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 ...
04 August 2017 16:22
Invented and patented by Chuck Hull -- founder of 3D Systems -- in 1984, stereolithography (SLA) is the original technology that serves as the foundation of modern 3D printing. It was SLA that originally helped establish 3D printing as a viable tool for manufacturers, and encouraged others to explore new methods of printing and new applications for the technology. It is a testament to Hull’s original vision that SLA is still employed today, across a wide variety of industries, by both seasoned professionals and aspiring hobbyists.   How does it work? Stereolithography builds ...
24 July 2017 8:19
Since earning his PhD from the University of Karlsruhe in 2008, Dr Bastian Rapp has risen to become the world’s leading authority on the application of 3D printing for microfluidics and related technologies. As the founder and head of NeptunLab, at the Institute of Microstructure Technology (IMT) of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, his work focuses on the development of microfluidics for biomedical applications and biotechnology. Bastian was kind enough to sit down with us to discuss the role 3D printing has played in his work and what he sees ...
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 ...
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 ...
06 February 2017 16:56
  Dr Martin Baumers is Assistant Professor in Additive Manufacturing Management at the University of Nottingham’s Faculty of Engineering. Martin’s research combines his background in economics with his longstanding interest in additive manufacturing and 3D printing, looking into the potential economic benefits this technology can offer. His most recent publication, in the Journal of Industrial Ecology, is titled “Shape Complexity and Process Energy Consumption in Electron Beam Melting: A Case of Something for Nothing in Additive Manufacturing?”   Martin was kind enough to sit down with RP Platform to discuss the current state ...