Additive lays the foundation for full production

This year, nearly all the major vendors introduced additive machines capable of building parts in production quantities. Here are 11 of the major introductions. 1. Building bigger parts Stratasys Ltd. launched its Infinite-Build 3D Demonstrator, which uses Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) to produce very long parts by turning the Z axis on its side. The […]

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3D Systems launches 3D Sprint 2.0 software

3D Systems announces the release of 3D Sprint 2.0, a productivity-enhancing print management and print optimization software for 3D Systems’ plastic 3D printers. 3D Sprint 2.0 streamlines 3D printing workflows by reducing the need for users to divide projects among multiple software programs. 3D Sprint 2.0 delivers a range of design tools specific to additive […]

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A hybrid additive and plastic casting technology

Collider serves the low volume customer with a process that brings manufacturing and tooling into the digital era. The founder, Graham Bredemeyer, who has an extensive history in 3D-printing and manufacturing, developed Programmable Tooling, a method for low volume production with a drop-in replacement for plastic casting. According to Bredemeyer, this technology combines the best […]

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Proving additive manufacturing for aerospace replacement parts

Doug Hedges, the President of Sintavia, is a mechanical engineer and an additive manufacturing professional. His experience includes part manufacture approval (PMA), designated engineering representative (DER) repairs, OEM part manufacture and design, and large-scale jet engine maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO). Recently, Doug set out to prove the ability to additively manufacture aerospace replacement parts. […]

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Additive Manufacturing Users Group announces keynote speakers for 2017 AMUG Conference

The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) announced its featured keynote speakers for the 2017 AMUG Education & Training Conference, which will be held in Chicago, Illinois, from March 19 – 23, 2017. Stacey DelVecchio, Jason Lopes and Todd Grimm will inform, inspire and excite attendees with their discussions of additive manufacturing strategies, applications, trends and […]

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FAQ: How does the strength of 3D printed materials compare to that of other materials such as aircraft aluminum?

Material properties with a typical 3D printer are usually based on the layer-by-layer deposition of the material. Thus, in general, printed objects will be stronger on the XY axes and a little weaker along the Z axis. There are exceptions and there are ways to orient the build to address overall part strength. That said, […]

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Using additive manufacturing to create hydraulic parts

Additive manufacturing is part of daily use at Land Rover BAR with the help of the Technical Innovation Group (TIG). TIG project manager, George Sykes of PA Consulting commented, “We use additive manufacturing at three different levels within the team. The simplest level is as a prototyping and visualization tool. We manufacture a large number […]

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Sciaky delivers metal additive machine to Airbus

Sciaky, Inc., a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries, Inc. (PSI), announced that Airbus will take delivery of a state-of-the-art Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM) 110 System in December 2016. The  aircraft manufacturer will use Sciaky’s industrial-scale metal 3D printing system to produce large structural parts made of titanium. The EBAM process combines computer-aided design (CAD), […]

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3D printing benefits cast in iron

VHM Fonderie (formerly Heinrich Fonderie) specializes in the production of industrial iron castings using a traditional sand casting process. To help the company with the production of functional prototypes, master models for sand casting, manufacturing tools, as well as the 3D printing of spare parts, VHM Fonderie turned to Stratasys. The 3D printing and additive […]

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3D printing’s next dimension

Leaders in the 3D printing industry give insights into where 3D printing / additive manufacturing will go next. The higher profile industrial-grade 3D printing / additive manufacturing has experienced over the past decade has led to notable technology developments and potential new applications. The buzz over 3D printing has also created much speculation about whether […]

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Motion and visualization capabilities headline 2017 release of solidThinking Inspire and Evolve

For the 2017 release, the solidThinking product teams focused on improving current product usability and adding multiple customer requested features. Jim Hassberger, President of solidThinking noted, “Inspire was the first tool to market that focused on putting generative design in the hands of design engineers and it continues to be a world-class product. The latest […]

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3D Printing is changing the way we think about customization — and Christmas!

By Tyler Reid, Manufacturing Application Manager, GoEngineer. Our nieces and nephews stayed with us around the holidays for their Christmas vacation last year. Ages in this group ranged from 15 to 20 and our discussions included many of the same challenges I faced at that age: buying a fixer-upper as a first car, applying for […]

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Jabil receives an HP Jet Fusion 3D 4200 printer

Jabil Circuit, Inc. is taking a major step forward toward the future of digital manufacturing by installing its first production units of the HP Jet Fusion 3D 4200 Printer. As an HP foundational customer, Jabil and HP are working together to transform 3D printing. Jabil has been at the forefront of determining how best to […]

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Test your knowledge!

What do you know about 3D printing? Here’s your chance to test your knowledge. Plus, you may win a prize for just taking the quiz. To learn more about this contest, click here. The drawing will be held at the end of January 2017. The contest is only available to US residents.

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3D-printed device controls ultrasound waves for surgical procedures

Here’s an interesting story from one of our sister publications on how 3D printing was used to create a device that improves the precision of surgery. Researchers from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore developed a 3D-printed device that harnesses high-pressure ultrasound to move, manipulate or destroy tiny objects. By controlling these photo-acoustic waves, the device […]

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How to ensure your part build is right the first time

Renishaw is releasing a new version of its QuantAM software. This version is based on a collaboration with Spatial Corp, a provider of 3D software development toolkits for design, manufacturing, and engineering solutions, and a subsidiary of Dassault Systèmes. The new version includes spatial software development tools such as 3D ACIS® Modeler with CGM Polyhedra […]

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Additive manufacturing’s bright future

2016 was an extraordinary year for additive manufacturing. Most vendors introduced truly manufacturing capable machines thanks to all the research and investment they could do when 3D printing was overhyped. But perhaps the more interesting development in 2016 was the number of big-name companies entering into this industry, with their own investment capital that will […]

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How to ensure safe usage of your additive manufacturing systems

As metal additive manufacturing (AM) continues to grow in use, it’s time to pay attention to the safe use of these systems. Some may ask, “Why do I have to worry so much about safety? And what do I have to be concerned about?” The answer is, “Everything,” said Paul Bates, Manager of the UL […]

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Researchers develop method to 3D print NdFeB magnets

The ability to create a part in nearly any shape while reducing material waste were two of the reasons engineers at Magnet Applications, Inc., a Bunting Magnetics Co., experimented with 3D printing magnets. And they succeeded. Using a novel method with Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM system), they were able to […]

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FAQ: Can I use anyone’s filament or powder in my 3D printer?

The answer is, it depends. The history of 3D printing includes a time when engineers turned away from using these devices because they could not deliver a quality built part. Vendors went back to the drawing board and designed new printers, using advanced technology that came about during that time period, that could build objects […]

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Will desktop 3D printers make a come back?

Low-cost desktop 3D printers did not quite meet professional engineers expectations. Actually, the price was a bit too high for what you received. For the average price of $5000, you often got a unit that was easily broken, did not really deliver quality parts, was not very fast, had a small build table, software that […]

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Carbon Fiber may set new trends in lightweight vehicle manufacturing

Metal alloys and composites come in a version often referred to as “lightweight materials.” They can decrease the weight of components and parts used in a number of industries, such as automotive, aircrafts, and windmills, without affecting the strength and efficiency of the parts or the final structure of the end-use system. The efficiency of […]

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Henkel will develop materials for 3D printing

Henkel Adhesive Technologies plans to leverage its technical expertise in material development to bring novel materials with unique properties to the additive manufacturing industry in areas not available today. Henkel is a leading global supplier of light cure acrylic, silicone, epoxy, and polyurethane adhesives used in such applications as medical and electronic device as well […]

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Developments in additive manufacturing service bureaus

Additive manufacturing service providers offer a range of capabilities to help you make your parts fast.  Fast Radius is an industrial manufacturer that offers services in cutting edge 3D plastic and metal printing technologies, CNC machining and rapid injection molding. But it’s the company’s On-Demand Production Platform that makes the company different from other additive […]

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Dow Corning introduces 3D printable silicone rubber material

Dow Corning, a global leader in silicones, silicon-based technology and innovation, unveiled Dow Corning LC-3335 3D Printable Silicone Rubber at formnext 2016. Developed in collaboration with German RepRap GmbH, a leading German manufacturer for fused filament fabrication (FFF) 3D Printers, this new materials technology is perhaps the first Dow Corning solution to be formulated specifically […]

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