09 October 2018 17:50
So far, 2018 has been a positive year for 3D printing. With technological advancements across the scope of software, hardware and materials, the industry has firmly moved away from the hype of the early 2010s to provide significant breakthroughs for industrial production. With the industry currently valued at over $7 billion (according to the 2018 Wohlers Report), industrial 3D printing has not only cemented its value in product development and rapid prototyping, but is also gaining a stronger foothold in end-part production.    Back in January, we made a few predictions on ...
04 October 2018 11:01
3D printing and CNC machining are the two most commonly used methods when it comes to prototyping and low-volume production. However, since both offer two very different approaches to manufacturing — one being additive and the other subtractive — identifying the right manufacturing method for your application is crucial for streamlining product development, achieving greater efficiency and, ultimately, higher-quality parts.   In this tutorial, we’ll look at the differences between 3D printing and CNC machining and share a few tips on how to pick the right method.   3D printing vs CNC When looking ...
03 October 2018 14:58
One of the biggest areas of untapped potential for additive manufacturing is the oil and gas industry. Comparatively slow to adopt additive technologies, the oil and gas sector lags behind industries like automotive and aerospace in finding applicable use cases for AM.   However, with the industry facing serious challenges from oil price volatility to shifts towards alternative energy sources, the need to reduce operational costs is becoming increasingly pertinent for stakeholders within the sector. Additive manufacturing could be one of the solutions to achieving this reduction in operational costs ...
22 May 2018 13:02
The education sector is playing an ever-greater role in the development of new additive manufacturing technologies and processes. As universities increasingly establish 3d printing labs to further their research and production efforts, both students and academics alike are exploring the new possibilities afforded by additive manufacturing. So in what ways can the education sector transform AM? As part of our series exploring the impact of additive manufacturing on various industries, today we’re taking a look at the current applications of 3D printing within education, and how the sector is transforming AM. ...
15 May 2018 11:06
The medical industry is one of the fastest-growing sectors within additive manufacturing, and is used for a range of applications, from patient-specific implants to realistic functional prototypes and advanced medical tools. And with more than 97 percent of medical AM professionals confident that the use of additive manufacturing will continue to increase (SME’s 2017 Medical AM/3DP Survey), the technology holds huge potential in areas such as bioprinting and other medical applications. As part of our series exploring the impact of additive manufacturing on various industries, today we’re taking a look ...
11 May 2018 15:31
As the first ever 3D printing technology, Stereolithography (SLA) offers a cost-effective way to produce parts with a high degree of accuracy and smooth surface finish using a range of materials.  However, to achieve a truly high-quality finish for your SLA parts, a range of post processing options should be considered. This is especially the case for SLA prints as they require support structures which, when removed, can leave marks or ridges on the surface of your part. In today’s tutorial we’ll explore a range of post-processing options for SLA printed ...
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, ...
01 May 2018 11:09
Metal 3D printing has made impressive strides in the last few years, with companies increasingly investing in the technology for highly complex, industrial applications. However, alongside the advantages of producing lightweight, sophisticated metal components, there are also a number of challenges that need to be overcome during the metal 3D printing process. Today’s tutorial will explore the main problems faced when 3D printing metals, and how you can solve them.   Metal 3D Printing - An Overview When it comes to metal 3D printing, there are a range of printing processes. These can ...
25 April 2018 14:22
In the era of Industry 4.0, manufacturing is increasingly heading towards a world of machine learning and artificial intelligence. A world where data-driven systems can be developed to enhance production processes. And additive manufacturing can leverage the benefits of machine learning to achieve greater efficiency, enhance product quality and optimise AM workflows.   Increasing efficiency with machine learning As additive manufacturing scales up for end use production, advances in machine learning are not just limited to the prospect of self-driving cars. Machine learning can be used within additive manufacturing to drive efficiency in part ...
12 April 2018 12:40
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech With the latest Wohlers’ report indicating an explosive growth in metal 3D printing, it seems that the rise in metal 3D printing sees no sign of slowing down any time soon.  Increasingly, manufacturers are recognising the benefits of metal AM, which has found its place in aerospace, biomedical, automotive, robotics and many other industries. Indeed, metal 3D printing opens up huge potential for the production of complex, industrial-grade components and parts with reduced weight, as well as unparalleled design freedom. As the use of metal 3D printing will only ...