03 July 2019 13:00
Image above: The M5 screws 3D printed using Digital Metal's system [Image credit: Digital Metal]   Metal binder jetting is undergoing a renaissance. Over the last decade, many new companies have entered a competition mode, each with its own take on this technology.    Such activity is in part fueled by many lucrative opportunities this technology presents. For one, the high speed and precision of the metal binder jetting process can help establish it as a new high-volume production method.    But which developments are driving the success of this technology?    Today we’ll be looking at ...
15 November 2018 14:07
Metal casting may be one of the oldest manufacturing methods used to create metal parts, but it is also yet another sector that can benefit from 3D printing. With the high costs involved in producing tooling aids like moulds, cores and patterns, 3D printing is already proving to be a worthwhile alternative to the conventional production of tooling for metal casting processes. Foundries are therefore increasingly adopting 3D printing into their workflows as a means of remaining competitive.    Overcoming existing limitations Foundries rely on several metal casting processes, with die casting, sand ...
24 May 2018 16:36
Metal 3D printing is on the rise, with sales of metal AM systems seeing an explosive growth of 80% from 2017. Metal 3D printing offers an unprecedented freedom of design, giving designers and engineers the  opportunity to create organic shapes and lightweight structures, that would otherwise be impossible with traditional manufacturing methods. However, to truly unleash the full potential of metal 3D printing and remain competitive, it is crucial to understand how to get the most out of the design capabilities offered by the technology. As traditional design rules can no longer ...
01 May 2018 11:09
Metal 3D printing has made impressive strides in the last few years, with companies increasingly investing in the technology for highly complex, industrial applications. However, alongside the advantages of producing lightweight, sophisticated metal components, there are also a number of challenges that need to be overcome during the metal 3D printing process. Today’s tutorial will explore the main problems faced when 3D printing metals, and how you can solve them.   Metal 3D Printing - An Overview When it comes to metal 3D printing, there are a range of printing processes. These can ...
30 April 2018 10:10
[caption id="attachment_3146" align="alignright" width="234"] Ian Campbell Loughborough University[/caption] Professor Ian Campbell is a Professor at Loughborough University, which is pioneering the field of design for additive manufacturing research. With an extensive background in design engineering, Professor Campbell has published over forty academic journal articles, is the editor of Rapid Prototyping Journal and has been an Associate Consultant for Wohlers Associates since 2014. We were pleased to be able to sit down with Professor Campbell and discuss the importance of design for additive manufacturing, the role of automation in AM and how mass customisation ...
05 December 2017 11:07
The Markforged booth at formnext was arguably one of the trade fair’s busiest this year. Over the course of four days, visitors, curious about the company’s latest technologies, gathered in droves to see Markforged’s latest Metal X 3D printer and its industrial printer series. And after featuring the company’s 3D technology as one of our top technologies to see at formnext this year, we were naturally pleased to have the chance to speak with Ibraheem Khadar, Project Manager at Markforged, at the event.   [caption id="attachment_2212" align="alignright" width="300"] Markforged's booth at formnext ...
30 August 2017 16:38
Metal 3D printing was a far-off dream for many manufacturing professionals for a number of years, but now it is not only possible, but easily achievable for most AM operations. This means prototypes and production can be delivered in a range of high-quality metals. One of the most exciting options available nowadays is 3D printed titanium. Today, we’ll be looking at this material’s potential advantages, and the key things you need to know to get the most out of its capabilities.   Why 3D print in titanium? Titanium is already used in a ...
29 August 2017 12:42
Regular readers of this blog will remember that we recently interviewed Dr Billy Wu of Imperial College London, to talk about some of the cutting-edge 3D printing research taking place there. Particularly notable was the new breed of metal printer that Dr Wu and his colleagues have developed. While additive manufacturing professionals and hobbyists alike have long dreamt of a workable desktop metal printer, but for the most part, such technology remains a long way off. Imperial’s new metal printer not only makes desktop printing with metal materials a viable ...
22 August 2017 11:24
Germany’s metal powder specialists, H.C. Starck, recently announced the launch of their new range of gas atomized powders, designed specifically with metal 3D printing in mind. Dubbed AMPERPRINTⓇ, the range of powders includes nickel, cobalt and iron-based mixtures, as well as customised powders for specialist applications, such as medical implants. The powders are also available in a range of different powder characteristics, particularly different particle size distributions, which means they can be utilized effectively with a wide range of metal 3D printing techniques. This approach is an intriguing one, as it ...
17 August 2017 16:09
Any quality 3D printed model -- whether it’s a prototype, a display model or an industrial part -- begins with a quality material. This is especially important for metal 3D printing, as parts intended for industries such as aerospace, defence and automotive must be manufactured to the highest standards. However, the materials used for metal prints are still quite expensive, and so must be deployed intelligently to ensure operations remain cost-effective. A key part of this is maintaining the purity of all powder materials used for 3D printing. Any printing run ...