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

Over 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…

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Make it clear: choices for 3D printing transparent parts

How would you go about 3D printing a transparent product? You have a few choices in either material selection or 3D printing process. Creating a perfectly transparent product,…

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Master Class: Chuck Hull on the 3D printing industry

An important way to gain mastery is to learn from the master developers or users, those who developed a technology or an industry, or those who took a…

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Making machine tool drills using additive manufacturing

The days when precision tools and additive manufacturing strategies could not co-exist are history. The new Mapal QTD-series insert drill proves this. For the first time, the precision…

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Become a master user of 3D printing

Education constantly comes up as one of the challenges impeding the greater implementation of 3D printing / Additive manufacturing (3DP/AM). Unless you are in your 20s or can…

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America Makes announces awardees of $8M in funding for Project Call #3

America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, announced nine awardees of its Project Call #3 for additive manufacturing (AM) applied research and development projects. Driven by the…

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Additive Manufacturing Users Group expands leadership team

The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) announced new appointments of directors and officers. The expansion of the leadership team is in response to the year-over-year growth in the…

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Formlabs announces tough resin for 3D printing

Formlabs, the makers of the Form 1+ SLA 3D Printer, announced a new functional resin for applications in engineering and prototyping. With Tough Resin, Form 1+ users can…

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Does 3D printing need its own operating system?

Whether you use professional 3D printing machines or more commercial desktop units, every user has some issues with getting the designed part to print correctly. Part of the…

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Albright Technologies adds silicone injection molding

Albright Technologies announced the introduction of liquid silicone injection molding services for prototype and low volume production purposes. Albright recently acquired several injection molding presses for its operation….

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How 3D printing can be used for tooling applications

3D printing enables manufacturers to test tool designs before committing to metal—saving both time and money. Tyler Reid, Manufacturing Application Manager, GoEngineer Most people think about using 3D…

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Stratasys and Creaform announce joint marketing agreement

Stratasys Ltd., a leading global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, announced a joint marketing partnership in North America with Creaform, a worldwide leader in portable…

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How to move from 3D printing to injection molding

Additive manufacturing has a firm place in product development, but how and when do you transition from 3D printing to molding? Jean Thilmany, Proto Labs Call it 3D…

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3d printing with paper at RAPID

Mcor Technologies Ltd is the only manufacturer of desktop paper-based 3D printers. The company will be showing its line of printers at RAPID 2015 in booth 830. These…

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Medical-grade liquid silicone rubber

Proto Labs Inc. introduced medical-grade liquid silicone rubber (LSR) material to its quick-turn injection molding capabilities. The rapid manufacturing company now offers Dow Corning QP1-250 moldable silicone in…

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What is Direct Metal Laser Sintering?

Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) is an additive manufacturing process specifically using metals as the material. Most alloys can be used in the DMLS process but 17-4 Precipitation Hardened…

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America Makes announces awardees of Directed Project Opportunity

America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute is proud to announce two awardees of a Directed Project Opportunity on Conformal Heat Exchangers (HEXs) funded by the Air…

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Another way to slice CAD data for 3d printing

A third file format to convert CAD data into useful 3D printing data has been introduced into the market. It will be interesting to see if this one…

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A step towards cloud-based 3D printing

3DPrinterOS is a cloud-based operating system developed to reduce many of the hassles associated with consumer-based 3D printing, particularly the hassle of interoperability among various 3D printers. As…

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3D printing and fluid power; refreshing a mature industry

Would you have thought that 3D printing could have an effect on the fluid power industry? I didn’t think so until recently. First, my colleague, Paul Heney, returned…

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Lease one of the largest 3D printers

3DP Unlimited (3DP), manufacturer of professional-grade, large-format 3D printers, has partnered with Lease Corporation of America (LCA) to make its 3D printers available to organizations of all sizes…

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Trends to watch in additive manufacturing

By the morning of the second day at the AMUG conference, the meme “Cool sh…t” was in full use. And after listening to Dr. Lonnie Love of Oak…

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A wake up call for consumer based 3D printing?

The news that MakerBot missed its financial targets (only 7% revenue growth in 2014 versus the projected 25%) and had to lay off about one-fifth (120) of its…

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What is selective laser sintering?

Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) is a type of additive manufacturing process that uses a laser as a thermal source for fusing ceramic, glass, plastic, metal powder and others…

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New software helps fix 3D printing files

The CAD file has been loaded into the 3D printer. Plenty of material is ready for 3D printing your object. You hit “Go,” and the printer begins building…

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