28 September 2020 9:55
Have you ever been in a situation where you had no clarity of what’s happening on the production floor or struggled to understand the issues creating bottlenecks?    Many such challenges are the result of poor visibility into your additive manufacturing (AM) operations.    The complexity and the digital nature of AM, demands real-time visibility and flexible control. And yet, many companies using AM have limited knowledge of their production and use outdated tools, such as paper, spreadsheets and legacy systems, to organise and manage processes.   But, what could your company achieve if you used ...
24 June 2020 11:16
3D printing is one of the key technologies leading the change in manufacturing. But to take full advantage of its potential in production, companies must establish the right infrastructure for Additive Manufacturing (AM).   From repeatability to automation, we explore five key pillars that support the move of 3D printing to end-part production and what solutions can help with the transition.    1. Traceability   Traceability is currently one of the key concerns facing companies adopting additive manufacturing for production.   In manufacturing, traceability means the ability to track every part and product throughout the manufacturing process, from ...
16 December 2019 11:58
As 3D printing continues to mature into a technology for production applications, it has the potential to transform the way certain parts and products are made in the new era of digital manufacturing.   To highlight the recent progress of the technology, below we’re taking a look at the benefits of 3D printing for production, alongside the real-life examples of 3D-printed end-use parts.    Take a look at the other applications covered in this series:   3D Printing for Heat Exchangers   3D Printing for Bearings   3D Printing for Bike Manufacturing   3D Printing ...
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 ...