal parts with plastic parts.

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Introducing Three Tough SLA Plastic Materials

Shapeways Blog

Shapeways is excited to announce the launch of three new SLA Plastic materials that provide extreme durability, high resolution and detail as well as a smooth surface. Our SLA Plastic launch includes the following three acrylate-based materials: Accura® 60.

New Techniques for Joining Plastic to Metal

Design 2 Part News

Engineering plastics and carbon-fiber composites are popular choices, but they create challenges when they have to be joined to dissimilar materials, such as aluminum, magnesium, stainless steel or titanium. However, when joining plastic parts to metal parts, options are few.

All About Polypropylene Plastic

3D Printing Hub

Polypropylene is regarded as the “steel” of plastics because it can be modified and customized in multiple ways to suit a wide variety of applications. It is, in fact, the second-most widely produced commodity plastic.

SABIC Wins Two European Plastics innovation Awards

Additive Manufacturing

September 27, 2017 — SABIC has been named winner in two categories at the 2017 European Plastics Innovation Awards ceremony organized by the Society of Plastics Engineers ( SPE ) and trade association PlasticsEurope in Brussels on Monday (Sept 18).

3D Reprint Your Plastic Waste

3D Printing Industry

Wouldn’t it be nice if, instead of piling all of your junk into a couple of bins for the waste management people to take away, you could separate your plastics, paper, metal, compost, etc. By Michael Molitch-Hou.

Can Plastic Bags Be Recycled?

3D Printing Hub

Although recent times have seen a massive shift in the attitude of people towards plastic waste, it’s quite apparent that there is still much work to be done. A huge portion of the world’s plastic waste, and the ones that we encounter daily, are plastic bags. From our groceries to dry cleaning bags and the plastic envelopes used for air mail, plastic bags are disposed of practically everywhere. What’s the best way to recycle these plastic bags?

New Techniques for Joining Plastic to Metal

Design 2 Part News

Engineering plastics and carbon-fiber composites are popular choices, but they create challenges when they have to be joined to dissimilar materials, such as aluminum, magnesium, stainless steel or titanium. However, when joining plastic parts to metal parts, options are few.

DIMENSIONEXT: Plastic As Currency With 3DP & The Plastic Bank

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Plastic As Currency With 3DP & The Plastic Bank. Plastic As Currency With 3D Printing & The Plastic Bank. An amazing initiative by The Plastic Bank is setting up plastic re-purposing centres around the world in places where waste plastic and poverty abound.

Robot Factory’s CopperFace Machine Turns 3D Printed Plastic Into Metal!

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One of the benefits of 3D printing in plastic, is that it is relatively cheap and easy to do. 3D Printing copperface electroplated 3d printed objects electroplating metal coating robot factoryHowever, when it comes to creating decorative items and jewelry, typically some sort of post... View the entire article via our website.

ASTERID 1100 3d printer by Plastic Scribbler

DIY 3D Printing

4mm nozzle diameter (replaceable nozzle)  All metal hot-end  Epocs NTC 100k 1% thermistor used on both hotend and HBP Layer Height:  3 layer height settings: 3mm,2mm,1mm (other layer heights possible) Warranty:  Full 30 day money back guarantee.

Do You Print in Metal?

The Solidworks Blog

Do you print in metal?” Our users didn’t just want metal printing technology – they wanted metal printing that was as simple, affordable, safe, and easy to use as plastic printing. And then along came Desktop Metal…. If it happens to be “Do you print metal?”

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SBI Produktion releases plasma arc metal 3D printer, M3DP

3D Printing Industry

SBI Produktion, an Austrian welding systems manufacturer, has released the Metallic 3D Printer (M3DP), a machine that uses a plasma arc to 3D print metal parts. Founded in 1999, SBI started as a manufacturer of thickness control systems for the plastic film industry.

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All About Polyethylene (PE) Plastic

3D Printing Hub

Polyethylene or “PE” is a thermoplastic that also happens to be the most common plastic. It accounts for roughly 34% of the total plastics market. Low-density polyethylene is used in plastic bags and packaging. Nowadays, coordination polymerization is the more commonly used process, which involves metal chlorides and metal oxides. Low-Density Polyethylene (LDPE) is used to make films, plastic bags, trash bags, and other food packaging material.

Mini Metal Maker DIY metal clay 3d printer

DIY 3D Printing

Mini Metal Maker is small DIY 3d printer that prints objects suitable for jewelry production, watchmaking and small gears modeling, small pistons and generally small metal parts. it will not make "regular" sized hard metal parts. FAQ What is the Mini Metal Maker for?

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Digital Metal and the Desktop Metal Effect – a boost to metal 3D printing

3D Printing Industry

This year several new entrants to the metal 3D printing sector have appeared. In the plastics 3D printing market, inkjet is at the core of HP’s MultiJet Fusion and also the […]. 3D Printers 3D Systems arcam Concept Laser Desktop Metal digital metal DM P2500 Evolve Additive Solutions Exone Multijet Fusion Ralf Carlström Stratasys Tongtai Xjet

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Researchers Mix Metal-Organic Frameworks with 3D Printing Plastic to Create New Sensors

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3D Printing 3D Printing Materials Science & Technology 3D printing and MOFs 3d printing research American University metal-organic frameworks National Institute of Standards and Technology NIST sensorsIf you have been following 3D printing even for just a short amount of time, then you are probably aware that while one surprising innovation after another seems to pop up from every corner of the. View the entire article via our website.

3-D printing with metals achieved

3D Printing Review

A team of researchers from the University of Twente has found a way to 3D print structures of copper and gold, by stacking microscopically small metal droplets. These droplets are made by melting a thin metal film using a pulsed laser. However, metals melt at a high temperature.

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How to Choose Lubricants for Plastics

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Lubricants are used in plastics mainly to reduce friction between the processing machinery and the plastic materials. Another reason which may not be apparent is the reduction of friction between the molecules of the plastic materials. The lower the friction between internal molecules, the better the performance and the processing properties of the underlying plastic. At the same time, esters and glycols are not recommended for use with plastics.

Low Temperature Metals for Casting in 3D Printed Plastic Molds

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An ingot of Rose's Metal. It’s entirely possible to cast metal in plastic molds you’ve. Read the whole entry. » » learning

voxeljet launches PolyPor C2 advanced plastic 3D printing process

3D Printing Industry

Industrial 3D printer manufacturer voxeljet (FRA:VX8A), headquartered in Germany, has announced the release of a new plastic 3D printing process for its VX200 system. The technology, named PolyPor C2 (PPC²), is an improvement on the company’s existing PolyPor B (PPB) process, primarily used to make investment castings for metal components.

Do You Print in Metal?

The Solidworks Blog

Do you print in metal?” Our users didn’t just want metal printing technology – they wanted metal printing that was as simple, affordable, safe, and easy to use as plastic printing. And then along came Desktop Metal…. If it happens to be “Do you print metal?”

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Polylactic Acid (PLA): The Environment-friendly Plastic

3D Printing Hub

In the presence of metal catalysts, lactide undergoes a ring-opening polymerization process to form high-density PLA. One of the major advantages of PLA is its biodegradable nature and the sustainable process by which it is made, making it the environmentally friendly choice of plastic. Under the right circumstances, PLA can break down into its natural elements in less than a month in contrast to the centuries it will take for traditional plastics to decompose. What is PLA?

The future is still plastics; maybe more than ever

3D Perspectives

In the 1967 movie “The Graduate,” the title character got this career advice: just one word…plastics. Plastic keeps evolving, gaining new properties and new uses. Count on finding more plastic in vehicles. The process doesn’t work if the plastic has exploded or broken to bits.

All About Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Plastic

3D Printing Hub

Interestingly, it is a plastic commodity which uses one of the least amounts of non-renewable fossil fuel. The flexible version is known as plasticized polymer because it is made by adding various additives such as phthalates and other plasticizers. Addition of these plasticizers makes the polyvinyl chloride softer and increases its ability to bend. Goodrich Company found a way to blend PVC with various additives and plasticize it.

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

Leslie's Blog

Some observers of the plastics manufacturing industry, especially those with a vested interest, would like to have you believe that 3D printing is going to be the demise of injection molding. It is a basic, dependable method of producing high quality plastic parts. By Denny Scher.

Desktop Metal and its Mission to Make Metal 3D Printing Accessible

The Solidworks Blog

One company that’s certainly garnered its fair share of that buzz is Desktop Metal. Yes, there are other companies that do metal 3D printing so I was curious as to what makes this company different. Bringing metal printing to the office. Printing metal parts at scale.

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SolidWorks Plastics:Insert molding

CATI Tech Notes

SolidWorks Plastics brings easy-to-use injection molding simulation directly to the designers of plastic parts and injection molds, as well as advanced CAE analysis. This is a two part model with the yellow being plastic and blue part is metal.

Using your lighter and a metal tube to connect filament parts

DIY 3D Printing

Just a simple pocket lighter, some flame and a metal pipe. fire plastic weldingWe all did something similar in order to connect some loose filament. All you need is a lighter and a steel tube. Radusava composed a nice and simple video guide.

Metal 3D printer uses cold spray to make better motors

3D Printing Industry

A new metal 3D printer developed by scientists at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) has created high-performance magnets using cold spray additive manufacturing. Research Boucherville cold spray Fabrice Bernier GE Jean-Michel Lamarre National Research Council of Canada Neodymium-Iron-Boron NRC Plasma Giken 800 plastic deformation SPEE3D

Molten3D TIG welding DIY metal 3d printer by Steve Delaire

DIY 3D Printing

Here is new DIY 3d metal printer based on a TIG welding (Tungsten Inert Gas) process created by Steve Delaire. It is still under development but the project is very interesting as is any attempt to make homemade fully functional metal 3d printer.

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