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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 [...]

Dual-Shot Injection Molding

By |2019-09-09T15:30:27-05:00September 9th, 2019|Injection Molding|

Dual-Shot Injection Molding Dual-shot plastic injection molding, sometimes simply referred to as overmolding, is an efficient manufacturing process that allows you to produce your multi-material and/or multi-color part in one mold cycle without extra assembly steps. While it is possible to mold more than two materials/colors this way, this article will focus on using [...]

Types of Molds in Injection Molding

By |2019-08-29T15:47:56-05:00August 29th, 2019|Injection Molding|

Types of Molds in Injection Molding Injection molds may be classified by multiple different categories based on their features, such as runner system, plate amount, and part capacity. These classifications are not exclusive, but rather every mold will fit a label within each category. For example, you may have a mold that consists of [...]

Injection Mold Tooling Materials

By |2019-08-20T14:26:37-05:00August 20th, 2019|Injection Molding|

Injection Mold Tooling Materials When choosing your tooling material, the expected volume of your production will have a great bearing on what material will best suit your needs. For example, a mold made of hardened tool steel will guarantee a minimum of 50,000 cycles before needing maintenance, while an aluminum mold may only produce [...]

Rubber Injection Molding

By |2019-08-14T14:20:10-05:00August 14th, 2019|Injection Molding|

Rubber Injection Molding  What is Rubber Injection Molding? Rubber injection molding is similar to rigid plastic injection molding, except that the materials being used have flexibility and elasticity to make parts that require adaptability in their environments. These rubber-like materials are durable and can be produced in a variety of shore values, making them [...]

Thermoforming Material Selection

By |2019-08-09T09:49:21-05:00August 9th, 2019|Thermoforming|

Thermoforming Material Selection Thermoformed parts are made from thermoplastics, which are plastics that can be repeatedly heated and cooled without change to their characteristics. In order to be thermoformed, these materials are produced in sheets. These plastic sheets are loaded into the thermoforming machine where they are heated to their glass transition temperature. At [...]

PLA vs. ABS 3D Printing

By |2019-08-05T11:15:39-05:00August 5th, 2019|3D Printing|

PLA vs. ABS 3D Printing ABS and PLA are both plastic filaments that can be printed via desktop 3D printers. PLA is commonly used by beginners because it is easy to print and can create aesthetically pleasing pieces. ABS is more difficult to work with, but it is worthwhile due to its increased strength [...]

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