3D printing for when you have no time

Management and customers always want you to develop products faster. The automotive industry, for example, continues to tighten product development timelines and compress design time in the supplier…

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Iterating to perfection with 3D printing

One of the better applications of 3D printing is using it to perfect your design. You can get the first product out the door, then iterate as needed…

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

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…

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OMEGA introduces customizable smart graphics displays

The OMEGA OM-SGD Series of panel meters with bright color TFT smart graphics displays are available in three screen sizes. They offer a wide operating power supply voltage range of 4 to 30 Vdc and two alarm outputs. Waterproof NEMA 6 (IP67) versions are also available. Using the provided Simple Wizard-based configuration software, select from

A new way to 3D print parts

3D printing developers are definitely thinking outside of the box. Here’s another example. EnvisionTEC introduced its SLCOM 1, an industrial composite 3D printer.  It uses a patent pending…

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Stratasys adds new capabilities to FDM 3D printers

Stratasys Ltd., introduced new enhancements to its Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM®)-based 3D printers. These enhancements optimize select models for the creation of functional product prototypes, production tools and…

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

It has arrived–HP Inc.,’s long awaited actual entrance into the 3D printing industry. At the 2016 RAPID Conference, HP unveiled one of two 3D printers it will offer…

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Optomec shows its hybrid CNC/additive manufacturing system

Optomec showcased its production grade additive manufacturing systems at the RAPID conference in Orlando, Florida. One included an affordable hybrid CNC system that combines Optomec LENS technology for…

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Additive Industries introduces its first industrial 3D metal printing system at RAPID

At RAPID 2016, Additive Industries shows its industrial 3D metal printing system, MetalFAB1. This is the first time across the Atlantic and the official launch for the US…

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Stratasys launches universal design-to-3D print application–GrabCAD Print

Software that makes it easier to get your CAD design 3D printed has been on the want list of engineers for some time. One issue is that 3D…

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Arcam introduces two new additive manufacturing machines

Arcam has introduced two new additive manufacturing machines. The Arcam Q10plus is the new generation EBM machine specifically for cost efficient production of orthopedic implants. The size of…

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IRISS ensures quality build for metal additive manufacturing

In metal additive manufacturing, more companies are offering a way to see inside the build of a part for quality control. The latest company to offer such a…

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Big Area Additive Machine will be centerpiece of Local Motors automotive microfactories

Phoenix-based Local Motors looks to fundamentally alter automotive production. Its recent purchase of two Cincinnati Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) systems is part of the plan. Cincinnati Inc….

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3D printing a better car

Manufacturers must integrate an increasing number of concepts and energy storage systems into vehicle structures. Future vehicle bodies will be lighter, which will require more flexible design. As…

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Additive manufacturing—after the hype

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…

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A safer metal additive 3D printing system

Another new method to additively build parts discussed at the recent AMUG Conference was NanoParticle Jetting from XJet. XJet takes stochastic metal-nanoparticles and engulfs them in a proprietary…

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

Better living through chemistry is a phrase that could be applied to the company Carbon. The founders’ goal is to make real final parts through a form of…

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AMUG 2016—a unique opportunity to learn and connect

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…

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EnvisionTEC releases new 3D printing material

EnvisionTEC, a leading global manufacturer of professional grade 3D printers and materials, announced its newest 3SP material, PolyPro MAX 3SP, a tough and flexible photopolymer representation of polypropylene….

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Stratasys Direct Manufacturing and Somos to accelerate stereolithography material innovation

It looks like development in UV curable materials, such as those used in Stereolithography (SL) 3D printers, is resurging. Stratasys Direct Manufacturing, an indirect subsidiary of Stratasys, Ltd….

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How to eliminate 3D printing post processing steps

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…

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Prodways launches thermoplastic polyurethane material (TPU)

While attending the international AMUG conferences as a platinum sponsor from April 3 to 7 in St Louis, USA, Prodways, a Groupe Gorgé subsidiary, will announce the launch…

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CAD tools that support 3D printing

3D Systems announced the release of its Geomagic Freeform 2016 software products, including Geomagic Freeform, Geomagic Freeform Plus and Geomagic Sculpt. These updated software products offer professionals an…

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Electric actuation helps save energy in automation applications

The sound of air leaking from ageing pneumatic actuators—nails on a chalkboard for your bottom line. Sixty years ago, when Raaco International started manufacturing plastic drawers and mobile storage solutions in Nykøbing Falster, Denmark, pneumatic actuators were the technology of choice for injection molding and semi-automatic welding line automation. We’ve since learned that pneumatic cylinders

Take the work out of integration

Responding to industry demand for integrated machine and plant control, the iQ-R series incorporates sequence, motion, safety, process and C language control into one platform. The control platform is for applications requiring integrated motion and safety control, tight synchronization between various processes and high production throughput. Applications include automotive, food and beverage, material handling, life