19 April 2018 16:17
Above: AMFG's AM Automation Software provides powerful tools for file preparation and production management.    Converting a CAD-designed model into a compatible file format for 3D printing is an unavoidable step in the 3D printing process. The file format most commonly used is STL, which allows the 3D printer to interpret CAD model data and then to create the physical object. However, when an STL file is poorly exported, this can lead to a myriad of unexpected and, typically, undesired results, affecting the printability of a part. So what are the most ...
28 November 2017 14:23
The meteoric growth of the 3D printing software industry over the last few years shows no signs of slowing down. According to a new report conducted by BIS Research, the global market for 3D printing software and services will grow to $4.52 billion by 2021 - reflecting a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 25.2%.  Increasing demand for software and services  across range of industries, including medical, automotive and aerospace & defence, is just one of the factors in the rapid growth of this sector. The crucial role of software within the ...
25 August 2017 13:31
While we’ve previously looked at some of the sophisticated, professional-level CAD software available, it’s important to remember that you don’t necessarily need to spend a huge amount of money to delve into 3D modelling and printing. There are a range of free CAD software tools available online that can be successfully utilised for industrial 3D printing applications. These can potentially be used for education, home use, or introducing 3D printing to a manufacturing operation for the first time in order to gain the support of external stakeholders. Here are some of ...
04 July 2017 16:46
A successful industrial 3D printing operation depends on having the right tools readily available. This means the full arsenal of physical tools and machines, but also includes the right software. There are a lot of different software platforms used in modern manufacturing operations, but perhaps the most crucial is the CAD program. If you just want to design 3D models at home, there’s plenty of free software online that will be more than sufficient, but a professional operation will require professional software tools. It’s therefore important to consider your options ...
20 March 2017 18:33
Since their introduction in 1987, STL (Stereolithography) files have remained the default format for printing in the field of additive manufacturing. In this tutorial, we’ll look closely at this file format and share a few ways to make more effective use of its capabilities as part of your own additive manufacturing projects. How they work STL files are available in both ASCII and binary formats, although in practice, binary representations are more commonly used in additive manufacturing to minimise file sizes. ASCII-formatted files are typically reserved for testing new CAD interfaces. Models generated ...
20 January 2017 11:00
The Software as a Service (SaaS) model has grown rapidly in popularity, with worldwide revenue from such services reaching $3.2 billion in 2016 -- more than doubling in the space of just five years. The model has already been used to deliver software solutions for everything from business automation to customer management and document storage, with new concepts being unveiled regularly.  In the world of additive manufacturing, the potential rewards offered by this new model are great, providing rapid prototyping bureaus with easy access to a range of cutting-edge tools at ...