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Revolutionary New Metal 3D Printing Technology (Selective LED-based Melting)

Metal 3D printing can also be known as DMLS (Direct Metal Laser Sintering), and DMLM (Direct Metal Laser Melting) is an additive layer technology. A metal 3D printer uses a laser beam to melt 20-60 micron layers of metal powder on top of one another. This powdered metal is spread out over the entire build …

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3D Printing Software overview

Effectively implementing 3D printing in a production environment requires software tools for design, simulation, pre-processing, distribution, manufacturing, inspection, and quality. Printer manufacturers (OEMs) provide software with their printers, but it often does not include all the functionality necessary for industrial scale additive manufacturing (AM). This post covers the different categories of 3D printing software, how …

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Used cooking oil from McDonalds: a sustainable material for 3D printing

Most traditional 3D printers create a shape by excreting a synthetic resin layer by layer, which is then hardened using UV light. Thanks to the abundance of scientific activity in this field, we have a number of resins and 3D printing methods to choose from. However, These resins are very expensive – A typical high-resolution …

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Markforged Metal X price, technology and 3D printing materials

Metal 3D printers have been around for over a decade but have been out of reach for most. With the introduction of the Markforged Metal X, this has begun changing. This new offering from Markforged once again breaks the mold in terms of what is possible with 3D printing. It does so at a price …

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What Can On-Demand Manufacturing Do For You?

While the term “on-demand manufacturing” may seem fairly broad it has actually revolutionised the way in which small, medium and large sized companies are able to operate. Whether creating a prototype, ordering a relatively small number of specific items or instigating a huge batch of components required on a tight timescale, on-demand manufacturing is a …

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6 Extremely Weird 3D Printing Applications

Previously we discussed 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing and how it works in the aerospace industry. In these articles, we learned that some of the benefits of additive manufacturing are the ability to produce complex shapes quickly and at a low cost. In this process, a design is created using a 3D modeling program, where the …

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Additive Manufacturing in the Aerospace Industry

You know a trend transitioned from a hobbyist tool and news candy to solid production asset when aeronautics and aerospace officially start using it. Additive manufacturing (also referred to as 3D Printing) crossed that milestone some time ago for several industries. The aero field is now making additive manufacturing the way of tomorrow and as …

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Rapid Prototyping: Doing For Thinking

Lately, I was pleasantly surprised by one of the conferences I attended involving decision making and startup development: I was expecting the generic speech about entrepreneurship, monetizing one’s idea and incorporating innovation in one’s thought process. But I ended up with insightful techniques and a quantified understanding of the process of creation, brainstorming and prototyping …

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3D Printed Drug Spritam Cleared By FDA

The medical industry is a fertile ground for some of the most promising and innovative uses for additive manufacturing. As the FDA begins to approve more 3D printed devices, other additive manufacturing applications like 3D printed tissue, organs and oral medications seem to be right around the corner. 3D printed drugs That is why in …

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Additive manufacturing, the FDA and a regulatory minefield

Even though additive manufacturing has opened the door to multiple business opportunities in recent times it has been like the Wild West for the last few years… no laws or regulations to talk of despite the fact this technology is impacting many areas of our everyday life. Where are the regulators when you really need …

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Is it possible to ban 3D printed guns?

Legislation that would ban 3D printed guns was originally proposed by New York Congressman Steve Israel but was not passed into law. According to Israel’s office he is planning to reintroduce his “The Undetectable Firearms Modernization Act” bill in the near future. The legislation would focus on banning any weapons undetectable to a common X-ray …

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Additive or Subtractive Manufacturing?

Before prototyping or manufacturing a product, it is important to consider all the different manufacturing processes which are available, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of each. As a designer it is your goal to understand how you can utilize these different tools when creating new projects. When choosing between additive or subtractive manufacturing processes, it …

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SLA or DLP 3D Printing? How to choose between them.

For many industry insiders and hobbyists, 3D Printing has become a household name. However, the technology used in DLP (Digital Light Processing) or Stereolithography (SLA) printers is still relatively unknown to most people. In this article we would like to help you understand the differences, to make a choice between SLA or DLP. UV hardened printing Stereolithography …

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EKOCYCLE Cube – The Growing 3D Printing Frontier

With so much going on in the world of 3D printing, it is difficult to tell just where the technology could go in the next 5 years. There are plenty of unrealized applications and potential partnerships, making many pathways possible. One such pathway is the EKOCYCLE Cube 3D Printer which came out of the partnership …

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Hybrid machines: A little bit of give and take

3D printing is a technological miracle but is not without its limitations, but then again so do many other manufacturing methods. Additive manufacturing (SLA, SLS, 3D Printing etc.) is currently a hot topic, subject to much discussion and conjecture, but let’s take a moment to consider innovations and enhancements relating to subtractive manufacturing methods. Imagine …

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3D Printed Brain for surgical training

When medical students train as surgeons they typically practice on cadavers or use simulators. A simulation allows students to hone their skills by looking into a screen whilst moving tools below to operate on a faux body part. The unfortunate reality is that cadavers are in short supply and simulators are not as realistic. Additionally, …

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