3D printing and conventional machining work side by side to build custom machines

Any custom part or object can be a natural fit for 3D printing/additive manufacturing. Dallan S.p.A, Treviso, Italy, uses 3D printing in the development of its custom production…

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Lessons from additively making custom spacecraft mechanisms

Specialist manufacturer, Croft Additive Manufacturing (CAM), and ESR Space have combined expertise to conduct a study into the use of additive manufacturing (AM) and use prototypes to develop…

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3D printing helps develop surgical tool that transforms ACL reconstruction

For high-performance athletes, a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) can end a career. Part of the problem in treating ACL injuries with medical appliances is the uniqueness of…

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3D printing: 3 stats everyone should know?

Be cautious when you simplify. You can make a concept or an idea so simple that you lose context. For example, a recent blog by Motley Fool indicates…

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MultiJet printing capabilities with ProJet MJP 3600 MJP 5500X enhanced

3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced today the ongoing evolution of its MultiJet Printing (MJP) family of 3D printers with the release of the new high-throughput ProJet® MJP 3600 Series….

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EnvisionTEC fills product line with new 3D printers

EnvisionTEC, a leading global manufacturer of professional grade 3D printers and materials, previewed the Vector 3SP and the Micro Plus, at the International CES 2016 in Las Vegas,…

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Ultimaker launches two 3D printers at CES

Desktop 3D printers often lack capabilities and features desired by professional engineers. A few, though, such as the Ultimaker brand, can suit engineering needs. Ultimaker launched two 3D…

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A better print nozzle for MakerBot 3D printers

MakerBot, a global leader in the desktop 3D printing industry, announced the MakerBot Smart Extruder+, a new swappable extruder for Fifth Generation MakerBot 3D Printers. The MakerBot team worked…

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New material for 3D printing in ceramics

Researchers at HRL Laboratories, LLC, have demonstrated an approach to additively manufacture ceramics that overcomes the limits of traditional ceramic processing and enables high temperature, high strength ceramic…

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How to set up 3D printing for failure in 3 steps

All too frequently, bloggers and pundits make inaccurate claims about 3D printing (3DP) and Additive Manufacturing (AM) systems capabilities. You could easily make the case that over enthusiastic…

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3D scanning helps reengineer the Dodge Viper

GSpeed (Cresson, Texas) contracted with NVision, Inc. to 3D-scan the chassis of a Dodge Viper as a key step in GSpeed’s goal of building what is expected to…

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Northern Illinois Univ and 3D Platform join to promote AM education

3D Platform announced an agreement to join forces with Northern Illinois University EIGERlab, an innovation network, incubator, and business accelerator facility designed to help individuals and businesses develop…

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Material advances in metal 3D printing

Materials have always been key to 3D printing success. But metal materials are enabling new designs as well as new mechanical properties. Leslie Langnau, Managing Editor Every year…

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Fathom acquires proprietary data analytics software fro digital manufacturing

FATHOM has announced its acquisition of a proprietary data analytics application software that retrieves, analyzes, and reports real-time additive manufacturing metrics. “For the industry to take a step…

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Airbus APWorks purchases first MetalFAB1 system

Airbus APWorks, a 100% subsidiary of the Airbus Group, placed an order with Additive Industries for its first 3D metal printing system, MetalFAB1. Airbus APWorks is the first…

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FATHOM acquires data analytics software for digital manufacturing

FATHOM, a manufacturer with expertise in 3D printing, announced its acquisition of a proprietary data analytics application software that retrieves, analyzes, and reports real-time additive manufacturing metrics. “For…

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Compact drone wins Proto Labs’ Cool Idea! award

Small in size, the Sprite drone offers alternative to larger quadcopter drones The developers of the Sprite, a small, durable drone that offers an alternative to larger, generally…

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How do you really use 3D printing systems?

The assumption is that engineers already use 3D printing machines for prototyping and will soon use additive manufacturing machines for production. But is that an accurate assumption? Results…

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The price of overhype and desktop 3D printers

Avi Reichental has left his position as CEO of 3D Systems. To please stockholders, the company is now reshaping itself, which means cost cutting measures. What does this…

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Moog investing in additive manufacturing business

Moog Inc. (NYSE: MOG.A) (NYSE: MOG.B) announced that it has acquired a 70% ownership of Linear Mold and Engineering with an option to acquire the remaining 30%. Terms…

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The latest developments in 3D printing circuit boards

The use of 3D printers to make circuit boards seems like a natural fit for this technology. Over the past few years, a number of efforts have been…

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Build multilayer PCBs on 3D printer

Several companies have introduced desktop-sized 3D printers that build printed circuit boards (PCBs). Some are just for creating the board, some let you pause and print electronics into…

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3D printing shifts into manufacturing production

A trend emerged at the formnext show held in Frankfurt Germany in November. A number of newer vendors entered the 3D printing / additive manufacturing market with machines…

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The future of additive manufacturing: predictions for 2016

The 3D printing / additive manufacturing industry continues to fascinate with many stories about medical successes, innovative materials and company changes. Even though this industry is no longer…

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Stratasys forms a Medical Solutions Group

The use of 3D printing in medical applications shows no signs of stopping. 3D printing is being used to prototype and manufacture surgical models and medical devices, among…

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