Bigger isn’t always better. While many additive manufacturing (AM) systems seem to be focused on growing larger and larger build envelopes, you don’t always need bigger parts. Micro laser sintering looks to be growing in popularity for the usual reasons AM is popular: speed and freedom of design.
In the course of my diligent efforts to keep you good people up to date on the state of additive manufacturing (AM), I come across many interesting news items. I’ll gather them up every so often and present them in a Rapid Ready Roundup (like this one). You can find the last Roundup here.
Today’s Roundup is focused on the happenings at EuroMold 2013. We already brought you news of 3D systems new product announcements. We’ll start today with some materials news from Stratasys. The company’s newest material is named Nylon 12, and it works in the Fortus line of AM systems. According to Stratasys, Nylon 12 offers up to five times greater resistance to breaking and better impact strength compared to similar materials. Continue reading
It’s entirely possible that additive manufacturing (AM) has made a bigger impact in the medical field than it has in more purely mechanical fields, such as aerospace. Dentists and doctors benefit from the technology’s flexibility by being able to design medical implants and devices on a case-by-case basis, and in a timely fashion.
3D printing has also found a place in pre-surgery prep and training with the assistance of AM-built models of hearts and brains using CT data to build the models. 3D Systems is hoping to tap into the 3D modeling aspects of medical AM with its new Bespoke Modeling program. The new service is a cloud-based program, with a minimal monthly fee, that allows users to upload data, view 3D models and either order a print, or send the data to a printer in-house. Continue reading
Recently I’ve noticed a shift in a fair amount of the mainstream media coverage of additive manufacturing (AM). It appears as though people are bored with writing about the capabilities of 3D printing and the pendulum has swung to focus on the shortcomings of the technology. Words like “overhyped” and “limited” have begun to pop up with some regularity.
Obviously AM isn’t going to solve every design or manufacturing challenge, but I find such a rapid 180° turn in point of view to be somewhat disingenuous. It was with that general thought floating around in my head that I watched C.ideas‘ first video with delight. The video showcases how the differing AM processes can be used together to create a near-perfect replica of the 1927 Miller 91 race car. Continue reading