The ability to 3D print single micron resolution parts in mass quantities was a challenge until recently. Thanks to several technical innovations, however, it is now possible. The innovations needed came in hardware, software, and … [Read more...] about How does micro additive manufacturing work?
In the early days of 3D printing, stereolithography (SL) was one of the main methods of building parts layer by layer. It was invented by Chuck Hull, who built a company around this technology, 3D Systems. Stereolithography is now considered to be … [Read more...] about How is light used in 3D printing?
Unused powder 3D printing material is reclaimed at the end of a job. When a user removes their part from the build bed, the reclaiming cycle begins. Information on cycle times or print times typically does not include reclaiming time. The HP … [Read more...] about How is powder material reclaimed in HP’s MultiJet Fusion System?
Desktop 3D printing is gaining ground with engineers, especially as it shows capability to combine technologies into one part, such as mechanical and electrical. Here’s how Nano Dimensions views the future of 3D printing. With the combination … [Read more...] about What are some of the newer applications for 3D printing, additive manufacturing?
Working with metal in 3D printing often requires considerable safety systems because of the combustibility of most metals. Vendors of larger additive manufacturing systems can build in safety features in their machines to minimize the hazards. But … [Read more...] about How does a desktop 3D printer print with metal?
NanoParticle Jetting is an additive technology developed by XJet. It’s a type of inkjeting where nanoparticles of irregularly shaped (stochastic) metal in a liquid suspension are desposited onto a build surface. In the XJet systems, thousands of … [Read more...] about What is NanoParticle Jetting?
In 3D printing, composite materials typically consist of two or more materials. Compared to other manufacturing technologies, it’s fairly easy to create composite materials for 3D printing and achieve a range of properties that benefit the design. … [Read more...] about Why use 3D printing composite materials?
Each additive manufacturing vendor will have their own instructions, however, an example can help guide you. Let's take the HP MultiJet Fusion system, which uses powder material for building objects. This system was based on 2D printing technology. … [Read more...] about How to ensure proper material storage when 3D printing is intermittent
Desktop 3D printers continue to play a key role in the additive industry. In many cases, not only do these printers handle prototypes, they also handle low-volume production. Aleph Objects Inc. is one of main developers of desktop style 3D printers. … [Read more...] about What is the most under rated or least recognized capability of 3DP/AM?
Metal Injection Molding (MIM) is a mature technology used to produce high quantities of small and complex components. The main materials used in MIM are ceramic powders, metal powders, and polymers. The advantages are dimensional accuracy and little … [Read more...] about What is metal injection molding?