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Large-Format Metal 3D Printer Will Let Users Keep the "Recipe" But Gain Productivity

By: Stephanie Hendrixson

The forthcoming Sapphire XC metal powder bed fusion system from Velo3D adds size and speed, but requires no new process development for existing part designs. 
#metal

The Cool Parts Show Swag Shop Is Open

You asked, you got it. Whether you make cool 3D printed parts or just like learning about them, you can now snag The Cool Parts Show T-shirts, magnets and more at our new online store.
#coolparts

3D Printed Animal Enrichment Device: The Cool Parts Show Bonus Episode

By: Stephanie Hendrixson

The Cool Parts Show goes to the zoo to learn about a 3D printed enrichment device being used to challenge and engage meerkats, birds, foxes and more in this bonus episode. 
#coolparts #metal #video

Materials

3D Printed Ceramics Serve As Both Bone Graft and Support

By: Stephanie Hendrixson

Bioceramics including tricalcium phosphate and zirconia have been used to replace and stabilize human bone in reconstructive surgeries. Now, 3D printing brings customization and new design opportunities to these medical devices.
#implants #ceramic

Formnext Connect Preview and a Conversation About 2020 Changes to Major AM Shows

By: Peter Zelinski

Additive manufacturing is a disruptive and rapidly changing technology, making it vital to remain engaged through industry communication platforms despite the pandemic. A conversation among leaders of Formnext and IMTS.
#metal #polymer #formnext

COVID-19

3D-Printed Molds Accelerate Substitute-Ventilator Validation

By: Evan Doran

Fortify’s 3D printing and injection molding expertise saved Ventilator Project weeks and thousands of dollars as the nonprofit hurried to supply clinicians and hospitals at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
#composites #moldmaking

Materials

Is There a Larger Role for Additives in Additive Manufacturing?

By: Peter Zelinski

Terminology confusion might be coming, because the answer is likely yes. A provider of glass flake for plastics foresees applications to AM, specifically as a reinforcement within 3D printing filament.
#composites #polymer

Materials

3D Printed Prefab Homes, Made from Composite and UL-Certified

By: Stephanie Hendrixson

Mighty Buildings wants to change the construction industry with prefabricated houses 3D printed on demand from thermoset polymer composite. Two such buildings have already been installed.
#enterprise #construction #composites

What Is Additive Manufacturing?

By: Peter Zelinski

It is the broadest category of manufacturing we have. It is more than 3D printing. It is the beginning of a transformation. If you are new to AM, here is where to start.
#basics

Production

What Do These Flip Flops Say About Manufacturing's Future?: The Cool Parts Show S3E5

By: Stephanie Hendrixson

These 3D printed flip-flops are an example of mass customization, but they also hint at manufacturing's more sustainable, circular future. Find out why in this episode of The Cool Parts Show. 
#polymer #coolparts #sustainability

Medical & Dental

Can Microscale 3D Printing Reduce Surgeries for Glaucoma Sufferers?

By: Peter Zelinski

Boston Micro Fabrication (BMF) is exploring this promise. Eye stents are made of metal today. Fine-detail additive manufacturing can enable polymer instead, improving patient experience.
#polymer

Better Material Recapture, Reuse Through 3D Printing (Video #5)

By: Stephanie Hendrixson

3D printing helps to simplify both manufacturing of a product and material recapture at the end of its usable life. The key is having a plan at the beginning. More in this video, the last in our series on 3D Printing and the Circular Economy. 
#sustainability