Why is looking at the complete 3D Printing Value Chain much more important than looking at a 3D Printer alone?

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So far, the emphasis of the 3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing industry has been predominantly on the 3D Printer technology and not on the Value Chain. 3D Printers should be faster, smaller, etc. However, the design phase, the materials and post-processing are equally or even more important. And if one wants to grow towards manufacturing, the integration of 3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing in the ‘traditional’ factory is essential as well.

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Additive Manufacturing – Standardization Activities and Certification Possibilities

Gözde Tuzcu

by Gözde Tuzcu, Kiwa Nederland B.V.

ISO/TC 261 the technical committee of standardization in the field of additive manufacturing works together with ASTM F42 Committee. The work here created is followed and the standards are adopted by CEN TC438. Currently this committee has published 14 standards, have 23 standards under development in the 7 active work groups.

The standards are developed under the topics concerning AM processes (hard- and software), terms and definitions, test procedures, quality parameters, supply agreements and all kind of fundamentals.

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TU Wien develops method by which tailored, tough polymers can be made at high resolution for 3D printing

TU Wien develops method by which tailored, tough polymers can be made at high resolution for 3D printing

The Technical University of Vienna (TU Wien) in Austria has developed a new approach for high-resolution 3D printing of tailored, homogenously crosslinked, tough, methacrylate-based photopolymers. Continue reading “TU Wien develops method by which tailored, tough polymers can be made at high resolution for 3D printing”

3D Printing Materials 2018 event updates | Shapeways, inspireAG, TU Delft speakers & more

Meet our latest speakers for 3D Printing Materials Conference 2018, Apr 17, Geleen, The Netherlands:

  • Daphne Laméris, Product Development Engineer, Shapeways, The Netherlands, on ‘postprocessing 3D Printed polymers’
  • Shoufeng Yang, Professor of Additive Manufacturing, KU Leuven, Belgium, on ‘3D multi material printing’
  • Varun Srinivas, PhD Candidate, Maastricht University, the Netherlands, on ‘molecular design of thermoplastics with unique functionalties for 3D printing’
  • Rob Kleijnen, PhD Additive Manufacturing – Selective Laser Sintering of polymers, inspire AG, Switzerland
  • Dolores Hilhorst, PhD Candidate, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, on ‘multi-material FDM 3D printing’

When you register for the conference, you can also attend sessions during the 3D Printing Design & Engineering Conference, which takes place in parallel at the same location – see the program here https://3ddeconference.com/program/

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Biome3D Hopes to Replace Oil-Based Materials for the 3D Printing Industry (VIDEO)

As the industrialized nations of the world work to ween themselves off of fossil fuels, it will be important to find manufacturing materials that aren’t derived from oil. UK-based Biome Bioplastics is attempting to get an edge in this important market by creating sustainable polymers made from plants. Continue reading “Biome3D Hopes to Replace Oil-Based Materials for the 3D Printing Industry (VIDEO)”

Metal-Plastic Voxel 3D Printing Pursued by Arizona State University (VIDEO)

3D printing technology is so close, yet so far, from being ideal, especially for large OEMs. At the moment, a lot of the problems with industrial 3D printing are (still) related to quality control, scale and materials. Outside of those more immediate concerns, what we’d all really love is the ability to additively manufacture multiple materials in a single print. Continue reading “Metal-Plastic Voxel 3D Printing Pursued by Arizona State University (VIDEO)”