18 April 2017 9:19
  Our founder & CEO, Keyvan Karimi, recently spoke with Additive Manufacturing Magazine about the development of our new shrink-wrapping solution -- part of our ongoing mission to provide our clients with a smoother, more effective process for managing and delivering complex quotations.   Read the article here.   ...
12 April 2017 13:09
Pat Warner is ADM Manager at Renault Sport Formula One Team -- an in-house additive manufacturing specialist, working to deliver first-class printed components for both prototyping and production purposes. Having been deeply involved in additive manufacturing within F1 for more than 19 years, Pat has witnessed a number of key developments in the technology and its applications, which he was kind enough to discuss with RP Platform in the interview below:   RP Platform: How did you originally become involved in additive manufacturing? Pat: I was originally a CNC machinist with the then ...
11 April 2017 10:15
With the increasing sophistication of additive manufacturing technologies, the doors have been opened for applications far beyond simple desktop printing and prototyping. 3D printers have grown in terms of size, sophistication and flexibility, to the extent there are now models available that are capable of printing furniture, car chassis, and potentially even larger designs. At the time of writing, the European Space Agency’s own 3D printing platform -- while not commercially available -- is theoretically capable of printing objects of any size using binder jetting technology. [caption id="attachment_1311" align="alignright" width="300"] ...
07 April 2017 14:45
Achieving the right polygon count is an essential part of achieving a professional result with 3D printed parts and prototypes. The polygon count determines the level of detail in the finished printed part, and so will need to be sufficiently high to capture the appropriate level of detail. However, this is not simply a question of setting the count as high as possible, as this can lead to a number of issues that will disrupt your project flows: Unmanageable file sizes. The higher your polygon count, the larger the resulting ...
05 April 2017 11:23
RP Platform -- the London-based provider of workflow management software solutions for companies offering additive manufacturing services -- has recently unveiled the latest in an ongoing series of software updates and enhancements. The latest updates have been in direct response to feedback and suggestions from both new and longstanding clients who have been using the platform to receive and manage orders from their own customers. The process for creating and delivering quotations has been enhanced and streamlined, leading to tangible time-savings for both customers and internal teams. The presentation and delivery ...
04 April 2017 8:25
Our Founder and CEO, Keyvan Karimi, was recently featured on 3Dprintingindustry.com as part of their anniversary series on the future of additive manufacturing. In this piece, Keyvan considers the current state of additive manufacturing software, processes and technology and what the next five years is likely to hold. Read the piece here. ...
03 April 2017 16:43
Ever since the birth of additive manufacturing, questions about the technology’s impact on data protection and intellectual property have continued to arise. Initially, when additive manufacturing technology was exclusively used as a tool for product design and prototyping, these questions focused on intellectual property. This was a natural concern, considering that the technology would theoretically let anyone with access to the original CAD file and suitable equipment create a perfect 3D print of the design. As additive manufacturing as grown to establish itself as a viable production tool across a number ...
31 March 2017 9:14
Professor Neil Hopkinson has been deeply involved in additive manufacturing since 1993, have worked and conducted research at the University of Sheffield, Loughborough University, De Montfort University, 3D Systems and the University of Nottingham. In January 2016, Neil was appointed Director of 3D Printing at Xaar -- the world leader in industrial inkjet technology -- in order to help broaden their 3D printing capabilities. Neil is the inventor of High Speed Sintering (HSS) -- a new, highly efficient approach to AM that uses inkjet printheads and infrared heaters to print ...
24 March 2017 16:45
A recent survey revealed a number of fascinating developments in the way additive manufacturing companies’ long-term goals are evolving: Increasing project turnaround speed emerged as the main goal for most companies, followed closely by reducing operational costs More than 50% of companies surveyed were actively looking to develop AM as a production tool rather than purely a prototyping one However, the answers for how to best achieve these goals proves elusive. There are numerous elements to consider, and customer requirements and expectations are evolving year by year. However, one essential element ...
20 March 2017 18:33
Since their introduction in 1987, STL (Stereolithography) files have remained the default format for printing in the field of additive manufacturing. In this tutorial, we’ll look closely at this file format and share a few ways to make more effective use of its capabilities as part of your own additive manufacturing projects. How they work STL files are available in both ASCII and binary formats, although in practice, binary representations are more commonly used in additive manufacturing to minimise file sizes. ASCII-formatted files are typically reserved for testing new CAD interfaces. Models generated ...