The additive manufacturing industry has been a game-changer in the effort to battle this pandemic. Where supplies of personal protection equipment were scarce, the AM industry got to business and supplied hundreds of thousands of PPE for health care … [Read more...] about What is additive manufacturing doing to help fight COVID-19? 9 Examples
To build parts one layer at a time, you need to convert various materials into a form that can fit a layer by layer build process. For the additive process of Powder Bed Fusion (PBF), polymers or metals need to be converted into a fine powder. Then, … [Read more...] about Who makes powder bed fusion 3D printers?
Digital Light Processing (DLP) is one of the major additive creation technologies. It is a type of vat polymerization, similar to stereolithography, where a light source is used to cure a liquid photopolymer resin into specific shapes. In the case … [Read more...] about Who makes 3D printers that use Digital Light Processing (DLP)?
Until recently, the smallest commercial build size for a typical 3D printer was 5 x 5 x 5 in. or close to it. Researchers have gone smaller, printer micro motors and actuators years ago, but none of those systems reached the commercial level. … [Read more...] about What’s the smallest size you can 3D print?
Vendors continue to explore the limits of 3D printing/additive manufacturing, including size. When you need really big parts, you have several options to choose from. 3D Platform out of Chicago, makes several extrusion-based 3D printers that can … [Read more...] about What is the maximum size build for an additive manufacturing system?
According to a recent analyst forecast, the market for using copper material in 3D printing applications will grow 51% thanks to key technical developments in copper additive processes and materials. While copper materials are being explored … [Read more...] about 5 ways you can 3D print with copper
Electron beam melting (EBM) is an additive manufacturing technology that uses an electron beam instead of a laser as its heat source to melt metal materials. (It does not work with thermoplastic polymer materials.) Basically, electrical charge … [Read more...] about Which vendors make electron beam additive manufacturing systems?
Material Jetting is one of the processes available to build parts in an additive format. Material jetting 3D printers use a printhead that is similar to those found in paper inkjet printers, except that these printheads deposit droplets of material … [Read more...] about Which vendors make jetting 3D printing systems
Many industries, including automotive, aerospace, and robotics are using additive parts made of carbon fiber. These parts are popular for the strength-to-volume ratio they offer. But the use of carbon in additive materials may not always produce a … [Read more...] about How to get good feature detail with 3D printed carbon fiber parts
Among the ways to deposit material in a layer-by-layer approach, one is to use jetting technology. Jetting material in this manner is akin to inkjet printing. But, instead of ink as the material, the material is usually a type of photopolymer or wax. … [Read more...] about What is polyjet 3D printing?