Several 3D printing and additive technologies, such as the powder bed and stereolithograpy technologies, primarily build solid objects. The benefits of solid objects are that they are usually strong and resistant to breakage. But they are also … [Read more...] about How to reduce the cost of 3D printing: use hollowing
In 2019, various market forecasters and analysts see the additive manufacturing (AM) market going through a shake out and this will affect the demand for metal AM. The dominant metal AM technology has been powder bed fusion and variations. Other … [Read more...] about Where is the best opportunity for metal AM?
Experienced users of 3D printing have a number of tips and tricks to get good results. Often overlooked, but critical to a good build, here are a few tips to help you avoid common 3D printing errors. 1. First, work with a good 3D modeling … [Read more...] about Get the most from 3D printing
More than thirty years ago, engineers saw the introduction of a technology known as 3D printing. Designed to speed up prototyping, media hype gave the impression that these devices were almost identical to the Star Trek Replicator—the device that … [Read more...] about What do people typically misunderstand about 3D printing?
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?