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Additive Manufacturing for Medical Applications

The use of additive manufacturing applications is on the rise, with the market value expected to increase from $6 billion in 2017 to nearly $26 billion by 2022. The advantage of additive manufacturing comes from creating complex structures that vary in complexity, customization, lightweight, strength, and speed. As additive manufacturing for medical devices continues to […]

The 5 Major Benefits of Using 3D Printing for Medical Devices

Additive manufacturing in metal or plastic has some limitations as a high-volume production method. It does not, and maybe never will, compete with conventional manufacturing like plastic injection molding or CNC machining when it comes to ultimate speed and efficiency. But that’s ok because 3D printing is a perfect solution for quickly making models and […]

Rapid Prototyping is an Ideal Solution for the Medical Supply Chain

The global response to the threat of Covid-19 has revealed in stark detail many of the serious problems in the worldwide supply chain for needed medical products like ventilators, diagnostic kits and personal protective equipment. Some supply problems are related to delays or inequities in various distribution channels. Others are due to a profit-driven system […]

8 Design Tips to Improve Metal 3D Printed Parts

Additive manufacturing offers exciting design opportunities for next-generation parts that need to be strong, complex and lightweight. You can design and build parts that are virtually impossible to make conventionally or that would be prohibitively expensive and time-consuming. However it’s not quite plug-and-play. You should be aware that designing for a metal part is much […]

Top 7 Methods For Making 3D Rapid Prototypes

While 3D printing technology has been around since the 1980s, it is constantly evolving, with new processes being introduced all the time. Some are best suited for consumer applications, while others for industrial environments. However, not all types are suited for rapid prototyping, a technique used to create prototypes quickly and test out a wide […]

Plastic 3D Printing vs. Metal 3D Printing: CAD Design Differences

A common misconception about 3D printing is that you can use the same CAD design for either plastic or metal. In reality, the processes are very different so design changes will be required. The type of modifications needed will depend on the type of metal 3D printing process being used. We will focus on powder bed […]

What is Powder Bed Fusion for Metal 3D Printing?

There are so many new and emerging technologies being developed for metal 3D printing that it can be hard to keep up with a dizzying array of acronyms, machines and applications. One of the most common types of metal 3D printing being used at the moment is powder bed fusion. Here’s what you need to know. […]

The Top 7 Design Tips For 3D Metal Printing

3D metal printing can help you to create “impossible” designs that are lightweight, strong and ideal for demanding applications in aerospace, automotive, medical and more. But to get the most from metal 3D printing technology it’s critical that you adhere to certain engineering and design rules appropriate for it. Design Tip 1 – Design for […]

Is SLA The Right 3D Printing Solution For You?

3D printing in plastic began more than 35 years ago with the invention of stereolithography (SLA). Although there have been many developments in additive manufacturing since then, SLA is still a popular process for rapid prototyping. First let’s take a look at how the technology works, and then see why it may be a good option […]