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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3D-printed end-of-arm tooling lightens load on robotic packaging line

New robots for a pick-n-pack line were already on order. A major American food producer’s equipment supplier, Langen Group, began designing the end-of-arm tool that would let the…

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Airbus begins production of metal parts made through additive manufacturing

Premium Aerotec is starting the series production of 3D-printed metal parts for the Airbus Group at its Varel site (Friesland). The Airbus subsidiary constructed a new production hall…

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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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Additive manufacturing used in mass production of consumer electronic devices

Can additive manufacturing (AM) produce objects on a mass scale or not? It’s a common question asked by engineers. The answer, for the most part, is it depends…

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One view of the AM factory of tomorrow

All the signs are that additive manufacturing is currently undergoing a paradigm shift towards series production on an industrial scale. But new, more economical machine concepts are required….

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A behind the scenes look at 3D printing aliens for the TV show Colony

3D printing is a needed tool for movie and TV special effects creators. These creators usually face very tight deadlines to design and then build special effects costumes,…

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Roland DGA introduces two new resins for the MonoFab ARM-10 3D Printer

Roland DGA has introduced two new ImageCure resins for use with the company’s monoFab ARM-10 3D printer. The new additions – PRH35-ST2 Standard-type resin and PRR35-OP Rubber-like resin…

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FATHOM and Nano Dimension collaborate on introduction of 3D Printer

FATHOM, an industry-leading advanced manufacturer with an expertise in 3D printing, has signed an agreement to collaborate with Nano Dimension, a leader in the area of 3D Printed…

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Growth of conductive inks is good news for 3D printing

The conductive inks and paste business will generate a demand of 1800 tonnes, reports Dr. Khasha Ghaffarzadeh, head of consulting, IDTechEx Research, that will grow to 2200 by…

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First FDA approved, 3D printed medicine

It looks like the ability to 3D print drugs is coming about faster than many predicted, including me. SPRITAM (levetiracetam) tablets are the first prescription drug product approved…

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Trends to watch in metal additive manufacturing

Lately, the focus of additive manufacturing is on the metal additive side. Whether the technology used to build metal parts is laser or electron beam, additive manufacturing and…

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3D printing and injection molding: Behind the making of a compact drone

Listen in as two aerospace engineers (who sound alike because they are twins) describe how they developed the Sprite, a small, durable drone that collapses to the size…

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Melting metal with high energy

Lasers are a common way to additively build objects out of metal, but it is not the only additive option. Electron beam technology also delivers dense metal parts….

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Buying time with 3D printed tooling

The debate over the use of additive manufacturing to create molds and tooling continues. Additive processes clearly create molds fast.  But the life of the mold can be…

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Metal additive manufacturing continues to advance towards production

And there is more good news on the additive manufacturing front. Concept Laser announced it achieved its highest sales and new orders in the company’s history to date….

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Metal additive manufacturing enables lean, green heat exchanger

The University of Maryland’s Center for Environmental Energy Engineering (CEEE) sums up its quest to deliver innovative approaches to energy conversion in two words: lean and green. CEEE…

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Here come the laser sintering additive machines for plastics

News of growth in additive manufacturing continues. According to Prodways, the size of the plastic laser sintering market is comparable to that of the vat photopolymerization market, which…

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Additive manufacturing accelerated with introduction of PolyNURBS

solidThinking Inspire 2016 introduces PolyNURBS functions, which allow users to quickly and easily flow optimized designs into manufacturable products by wrapping topology results with NURBS geometry. The PolyNURBS…

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3D print features on outer diameters of shafts

Fabrisonic LLC, a manufacturer of Ultrasonic Additive Manufacturing machines and 3D metal printing, adds rotary access to its SonicLayer 7200. The in-house machine is the largest of three…

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Additive Manufacturing Users Group announces scholarship recipients

The future of additive manufacturing looks bright with scholarship recipients like these: Dr. Nathan Patterson, an assistant professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering (Milwaukee, Wis.), has been using,…

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