3D Printing Support Structures: A Complete Guide

17 October 2018 14:11

Support structures are one of the most important elements for successfully producing 3D printed parts. While a key advantage of 3D printing is its ability to create freeform and intricate geometries, much of the design freedom offered by 3D printing wouldn’t be possible without the use of support structures.   Supports are vital for preventing …

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Metal 3D Printing: What is Direct Energy Deposition?

27 September 2018 16:40

Direct Energy Deposition (DED) is a series of several similar metal 3D printing technologies that creates parts by melting and fusing material as it is deposited. While it can be used to manufacture new parts, DED is typically used for repairing and rebuilding damaged components. One of the main metal 3D printing technologies, DED is …

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TPU 3D Printing: A Guide to 3D Printing Flexible Parts

23 July 2018 15:07

Have you ever thought about 3D printing flexible parts? If so, Thermoplastic Polyurethane or TPU, as it’s commonly known, is definitely a material to add to your list.    TPU 3D printing offers unique possibilities that are otherwise unachievable with other 3D printing materials like ABS, PLA or nylon. Combining the properties of both plastic …

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PLA 3D Printing: All You Need to Know

02 July 2018 17:48

Polylactic Acid (PLA) ranks as one of the most popular materials for 3D printing, particularly FDM. Its ease of use and minimal warping issues make PLA filaments the perfect starting point for 3D printing. PLA is also one of the most environmentally-friendly 3D printing materials and, unlike ABS, is biodegradable. Among other PLA advantages are …

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3D Printing with ABS Plastic: All You Need to Know

29 June 2018 11:59

Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) is one of most popular thermoplastics for 3D printing. Thanks to its sturdiness, high heat and wear resistance as well as its relatively low cost, ABS is commonly used in a variety of consumer and industrial applications. ABS is also known to be stronger and more durable than PLA, another favourite …

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