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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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New bioplastic compound for 3D printing

Teknor Apex Company announced new compounds to its Terraloy high-impact, high-heat polylactic acid (PLA) range of products. These compounds offer enhanced properties and tight tolerance control in 3D…

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MecSoft releases VisualCAM 2015 for Geomagic

MecSoft Corporation, a developer of CAD/CAM software, announced the availability of VisualCAM 2015 for Geomagic, a major version release for MecSoft’s integrated CAM solution for Geomagic Design from…

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What is FDM?

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) is a type of additive manufacturing process used for creating tangible 3-dimensional objects from CAD-designed digital files. Invented by S. Scott Crump in 1989,…

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What is laser melting?

Laser melting is an additive manufacturing method that uses a laser to heat a material into a fully melted liquid form. This is essentially the same process used…

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What’s new in metal additive manufacturing standards

Standards for metal material and additive manufacturing machines and process are under continuous development, with ASTM and ASTM International spearheading them.  Carl Dekker, President of Met-L-Flo Inc., is also…

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What is Stereolithography?

Stereolithography (SLA) is a type of additive manufacturing process used for creating tangible 3-dimensional objects from CAD designs or 3D scanned digital files. The process, invented and named…

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3DPrinterOS aims to create standard, reduce 3D printing hassles

My colleague, Barb Schmitz, who covers all things CAD, posted the following information about this company on our sister website-3D CAD World. Interoperability–or more appropriately a lack thereof–is…

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Advances in 3D printed electronics

Optomec showcased its Aerosol Jet technology for 3D Printed Electronics applications at the LOPEC International Conference and Exhibition in Munich earlier in March.  Aerosol Jet Printers are used…

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SLA 3D printing helps Todd Herremans improve his work-outs

Todd Herremans, a NFL offensive guard for the Philadelphia Eagles, is no newcomer to working out. He trains rigorously to maintain top physical form and is always looking…

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Forecast: 3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing Industry to quadruple in four years

Wohlers Associates, Inc. expects worldwide revenues from the additive manufacturing and 3D printing industry to reach $12.8 billion by 2018. According to Wohlers Report 2014, the company’s annual…

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Proto Labs Cool Idea! winner launches Kickstarter campaign

A couple of months ago, we published a story on an innovative thruster that can be used to remotely operate underwater vehicles and small surface vessels for aquatic exploration….

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New dimensions in 3D printing: free-form fabrication

Additive manufacturing delivers a great deal of freedom when designing and developing parts. You are not always confined to a build platform, though. Some machines and processes deliver…

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How to insure a design is 3D printable

As 3D printing / additive manufacturing becomes a more accepted every day industrial tool, the focus is turning to best practices that help smooth out the kinks in…

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Airwolf 3D Launches Entry-Level AW3D HDL 3D Printer for under $2,300

Airwolf 3D announced it has added an entry-level 3D printer—the AW3D HDL—to its rapidly expanding line of high-performance 3D desktop printers for the professional market. The HDL delivers…

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A visual look at the history of 3D printing

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…

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Inspire 2014 helps you design for additive manufacturing

The design goals of reducing weight and material usage are not just for aerospace and automotive applications, although this trend gained prominence through these industries. These goals can…

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ASTM developing standard for metal powder bed fusion quality requirements

A proposed new ASTM standard, WK46188, Practice for Metal Powder Bed Fusion to Meet Rigid Quality Requirements, describes the operation and production control of powder bed fusion machines…

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