Tag Archive for 3D printing

The Digitally Connected Factory

The digitally connected factory is rapidly becoming a reality, thanks to huge leaps in affordable data handling capabilities. As more machines begin to communicate with each other, production efficiency goes up. Add the ability of analytic tools to predict maintenance needs, and productivity improves even more.

The days of the traditional machine tool are not numbered

The whole world is talking about 3D printing, additive manufacturing and generative multi-layer construction technologies. Nevertheless, this is a long way from meaning that the classical machine tool is going to be pensioned off. The EMO Hannover 2017 will be showcasing an international banquet of production technology – with alternative processes as the highly auspicious icing on the cake.

3D Printing Helps Create Work Ready MEMS Engineers

Microelectromechanical systems, also known as MEMS, could be described as tiny machines that have both mechanical and electrical components. The focus of this definition is most certainly the tiny part. While the dimensions of a MEMS can vary, their size can be anywhere from several millimeters to less than one micrometer, they are typically smaller than the width of a human hair.

Desktop Metal and its Mission to Make Metal 3D Printing Accessible

Additive manufacturing, probably better known by the masses as 3D printing, is a technology that’s been around for a long time but more recently has generated a lot of buzz, and not just among the technophiles and early adopters. Students, home hobbyists, makers, and yes, certainly product designers and engineers are seeing manufacturing from a fresh, new perspective. Imagine a technology that enables you to quite literally make anything, any shape of any complexity. No more minimum production runs. You need just one? It’s now doable.

Improving quality of treatment for patients

Quality assurance is vital for accurate production of patient-specific joints and prostheses, therefore Baltic Orthoservice uses a multi-sensor CMM and laser scanner in conjunction with a micro-CT system. The multi-sensor CMM is used for fast surface and screw hole inspection of the 3D-printed implants. The XT H 225 CT system is used to guarantee internal structure quality and geometrical accuracy between CAD implant model and manufactured implant. The combination of these technologies enables Baltic Orthoservice to achieve the best accuracy and highest quality for a wide variety of medical devices.

FDM Thermoform Tooling: What It Is and Why It Works

Thermoforming is a conventional plastics forming process where heat is used to bring a sheet of plastic to its sagging point, or when it becomes pliable. The heat source is removed and the plastic sheet is positioned onto a mold. A vacuum is then drawn through the mold and the sheet conforms to the surface of that mold.

MakerBot and Autodesk Tinkercad Connect for Seamless Cloud-based 3D Design and 3D Printing

Now more than ever, educators need intuitive, easy-to-use STEAM learning tools to implement in their classrooms. MakerBot and Autodesk Tinkercad are proud to announce a new connection between Tinkercad, the widely used entry-level 3D design software in education – and MakerBot, the largest connected 3D printing solution for educators. This new collaboration between MakerBot and Autodesk marks the first step in a growing commitment to embed powerful modeling software and 3D printing into the same seamless workflow.

Renishaw collaborates in the Futuralve project for the new generation of high-speed turbines for aerospace

Renishaw, a global engineering company specialising in metrology and metal 3D printing, was born out of the aerospace business and its efforts in advancing the manufacturing of complex components have never stopped. Its Spanish subsidiary Renishaw Ibérica, S.A.U. is working with a unique selection of other Spanish engineering companies and research centres in a ground-breaking project which could change the way aerospace turbines are manufactured forever.

Boom Supersonic and Stratasys Sign Technical Partnership to Improve the Speed of Development for Supersonic Aircraft With 3D Printing

Stratasys Ltd., the 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions company, and Boom Supersonic announced a significant technical partnership to bring the commercial airline industry one step closer towards routine supersonic travel. Aimed at shaping the future of high-speed aviation, this three-year agreement was signed to help Boom accelerate production of advanced tooling and production-grade aircraft parts based on Stratasys FDM 3D printing technology.