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 […]

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 […]

The Evolution of Generative Design Software

CAD software has, for more than 50 years, been a boon to industrial designers, product engineers and the manufacturers who turn design ideas into finished objects. During this time, production techniques have evolved to include metal 3D printing, digital object mapping and high-speed, multi-axis CNC machining centers while CAD programs have remained relatively unchanged. Now […]

NASA Innovations Benefit all of Mankind

We first previewed NASA innovations way back in 2016. Since then, thousands of scientists, engineers and explorers have continued to push the envelope for research and development in a variety of fields, both on this planet and beyond. Let’s see how they are working to improve life on Earth and for future space missions. 3D Printing In […]

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. […]