03 March 2020 7:40
The lack of understanding of metal 3D printing capabilities and limitations remains one of the key challenges to greater adoption of the technology. Misconceptions that have emerged around the technology only add fuel to the fire.    In today’s article, we’ll be dismantling some of the common myths surrounding metal 3D printing, to uncover the truth and arm you with the facts.    1. Metal 3D printing is too expensive   Metal Additive Manufacturing (AM) can be an expensive technology to own. Some metal AM systems can cost up to a million dollars, making them affordable ...
03 July 2019 13:00
Metal binder jetting is undergoing a renaissance. Over the last decade, many new companies have entered a competition mode, each with its own take on this technology.    Such activity is in part fueled by many lucrative opportunities this technology presents. For one, the high speed and precision of the metal binder jetting process can help establish it as a new high-volume production method.    But which developments are driving the success of this technology?    Today we’ll be looking at how metal binder jetting has evolved and why it’s taking off as a new manufacturing ...
26 June 2019 13:31
[toc] Metal 3D printing is advancing rapidly on all fronts: the technology is becoming more advanced, print speeds are increasing and there is a greater range of industrial materials than ever before. These advancements are opening up exciting new applications for the technology.    However, getting to grips with the available technologies and integrating them into existing workflows can be a challenge for many companies.    This guide aims to help you better understand metal 3D printing, from the technologies that are currently available to the technology’s benefits, limitations and key applications.    Metal ...
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 ...
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 ...
30 August 2017 16:38
Metal 3D printing was a far-off dream for many manufacturing professionals for a number of years, but now it is not only possible, but easily achievable for most AM operations. This means prototypes and production can be delivered in a range of high-quality metals. One of the most exciting options available nowadays is 3D printed titanium. Today, we’ll be looking at this material’s potential advantages, and the key things you need to know to get the most out of its capabilities.   Why 3D print in titanium? Titanium is already used in a ...
22 August 2017 11:24
Germany’s metal powder specialists, H.C. Starck, recently announced the launch of their new range of gas atomized powders, designed specifically with metal 3D printing in mind. Dubbed AMPERPRINTⓇ, the range of powders includes nickel, cobalt and iron-based mixtures, as well as customised powders for specialist applications, such as medical implants. The powders are also available in a range of different powder characteristics, particularly different particle size distributions, which means they can be utilized effectively with a wide range of metal 3D printing techniques. This approach is an intriguing one, as it ...
17 August 2017 15:06
The medical sector is one of the most vibrant areas for additive manufacturing at the moment, with the technology establishing itself as an invaluable tool, both for education and on the hospital floor. Perhaps the most exciting time during any period of intensive innovation is when a relatively untested technology or technique is successfully put into practice. This might be to complete an ambitious project that showcases the concept’s possibilities, to make a tangible difference in someone’s life, or (best of all) both. The latter was definitely the case in ...
12 July 2017 8:09
The post-processing stage for parts generated using direct metal laser sintering is usually quite involved (far more than SLS prints, by way of contrast). However, with a little patience and the right techniques, a world-class result is easily achievable. In today’s tutorial, we’ll look at 5 practical tips to help you achieve the look and mechanical qualities you want for your parts.   1) Make sure your support structures have been removed cleanly Unlike other powder bed technologies, direct metal laser sintering still requires the use of support structures. As these will be ...