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 ...
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 9:48
While 3D printing’s march towards becoming a full-fledged production technology shows no signs of slowing down, it is still a powerful tool for rapid prototyping. Traditional manufacturing technologies simply cannot match 3D printing’s speed, versatility and affordability when it comes to bringing visionary ideas to life for the first time. Even as 3D printing technologies becomes more and more common on the factory floor, we still expect to see innovators printing their designs to create functional prototypes. This way, people can see exactly what the finished product will look like ...
16 August 2017 16:46
3D printing architectural models has become a well-established practice within that industry, with an increasing number of firms purchasing their own printers to test their designs and display them for clients. It’s a logical application for the technology, and one that has already yielded excellent results. But are there other areas where 3D printing could be utilised in this way? We would argue that any industry where complex designs must be tested and displayed would benefit from exploring 3D printing in depth. A strong example of this would be Japanese ...
10 August 2017 10:00
Helping additive manufacturing specialists develop more effective, more efficient post-processing stages is a huge priority for the team at RP Platform. We’re always looking for new ways of finishing 3D printed parts that will not only deliver exceptional results, but -- equally importantly -- how they could potentially be be deployed in a production capacity. For example, one new post-processing technique that caught our eye recently was Formnext engineer Christian Reed’s new technique for using wax crayons to add a touch of colour to his plastic prototype. Christian’s technique involves ...
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 ...
05 May 2017 11:09
There’s never been a better time for companies to discover the potential benefits of incorporating additive manufacturing into their range of services, or for companies who are already using this technology to explore new approaches and applications for it. While many of the key benefits of additive manufacturing are well-documented, improvements in technology, materials and best practice have revealed a number of new benefits that may not be immediately obvious. Here are six examples: 1) Reduced storage costs for spare parts In any industry that requires spare parts to be available at ...
04 May 2017 15:28
Ever since Chuck Hull printed his first prototype at home more than 30 years ago, plastics have been the material type most associated with the field of additive manufacturing. 3D printing with plastics allows for the quick creation of quality prototypes, but with recent advances in printing materials and technology, also offers opportunities for the creation of functional parts, suitable for mass production. In this short tutorial, we will look closely at some of the options currently available for printing with plastics, their respective advantages/disadvantages, and some of the key ...
03 May 2017 11:19
Economies of scale are a key concern for all companies offering manufacturing services, regardless of their industry, or the specific processes and technology they employ. For some time now, these concerns have served to slow the uptake of additive manufacturing processes as viable production tools. The argument typically goes that additive manufacturing technology does not deliver the same economies of scale that traditional manufacturing does. In other words, the cost to deliver a 3d-printed part will always stay the same, regardless of whether one or 100 are to be produced. ...