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
Additive manufacturing (AM) has been widely embraced by the medical community, and one of the technology’s most frequent medical uses is prosthetics design. All manner of prosthetics have been designed with the aid of AM, including high tech models, low cost models, and even animal prosthetics. AM’s flexibility and material options make it uniquely suited to building prosthetics more quickly and less expensively than through traditional manufacturing methods.
UK based Fripp Design is looking to add to the potential of 3D printed prosthetics with its development of AM-built facial prosthetics. Through careful material selection and model design, the company is planning to offer nose, ear and eye prosthetics. Not only will these prosthetics be less expensive than the custom, hand-crafted models currently used, they will also be available in a fraction of the time. A prosthetic could be ready in days, rather than the months currently required. Continue reading
The Information Age is glorious. At no other point in history have humans had such easy access to enormous amounts of information. Movies, books, music, and more are all at our fingertips. With the advent of 3D scanning, we can even experience objects we might otherwise never see, from museums and collections around the world.
The Smithsonian is on top of the digitalization of information. In addition to the massive amount of written material that has been digitized, the museum has added 3D printing to its arsenal, allowing easier examination or “lending” of exhibits. Now, with the new Smithsonian X 3D Collection, users can take a close-up look at history, or even print out replicas to educate and impress. Continue reading