12 April 2019 10:31
Workflow management might not be the most exciting aspect of 3D printing technology today. But 3D printing service bureaus can scale more easily and save a lot of time and effort by streamlining their workflows.     Workflow software is a fundamental piece of this puzzle. Workflow software can make day-to-day business processes more efficient by coordinating tasks between people and synchronising data between systems.   Bringing workflow software into the equation helps to streamline manual, routine tasks, ensuring that your business is getting the maximum value and efficiency from all its operations. ...
22 May 2018 13:02
The education sector is playing an ever-greater role in the development of new additive manufacturing technologies and processes. As universities increasingly establish 3d printing labs to further their research and production efforts, both students and academics alike are exploring the new possibilities afforded by additive manufacturing. So in what ways can the education sector transform AM? As part of our series exploring the impact of additive manufacturing on various industries, today we’re taking a look at the current applications of 3D printing within education, and how the sector is transforming AM. ...
10 November 2017 18:54
It's that time of the year again – in just a few days, some of the biggest names in additive manufacturing will be gathering in Frankfurt to showcase their latest technologies and intelligent manufacturing solutions at formnext, Europe's largest additive manufacturing trade fair and conference. And as everyone who’s anyone will be there, the RP Platform team is excited to announce that we will be presenting the latest features of our RP Platform software solution at formnext for the second year running. Following the successful release of our email integration ...
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 ...
21 July 2017 14:15
Once a print run has been completed, a proper quality inspection is essential. While effective data preparation and real-time monitoring of the printing process can help prevent errors before they occur, there are still a range of things that can potentially go wrong before or after printing. For one-off or limited-run parts, conducting a quality check manually is unlikely to prove prohibitively complex or time-consuming. However, for larger print runs, things become more complicated. That’s why more and more 3D printing teams and bureaus are incorporating CT scanning into their ...
20 July 2017 11:29
Last week on the blog, we looked at the elements of an effective quality control process for 3D printing operations. Today on the blog, we’re going to look in-depth at the various tools available for monitoring your print runs in real time. Gathering real-time data on your machines’ performance will have a number of benefits for your entire operation. First of all, it allows any errors to be spotted straight away, so the printers can be either stopped or adjusted during printing (if the system will allow this). This will helping ...
13 July 2017 9:58
Ever since the birth of 3D printing, much of the discussion surrounding it has focused on whether or not it will eventually replace CNC machining and other well-established manufacturing techniques. As the technology has slowly matured, it’s become increasingly evident that this is highly unlikely to ever be the case. Instead, 3D printing has quietly but confidently established itself as a powerful tool for rapid prototyping, custom or limited-run parts, and a select number of specialist production applications. At the same time, CNC machining’s position as a versatile and reliable ...
10 July 2017 13:23
Whether it’s for prototyping or production, customers ordering 3D printed parts want one thing: high-quality parts, delivered quickly. This means that well-designed production processes must go hand-in-hand with systems for ensuring the quality of every part that leaves the factory. In today’s blog post, we will look at the key elements of an effective quality control process and how developments in best practice will be of long-term benefit to 3D printing specialists and their customers. The first step: an infallible quality assurance process For any manufacturing process, it is always far better ...
07 June 2017 16:07
There’s currently a great deal of interest in hybrid processes amongst manufacturers: the practice of combining multiple manufacturing techniques to achieve results that would be difficult (or even impossible) otherwise. This is a key part of additive manufacturing’s move from being purely a prototyping tool to a viable production technique. While much has been written on how AM will eventually replace traditional, subtractive methods in production workflows, the current evidence does not support this vision. Recent AM innovations and success stories indicate that it is in fact the development of ...
22 May 2017 9:37
  Almost everyone involved in the world of manufacturing will have browsed Spencer Wright’s blog or manufacturing newsletter at some point. Spencer is a longstanding expert in workflows for metal additive manufacturing and head of research & partnerships at nTopology. Spencer was kind enough to sit down with RP Platform to discuss his background in both AM and conventional manufacturing, his current work designing optimised workflows, and how he sees the field evolving in the near future.   How did you originally get interested in 3D printing? I became interested in metal printing just ...