21 November 2017 17:31
Last week, formnext was back - and the Frankfurt-based trade fair was bigger and better than ever. Over the course of four days, we saw more than 20,000 visitors walk through the formnext doors to witness the latest developments and technologies from the world of additive manufacturing. And with 470 exhibitors from industries ranging from aerospace to medical and automotive, there was sure to be something for everyone. Find out what the RP Platform team got up to at formnext - and stay tuned for our in-depth interviews featuring some of ...
14 November 2017 16:14
Formnext has officially begun! Over the next few days, the biggest names in additive manufacturing will be showcasing their latest products and developments at Europe’s largest trade fair and conference - including the RP Platform team. As formnext gets underway, many leading 3D printer manufacturers have announced plans to unveil their new 3D printing systems at this year’s trade fair. At RP Platform, we’ve compiled a list of some of the new 3D printing systems we’re looking forward to seeing at formnext this week.   A Game-Changer: ACEO’s new multi-material ...
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 ...
21 August 2017 12:33
In our recent blog post on the development of additive manufacturing for space exploration, we touched on Made in Space’s announcement of a new technology that would allow for 3D printing plastic in space. While the International Space Station has already been making use of an onboard SLS printer, this new approach will actually allow astronauts to print parts in the vacuum of space. This will provide an extra level of flexibility when it comes to conducting repairs on the exterior of the space station. This was something existing technologies ...
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 ...
09 August 2017 11:54
Material science in additive manufacturing is rapidly evolving, largely in order to meet the increasingly sophisticated requirements of AM specialists and their clients. One especially intriguing development is the fulfilment of one of additive manufacturers’ long-held dreams: 3D printing with silicone. While the potential advantages of this approach have been obvious for many years, it is only recently that the available technology has evolved to the point where it could potentially become feasible.   Why silicone? Silicone is already a versatile and well-established material, used across different industries in a wide variety of ...
07 August 2017 16:29
For any filament-based 3D printing technique, proper maintenance of your machines’ extruders should be a regular part of your internal processes. This becomes even more essential if you are utilising different filaments with the same printer. If even small quantities of a different material are still present in the extruder during the next print run, it will affect the finished result, resulting in lost time and wasted material. If you are in any doubt about whether a clogged extruder is affecting the quality of your printed parts, look closely at it ...
04 August 2017 16:22
Invented and patented by Chuck Hull -- founder of 3D Systems -- in 1984, stereolithography (SLA) is the original technology that serves as the foundation of modern 3D printing. It was SLA that originally helped establish 3D printing as a viable tool for manufacturers, and encouraged others to explore new methods of printing and new applications for the technology. It is a testament to Hull’s original vision that SLA is still employed today, across a wide variety of industries, by both seasoned professionals and aspiring hobbyists.   How does it work? Stereolithography builds ...
03 August 2017 15:08
3D printing with ceramic materials is still a relatively new addition to the additive manufacturer’s arsenal of techniques, but nonetheless, it has a wide range of potential applications, from beautiful artistic creations to versatile industrial parts. In today’s tutorial, we’ll be providing a concise introduction to ceramic 3D printing, how the technology works, and how to ensure your first design is a success.   How does it work? There are currently two main ways of 3D printing ceramics: jetting-based printing and extrusion-based printing. Some ceramic 3D printing utilises a jetting-based approach, where a liquid ...
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 ...