When creating a part for injection molding, an important step is to consider where you will put the “parting line” in the design of the mold. The parting line indicates the direction of the line of draw for the mold, or the point where you can … [Read more...] about Injection molding basics: What are parting lines?
Producing parts with injection molding requires the creation of a mold of the part that will be produced. Each mold will be custom and some could be quite complex. A mold basically consists of a cavity, a way to feed the molding material into the … [Read more...] about Injection molding basics: What is a mold?
Short shots are among the most common and visually obvious quality issues most molders face. So, what causes them? How can we prevent them? And how do we troubleshoot them when they do occur? What causes short shots? A short shot is when a … [Read more...] about Mold tip: How to prevent and troubleshoot short shots
High Speed Sintering (HSS) is an additive process developed by Voxeljet to sinter plastic materials. Sintering is often viewed as a process to use with metal materials. But, as various markets, like automotive and aerospace, turn to plastic … [Read more...] about What is High Speed Sintering (HSS)?
A number of applications are well-suited to the capabilities of 3D printing/additive manufacturing (3DP/AM). We’ll look at several in this series. This time we look at using additive manufacturing for prototypes. Prototyping was the original … [Read more...] about What are the best applications for 3D printing—a look at prototypes
A number of applications are well-suited to the capabilities of 3D printing/additive manufacturing (3DP/AM). We’ll look at several in this series. The first one will be jigs and fixtures, often referred to as machine tooling. Forecasters have been … [Read more...] about What are the best applications for 3D printing/additive manufacturing?
Directed energy deposition (DED) is one of the ASTM accepted additive manufacturing technologies. In operation, focused energy, (from a laser beam, for example) is directed at a powder material (usually metal) while it is being deposited onto a … [Read more...] about Who are the vendors of Direct Energy Deposition (DED) 3Dprinters?
One of the lesser-known 3d printing technologies is sheet lamination, sometimes also known as laminated object manufacturing (LOM). It is considered additive because one sheet of material is bound to another in a layer-by-layer process. The LOM … [Read more...] about Who are the vendors of lamination 3D printing systems?
Today, digital dentistry uses 3D printing to make surgical guides, dentures, aligners, and other items. Because such devices “go into a body,” the FDA will want a say in whether and how you market these and similar devices. The FDA offers guidance on … [Read more...] about What should you know about FDA regulations for additive manufacturing in the dental industry?
About a decade ago, the ASTM International defined seven types of 3D printing. Over the years, the additive industry developed more ways to build objects in a layer-by-layer process, and new terms and descriptions were added. Here’s a look at the 10 … [Read more...] about What are the 10 additive manufacturing processes you need to know?