25 August 2017 13:31
While we’ve previously looked at some of the sophisticated, professional-level CAD software available, it’s important to remember that you don’t necessarily need to spend a huge amount of money to delve into 3D modelling and printing. There are a range of free CAD software tools available online that can be successfully utilised for industrial 3D printing applications. These can potentially be used for education, home use, or introducing 3D printing to a manufacturing operation for the first time in order to gain the support of external stakeholders. Here are some of ...
27 July 2017 15:15
Pioneered by Stratasys in 2007, polyjet 3D printing -- while less widely used than SLS or SLA -- is an effective tool for printed parts that require a high level of surface detail (0.1mm details are achievable) and a smooth, high-quality finish. Its applications include: Highly detailed display models that require multiple colours, such as medical models. Prototyping stages where a large number of iterations of a part are expected. Polyjet’s printing speed makes it ideal for this. Limited-run non-functional parts, such as decorations for luxury cars. Generating moulds and ...
21 July 2017 14:15
Once a print run has been completed, a proper quality inspection is essential. While effective data preparation and real-time monitoring of the printing process can help prevent errors before they occur, there are still a range of things that can potentially go wrong before or after printing. For one-off or limited-run parts, conducting a quality check manually is unlikely to prove prohibitively complex or time-consuming. However, for larger print runs, things become more complicated. That’s why more and more 3D printing teams and bureaus are incorporating CT scanning into their ...
03 April 2017 16:43
Ever since the birth of additive manufacturing, questions about the technology’s impact on data protection and intellectual property have continued to arise. Initially, when additive manufacturing technology was exclusively used as a tool for product design and prototyping, these questions focused on intellectual property. This was a natural concern, considering that the technology would theoretically let anyone with access to the original CAD file and suitable equipment create a perfect 3D print of the design. As additive manufacturing as grown to establish itself as a viable production tool across a number ...