03 July 2019 13:00
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 how metal binder jetting has evolved and why it’s taking off as a new manufacturing ...
17 January 2019 16:32
A deep dive into polymer 3D printing: technologies, promising developments, applications, and more.   2019 promises to be the year of polymer 3D printing. As major chemical companies are now joining the 3D printing world and industry mainstays are further advancing the capabilities of the technology, polymer 3D printing is given a tremendous boost.   To keep up to the latest developments, today we’ll be diving into the most exciting innovations in polymer 3D printing and opportunities offered by the technology. But first, let’s explore the common polymer 3D printing techniques used across ...
09 October 2018 17:50
So far, 2018 has been a positive year for 3D printing. With technological advancements across the scope of software, hardware and materials, the industry has firmly moved away from the hype of the early 2010s to provide significant breakthroughs for industrial production. With the industry currently valued at over $7 billion (according to the 2018 Wohlers Report), industrial 3D printing has not only cemented its value in product development and rapid prototyping, but is also gaining a stronger foothold in end-part production.    Back in January, we made a few predictions on ...
25 September 2018 17:48
Developments in 3D printing have shown that the technology is becoming faster, processes more automated and production volumes increasing. 3D printing has now evolved to a point where it offers significant production value to companies. One aspect of this value is the ability to significantly reduce manufacturing costs in all areas of manufacturing, from design to product development and production. With 3D printing showing its value across all stages of manufacturing, we’ll be sharing the 6 ways the technology can help companies reduce their manufacturing costs.   1. Product Development   Product development ...
31 May 2018 11:39
Aerospace has long been at the forefront of 3D printing innovation. From its origins as a rapid prototyping tool, today additive manufacturing is used within aerospace not only for product design, but also to produce end parts as well as for maintenance operations. With the ability to create complex designs, lightweight parts and reduce production costs, 3D printing offers a range of advantages for the aerospace industry. However, key players, such as GE, Airbus, MOOG, Safran and GKN, are not only leveraging the benefits of the technology — they are also ...
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 ...
22 May 2018 13:02
The education sector is playing an ever-greater role in the development of new additive manufacturing technologies and processes. As universities increasingly establish 3d printing labs to further their research and production efforts, both students and academics alike are exploring the new possibilities afforded by additive manufacturing. So in what ways can the education sector transform AM? As part of our series exploring the impact of additive manufacturing on various industries, today we’re taking a look at the current applications of 3D printing within education, and how the sector is transforming AM. ...
17 May 2018 12:21
Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM) is a large-scale metal AM technology that uses an arc welding process to produce metal parts additively. While WAAM is one of the lesser-known metal AM technologies, it offers a viable alternative to traditional manufacturing, with a wide range of use cases in industries such as aerospace, marine, automotive and architecture. This tutorial will focus how Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing works, its benefits and limitations for industrial applications, as well as existing use cases.   How does Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing work? Unlike the more common metal powder ...
15 May 2018 11:06
The medical industry is one of the fastest-growing sectors within additive manufacturing, and is used for a range of applications, from patient-specific implants to realistic functional prototypes and advanced medical tools. And with more than 97 percent of medical AM professionals confident that the use of additive manufacturing will continue to increase (SME’s 2017 Medical AM/3DP Survey), the technology holds huge potential in areas such as bioprinting and other medical applications. As part of our series exploring the impact of additive manufacturing on various industries, today we’re taking a look ...
11 May 2018 15:31
As the first ever 3D printing technology, Stereolithography (SLA) offers a cost-effective way to produce parts with a high degree of accuracy and smooth surface finish using a range of materials.  However, to achieve a truly high-quality finish for your SLA parts, a range of post processing options should be considered. This is especially the case for SLA prints as they require support structures which, when removed, can leave marks or ridges on the surface of your part. In today’s tutorial we’ll explore a range of post-processing options for SLA printed ...