Understanding the Process for 3D Printing

When it comes to utilizing 3d printing for rapid prototyping, you are rewarded with parts for new medical devices as well as other products. This often means design risk reduction.   3D Prototype Designs Deliver Injection Molded Parts and Devices Parts for products will range from instruments that are necessary for surgery – to glucose

Morf3D adds three EOS additive systems to its lineup

Morf3D, a fully integrated additive manufacturing (AM) and engineering service provider, announced the latest addition to its Innovation Center with the acquisition of two EOS M 290 systems and an EOS M 400. These systems will support Morf3D’s anticipated production and new development contracts. They also expand Morf3D’s metal AM capacity at its 6,800 sq-ft […]

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Using 3D printing instead of injection molding for fluid manifolds

The debate on whether to use injection molding or additive manufacturing for certain parts tends to support injection molding as the best answer. But with newer additive technologies, the case for using additive is getting stronger. Carbon’s CLIP technology, for example, can compete with injection molding in many applications. One example involves fluid manifolds, which […]

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Advancing prosthetics development with 3D printing

From makers to professional engineers, 3D printing has long been used to develop prosthetics because it can save time and money. It also helps stimulate innovative thinking, which led to this fully functional hydraulic prosthetic arm. Ben Ryan, founder of Ambionics, developed the prosthetic for his two-year-old son, Sol using a Stratasys multi-material, multi-color PolyJet […]

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Model Solution delivers prototypes in 7 days

Model Solution is a precision prototyping, tooling and low volume manufacturing service provider with an edge—the company likes to handle challenges, those unusual, custom parts that require out-of-the-box thinking. As part of the Laird group, Model Solution is building a facility in Milpitas, CA. In addition to its custom services, it also offers design validation […]

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How additive services can help you meet your prototyping needs

Proto Labs began as a quick turnaround service for subtractive manufacturing designs. Over the last few years, it has expanded its capabilities and offerings, primarily in stereolithography and metal laser sintering. So if you’re not familiar with how Proto Labs can help you use additive manufacturing to prototype parts, this short video will give you […]

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Additive Manufacturing Users Group announces Scholarship Recipients

The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) announced the recipients of its scholarships. Dr. Haijun Gong, an assistant professor at Georgia Southern University (Statesboro, Ga.), has been awarded the Randy Stevens Scholarship. Claire Belson, a chemical engineering student at the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, Ala.), has been awarded the Guy E. Bourdeau Scholarship. With these recognitions, […]

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Working with metal materials for additive manufacturing

Perhaps more than any other manufacturing process, additive manufacturing works best when you match the material to the right additive process. Some of the challenges, though, are: –many additive processes suggest proprietary versions of materials — plus these materials often do not have sufficiently available documentation on their performance after undergoing an additive process –the […]

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Buy a car, get a 3D printed Death Trooper helmet

As part of the marketing of the Lucasfilm Rogue One, Nissan developed its 2017 Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition car. Included with this car is a limited edition 3D printed Death Trooper replica helmet, produced by 3D Systems Gentle Giant Studios in Burbank, CA. Lucasfilm approached frequent partner Gentle Giant Studios with […]

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Users of all ages learn additive and subtractive at STEM education

After 33 years as a technical educator, Glen Stevenson, says he’s still excited about what he sees his students do every day. Glen is currently overseeing the development and implementation of a rapid prototyping curriculum as department chair of the Advanced Manufacturing program at Saddleback College, a community college located in Mission Viejo, California. “It’s […]

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3D printing delivers orthotics and prosthetics in one day

Here’s the typical way a prosthesis is made: First you wrap fiberglass tapes around a patient’s limb. The tapes harden into a mold, which is then filled with plaster to make a model of the limb. Next, heated plastic is formed around the mode. The device is then hand-finished by smoothing the edges and attaching […]

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How Stratasys and Dassault Systèmes will improve additive manufacturing

Stratasys Ltd. announced that it is partnering with Dassault Systèmes to provide next generation design tools that improve the functionality, efficiency and weight ratio of additively manufactured production parts. The companies have collaborated on design and simulation capabilities for Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform which support Stratasys’ FDM 3D printers and materials. These capabilities include: Design […]

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Proto Labs introduces rapid insert molding

Proto Labs Inc. (NYSE: PRLB), a leading online and technology-enabled quick-turn manufacturer, officially launched its insert molding service at Pacific Design & Manufacturing in Anaheim this week, expanding on the company’s rapid injection molding offerings. This new capability can produce 25 to 10,000-plus insert-molded parts in 15 days or less. “We’re delighted to now be […]

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Fast prototyping gets products to market fast

At the Center for Advanced Design (CAD), a product development firm in Minnesota, a team of design engineers specializes in creating complex surface geometry for the plastics industry. The agile team of six handles everything from industrial design concepts and digital sketching to assisting clients with implementation by building production tooling. Their ability to advance […]

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Stratasys targets professional prototyping with engineering-grade 3D printers

Stratasys introduced new tools to help CAD users get to market faster at SOLIDWORKS World 2017 today. These tools are three professional, versatile and fast FDM-based 3D printers—the F123 Series (F170, F270 and F370).   Stratasys developed these printers to address user needs for ease of use, greater accessibility and printers that offer more material choices. […]

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Academics introduce their own 3D printing conference

Ultimaker is a sponsor of the first national academic 3D printing conference, Construct3D 2017, which will bring together leaders and educators in the digital fabrication discipline of 3D printing for a comprehensive overview of this rapidly expanding area of research and development. Autodesk, Inc., is also a sponsor of the conference, which will be hosted […]

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Learning tools for additive manufacturing machine and material selection

Senvol has partnered with America Makes and ASM International to create learning tool exercises for additive manufacturing machine and material selection using the Senvol Database. Both the learning tool exercises and the Senvol Database are online and free to use. To download the learning tool exercises, click here. The learning tool exercises were piloted at […]

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Renishaw advancing additive manufacturing in the U.S.

Renishaw, Inc. will move into a new 133,000 sq-ft office and warehouse facility in West Dundee, IL, about 40 miles from Chicago. The two-story facility will be the company’s new North American headquarters, but also includes space for product development, testing, warehousing and distribution. It includes the new U.S. Additive Manufacturing Solutions Center – part […]

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Xometry secures investment from GE Ventures

Xometry, an on-demand manufacturing marketplace, has secured new funding from GE Ventures and existing investors, including Highland Capital Partners, to reach a total of $23 million raised. The infusion of capital will allow Xometry to accelerate investment in its software platform powering its manufacturing partner network. “We created a marketplace by creating price clarity where none […]

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Which is better–additive or traditional manufacturing?

The debate about additive versus traditional manufacturing will always go back and forth. The answer, of course, depends on the application. For International Submarine Engineer (ISE) Ltd., though, using additive over traditional manufacturing cut time and cost out of the production of a titanium Variable Ballast (VB) tank. Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM) from Sciaky, […]

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3D Systems adds to its dentistry portfolio with acquisitions

3D Systems  acquired Vertex-Global Holding B.V., a provider of dental materials worldwide under the Vertex and NextDent brands. Together, 3D Systems’ Figure 4 platform and NextDent’s 3D printing materials give 3D Systems a strategic foothold in the multi-billion dollar digital dentistry industry. Vertex Dental and NextDent are leading global innovators and manufacturers of photopolymer, thermoplastic, […]

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Working with additive manufacturing standards

Standards are critical to the goal of helping users put additive manufacturing (AM) machines into more effective use across a global marketplace. Standards are the basis for developing conformance acceptability criteria. The use of standards can help users manufacture parts faster. A standard is a set of rules decided by a consensus of people. For […]

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Get advance information on the cost of 3D printing your part

You have several choices when building a 3D printed part. If you choose an in-house approach, you can purchase either a desktop 3D printer or a 3D printing machine and print the part yourself. Or you can outsource the part, virtually uploading the .STL file to a service provider. When you outsource a part, you […]

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Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence joins Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing

The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) announced Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence has joined CCAM at the Affiliate Member level and will have a seat on CCAM’s Technology Advisory Council. CCAM is an applied research center providing solutions in adaptive automation, surface engineering, and additive manufacturing. Hexagon will participate in CCAM research and provide expertise in […]

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Combining reverse engineering and 3D printing

In September 2016 the Footwear Polytechnic of Riviera del Brenta, an institute of excellence in the footwear industry, launched FFlab – a digital laboratory specializing on new 3D scanning and 3D printing technologies. The Polytechnic carries on traditional knowledge and widens research. It invested in a rapid prototyping laboratory and in the emerging FFLab to […]

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