Sustainability

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. 

Basics

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.

Production

3D Printed Device Expands Ventilator Capacity to Address Shortfall During Coronavirus Crisis

Emergency authorization from FDA allows for use of device permitting four patients to use a shared ventilator. HP involved in mass production via additive manufacturing.

Metal AM

AM Helping AM: 3D Printed Build Plate Detects Build Failures

Ultrasonic additive manufacturing produces a build plate with embedded sensing, allowing for real-time measurement of the condition of the build. If a failure occurs during selective laser melting, this plate will reveal it immediately.

Production

3D Printing and Coronavirus Check-In - Week of 3/23/2020

Editors Peter Zelinski and Stephanie Hendrixson discuss 3D printing issues related to ventilators, personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks and face shields, and how business conditions have been affected by coronavirus. 

Videos

The Cool Parts Show Season 2 Out Now

Season 2 covers cool 3D printed parts from a major automaker, a custom glasses company, a drone engine manufacturer, a dental lab and a research organization.

Polymer AM

Massachusetts Hospital Seeks 3D Printed Masks for Coronavirus Response

A mask design is available online via freely available STL file. Hospital offers email address for 3D printing users able to help.

Prototyping

Need Parts? These Additive Manufacturers Are Ready to Help

Disrupted supply chains are just one more effect of the coronavirus pandemic. These 3D printing service providers are ready to help fill production gaps with parts, tooling and prototypes. 

Medical

Ventilator Manufacturing: Challenges and Likely Response During Coronavirus Crisis

Can we achieve something like a wartime transition to ventilator production, or will the response need to look different from this?

Medical

3D Printing Crowdsourcing to Help Hospitals Experiencing Supply Shortages Linked to COVID-19

As the virus continues to spread worldwide and breaks supply chains, 3D printers and expertise in additive manufacturing can lend a helping hand. Potential sources identify themselves using an online directory.

Polymer AM

The Foot Measurement System That Allows for Mass Customized Insoles

Aetrex’s Albert scanner is an example of how advances in measurement technology aid 3D printing in realizing its promise.