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.

The Challenge of Reclaiming Carbon Fiber for 3D Printing

Carbon fiber composite materials weigh significantly less than steel while offering comparable strength and performance. But recovering and recycling continuous fiber for additive manufacturing applications — without any effect on the mechanical properties — has proven extremely difficult. Here is how Oak Ridge National Laboratory is working to solve the challenge.

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. 

Additive Manufacturing Will Aid And Accelerate The Circular Economy

A circular economy links material, design, manufacturing, product and end-of-life in a continuous, sustainable loop. This special report illustrates the roles for 3D printing every step of the way.

QuesTek Material Enables Production of Complex Parts Via AM

QuesTek has announced a high performance stainless steel material for powder bed fusion additive manufacturing for use either in the as-printed condition or with a single low-temperature heat treatment.

In Automotive, Is Additive Manufacturing an Answer for Die Cast Tooling?

The largest high-pressure die cast tool builder in North America is 3D printing die inserts and water jackets for major automakers. It’s a tough sell, but one company is succeeding — and it’s just getting started.

Arevo Announces Construction of Composite 3D Printing Facility

Along with the construction announcement, Arevo has brought on new executive leadership to aid its growth plans.

Constellium Unveils Aheadd Aluminum Powder Offer for AM

Constellium has announced the launch of Aheadd, its new aluminium powder offer for additive manufacturing market.

Lubrizol Estane 3D TPU Grades for Fused Filament Fabrication Now Available in the Ultimaker Marketplace

The Lubrizol Corporation’s three Estane 3D TPU grades for fused filament fabrication (FFF) 3D printing applications are now available in the Ultimaker Marketplace.

DMLS or Polyjet? A Hands-On Comparison to Produce Prototype Mold Inserts

The development phase of creating injection molded parts and inserts often requires the production of small-quantity prototypes. This moldmaker compared two different AM technologies to produce prototype mold inserts made from tool steel and polypropylene photopolymer.

BASF, HP Launch Polypropylene for AM

BASF and HP have joined together to launch a polypropylene (PP) for additive manufacturing.

Protolabs Launches 3D Printed Cobalt Chrome

Protolabs has launched 3D printed cobalt chrome, a new material resistant to heat, wear and corrosion for use across multiple sectors.

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