09 July 2019 13:37
[Image credit: EOS]   3D printing is now being used across many industries for prototyping, product development and production. From automotive to construction, industries can benefit from faster lead times, greater design freedom and toolless manufacturing offered by 3D printing.   However, many companies remain hesitant about embracing 3D printing, often out of a lack of understanding of how the technology is currently being used in their sector, and uncertainty as to whether it is the right time to invest.   [toc] The adoption of 3D printing across industries To help companies better understand how 3D ...
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 ...
06 June 2019 12:54
Advancements in extrusion-based 3D printing are changing the trajectory of Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) technology.   FFF, or FDM (Fused Deposition Modelling) as it’s more commonly referred to, is one of the most commonly used 3D printing technologies. With adoption increasing across all industrial segments, FDM was the most revenue-generating 3D printing technology in 2017, and is said to have the largest installed base (SmarTech).   So what has spurred the growth and maturity of the technology? And how will extrusion-based polymer 3D printing evolve in the future?   To answer these questions, this ...
14 May 2019 9:17
3D printing has reached its inflection point. Having been an important prototyping tool for decades, the technology is now increasingly becoming a viable solution for manufacturing applications.   That said, there are still a lot of misconceptions about the technology. Today, we’re taking a look at some of the most commonly-held beliefs about 3D printing, and dispelling the myths behind them.   Myth 1: “3D printing is a new technology” [caption id="attachment_9300" align="alignright" width="300"] The first 3D printer, SLA-1, created by Chuck Hull in 1987 [/caption] Adoption of 3D printing is on the rise, ...
07 February 2019 16:31
Is your company thinking about adopting additive manufacturing? We share 5 tips to help you get started.   Additive manufacturing has become a key manufacturing method for production. According to a recent survey by Jabil, over 60% of manufacturers are using 3D printing technologies to produce at least 10% of their functional or end-use parts – a significant increase from the previous year’s 36%.   With the vast majority (79%) of those surveyed looking to double their AM production in the next three to five years, it’s becoming increasingly important for companies to ...
23 January 2019 11:54
Additive manufacturing has come a long way since the days of rapid prototyping. Since its emergence in the 1980s, 3D printing technologies have found innovative applications and are helping to reduce production costs and lead times, improve product performance and make mass customisation viable at scale. Nevertheless, AM faces key challenges when it comes to large-scale production. In this article, we outline the 8 challenges the industry faces, and the steps being taken to address them.   1. Identifying a business case Making the business case for additive manufacturing is a challenge ...
18 January 2019 9:26
[caption id="attachment_7390" align="alignright" width="251"] Revannth Murugesan, Managing Director at Carbon Performance[/caption] The world of performance racing and motorsports is defined by innovation. Where performance and speed are key criteria, maintaining engineering excellence is crucial. As such, the sector is increasingly looking towards technologies like additive manufacturing to drive innovation.   One company leveraging this development is Carbon Performance, a UK-based startup that manufactures high-performance components using additive manufacturing. Using AI and blockchain technologies in addition to AM, the company aims to deliver the next generation of smart automotive components.   We spoke with Carbon ...
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 ...
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 ...
25 October 2018 12:00
Generative design is a software tool that enables engineers and designers to approach design problems in more innovative and efficient ways. Generative design algorithms explore all possible design solutions by defining goals and constraints, offering engineers numerous options to explore.   Although still in its infancy, generative design has shown remarkable potential for industrial applications, particularly when coupled with 3D printing. Together, generative design and 3D printing can achieve more design flexibility, while creating lighter and stronger parts.   Today, we’ll be looking at the benefits and current challenges of using generative ...