Some Blown Powder additive manufacturing machines, like this one from Optomec, can deliver five axis coordinated motion: X, Y, Z, tilt, and rotate. The LENS system uses a high-power laser (500W to 4kW) to fuse powdered metals into fully dense three-dimensional structures.

New dimensions in 3D printing: free-form fabrication

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Additive manufacturing delivers a great deal of freedom when designing and developing parts. You are not always confined to a build platform, though. Some machines and processes deliver…

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How to ensure a design is 3D printable

Thursday, August 14, 2014

As 3D printing / additive manufacturing becomes a more accepted every day industrial tool, the focus is turning to best practices that help smooth out the kinks in…

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history of 3D printing

A visual look at the history of 3D printing

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

This graphic gives you a very nice look at what happened when in the 3D printing industry. It begins in 1983, but you can see when it really…

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How Proto Labs acquition of FineLine Prototyping will affect you

Monday, August 4, 2014

A couple of months ago, we reported that Proto Labs acquired FineLine Prototyping, Inc. a leading provider of additive manufacturing services. This move enables Proto Labs to offer…

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Growth of personal 3D printers

How to improve personal 3D printers: 6 key features

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

While the focus at this website has primarily been on professional and production additive manufacturing/ 3D printing systems, some of the news on personal 3D printers (3DP) is…

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Shooting a 3D printed gun

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

3D printed guns continues to be a hot topic.  This video from Solid Concepts, though, shows a more professional build.  Using “a half-million dollar” machine to print the…

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Price versus ??? What 3D printing users want now

Thursday, June 26, 2014

What is the key feature your fellow engineers are looking for in their additive manufacturing / 3D printing systems? It’s no longer system purchase price. At the recent…

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How Airbus is using 3D printing to makes parts for its aircraft

Monday, June 23, 2014

Check out this video on how Airbus uses Concept Laser additive manufacturing machines to design, prototype and build final parts for its planes. 3D plastic parts are flying…

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Top 5 questions users ask when outsourcing 3D printing

Monday, June 23, 2014

RP Marketplace, an online platform that helps you find professional suppliers of rapid prototyping services, recently teamed with some of the leading professional 3D printing suppliers to answer…

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3d printing—how fast can it go?

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Efforts are underway to quicken 3D printing machine build operation.  And it’s more than just improving the back end operations. Recently 3D Systems announced that the “productivity” of…

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