3D printing Master Class: How to get the look without the cost

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3D Printers Additive Manufacturing Aerospace Automotive Consumer Products Entertainment Industrial Industries Leslie's blog Master Class Materials Medical Rapid Prototyping Vat Photopolymerization met-l-floEngineers can choose from a number of different methods to help their 3D printed parts simulate the look of various metals without spending a lot of time, effort, or money to do so. Carl Dekker, president of Met-l-flo Inc. discusses several options. Leslie Langnau.

The 8 ways 3D printing is changing manufacturing forever

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Design choices–an interview with Roland 3D printer developer

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This printer is in the category of professional, desktop stereolithography or vat photopolymerization systems. Additive Manufacturing Consumer Products Leslie''s blog Personal 3D printers Rapid Prototyping Vat Photopolymerization Roland DGA

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Additive manufacturing moves beyond the “cool” phase

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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. First, it changed how prototypes were made.

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.

Additive manufacturing helps build a system than blends multiple solar technologies

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For example, due to the precise nature of the panels’ mechanical drivetrains, 3D printed prototypes will be built using stereolithography (SL).

Are 3D printing companies shifting their focus?

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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.

How service providers can meet your low-volume 3D printing needs

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To prototype a design, or even to handle short-run production, you would probably need: –one or more subtractive machines (such as a mill, lathe, drill press, stamping press, etc.).

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

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How 3D printing eliminates costs

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

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Testing consumer 3D printers

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Underwriters Laboratories offers a resource for 3D printing info needs

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

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These capabilities include fast service for prototyping, iterating, and manufacturing optics, eliminating costly and inflexible tooling.

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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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.

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

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For the professional user of additive manufacturing systems, there are two key conferences. This year, the first one up is The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) Education & Training Conference , which will be held in Jacksonville, Florida, from April 19 – 23, 2015.

New 3D printing technique–Build parts through software controlled chemical reactions

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Form 2 desktop SL 3D printer offers bigger build volume

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Desktop 3d printers are an excellent and affordable way to prototype parts during the initial design iteration stages. For those engineers who do use desktop 3D printers , a popular choice is to use stereolithography (SL) technology.

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? If you follow the Gartner hype curve, we are probably now in the trough of disillusionment. Some startups are no longer around.

Tips for using 3D printing in medical applications

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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. By Leslie Langnau, Managing Editor. The key to a thriving 3D printing / additive manufacturing (3DP/AM) industry will be materials.

3D printing shifts into manufacturing

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Louis, many conversations focused on taking 3D printing / additive manufacturing (3DP/AM) more into manufacturing rather than just prototyping. 3D Printers Industrial Leslie's blog Materials Rapid MFG Vat Photopolymerization 3D SystemsAt the recent AMUG Conference in St.

Master Class: Chuck Hull on the 3D printing industry

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What is today known as additive manufacturing was initially nothing more than an attempt to solve the problem of how can you get prototypes of your design faster? When Hull first developed his 3D printer, prototyping of plastic parts took weeks, often 6 to 8.

AMUG 2016—a unique opportunity to learn and connect

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Most conferences and shows about 3D printing / additive manufacturing (3DP/AM) focus on giving vendors an opportunity to reach potential customers. The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) Education & Training Conference is different.

Why 3D printed lattices could replace foam

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Instead of the trial-and-error process associated with conventional lattice prototyping tools, Carbon’s approach requires only the submission of the desired mechanical response for parts and other design constraints, such as weight and size.

Which 3D printer should you own?

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Some of these printers, though, may suit professional design engineer needs for initial prototypes. Resin-based 3D printers are suitable for professionals and serious hobbyists who need high-resolution parts for accurate prototyping needs or model making purposes.

Tips for improving 3D printing workflows

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For example, one suggestion is to print thin walled shells rather than fully dense parts, especially for prototypes. 3D Printers Additive Manufacturing Aerospace Architecture Automotive Binder Jetting Consumer Products Directed Energy Deposition Entertainment Extrusion Industrial Industries Leslie''s blog Material Jetting Medical Powder Bed Fusion Production 3D Printers / AM Systems Professional 3D Printers Sheet Lamination Software Vat Photopolymerization

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.

Will HP’s 3D Printing Technology Revolutionize the Industry?

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Photopolymerization is a kind of free radical polymerization in which a plastic undergoes change upon exposure to light, for example, glossy nail polish rapidly hardening. In summary: — Photopolymeric parts are a thermoset plastic, i.e., they cannot be melted down and recycled.

Design Tips for Stereolithography 3D Printing

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Stereolithography (SLA) is a versatile and high-quality manufacturing and prototyping process. With 3ERP’s efficient 3D printing service, creating a product or prototype using SLA is easy, and the advantages are numerous.

3D printing turns physicians into point-of-care manufacturers

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The SME study notes that the most popular applications for AM/3DP are the creation of anatomical models (71%), for use in prototyping, design and development (56%), and the creation of tooling jigs and fixtures (46%). The most common additive technologies used are extrusion and vat photopolymerization. For design engineers, 3D printing (3DP) and its ability to be used as additive manufacturing (AM) is opening design and employment opportunities in the medical care industry.

Introducing: 3D Print Pulse: 3D Print Pu

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Featuring an impressively wide variety of topics, ranging from vat photopolymerization to stereolithography, in places like California, Miami, and even all the way to Europe, this is the epitome of rapid prototyping. Introducing: 3D Print Pulse: 3D Print Pulse is THE 3D printing hotspot.

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Carbon3D Unveils Breakthrough CLIP 3D Printing Technology, 25-100X Faster

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In this subsection of the resin, it is literally impossible for photopolymerization to take place.

Four Key Takeaways from the Wohlers Report 2015

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3D printing is most commonly used for manufacturing functional parts (both prototype and for end-use applications). They include vat photopolymerization, material jetting, binder jetting, and plastic and metal laser sintering and melting.

How Much Can You Print with a Bottle of 3D Printer Resin?

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This whole process is called photopolymerization. The resolution of an SLA print is only limited by the size of the individual beams of ultraviolet light that induce photopolymerization.

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. This total increase, Gartner believes, will be driven by vat photopolymerization and material jetting. The ASPs of material extrusion and vat photopolymerization printers are expected to decrease as more and more players enter the market with offerings in the lower price bands within these two technologies.” .