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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SAP opens access to its Industrial 3D printing program

Obtaining 3D printed parts faster has always been a goal for users.  Several months ago, SAP SE and UPS announced a collaboration to improve the delivery of 3D printed parts. Now, SAP SE is opening access to its SAP Distributed Manufacturing application to new customers as part of its joint collaboration with UPS. The SAP […]

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Stratasys to show what’s new at SOLIDWORKS World 2017

Stratasys Ltd. plans to accelerate its industry presence by unveiling a range of initiatives at the SOLIDWORKS World 2017 show – including hands-on product demonstrations and detailed speaking sessions. Stratasys is introducing new approaches and solutions aimed at more easily and affordably creating professional quality 3D printed parts and prototypes. Attendees will see a new […]

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FAQ:Are there any military or naval standards applicable to metal additive manufacturing?

Yes, there are a number of standards that different governmental agencies, (NASA, Military, Navy) have worked on to develop for their own purposes, as well as a number of standards in progress. The ASTM F42 committee is working on developing a list of current activity. Individuals from these agencies attend the standards meetings and work […]

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New resins for Carbon’s CLIP 3D printing process

Carbon, the developers of Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP) and Two-Stage Cure, announces the addition of three new engineering resins to the CLIP platform. The EPX 81 resin is part of the company’s new Epoxy material family. EPX 81 was designed in collaboration with customers for high precision industrial applications like electrical connectors.  An accurate […]

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Enclosed desktop 3D printer reduces issues of printed part warpage

Indie is an enclosed desktop 3D printer priced at less than $600. Developed by Mumbai, India, based 3D printing manufacturer Maher Soft, the use of an enclosure for desktop 3D printers in this price range is rare. But the enclosure helps address issues of cracking and warping that can happen when printing with ABS materials. […]

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Bringing additive manufacturing to Formula 1 racing

McLaren Racing and Stratasys (Nasdaq: SSYS) announce a four-year partnership where Stratasys will supply McLaren Racing with a suite of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, as the Official Supplier of 3D Printing Solutions to the McLaren-Honda Formula 1 team. Stratasys will work closely with the Grand Prix outfit as it ramps up its rapid […]

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3D-printed foam outperforms standard materials

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) material scientists have found that 3D-printed foam works better than standard cellular materials in terms of durability and long-term mechanical performance. Foams, also known as cellular solids, are an important class of materials with applications ranging from thermal insulation and shock-absorbing support cushions to lightweight structural and floatation components. Such […]

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Education invests in additive manufacturing

As 3-D printing evolves, the field of manufacturing is experiencing a paradigm shift through additive manufacturing — producing parts layer by layer with computer control. To stay competitive at the forefront of this industry, Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering has launched the Manufacturing Research and Innovation Hub. Located on the Polytechnic […]

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BionicAircraft project promotes more additive manufacturing in aviation industry

CENIT is participating in the European research project “BionicAircraft,” which aims to boost resource efficiency in aviation by implementing additive manufacturing and bionic design in all phases of the aircraft lifecycle. Following a concept review, CENIT will implement its work package: A software toolset for automated bionic design. BionicAircraft launched in September 2016.  This research […]

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What’s ahead for additive in 2017

What will happen to polymers and metals for additive manufacturing in 2017? What will the major vendors introduce this year? Will this industry continue to shift into manufacturing? These are some of the questions the Additive Manufacturing Research (AMR), an additive manufacturing industry analysis organization explores. For polymers and metals, here are a few predictions from […]

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Using 3D printing for IoT applications

Nano Dimension Ltd., a leader in the field of 3D printed electronics announced its wholly owned subsidiary, Nano Dimension Technologies Ltd., has successfully 3D printed a series of multi-layered rigid PCBs, connected through printed flexible conductive connections. This process provides a solution to traditional production limitations in the electronics industry, such as continuous transfer of […]

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Developing standards for regulatory compliance and the joining of AM structures

In the U.S., the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) has had committees devoted to developing standards for additive manufacturing for a number of years. The F42 committee is one of the more prominent committees. Europe has Lloyd’s Register (LR), originally founded as a marine classification society. It is now a global engineering, technical […]

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Methods 3D introduces 3D Systems’ ProX SLS 500 production ready 3D printer

Methods 3D Inc., a subsidiary of Methods Machine Tools Inc., has introduced the 3D Systems’ ProX® SLS 500 Selective Laser Sintering production 3D printer featuring fast speeds, high print resolution and an extensive range of engineered composite materials. The ProX SLS 500 delivers parts with high precision, durability and quality, in a compact production-grade system. […]

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What is the minimal wall thickness for 3D printing?

Minimal wall thickness varies depending on the 3D printing machine used and the material chosen for the part. For the printer, if you choose extrusion-based 3D printing, your possible dimensions will depend on nozzle size. For powder-based 3D printing, the size of the laser beam will partly determine minimum size, as will the size of […]

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Engineering students build a better steering mount

Michael SÜß, a Research Fellow at the Technische Universität in Dresden, is currently working on his PHD, which focuses on design guidelines for additive manufacturing/electron beam melting. When looking for a demonstrator to design as a portion of his research, SÜß thought back to his time working on a Formula Student team. “I wanted to […]

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GE upping the stakes in additive manufacturing

GE has bought a few service bureaus and additive vendors.  Now we know a bit more about the company’s plans.  My colleagues at Medical Design and Outsourcing posted this blog about GE’s plans.

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FAQ: For fiber weave reinforced materials, what is the maximum fiber length and level percent by weight?

There are few hard limits there. Researchers are finding that you can do a lot of different, clever things with the material. If you’re looking at a powder process, fiber length needs to be less than the diameter of the powder you’re working with. If you’re working with a filament or pellet, then you can […]

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Get 100% metal parts from filament metal 3D printing

The Additive Manufacturing Users Group reports that BASF scientists have found a way to use the additive technique of extrusion to create 100% metal parts.  This could be an interesting breakthrough, as most additive processes that use metal materials to make parts are powder-based and use an additive sintering or melting process. Another technique uses […]

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FAQ: Can powder-based Selective Laser Sintering processes be used to build large parts?

There’s a class of parts Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) is very appropriate for. For large builds, it can be a challenge because of powder-bed capacity. You will need more powder than the part you will build will use. Then there is the issue of waste. A good portion of the powder may be wasted to […]

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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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