SLS: Powder Bed Fusion

By |2019-11-14T17:29:57-05:00November 14th, 2019|3D Printing|

SLS: Powder Bed Fusion Additive manufacturing has many forms, including a thermoplastic sintering method referred to as SLS that makes functional prototypes and end-use 3D printed parts. Due to its use of a high-powered laser, this technology is best used in an industrial setting only. In this article, we’ll cover what SLS is, where [...]

DMLS: 3D Printing Metal Parts

By |2019-11-12T12:13:40-05:00November 12th, 2019|3D Printing|

DMLS: 3D Printing Metal Parts While metal parts are most commonly produced via traditional CNC machining, there is a way to 3D print metal parts through a process called DMLS. This technology typically only produces good results when operated at an industrial 3D printing level, which is what this article will focus on solely. [...]

Watertight 3D Printed Parts

By |2019-11-11T14:48:24-05:00November 11th, 2019|3D Printing|

Watertight 3D Printed Parts As we mentioned in our post about how we use our 3d printers, we've discovered recently some tweaks that allows us to 3D print watertight parts. Typically, 3D printed parts are easily permeated by liquid and we advise customers to avoid it for those kinds of applications. A printed cup, for [...]

Practical Problem Solving: How We Use Our 3D Printers

By |2019-11-04T16:46:00-05:00November 4th, 2019|3D Printing|

Practical Problem Solving: How We Use Our 3D Printers When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. In our case, the hammer is a 3D printer. In addition to making prototypes and end-use parts for all of our customers, we regularly use our 3D printing capabilities to solve our own [...]

Common Defects in Injection Molding

By |2019-10-30T11:32:03-05:00October 30th, 2019|Injection Molding|

Common Defects in Injection Molding Injection molding is a method of mass production manufacturing and is not without its faults. Defects can be minor surface marks or major areas of weakness or failure. They are often the result of errors in the molding process, poor design, material contamination, or a combination of the three. [...]

Carbon Fiber Composite 3D Printing

By |2019-10-18T09:15:31-05:00October 17th, 2019|3D Printing|

Carbon Fiber Composite 3D Printing There are many 3D printing materials on the market, and it is important to know that you’re not limited to the base materials. An important additive option is carbon fiber, which can be used to strengthen base materials. Although it can be used in SLS 3D printing as well, [...]

Transparent 3D Printing Filament

By |2019-10-10T11:31:58-05:00October 10th, 2019|3D Printing|

Transparent 3D Printing Filament Achieving transparent 3D prints can be tricky, and much care must be taken to get the best results. In this article, we’ll discuss whether full transparency can be reached, transparent FDM filament options, and transparent alternatives to FDM. For clarity, this article will only discuss filament for industrial FDM 3D [...]

Is 3D Printing Environmentally Friendly?

By |2019-10-04T14:17:30-05:00October 4th, 2019|3D Printing|

Is 3D Printing Environmentally Friendly?  3D printing’s total impact on the environment is inconclusive, but several aspects can be weighed to determine that this technology is a step in the right direction for the environment. Despite not being energy efficient and other drawbacks, 3D printing can prove to be more environmentally beneficial as it [...]

Industrial CT Scanning

By |2019-09-30T09:36:37-05:00September 30th, 2019|3D Scanning|

Industrial CT Scanning CT scanning is a term most often associated with the medical industry, and while it can be used to provide insight to patient anatomy and illness, it can be used for so much more. In this article, we’ll discuss what CT scanning is, how it works, its pros and cons, its [...]

Food Safe 3D Printing

By |2019-09-23T10:25:11-05:00September 23rd, 2019|3D Printing|

Food Safe 3D Printing 3D printing is capable of creating many useful products, including some with food safe applications. However, 3D printing your design so that it is safe for food contact poses several challenges. In this article, we’ll discuss the caution areas of 3D printing food safe items, food safe FDM materials, and [...]

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