Production

3D Printing and Coronavirus: U.S. Additive Manufacturers Share Their Experiences

The COVID-19 outbreak has brought both setbacks and opportunities for American manufacturing. 3D printing companies share their stories. 

Production

FDA Approves 3D Printed Mask in Response to Coronavirus Crisis — Multiplies Surgical Mask Stocks by 4X

Reusable nylon mask made through powder bed fusion is easy to disinfect, uses replaceable filter media. Link to design file provided.

Materials

A Circular Economy for 3D Printed Plastics Starts with Material

When the greatest share of a product’s environmental impact comes from producing its feedstock, selecting the right material is critical. For 3D printing and manufacturing in plastic, biopolymer could be the first step toward a more sustainable model.

Production

3D Printing and Coronavirus Check-In - Week of 4/6/2020

Editors Peter Zelinski and Stephanie Hendrixson discuss the pivot to production for 3D printed PPE, and other AM news in the fight against COVID-19. 

Medical

Aerospace Manufacturer Pivots to 3D Print Masks for COVID-19 First Responders

Rapid Application Group is finalizing a 3D printed mask to protect first responders and medical staff who may be exposed to coronavirus. The nylon mask uses a replaceable N-95 or HEPA filter.

Design for Additive

Additive Manufacturing in the Age of COVID-19

Reporting from the front lines of the fight against Coronavirus – how my journey began.

Polymer AM

Dental Lab Brings 3D Printing into Digital Dentistry Workflow

With 3D scan technology and resin-based 3D printers, Spectrum Dental Printing is changing the way dental devices are made — and potentially, how dentistry happens.

Production

3D Printing and Coronavirus Check-In - Week of 3/30/2020

In this week's discussion, editors Peter Zelinski and Stephanie Hendrixson discuss face shield visors and masks; ventilator components; and new movement from the FDA on 3D printed devices. 

Medical

America Makes Partners with FDA, NIH and VA to Coordinate Coronavirus-Related AM Efforts

"We're trying to be the matchmaker" between additive manufacturers, hospitals and designers, says John Wilczynski, executive director of America Makes.

Polymer AM

Why “Recycled” Doesn’t Mean Inferior for 3D Printing Filament

GreenGate3D’s PET-G filament is made from recycled plastic, but that doesn’t diminish its quality. How a recycler found a new business opportunity in 3D printing, and how this success might point the way to a more effective recycling ecosystem. 

Medical

Guide for Healthcare Providers: How to Find (and Talk to) 3D Printing Professionals

If you are a medical professional in the U.S., you've likely heard that 3D printing can be an answer to equipment shortages. Here's how to find local 3D printing specialists and how to talk to them once you have. 

Materials

Can 3D Printed Metal Hold a Vacuum…for Quantum Physics Research?

A feasibility study shows that laser sintered AlSi10Mg can build an ultrahigh vacuum chamber capable of holding a cloud of rubidium atoms. The promise? Lighter, more portable designs to bring research out of the lab.