What is FDM? Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) is a type of additive manufacturing process used for creating tangible 3-dimensional objects from CAD-designed digital files. Invented by S. Scott Crump in 1989, this trademarked 3D printing method uses … [Read more...] about What is FDM?
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Laser melting is an additive manufacturing method that uses a laser to heat a material into a fully melted liquid form. This is essentially the same process used in laser sintering with a few technical differences. Laser sintering uses heat to … [Read more...] about Laser Melting: What Is It?
Stereolithography (SLA) is a type of additive manufacturing process used for creating tangible 3-dimensional objects from CAD designs or 3D scanned digital files. The process, invented and named by Chuck Hull in 1986, uses photo-reactive (usually … [Read more...] about What is Stereolithography?
3D printers are a specific type of industrial machine and are the primary tool used for the additive manufacturing process. 3D printers use data from CAD drawings and 3D scanners to create solid 3-dimensional objects out of some material. How it … [Read more...] about What is a 3D Printer?
A report from New Media Consortium Horizon Report 2015 recently identified a top trend in education as advancing cultures of change and innovation. MakerBot sees the adoption of desktop 3D printing in the classroom as a way to create a culture of … [Read more...] about How to groom future 3D printing engineers
Solid Concepts, Harvest Technologies, and RedEye services combinations create one of the largest 3D printing and custom manufacturing service organizations in North America. Stratasys believes this move better positions the company to meet growing … [Read more...] about Stratasys combinations form Stratasys Direct Manufacturing
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 preparing parts for the additive build. By Leslie Langnau, Managing … [Read more...] about How to ensure a design is 3D printable
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 started to take off, at around 2008. Below the graphic is a brief outline of all the major events. Check … [Read more...] about A visual look at the history of 3D printing
Eight options for improving your 3D printed part’s look and performance. By Michael Jermann • Assistant Editor 3D printing is taking the manufacturing industry by storm these days. But no 3D printer, no matter what size, style or resolution, … [Read more...] about Choosing a finishing method for additive manufacturing
Dell announced it will offer MakerBot Replicator 3D printers and scanners to create an end-to-end 3D design solution for small and medium-sized businesses enabling fast and affordable prototyping. By adding MakerBot 3D printers and scanners to its … [Read more...] about Dell Adds MakerBot 3D Printing to Enable 3D Digital Prototyping Solution