The ASTM standards organization defines Binder Jetting as a 3D printing/ additive manufacturing process in which a liquid binding agent is selectively deposited to join powder particles. The printhead strategically drops binder onto a layer of … [Read more...] about Binder Jetting: What Is It?
Resolution is one way of measuring the print quality of a 3D printer. Unfortunately, there is no standard that all 3D printer manufacturers adhere to. Each tends to explain resolution using different parameters. Because 3D printers print in three … [Read more...] about How is resolution defined in 3D printing?
For a long time it was assumed that only the large 3D printing/additive manufacturing machines, and especially the ones printing with metal materials, required proper ventilation or other efforts to ensure operator safety. These are usually installed … [Read more...] about FAQ: Do I require a special location to install a 3D printer?
3D printing food? The key question here is why would you want to? You can certainly use a 3D printer to “pipe” food into interesting shapes or designs. Bakeries have been doing this for a couple of years now. It’s great for parties and … [Read more...] about 3D Printing Food: Is It Possible?
PLA (poly lactic acid) and ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) are popular thermoplastic materials for personal and professional grade 3D printing systems. When deciding between PLA and ABS material, it depends on your application needs. PLA is … [Read more...] about ABS Material vs. PLA
The answer is it depends. Build speed, as it is used in this blog, refers to how long it can take to build a part as opposed to how fast do the mechanical axes supporting the material deposition nozzle, lasers, DLP system or build plate move. … [Read more...] about How fast are 3D printers?
Electron beam melting (EBM) is a type of additive manufacturing technique that uses a cathode ray as its heat source. EBM is a proprietary powder bed fusion technique developed by Arcam. Metal powder is melted in a high vacuum, layer by layer until … [Read more...] about Electron Beam Melting: What Is It?
Direct Metal Sintering is a name coined by 3D Systems to describe a process similar to Direct Metal Laser Sintering. 3D Systems’ printers, like other metal laser sintering printers, create pure, fully dense metal parts with EN ISO (fine) machining … [Read more...] about What is direct metal sintering?
Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) is an additive manufacturing process specifically using metals as the material. Most alloys can be used in the DMLS process but 17-4 Precipitation Hardened (PH) and 15-5 PH stainless steel are the most common. The … [Read more...] about What is DMLS (Direct Metal Laser Sintering)?
Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) is a type of additive manufacturing process that uses a laser as a thermal source for fusing ceramic, glass, plastic, metal powder and others into a 3-dimensional object. Many consider SLS to have the most diverse list … [Read more...] about What is Laser Sintering?