What is Design Intent?

By |2020-01-17T19:21:39-05:00January 17th, 2020|3D Scanning|

What is Design Intent? Design intent refers to a designer’s specifications of how a part should appear and function. Ideally, when manufactured, the resulting part will match this design exactly. The concept of design intent plays a primary role in reverse engineering, which is a process that works backwards to take measurements from an [...]

Precision vs. Accuracy

By |2020-01-14T18:45:14-05:00January 14th, 2020|3D Scanning|

Precision vs. Accuracy  Obtaining reliable measurements from 3D scanning is not as simple as it may appear. There are several factors at play in this aspect, including the 3D scanner’s precision and accuracy capabilities. In this article, we’ll discuss how the two terms differ, what can alter them, and when and how you should [...]

Advantages & Disadvantages of 3D Laser Scanning

By |2020-01-08T15:20:58-05:00January 8th, 2020|3D Scanning|

Advantages & Disadvantages of 3D Laser Scanning 3D laser scanning is a fast and reliable way to create digital design files from existing parts, prototypes, or landscapes. It is used in many industries to streamline the design and production process. In this article, we will cover how industrial 3D laser scanning works, its applications, [...]

Jigs & Fixtures

By |2019-12-31T17:24:19-05:00December 31st, 2019|3D Printing|

Jigs & Fixtures Today’s mass manufacturing processes create everything from the cell phones we carry to the cars we drive and make these products with extreme accuracy and uniformity. This would not be possible without the use of jigs and fixtures. In this article, we cover the difference between jigs and fixtures, their benefits [...]

3D Printing Technologies

By |2019-12-13T17:17:08-05:00December 13th, 2019|3D Printing|

3D Printing Technologies Deciphering which 3D printing technology is best for you can be difficult. Here, we’ve compiled a handy overview of the main six industrial 3D printing technologies found on the market, including FDM, PolyJet, MultiJet, SLA, SLS, and DMLS.  What is 3D Printing? 3D printing is a manufacturing option that allows parts [...]

FDM: Filament Extrusion

By |2019-12-13T17:22:06-05:00December 10th, 2019|3D Printing|

FDM: Filament Extrusion This post is part of our 3D Printing Technologies series. FDM 3D printing is the most common type of additive manufacturing technology. It is a popular choice for desktop 3D printers and has grown to be the most well-known form of 3D printing. While satisfactory results are possible on desktop models, [...]

MultiJet: Material Jetting

By |2019-12-13T17:21:41-05:00December 4th, 2019|3D Printing|

MultiJet: Material Jetting This post is part of our 3D Printing Technologies series. There are multiple additive manufacturing options to select from for your part's production, and it is imperative to understand how each one works before making your final choice. In this article, we’ll cover MultiJet 3D printing, which is a resin and [...]

PolyJet: Material Jetting

By |2019-12-13T17:21:15-05:00November 27th, 2019|3D Printing|

PolyJet: Material Jetting This post is part of our 3D Printing Technologies series. There are multiple 3D printing technologies available, including several that deal with thermoset photopolymers. PolyJet is one such technology, and it produces excellent fine details and a smooth surface finish for aesthetically pleasing parts. For best results, industrial PolyJet printers should [...]

SLA: Vat Photopolymerization

By |2019-12-13T17:20:49-05:00November 21st, 2019|3D Printing|

SLA: Vat Photopolymerization This post is part of our 3D Printing Technologies series. 3D printing is offered in many forms, including a vat photopolymerization process referred to as SLA. Due to this 3D printer’s design and post-processing handling, SLA parts are best created in an industrial setting. As such, this article will only discuss [...]

SLS: Powder Bed Fusion

By |2019-12-13T17:20:19-05:00November 14th, 2019|3D Printing|

SLS: Powder Bed Fusion This post is part of our 3D Printing Technologies series. 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 [...]