30 November 2017 17:34
Commercial 3D printing has not quite taken off at the rate one would have expected a few years ago. One reason for this is speed, with the majority of desktop 3D printers requiring hours to print a part. However, the development of a new desktop FDM 3D printer by a team of engineers at MIT may well have changed the game.   What's new? [caption id="attachment_2193" align="alignright" width="300"] Some of the objects printed on MIT’s new printer – Image: Chelsea Turner[/caption] While FDM technology is the most popular commercial 3D  printing system, it is ...
23 November 2017 15:53
Emirates has recently announced that it will be using Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) technology to produce video monitor shrouds for its aircraft cabins. The move marks another milestone in the company's use of 3D printing technology - in October, it began onboard trialling of its 3D-printed cabin air vent grills, developed by the European Aviation Safety Agency (UUDS). Aerospace: Leading the Way The aerospace industry has been a front runner in adopting 3D printing technologies for end-use production parts. In April, Boeing was reported to have used 3D-printed titanium parts for its 787 ...
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 ...
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 ...
24 August 2017 13:05
We recently took a look at 3D printing’s applications in the world of sports, where the technology is being used to generate professional-quality equipment, shoes and clothing. However, that’s not the only sector in which a rapid manufacturing approach is being utilised to deliver quality wearables -- the fashion world has its own innovators, who are diving head-first into 3D printing technology. We’ve seen 3D printed clothes on the catwalk as far back as 2013, when Dita Von Teese donned a gown created by Shapeways. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63Xozzh_uHM[/embed] Since then, we’ve seen numerous other forward-thinking ...
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 9:48
While 3D printing’s march towards becoming a full-fledged production technology shows no signs of slowing down, it is still a powerful tool for rapid prototyping. Traditional manufacturing technologies simply cannot match 3D printing’s speed, versatility and affordability when it comes to bringing visionary ideas to life for the first time. Even as 3D printing technologies becomes more and more common on the factory floor, we still expect to see innovators printing their designs to create functional prototypes. This way, people can see exactly what the finished product will look like ...
16 August 2017 16:46
3D printing architectural models has become a well-established practice within that industry, with an increasing number of firms purchasing their own printers to test their designs and display them for clients. It’s a logical application for the technology, and one that has already yielded excellent results. But are there other areas where 3D printing could be utilised in this way? We would argue that any industry where complex designs must be tested and displayed would benefit from exploring 3D printing in depth. A strong example of this would be Japanese ...
11 August 2017 15:33
Boeing have just announced a $1 billion deal with France’s Dassault Systèmes. This strategic partnership will see Dassault’s 3DExperience software rolled out across Boeing’s additive manufacturing operations around the world. The software will be used for the design of 3D-printable aerospace parts at Boeing’s additive manufacturing operations around the world. The sophisticated 3D printing software’s range of tools for collaborative design work across multiple locations will enable Boeing’s teams to share best practice in AM and continue to deliver innovative printed parts for aerospace applications. Boeing have established themselves as one ...