Additive Manufacturing

13
Jun

3D Platform’s is 16x Faster & Stronger.

Creativity in 3D printing has expanded well beyond additive art and sculptures with 3D Platform enabling artists to unleash their creativity and bring big ideas to life.

3D Platform launched a new line of High Flow Extruders that change the rules of additive manufacturing

13
Jun

Rapid 3D Appointed Authorised EOS e-Manufacturing Solutions Provider for SADC Region

Rapid 3D have been appointed the official agents for EOS e-Manufacturing Solutions for the SADC region.

We’ve also been developing a “Design for Additive Manufacturing” (DfAM) workshop to help engineers, product designers and factory managers come to grips with the skills required, when designing for Additive Manufacturing.

12
Jun

A Ceramic 3D Printing Breakthrough

The resulting material can withstand ultrahigh temperatures in excess of 1700°C and exhibits strength ten times higher than similar materials.

Previously, The extremely high melting point of many ceramics adds challenges to additive manufacturing as compared with metals and polymers. But now, the invented preceramic monomers are cured with ultraviolet light in a stereolithography 3D printer forming 3D polymer structures that can have complex shape and cellular architecture. These polymer structures can be pyrolyzed to a ceramic with uniform shrinkage and virtually no porosity by heating.

12
Jun

The ultra-fast quad-laser 3D printing system for metal parts!

It shatters boundaries of manufacturing as it meets the most demanding requirements of modern production environments in terms of efficiency, scalability, usability and process monitoring.

10
Jun

Composite and sand 3D printing with EnvisionTEC

This year was no different as the DLP specialist presented its expansive portfolio of machines and materials spanning everything from dental applications to sand printing.

9
Jun

Get your tooling done with EOS e-Manufacturing Solutions!

The aim of EOS quality policy is to identify current customer needs and future market demands early on and meet these by means of the appropriate organisational, technological and economic resources.

7
Jun

Watch how EOS machines print Direct Parts!

The strengths of Additive Manufacturing lie in those areas where conventional manufacturing reaches its limitations. It enables a design-driven manufacturing process – where design determines production and not the other way around.

5
Jun

EnvisionTEC Unveils 4G Perfactory 3D Printer with Groundbreaking Performance

EnvisionTEC’s P4 LED Standard XL will be unveiled at RAPID + TCT, the premier event for 3D manufacturing in North America. The company also will be celebrating its 15th anniversary and showcasing other machine and material innovations in booth 1813.

5
Jun

3D Print Design Competition at the annual (RAPDASA) conference 2017.

The competition is aimed at encouraging designers, engineers & artists to use the latest technology, to promote awareness of Additive Manufacturing (AM)and attempts to gauge the country’s capability to design and engineer for AM.

31
May

Flash back to 3D Platform™ Announcing the WorkbenchPro!

Its industrial strength mechatronics deliver superior performance and reliability, and its SIMO Series actuators and Constant Force™ anti-backlash lead screws and nuts provide a rugged, industrial framework that won’t let you down.

29
May

Our Markforged Onyx Stock has arrived – order yours now!

The Rapid 3D team are excited to announce the arrival of the new Markforged Onyx stock. Welcome to the best, most accessible desktop 3D printer designed uniquely to print beautiful carbon black parts.

26
May

Working 3D-Printed Car Engine Models!

We meet Eric Harrell, who brought his collection of functional 3d-printed car engines and transmissions to this year’s Maker Fair! Eric shows us his 1/3rd scale engines, which he designs from reference schematics and measurements to highlight how real engines work. Eric has also made his files available online for anyone to make their own replicas! Watch the video below

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25
May

German Rail (DB) is exploring opportunities to use 3D printing.

PIONEERED in the aviation industry as a means of reducing the weight of components, additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, is now a growing area of interest and development for rail.

24
May

Robotic 3D Printing Makes Sand Molds and Cores – EnvisionTEC at Rapid

The proprietary system includes easy-to-use software that uses a CAD file to print a mold and core in just a few hours. This disruptive technology brings a new way of production to foundries. The result is castings are poured the same day.

24
May

3D Systems uses Inspire to optimize a skateboard’s deck.

3D SYSTEMS based out of Rock Hill, South Carolina is a pioneer in 3D printing technology. Some of its major accomplishments include inventing 3D printing with Stereolithography (SLA) and commercializing it in 1989, as well as inventing and commercializing Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) in 1992. Today, 3D Systems’ vast range of 3D printers are used for production-grade manufacturing in aerospace,

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18
May

Anubis 3D has 3D-printed end-of-arm for smart packaging

  An innovative, industrial, 3D-printed end-of-arm enables Langen Group to lighten the load on their customer’s robotic packaging line The bottom of the gripper cup showing the Swiss cheese pattern of channels leading to the vacuum hole at the top of the workpiece. Making these holes with conventional machining would have been impossible, but was easy to accomplish with additive

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17
May

Automating Manufacturing with 3D Printing – Markforged Webinar

From alignment and drill jigs, to production fixtures, and robotic end-of-arm-tooling, Markforged customers are printing end-use parts on-demand in manufacturing facilities around the world.

Tune into this webinar to learn techniques which save money, increase uptime, and improve quality across a wide range of industries.

11
May

RUAG – Additive Manufacturing of Satellite Components

Every single gram saved reduces total launch costs!

10
May

Markforged talks about putting metal into the microwave

Create value with 90% efficiency. On the mechanical side, we create value with 20% efficiency. We’re like the internal combustion engine, and they’re electric cars. That was the way of the world. It needed to change.

5
May

UM-Dearborn Students 3D Print Parts for Electric Car

Formula SAE Electric Racing Team at the University of Michigan-Dearborn 3D printed battery cooling ducts for their electric race car.

4
May

Manufacturing has been reinvented by Markforged!

Thousands of customers later, their mission hasn’t changed: giving every Designer and Engineer the ability to create same-day strong, reliable parts.

27
Apr

Basic Fiber Filling Techniques for the Markforged software.

Each fill type has specific strength properties and we will demonstrate how to effectively utilize Concentric and Isotropic fill to strengthen different parts in different ways. Watch how now!

24
Apr

3D printing for tooling and fixtures yielding 95% cost savings

Tools, fixtures, and jigs can be easily created without taking away machining bandwidth and come out just as strong as their machined counterparts.

18
Apr

The Mark Two Secures a Firm Grip in Robotic Automation.

As soon as Dixon Valve unboxed their industrial strength Markforged 3D printer, they put it to work.

The Mark Two not only allowed to produce their robotic jaws quickly, but the material capabilities of the printer, including its ability to lay continuous strands of high-strength fibers into 3D printed parts, ensured reliability in a factory setting.

13
Apr

Solidthinking Case Study: Steve McGugan Industrial Design

Steve’s initial CAD-based platform of choice was a solid modeler which he used for many years, however, about 10 years ago, he determined it was no longer flexible enough to meet his demands.

While searching for a more flexible 3D-modeling software that would run on his Mac computer, a colleague of his suggested solidThinking Evolve.

12
Apr

EOS, the quality leader for high-end Additive Manufacturing

The first prototype (Roboy Junior) has muscles and tendons rather than motors in the joints. It has been developed under substantial usage of AM: The complete skeletal body structure of Roboy, which encases his bones and muscles, has been built with EOS systems for Plastic Additive Manufacturing.

12
Apr

3D printing in molten glass!

Glassmaking has been refined into countless styles across the inhabited world, with over 5,000 years of history.

The technique that Micron3DP and rivals at MIT have been exploring is FFF layering of molten glass to create objects.

Previously, glass has being 3D printed at a resolution of 4000 microns, producing transparent vases and sculptures with defined, rippled layers to their structure, as in the ‘caustic patterns’ designed by MIT’s Neri Oxman and Mediate Matter group.

12
Apr

Markforged: Effective Fiber Routing for Strong 3D Printed Parts

Watch this Markforged Webinar on optimising fiber reinforcement strategies for your parts There are a number of strategies available to balance part cost with part strength using the Markforged Eiger software. In this video, you will learn about the various fiber reinforcement strategies available to you when printing fiber reinforced 3D parts. This webinar recording covers the following topics: Fiber

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11
Apr

The Mark Two allows Arow Global to prototype in new ways.

The Mark Two has allowed Arow Global to simplify and expand prototyping and gave them the ability to rethink their design and manufacturing capabilities.

6
Apr

A Look at the Stunning 3D Printed Prop from the action packed ‘Ghost in the Shell’!

Several different 3D printing technologies and materials were used, including clear resin and black resin printed with a stereolithography (SLA) 3D printer. The lungs were 3D printed in nylon using a selective laser sintering (SLS) process, and the joints and armatures were 3D printed in steel to add stability and durability to the skeleton.

5
Apr

Zortrax M200 Helps Save the Memory of an old rustic church.

It’s really striking that in the middle of nothing, surrounded by the undisturbed nature you can find the place created by the joined forces of people and technology.

5
Apr

Markforged Onyx One – combination of a lower cost machine with Onyx chopped carbon fibre material.

The first is a new material, called Onyx, which brings in two key things; The material is a mix of nylon and micro particles of carbon fibre.

One print head, one purpose, one machine — at a dramatically lower cost.

4
Apr

Improving 3D Printed Parts – The Metal X

In an ideal world, there would be no gap between designing a part and the part tangibly existing. Assemblies would fit together effortlessly, bearings would spin perfectly aligned shafts without any pre-stresses for low cost and complex geometries would look as beautiful in person as they do in CAD. Unfortunately, the world isn’t perfect. Tolerancing serves a simple purpose: explicitly

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31
Mar

Woodland/Alloy Casting employed Click2Cast on their casting projects.

With the convenience of being able to perform molding, core making, melting, heat treatment, cleaning and surface preparation all under one roof, Woodland/Alloy Casting is able to continuously satisfy those time and quality standards for its customers.

30
Mar

Mark X’s newest feature: Adaptive Bed Leveling.

Markforged is a company that likes firsts – they made their name with the first-ever FDM carbon 3D printer, the Mark One, and since then they’ve continued to introduce never-before-seen features with their subsequent releases.

29
Mar

SolidThinking Case Study: Mountain Bicycles and Additive Manufacturing

RBC’s goal is to use additive manufacturing (AM) technologies to create very high-end mountain bikes that are tailored to an individual’s weight, height, and riding style.

Although the team at RBC had considerable experience in additive manufacturing and developing products, it required multiple partnerships.

28
Mar

Lighter and stiffer architectural components with Inspire.

solidThinking Inspire does not only help to save time and to reduce weight and material: additional benefits, like fast learning curve, become obvious when compared to other solutions available on the market.

28
Mar

SOLIDWORKS Success Story: Markforged 3D Printers.

Markforged’s mission is to provide its customers with high strength parts, built right the first time.

In 2014, Markforged revolutionized 3D printing with the introduction of the world’s first carbon-fiber composite 3D printer.

22
Mar

Artec’s new 3D handheld scanner captures up to 80 frames per second!

Artec 3D has recently unveiled the Artec Leo, a smart handheld 3D scanner that captures up to 80 frames per second (FPS).

The scanner includes Autopilot — an AI-based feature within the Artec Studio 11 software that automatically processes raw 3D data into high-quality 3D models.

17
Mar

Markforged 3D printers are put to work in a Unilever factory

This factory, owned by Unilever, is responsible for producing hundreds to thousands of bags of Lipton Tea every day. This includes anything from extending machine life to speeding up machine processes, all to save money and improve the machines at the same time.

At factories like this, quick turnaround time is essential to keeping machines running.

16
Mar

Artec 3D handheld scanners have helped successfully complete thousands of projects.

Artec 3D handheld scanners have helped successfully complete thousands of projects in a great many industries. Check out this video now!

16
Mar

This 3D-printed wheelchair is changing the lives of many.

The accompanying GO app allows users to participate in the design process by specifying optional elements, patterns, colourways and to place orders.

16
Mar

Metal Additive Manufacturing with SolidThinking software.

New users requested features for motion analysis, topography optimisation, symmetry and depth of field.

Built with a focus on improving usability for designers and engineers, key updates to Inspire 2017 include a new Motion tool that allows users to easily mechanise their models and predict loads for moving parts. Topography Optimisation tools change the shape of shell structures using stamped bead patterns to improve structural performance.

15
Mar

Zortrax M200 vs Zortrax M300. What should you consider buying?

Let’s briefly consider who would benefit from using the Zortrax M200 3D printer and who would be better off buying the Zortrax M300.

The Zortrax M300 offers new opportunities to industrial designers. This state-of-the-art 3D printer provides new possibilities in the medical sector, industrial design, engineering, and in many other industries

10
Mar

3D Printed a Steering Knuckle Strong Enough to Win at the Detroit Maker Fair.

Designing a light, inexpensive go-kart steering knuckle was made easy with the Mark One. A real life MarioKart racers speed off from the starting line at the Power Racing Series at the Detroit Maker Fair 2015. Each of these go-karts were built by DIY makers whose creativity, innovation, and goofiness gave their karts a chance to shine. Among them is

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10
Mar

Triton redesigned their latest bike model with 3D printing.

Triton was interested in redesigning the rear yoke for their latest bike model. This yoke is a part of the bicycle’s titanium frame that connects the rear chainstays and the bottom bracket.

Triton let CML AT know that the part should be capable of withstanding a load equal to 130 kg.

10
Mar

Monash University and Amaero Engineering 3D Print Biggest Metal Aerospace Component to Date!

The metal melting machine weighs about 900 kg and carries a price tag of $3.5 million, so it’s surprising that only five printers have been manufactured so far, and it’s a pretty big deal when a company or university decides to invest in one. The latest purchase an Xline 2000R is Melbourne, Australia’s Monash University, a school we see quite frequently in the news for 3D printed anatomical models, 3D printed aerospace components and other advanced 3D printing applications.

8
Mar

Adidas reveals their plans for a new 3D printing ‘Speedfactory’

The concept is in industrial factories where 3D printing and robotics manufacture sneakers on-demand.

Adidas hope manufacturing will also become localized, eliminating costs associated with logistics and supply chains. Large-scale production at German Speedfactory in Ansbach is set for mid-2017.