5
Mar

3D Printing a 1.1 m long Radio Controlled Truck Body

AFGRI is a leading agricultural services company that focuses on grain commodities and agricultural services and equipment, while incorporating a long-term vision of food security across Africa. As part of their sponsorship program, AFGRI gives support to the Vodacom Bulls, which are a professional rugby union team based in Pretoria, South Africa.

As part of a promotion, AFGRI wanted to create a miniature RC truck body to be used to carry on the kicking tee at Currie Cup Rugby games. They approached Rapid 3D to find a solution utilizing a large format 3D printer from 3D Platform. Now completed, the RC truck is branded with the AFGRI logo, and often featured during televised rugby games.

20
Feb

EOS Metal Material Mania: new applications thanks to the expansion of our material and process portfolio

The data sheets for our new EOS metal materials now contain even more information, such as the number of specimens underlying the mechanical properties. High-resolution SEM images also offer further insight into the quality of the EOS materials. EOS Titanium Ti64 Grade 5  for applications that require lightweight materials with maximum strength EOS Titanium Ti64 Grade 5 has been specially

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18
Jan

Get an inside look into the complex world of manufacturing medical implants

Medical implants are one of the most highly regulated and technically complex engineering sectors. Get an inside look into the complex world of manufacturing medical implants. In 2018, Executive Engineering installed an EOS M290 Metal 3D Printer in their Cape Town facilities, and together with their customer, LRS Implants took the lead in local additive manufacturing of orthopaedic implants. In

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4
Dec

Markforged Forges Ahead with Over 100 Metal X 3D Printers Shipped

Markforged began shipping the Metal X in April of this year, and today the company announced that it has already shipped more than 100 machines. Markforged expects to double that number by the end of the year. Its shipments already represent 10% of the market. Markforged may always be known as the company that developed the world’s first carbon fiber

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23
Nov

Using Large 3D Printed Jigs and Fixtures in Manufacturing

Applications like 3D printed organs are big news, but 3D printed jigs and fixtures are the true silent heroes — changing how modern manufacturing works. Tools are always needed in manufacturing. Various jigs, fixtures, templates, and gauges can significantly improve the efficiencies in the process, lowering the production time and saving on labour costs. Many companies couldn’t afford to custom-make

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10
Sep

3D Printing Gaining Traction in Agriculture

You may not know it, but agriculture is one of the industries starting to make the most of the cutting-edge technology that is 3D printing. The benefits of 3D printing for agriculture include: Agriculture and technology are increasingly working together. Food production, farm equipment, farming products, 3D printing is a great asset and simplifies a lot of processes. 3D printing

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6
Sep

Deutsche Bahn chooses additive manufacturing to maintain its trains

Custom train parts for the electronic onboard information systems of the ICE trains operated by Deutsche Bahn. The fleet of third-generation ICE trains operated by Deutsche Bahn features just under 160 units from various production series. Every single one of them still looks and feels modern, thanks to their stylish design and regularly refurbished interiors. Despite this, the transportation industry

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4
Sep

Altair Introduces a Disruptive New Licensing Model for the solidThinking Software Suite

New licensing model available for the #solidThinking software suite! Based on Altair’s patented units-based licensing model popularized through Altair HyperWorks, solidThining Units (sTUs) will allow customers to have access to all software titles available through the solidThinking suite as well as the ability to seamlessly run these applications on-demand locally or in the cloud. Learn more

29
Aug

South African Jewellery Manufacturer Upgrades to EnvisionTEC 3D Printers for Quality Results

Chandlers Manufacturing Jewellers PTY Ltd (Chandlers) is situated at the pivot building, Monte Casino Boulevard, Johannesburg, South Africa. The business has been operating for more than 25 years and during the past decade has grown to a staff of 40+ individuals. Chandlers was founded as a manufacturer after its founder noticed that there was a lack of qualified hand craftsmen

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27
Aug

Rebuilding Faces with 3D Printing

Most of the time, a car accident victim with trauma to the face will undergo hours of surgery in the operating room, as doctors work to rebuild the damaged area based on their best analysis of how the face might have looked before (usually using a CT scan).

But 3D printing is transforming all of that, leading to shorter surgeries, better reconstructions and improved results for patients.

A trauma patient will still have their injury scanned after a comprehensive exam. But now, Brooks and his team will plan the reconstruction digitally and 3D print a life-sized biomodel on an EnvisionTEC Vector 3SP. The machine creates a replica of the patient’s bony structure with accuracy to 100 microns.

The surgeons can then build reconstructive devices right on the 3D printed biomodel at their desk, crafting it exactly as they want before they ever set foot in the operating room. Once they do enter surgery, they have all the fabricated parts they need to do the reconstruction quickly.