24 May 2017 16:20
With any SLS project, achieving a successful print is only the first step. Once your design has emerged from the printer, it’s time to begin the post-processing stage, to give it a truly professional look. In this week’s tutorial, we’re going to look at the different steps you should consider and how to ensure they deliver the result you’re after.   Removing the leftover powder With any SLS print, you will need to remove the excess powder before any further finishing can take place, which is typically done with a blast of compressed ...
22 May 2017 9:37
  Almost everyone involved in the world of manufacturing will have browsed Spencer Wright’s blog or manufacturing newsletter at some point. Spencer is a longstanding expert in workflows for metal additive manufacturing and head of research & partnerships at nTopology. Spencer was kind enough to sit down with RP Platform to discuss his background in both AM and conventional manufacturing, his current work designing optimised workflows, and how he sees the field evolving in the near future.   How did you originally get interested in 3D printing? I became interested in metal printing just ...
19 May 2017 15:10
While many people still think of plain-coloured plastic when it comes to 3D printing, it is not only possible, but more straightforward than ever before to achieve vivid, full-colour results for both prototypes and production parts. In this week’s tutorial we’ll look at some of the available options for achieving great results with coloured SLS prints. There are a few options for adding colour to your SLS parts during the post-processing stage. The best choice for your part will depend on its intended purpose (i.e. is it intended for demonstration purposes, ...
18 May 2017 14:58
To help us better understand the challenges additive manufacturing companies and teams are facing, we want to hear from you! This short survey is your chance to tell us where you feel your additive manufacturing workflows could be improved and the specific challenges you face in your day-to-day operations. All participants in this survey will receive a detailed report from RP Platform, in which we analyse the results and consider what they mean for the AM sector as a whole.   (function(t,e,s,o){var n,c,i;t.SMCX=t.SMCX||[],e.getElementById(o)||(n=e.getElementsByTagName(s),c=n[n.length-1],i=e.createElement(s),i.type="text/javascript",i.async=!0,i.id=o,i.src=["https:"===location.protocol?"https://":"http://","widget.surveymonkey.com/collect/website/js/T_2BtR1U6spUwpB7e0Fq_2B_2Bds53sugHbBYlBMuEo3jjT315FZVltRK0kelad4iAIPi9.js"].join(""),c.parentNode.insertBefore(i,c))})(window,document,"script","smcx-sdk");   We look forward to hearing from you!     ...
16 May 2017 8:35
At RP Platform, we’re always excited to hear about the creative ways our clients and their customers are making use of our software’s capabilities. Streamlining and automating the process of ordering quality 3D-printed parts creates the perfect space for innovation to flourish, as we see regularly during consultations with our longstanding clients.   One recent example that particularly caught our eye was 3Faktur’s work using RP Platform to provide leading research and academic institutions across Germany with an easy way to order 3D-printed molecular models -- created using a sophisticated combination of ...
15 May 2017 8:41
RP Platform have recently launched an innovative feature for fully integrating their software solution with the most widely-used email systems, including Gmail, Microsoft Office 365 and Exchange. The feature was rolled out on May 11th as part of their most recent software update, following a long period of development, testing and consultation with the platform’s longstanding users. The goal is to empower additive manufacturing companies to better manage customer requests and communications and make more effective use of their time and resources.   The update is the latest stage of RP Platform’s ...
10 May 2017 14:51
Fused deposition modelling remains one of the most popular techniques for 3D printing amongst hobbyists, AM bureaus and industrial manufacturing companies alike. In this tutorial, we’ll take a closer look at the mechanics of the process and share some practical tips for getting the most out of your chosen materials and 3D printers.   What is fused deposition modelling? Fused deposition modelling prints 3D objects by using a heated filament to manually build up layers of material. A thermoplastic material is heated to a semi-liquid state, after which an extrusion head builds the layers ...
09 May 2017 17:15
Anyone -- amateur and professional alike -- who has ever printed a 3D CAD model has utilised 3D slicing software. Slicing programmes are the tool that translate 3D models -- everything from simple geometric shapes to complex medical and architectural models -- into information that the printer can use to bring the design to life. Crucially, the right 3D slicing software will allow you to strike the perfect balance between fast printing and the quality of the printed part, so it’s important to select the right tool, and make effective ...
05 May 2017 11:09
There’s never been a better time for companies to discover the potential benefits of incorporating additive manufacturing into their range of services, or for companies who are already using this technology to explore new approaches and applications for it. While many of the key benefits of additive manufacturing are well-documented, improvements in technology, materials and best practice have revealed a number of new benefits that may not be immediately obvious. Here are six examples: 1) Reduced storage costs for spare parts In any industry that requires spare parts to be available at ...
04 May 2017 15:28
Ever since Chuck Hull printed his first prototype at home more than 30 years ago, plastics have been the material type most associated with the field of additive manufacturing. 3D printing with plastics allows for the quick creation of quality prototypes, but with recent advances in printing materials and technology, also offers opportunities for the creation of functional parts, suitable for mass production. In this short tutorial, we will look closely at some of the options currently available for printing with plastics, their respective advantages/disadvantages, and some of the key ...