26 June 2017 12:17
Prodways Group recently announced the launch of their Rapid Additive Forging (RAF) technology. This new method of 3D printing metal works by building up layers of molten metal in a cloud of inert gas, allowing parts that would previously have taken several months to produce to be delivered in a few hours, with minimal material waste. The long-term goal of the new technology is to print metal parts in a way that consistently delivers superior metallurgical quality compared to previous methods. At the time of writing, the technology is only ...
26 June 2017 9:46
3D Printing Industry recently reported on a major deal between SLM Solutions and BeamIT, a leading Italian manufacturer, with experience in a wide range of sectors. Over the course of several years, SLM will provide BeamIT with 25 cutting-edge 3D printers, to be used to deliver parts for the medical, automotive, aerospace and aeronautic sectors. This deal represents the latest stage of BeamIT’s explorations of AM, particular with regards to metal printing. We are seeing more and more highly respected specialists in traditional manufacturing methods not just exploring AM, but wholeheartedly ...
23 June 2017 16:04
The good news is that FDM is an inherently clean technology, which means the cleaning stage will not typically be as involved as with SLS prints. However, while it does not leave the same volume of waste material as SLS -- especially if you are using dissolvable support structures -- it is still important to factor the cleaning of your part into your post-processing stage. This is especially important if you are planning on painting or finishing your part, as it’s vital that you begin with a clean surface to ...
23 June 2017 10:53
With any FDM print, the finishing stage is what will take your end result from just ‘good’ to truly professional, whether it’s an attractive display piece or a durable, functional part. Here are a few practical tips to make your finishing process both efficient and effective:   Remove any support structures first Any FDM print requires support structures to avoid drooping or deformation, so these will need to be removed before any other post-processing can take place. We’ve already looked at support structures in detail on the blog, so refer back to that ...
23 June 2017 8:53
Much was made in the manufacturing industry press when General Electric (GE) acquired Arcam AB in September 2016. Following a failed acquisition of SLM, GE would acquire a second AM bureau, Concept Laser, in December of the same year, and partner with Stryker in June 2017. GE’s Chairman and CEO, Jeff Immelt described the developments as part of a wider move towards operating as a ‘digital industrial company’, with AM as a key component of this evolution. So what is the rationale behind a global manufacturing company investing in AM ...
21 June 2017 8:30
3Dprint.com recently reported on current research at Texas A&M University, Essentium Materials and Texas Tech into strengthening plastic parts printed with FDM technology. This involves printing with special CNT-coated filaments, then welding the resulting parts using precisely applied microwave irradiation. The result is stronger parts that are suitable for a range of industrial applications -- effectively mitigating one of the key disadvantages of FDM printing. At the same time, Michigan Technology University is conducting research into a more energy-efficient recycling material waste from plastic 3D printing. The goal is to allow ...
20 June 2017 8:03
We were honoured to be featured on 3Dprinting.com, in a piece that looks closely at our partnership with 3Faktur, and how this has made opened up a whole new way for forward-thinking architects to order 3D-printed models of their designs. We look forward to building on our partnership with 3Faktur and seeing more of the innovative designs they are delivering for their clients. Read the article here.     ...
14 June 2017 8:54
The team at RP Platform were incredibly interested to read about the launch of Desktop Metal's new metal printing methods, bound metal deposition (BMD) and microwave sintering. The former utilises metal powder bound in plastic filament, then printed using a process similar to fused deposition modelling. The latter utilises existing metal injection moulding materials, which are combined with a binding material and sintered in a specially-designed furnace. It’s always exciting when a new method for 3D printing is unveiled, and these two new approaches certainly have huge implications for additive ...
12 June 2017 15:41
Being a powder-based process, any SLS project will be inherently messy, especially during the post-processing, when support materials need to be removed and excess powder extracted before the curing stage. That’s why it’s important to pay close attention to the cleaning process and make sure it is treated as a key part of your post-processing stage. While this may seem simple, it can in fact prove deceptively difficult if you wish to avoid damaging your finished parts. However, with the right approach to cleaning parts, it is possible to achieve ...
09 June 2017 10:12
The post-processing stage of any additive manufacturing project is when a design really comes to life and takes on a professional look. However, to ensure the continued well-being of yourself and your teams, it’s always worth bearing in mind a few key points to avoid any risk of injury. We would recommend you treat the following points as a handy checklist and follow them during the post-processing stages of all your AM projects. 1) Check your material and chemical specifications Being well-informed before post-processing begins will help you avoid dangerous mistakes. Your ...