Throughout 2019, we published roughly 500 stories and news items on the industrial side of additive manufacturing (also known sometimes as 3D printing). Here’s a chance to revisit some of the more popular stories we’ve published. How engineers can … [Read more...] about The 7 best read stories of 2019
Flexural strength refers to how much stress a material will take before it tears, ruptures, breaks, or permanently bends, i.e. yields. The units of measure are force, as in newtons or pounds-force; or area, as in meters squared or square … [Read more...] about What is flexural strength?
The layer-by-layer build process of most 3D printing systems gives designers quite a bit of design freedom. For example, designers can embed components in a design, take advantage of anisotropic properties, work with interesting, unusual materials, … [Read more...] about 10 unexpected ways to take advantage of 3D printing capabilities
It’s easy to create a three-dimensional object with a CAD program. But to build that three-dimension object with 3D printing/additive manufacturing will require a special three-dimensional file. Several exist including AMF and 3MF. The Standard … [Read more...] about What is STL?
Materials are key to the success of additive manufacturing whether it is for prototyping or production. In 2019, a number of companies announced partnerships to develop more materials for AM. And some of those materials are emerging. Here’s a … [Read more...] about What 3D printing materials were introduced in 2019?
As customers demand faster build speeds from additive manufacturing, vendors have developed interesting and innovative new ways to deliver that speed. Check out these recent developments in making parts fast. Multimaterial multinozzle 3D (MM3D) … [Read more...] about 5 ways to make additive parts faster
By Ishan Bhide, Applications Engineer, Fictiv Advances in manufacturing have recently provided product developers with new materials to make the manufacturing process more diverse. However, material choice can make a big difference in the success … [Read more...] about Understanding 3DP: Selecting the right process and material for you
It can be, depending on the design needs of a part. Since many designs call for plastic or resin materials, the designer may wish to known the limits of a material’s elongation. In general, elongation is the measure of how much strain a material can … [Read more...] about Is elongation an important measure in 3D printing materials?
Injection molding is one of three main manufacturing technologies used to create parts. (The others are machining and additive manufacturing.) Injection molding offers a predictable and scalable process for rapidly prototyping and/or producing … [Read more...] about What is injection molding?
Stereolithography and selective laser sintering are two very different forms of 3D printing/additive manufacturing technology. They have little in common other than building parts a layer at a time. First, these two systems build with different … [Read more...] about What’s the difference between stereolithography and selective laser sintering?