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 ...
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 ...
29 August 2017 12:42
Regular readers of this blog will remember that we recently interviewed Dr Billy Wu of Imperial College London, to talk about some of the cutting-edge 3D printing research taking place there. Particularly notable was the new breed of metal printer that Dr Wu and his colleagues have developed. While additive manufacturing professionals and hobbyists alike have long dreamt of a workable desktop metal printer, but for the most part, such technology remains a long way off. Imperial’s new metal printer not only makes desktop printing with metal materials a viable ...
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 ...
30 June 2017 10:46
June has been an exciting month for additive manufacturing in aerospace. We’re seeing more AM specialists roll out new materials, technology and solutions that are specifically tailored to the sector’s exacting requirements. We saw Stratasys exhibit at the recent Paris Air Show, where they unveiled a new solution that utilises their FDM Fortus 900mc Production printer to deliver parts that meet all FAA and EASA regulations. This means that high-quality, compliant parts can be produced on a regular basis, allowing 3D-printed parts to be used in a greater number of ...
26 June 2017 12:17
Prodways Group recently announced the launch of their Rapid Additive Forging (RAF) technology. This new method of 3D printing metal works by building up layers of molten metal in a cloud of inert gas, allowing parts that would previously have taken several months to produce to be delivered in a few hours, with minimal material waste. The long-term goal of the new technology is to print metal parts in a way that consistently delivers superior metallurgical quality compared to previous methods. At the time of writing, the technology is only ...
14 June 2017 8:54
The team at RP Platform were incredibly interested to read about the launch of Desktop Metal's new metal printing methods, bound metal deposition (BMD) and microwave sintering. The former utilises metal powder bound in plastic filament, then printed using a process similar to fused deposition modelling. The latter utilises existing metal injection moulding materials, which are combined with a binding material and sintered in a specially-designed furnace. It’s always exciting when a new method for 3D printing is unveiled, and these two new approaches certainly have huge implications for additive ...