MakerBot refocuses on professional and educational 3D printing users

Low-cost desktop 3D printers may not have application in the home, but that does not mean they cannot be suitable elsewhere. The education market has been a successful one for these printers. And some professionals use them as well, especially in the early stages of design and prototyping. MakerBot has supported the education market for […]

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Designing a better exoskeleton

Listen in as Jeff Gorges of the University of Houston Research Lab describes how fast turnaround of prototyped and final parts helped the researchers move quickly on developing a futuristic brain-machine robotics system.

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Subtractive and additive technologies help design a better exoskeleton

Custom-machined joints, brain-controlled exoskeleton combine to enable paraplegics to walk. “Enabling people with lower-limb paralysis to walk again is an endeavor with a “high social impact,” says Jose Contreras-Vidal, director, University of Houston research lab. The United States has an estimated 6 million people with paralysis. Lifetime care for a 25-year-old who becomes paraplegic because of […]

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Fictiv streamlines communications to its online interface

With Fictiv’s recently added Live Annotations feature, users get immediate manufacturing feedback from Fictiv engineers, which helps in the production of better user products. “Often valuable design for manufacturing feedback is only available to a few users subscribing to expensive CAD packages, but our goal at Fictiv is to make these tools more accessible to […]

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Airwolf3D AW3D AXIOM DD

 

Size: Desktop
Technology: Extrusion
Build size: 12.5 x 8 x 10 in.
Layer thickness: 40 microns
Materials: More than 40 thermoplastic materials including high-temperature polycarbonate and nylon filaments.
Applications: prototyping
Industries: an…

rp+m adds metal additive manufacturing to its offerings

rp+m, a leading service provider of rapid prototyping and manufacturing services, has selected Concept Laser’s M2 cusing metal additive machine to strengthen its research and development competencies. The M2 cusing will allow rp+m to develop innovative applications for clients, due to its open architecture, which enables alloy development and parameter editing. rp+m will be the […]

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Airwolf HDR series

HD2x—dual extruder head, simultaneous two colors or two materials Hdx—one print head, HD—more than 15 materials, min layer height = 60 microns HDL—for education market Size: Desktop Technology: extrusion Build size: 11 x 8 x 12 in. Layer thickness: range—60 to 80 microns Materials: prints with more than 30 materials Applications: Prototypes, depending on material, […]

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3D Systems ProJet 1200

  Size: Desktop Technology: Stereolithography Build size: 1.69 x 1.06 x 5.9 in. (43 x 27 150 mm) Layer thickness: 30 micron Materials: VisiJet® FTX materials – 6 durable and rigid materials Applications: casting, prototyping, end-use parts Industries: Jewelry, small electronic components, dental

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Stratasys uPrint SE Plus

Size: uPrint SE Plus with one material bay: 635 w x 660 d x 787 h mm (25 x 26 x 31 in.), 76 kg (168 lb) uPrint SE Plus with two material bays: 635 w x 660 d x 940 h mm (25 x 26 x 37 in.), 94 kg (206 lb) Technology: FDM […]

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Chemically resistant 3D printing material

igus has expanded its range of wear-resistant “Tribo-Filaments” for 3D printing with the introduction of the chemical resistant iglide C210 printable material. Prototypes and custom small-batch components can be 3d printed and put into contact with chemicals and aggressive cleaning agents. The C210 material withstands a number of acids and solvents, as well as hydrogen […]

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Training tomorrow’s workforce in 3D printing

My prediction—Ten years from now, when today’s students enter the workforce, 3D printing/additive manufacturing will become the defacto tool to use in prototyping and in many production applications. One of the obstacles holding back higher usage of this technology is a lack of education or familiarity with it. Ultimaker is one of a number of […]

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Optomec claims breakthrough in 3D Printing enables micron-scale smart structures

Optomec’s Aerosol Jet Technology can enable 3D polymer and composite structures to be printed at the micron scale with embedded electronics. This breakthrough could potentially reduce the cost and size of next-generation products used in the electronics and bio-medical industries. This new capability is the result of the Aerosol Jet’s ability to print fine features […]

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What the FDA wants to tell you about additive manufacturing

The advances 3D printing/additive manufacturing is bringing to the field of medicine are transformative. And the FDA has noticed. The FDA has become very involved in 3D printing, hosting a 3D printing workshop at the end of 2014, and working with several additive machines to get an understanding of what’s critical and what’s not. The […]

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Carbon CLIP technology now available through more service bureaus

Carbon (Carbon3D, Inc.) announced the addition of two leading 3D printing service bureaus and contract manufacturers to its customer portfolio. Dinsmore Inc. and Midwest Prototyping now offer their customers access to Carbon’s M1 printer and Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP) technology. With CLIP, the two bureaus’ range of customers – from automotive and aerospace, to consumer […]

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How and when to use additive manufacturing

Large and small manufacturers need a way of identifying how and where to implement additive processes or quantify their impact. To maximize integration of 3D printing technologies and eliminate the unknowns, Stratasys, Ltd. (Nasdaq:SSYS) and Stratasys Direct Manufacturing, an indirect subsidiary, offer unified expertise and consulting through the Professional Services group. Professional Services will help […]

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What resolution can I expect from a 3D printer?

You can find 3D printers and additive manufacturing systems that meet many resolution needs, although there are limits as to just how fine a resolution you can have. In general, look for the minimum feature size for the XY plane and then look for the printer’s layer height. These numbers will give you a fairly […]

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3MF extensions address needs for productivity and full part description

The 3MF Consortium (3MF) released two free specification extensions to its 3MF Core Specification 1.1 for general availability.  These extensions are the 3MF Production Extension and the 3MF Slice Extension. They will enable high-volume additive manufacturing facilities to better integrate and manage their 3D printing operations. 3MF Production Extension For high-volume users such as service […]

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Additive manufacturing helps move PCBs to market fast

With contemporary electronic products, the circuitry often has to compete for the limited space within the housing. When conventionally stacked, PCBs can no longer accommodate all of the necessary components, so three-dimensional circuit carriers become the choice. But, the ever-shorter life cycles of many devices pose additional challenges: injection molding is too expensive to manufacture […]

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3d printing gives Olympic athlete a chance to compete

Decathlete Jeremy Taiwo’s Olympic dream was up in the air for the last year, partly due to injury and partly due to the financial pressures of training. But a Brooks Running sponsorship helped solve both issues. Part of the Brooks Running’s sponsorship agreement involved personalized sprinting shoes featuring 3D printed spike plates created by Brooks Running […]

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Get to market fast with subtractive and additive manufacturing

Madelynn Martiniere  •  Director of Community  •  Fictiv Many additive manufacturing service providers are broadening their range of services to include CNC machining as well as additive printing. The combination not only delivers prototypes fast, it tackles complex design challenges. For mixed martial arts fighters, speed is a huge advantage in the octagon. Speed is […]

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Outsourcing options for 3D printing

Leslie Langnau, Managing Editor You don’t have to own a 3D printer to obtain prototypes or finished parts. The 3D printing service industry is vibrant, with interesting innovations to help you make your parts fast. Most service bureaus are local, small shops that handle your prototypes relatively quickly. Today, they have competition. The major vendors […]

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Automotive 3D printing market expected to garner $2.4 Billion

A report published by Allied Market Research forecasts that the world automotive 3D printing market should garner $2.4 billion in revenue by 2022. Europe would emerge as the leading market over the forecast period, followed by Asia-Pacific and North America. Automotive companies worldwide will adopt 3D printing technology, primarily for prototyping and tooling applications. 3D […]

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What non-solvent smoothing options are available for 3D printed parts?

Several non-solvent based methods exist for finishing parts, including manual hand sanding, painting, and other manual methods. One of the best ways is to use a tumbling system, which gives a smooth finish to 3D printed parts. Tumbling uses the same equipment as that used with machined parts. The tumblers use stones or some type […]

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Women in Manufacturing to have VP of Johnson & Johnson speak at networking event

Women in Manufacturing announces that Johnson & Johnson and Carbon are sponsoring the next California Chapter event. The newly established WiM California Chapter will host an event on Tuesday, August 23, 2016, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Carbon’s headquarters in Redwood City, California. This is an opportunity to network with WiM members and other […]

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Additive vendors focus on reproducible part quality

Material quality, consistency, and reproducibility–from part to part and batch-to-batch–is a key to the use of additive manufacturing (AM) in a production capacity. Various AM vendors are developing standards to verify materials, technologies, equipment, and processes according to industry needs. For example, EOS has a quality management system to verify material consistency. It includes elements […]

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