Optomec's LENSprinter in operation. Photo courtesy of Optomec.

Trends in metal additive manufacturing

Friday, February 12, 2016

Interest in metal additive manufacturing (AM) continues to grow. Some companies are making special efforts focused specifically on metal AM. For example, a number of powder producers are…

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What’s ahead for 3D printing in health care

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Developing products for the health care market using 3D printing / additive manufacturing is one of the better employment opportunities from now through 2020. A new report published…

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Are desktop 3D printers hazardous to your health?

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

It’s been mentioned by professional 3D printer vendors and users for a couple of years now—many desktop 3D printers should be installed in well-ventilated areas, just like the…

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Tips on using 3D printing for medical

Monday, February 1, 2016

3D printing in healthcare has moved past just being an idea and is well on the way to mainstream use. The capabilities of 3D printing appear to be…

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Dr. Bernhard with the 3D printed model of a kidney.

Tips for using 3D printing in medical applications

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Design for the human body is growing. And patient-specific is the latest trend for medical devices. Fueling and perhaps even driving this trend are 3D printers, with their…

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To support or not to support in 3D printing

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

If you are designing a geometrically complex part for a powder bed additive manufacturing process, you probably won’t need to design in supports as well, right? That’s sort…

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3D printing: 3 stats everyone should know?

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Be cautious when you simplify. You can make a concept or an idea so simple that you lose context. For example, a recent blog by Motley Fool indicates…

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How to set up 3D printing for failure in 3 steps

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

All too frequently, bloggers and pundits make inaccurate claims about 3D printing (3DP) and Additive Manufacturing (AM) systems capabilities. You could easily make the case that over enthusiastic…

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Material advances in metal 3D printing

Monday, December 21, 2015

Materials have always been key to 3D printing success. But metal materials are enabling new designs as well as new mechanical properties. Leslie Langnau, Managing Editor Every year…

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The price of overhype and desktop 3D printers

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Avi Reichental has left his position as CEO of 3D Systems. To please stockholders, the company is now reshaping itself, which means cost cutting measures. What does this…

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