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Enter Your 3D Printed Parts in The Cool Parts Showcase

By: Stephanie Hendrixson

The first-ever contest from The Cool Parts Show seeks innovative parts made through additive manufacturing. Enter by August 13. 
#video #coolparts

Aerospace

How 3D Printing Will Change Composites Manufacturing

By: Peter Zelinski

A Q&A with the editor-in-chief of CompositesWorld explores tooling, continuous fiber, hybrid processes, and the opportunities for smaller and more intricate composite parts.
#lightweighting #composites #brackets

Design

Carbon Offers Lattice-Generating Design Tech

By: Gary S. Vasilash

The design software is said to accelerate the time from "idea to design."
#generativedesign #polymer

Production

3D Printed Air Duct Based on Fluid Dynamics: The Cool Parts Show #26

By: Stephanie Hendrixson

Air ducts are ubiquitous, but are they all as efficient as they need to be? Computational fluid dynamics informed the redesign of this 3D printed air duct — made to serve a 3D printer. 
#assemblyconsolidation #video #coolparts

Production

For Stratasys, Acquisition of Origin Part of Strategy Focused on Production and Polymer Materials

By: Peter Zelinski

Americas president Rich Garrity describes how the two additive manufacturing technology companies came together (COVID-19 helped), along with the value of protecting one culture while allowing another to change.
#polymer

Beginning Your AM Journey: One Part to Begin the Path

By: Timothy W. Simpson

Identifying the right part to begin your AM path can demonstrate and validate the AM workflow, provide a benchmark for future work and more.

Video: Why the Failure? First Episode of Our New Series About Process Challenges in AM

By: Peter Zelinski

Professor of additive manufacturing Tim Simpson joins me to talk about 3D printing fails and what they teach. Follow #AMWTF on LinkedIn, where we will debut each new failed build ahead of every episode.
#AMWTF #metal #video

Production

Fiber-Reinforced 3D Printing Expands Control, Applications for Composites

By: Stephanie Hendrixson

9T Labs’ deposition process places continuous carbon fiber only where necessary to save material, reduce waste, and more precisely control the structure of preform composites.
#composites #polymer #brackets

Tooling

The Link Between 3D Printing, Surface Finish and Mold Tools

By: Karlo Delos Reyes, VP of Applications and Co-founder, 3DFortify

Surface finish for 3D printed mold tooling has a direct effect on the pull-out force needed to remove the final part. Why molders should consider tool roughness along with geometry and materials. 
#composites #postprocessing #polymer

Medical & Dental

3D Printed Scapula Customized for Patient: The Cool Parts Show #25

By: Peter Zelinski

A patient treated for a tumor of the shoulder blade was able to preserve full use of the arm thanks to an implant tailored to the precise form of the original scapula and made through electron beam melting.
#implants #metal #video

Materials

Is a Gel Bath the Key to Scalable, Affordable 3D Printed Ceramics?

By: Stephanie Hendrixson

3D printed polymer-derived ceramics (PDCs) could find wider application through a process developed at the University of Texas at Dallas that extrudes preceramic material in a self-healing bath for support through printing and curing.
#ceramic

Design

PrintSyst Automates AM Decision Making with AI (Includes Video)

By: Stephanie Hendrixson

The startup’s cloud-based artificial intelligence tool is designed to help companies adopting additive manufacturing make fast, easy decisions about what and how to 3D print.
#machinelearning #enterprise #video