08 November 2018 10:23
When talking about workflow management for additive manufacturing, it’s quite typical to think solely in terms of the production steps: scheduling incoming requests and preparing machines, for example.  But what about managing the stage after production?   Surprisingly, post-production management is a frequently overlooked part of the additive manufacturing process. Many companies remain unsure as to how to most effectively manage this stage and ensure a seamless flow between production stages. Read on for more about post-production management - and how workflow management software can help to streamline and automate this ...
03 May 2018 11:00
Metal additive manufacturing has experienced an explosive growth across a range of industries, which has led to the emergence of more 3D printing metals systems and machines on the market.  Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) is one of the most popular 3D printing technologies, as it delivers high-quality metal components. There are a number of leading players in the market that provide DMLS 3D printers for industrial applications — but can you be sure which DMLS machine is right for your needs? We'll explore the range of DMLS machines available, ...
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 ...
27 April 2018 10:52
Above: Digital Metal's 3D printing technology uses metal binder jetting technology  As one of the most established 3D printing technologies, Binder Jetting offers a faster way to produce sand moulds, small metal parts, decorative objects and prototypes at a lower cost. But with a wide range of Binder Jetting machines on the market, it is important to choose the right printer for your 3D printing needs. We’ve compiled a list of the top 5 Binder Jetting machines, along with their pros and cons and particular applications. Note: Binder Jetting is a powder-bed ...
06 March 2018 14:48
Since its emergence in the mid-1980s, Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) has become one of the most widely used and versatile additive manufacturing technologies. SLS provides a host of benefits — not least because highly durable, lightweight parts can be produced in a matter of hours — and is used in a range of applications, from low-volume production to rapid prototyping. In this tutorial, we’ll take a closer look at how SLS works, its applications and how you can get the most out of the technology - and you can download our ...
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 ...
30 August 2017 16:59
We live in an increasingly interconnected world. Our computers and smartphones are omnipresent in our lives, and even our cars and televisions are now online, creating a smooth flow of data throughout our daily lives. These thousands of interconnected devices have been collectively dubbed the Internet of Things. The Internet of Things was first named in 1999 Kevin Ashton of Procter & Gamble. Since then, the term has become widespread to the extent that some argue the term has become increasingly meaningless. However, this next stage in technology’s ongoing evolution shows ...
10 August 2017 14:42
We’ve looked at a lot of different aspects of the finishing process for 3D-printed parts over the past few months, from cleaning away waste material and removing supports to achieving a smooth finish and adding specialist finishes, such as metal plating. With such a wide range of options available, a tremendous range of looks and mechanical qualities can now be achieved for both prototypes and production parts. But how do you actually put all this into practice? The reality is that time and resources are a precious commodity, and a number ...
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 ...
27 July 2017 12:56
One of the most effective applications of 3D printing in the industrial world has been injection moulding, where the use of printed moulds has helped reduce materials cost, streamline workflows, and maintain consistent quality. However, it’s not the only manufacturing technology where 3D printing offers opportunities for new improvements and enhancements. As part of an ongoing drive to streamline and improve their production processes, forward-thinking foundries are combining 3D printing with sand casting.   What is sand casting? Sand casting is the process of casting molten metal using sand-based moulds. To begin with, ...