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10 New 3D Printing Technologies: Multimaterials, Clay, & Factory-Floor Composites
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11/25/2015  Post a comment
Most of the new 3D printers and 3D printing technologies in this crop are breaking some boundaries, whether it's build volume-per-dollar ratios, multimaterials printing techniques, or new materials types.
Plastics for Medical Devices Adapt to Changing Needs
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11/16/2015  Post a comment
Plastics designed for use in medical devices and hospital equipment have to do multiple jobs, as is made clear in an article in our sister publication MDDI.
3D Print Strong, Tough Parts With PEEK- and PAEK-Based Carbon Composites
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10/29/2015  Post a comment
Arevo Labs has developed a new filament 3D printing process for making very high-strength PEEK- and PAEK-based carbon fiber composites, and the commercial service is now available.
Multimaterial Consumer Electronic Assemblies Demand It, So Adhesives Toughen Up
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10/26/2015  Post a comment
Some of the biggest challenges for adhesives that join multiple materials are coming from consumer electronics, especially mobile and wearable devices.
These 6 New Coatings and Sealants Are Aimed at the Toughest Environments
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10/18/2015  Post a comment
Whether it's the outside of an aircraft, the inside of an electronics module, or the surface of heavy-use industrial flooring, these coating and sealant materials are suitable for the job.
9 New Tougher, Stronger 3D Printing Materials: Carbon, Nylon, and Heat-Resistant
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10/14/2015  Post a comment
A slew of recent 3D printing (3DP) material product introductions has included several that are tougher than the rest, giving you stronger, lighter prints.
Will Robots Put You Out of a Job, Or Give You a New One?
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10/13/2015  7 comments
A new white paper by the Association for Advancing Automation says that increases in industrial robot shipments correlates positively with increases in US job growth based on Bureau of Labor statistics. The result could be new types of manufacturing and engineering jobs.
Ford Picks Alcoa's Tough, Fast Micromill Aluminum for 2016 F-150
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10/9/2015  Post a comment
Ford will be the first automaker to commercially use Alcoa's tough & fast Micromill aluminum alloy process and materials, debuting on several 2016 F-150 truck components. Alcoa will also license its Micromill process and materials technology to Danieli Group.
Design Your Own 3D-Printed Lenses With LUXeXceL's New Tools
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10/8/2015  2 comments
With two new tools from LUXeXceL, you can now create and print custom lens designs optimized for your particular application.
AM Now a Major Strategy in NIST Materials Measurement Plan
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9/30/2015  Post a comment
NIST's new five-year strategic plan for its Material Measurement Laboratory lists additive manufacturing materials development as one of the main areas it will support by developing measurements, data, techniques, and models.
5 New Adhesives & Fasteners for Airplanes, Satellites, & Electronics
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9/29/2015  Post a comment
Most of the fasteners and adhesives in this slideshow are aimed at aerospace, including aircraft and spacecraft, as well as electronics and electrical applications.
Alcoa Invents 3DP Materials & Processes for Aerospace End-Products
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9/25/2015  Post a comment
Alcoa's new $60 million dollar facility has already invented a new hybrid process for metals called Ampliforge.
Lightweighting Metals Institute Looks to Lighten Up Iron and Toughen Up Aluminum
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9/24/2015  2 comments
Lighter cast iron and harder die-cast aluminum are goals of the first two technology acceleration projects from the Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow consortium.
10 New 3D Printing Materials from Plastics to Glass to Metals
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9/22/2015  4 comments
There are new materials for use with 3D printers, and then there are new materials that can only be made using 3D printing (3DP) techniques. In this slideshow, we'll show you some of both.
Giant Robot Will Build Huge Composite Parts for Mars and Beyond
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9/15/2015  2 comments
NASA has installed a giant composites-making robot to help fabricate the biggest reinforced parts ever for space vehicles, including Mars rovers and landers, plus planetary and lunar habitats.
Free Industrial AM Database Adds Over 100 Machines and Materials
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9/10/2015  Post a comment
The free, searchable Senvol Database has added data on over 100 new machines and materials for industrial additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing (3DP), bringing the total to more than 450 machines and 550 materials.
5 New Plastics For Medical Devices, Cars, and Wireless Antennas
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9/4/2015  3 comments
Several plastics and elastomers have come out recently for different parts of cars, as well as for multi-material medical devices and for onboard base station antenna components.
Comprehensive 3DP/AM Training Program by UL In the Works
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9/2/2015  Post a comment
UL is working on four major initiatives aimed at 3D printing and additive manufacturing.
MIT's MultiFab Can 3D Print 10 Different Materials at Once
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9/1/2015  1 comment
A team from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) has developed a breakthrough new multi-material 3D printer.
Future of Industrial 3D Printing Will Be Metals and End-Production, Say Engineers
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8/28/2015  1 comment
An in-depth survey of 700 current and future users of 3D printing holds few surprises, but results emphasize some major trends already in progress. Two standouts are the big growth in end-use parts and metal additive manufacturing (AM) most respondents expect.
Taking Hold: Adhesives Tackle Multiple Materials
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8/24/2015  1 comment
Engineers are designing multiple materials into cars, planes, consumer electronics, and medical devices. How are they keeping these metal, plastic, and glass materials together?
These 7 3D-Printed Engines and Parts Are Ready for Takeoff
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8/21/2015  2 comments
3D printing has been creating working engines and engine parts for aerospace. Here are 7 of the best examples.
Survey: Engineers Broaden CAFE Materials Usage As Midterm Review Begins
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8/14/2015  Post a comment
As the CAFE standards deadline looms and EPA midterm review begins, automotive engineers are broadening their materials use to help vehicles shed weight and using more fuel-efficiency technologies.
3D Print Complete Electronic Prototypes in a Few Hours?
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8/14/2015  Post a comment
A project from the University of Texas at El Paso combines 3D printing of structures and electronics in the same part for faster prototyping.
Coatings Are Getting Smarter and More Specialized
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8/11/2015  2 comments
Although many next-gen coatings are still in R&D, smarter coatings that change in response to their environments are coming soon.
3D Printing in End-Production: What's It Gonna Take?
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8/10/2015  3 comments
What has to happen before 3D printing end-production parts become a widespread reality?
9 New 3D Printers Hitting the Global Market
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7/28/2015  Post a comment
From desktop to industrial prototypes and products, here are nine of the newest 3D printers from manufacturers across the globe.
3D Printing Could Make Better Fiber Optics
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7/25/2015  1 comment
University of Southampton researchers have come up with a way to 3D print transparent optical fibers like those used in fiber-optic telecommunications cables, potentially boosting frequency and reducing loss.
Learn the Engineering Behind Additive Manufacturing at New ASME Conference
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7/24/2015  Post a comment
The first ASME Additive Manufacturing + 3D Printing Conference (AM3D) will be co-located with the organization's International Design and Engineering Technical Conferences (IDETC) and Computers & Information in Engineering Conference (CIE), Aug 2-5 in Boston.
UL Working on Safety Certification for 3DP Materials Emissions
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7/23/2015  Post a comment
UL is researching pollutant emissions from 3D printing and additive manufacturing materials, with the goal of establishing safety controls.
Better Materials Will Help Reduce the Medical Device Recall Rate
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7/22/2015  1 comment
The product recall rate for medical devices has been increasing steadily for the past 15 years. A better materials selection process could cut that in half.
LEGOs Will Soon be Made of Sustainable Materials
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7/17/2015  1 comment
Lego Group is making a significant investment toward making LEGO bricks more sustainable and environmentally friendly.
6 New Adhesives and Fasteners Transforming Transportation
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7/16/2015  2 comments
Take a look at 6 new adhesives and fasteners aimed at changing the face of transportation.
The Fallout From Sterilization Failures Will Also be Better Plastics for Medical Devices
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7/14/2015  Post a comment
In the wake of high profile sterilization failures, plastics makers continue to work on developing better materials to resist the hospital disinfectants used to clean reusable medical devices.
9 New 3D Printing Materials for Use in Space and on Earth
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7/9/2015  4 comments
These nine new materials are further diversifying 3D printing for use even beyond our planet.
Toxic Substances Reform Law: It's a Good Thing, and Maybe Also an Expensive Thing
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6/29/2015  7 comments
Last week, the bill for reforming chemical regulation, the TSCA Modernization Act of 2015, passed the House. If it or a similar bill becomes law, the effects on cost and availability of adhesives and plastics incorporating these substances are not yet clear.
7 New Coatings and Sealants Get Tough, Sticky & Fast-Curing
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6/26/2015  4 comments
The latest crop of coating and sealant materials and devices has impressive credentials. Many are designed for tough environments with broad operating temperature ranges, and they often cure faster, require fewer process steps, and produce less waste.
Safety Certification for 3DP Filament Emissions -- By a Startup
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6/22/2015  Post a comment
A new program has been proposed for testing and certify 3D printing filaments for emissions safety. To engineers who've used 3D printers at home this is a no-brainer. It's from a consumer on Kickstarter, and targets use in homes and schools.
7 Grand Prize Winners of the 50th Annual Powder Metal Parts Awards
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6/19/2015  Post a comment
For the last 50 years, the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) has sponsored an awards competition for creative solutions to designing and fabricating near-net-shape parts using powder metal (PM) technologies. Here are the seven Grand Prize winners of the 2015 contest.
3D Printing Circuitry With Graphene-Based Conductive Filament
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6/18/2015  Post a comment
Graphene 3D Lab has added graphene to 3DP PLA filament to strengthen the material and add conductivity to prints made with it. The material can be used to 3D print conductive traces embedded in 3D-printed parts for electronics, as well as capacitive touch sensors.
Carbon Fibers Spearhead Automotive Lightweighting Effort
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6/17/2015  1 comment
To meet looming fuel efficiency standards, automakers are using carbon fiber composites in hundreds of automotive components.
The Fallout from the UCLA Sterilization Failure Will be Better Medical Device Design
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6/12/2015  5 comments
Concerns about the rising number of infections acquired in US hospitals from reusable instruments is driving changes in medical device design and materials, mostly for the better.
NASA Wants Your 3D Printed Habitat Design
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6/11/2015  4 comments
Think you can design 3D-printed deep space buildings that will sustain human life? Think your design can win out over zillions of entries? You've got until July 15 to submit your registration package to America Makes and NASA for the 3D Printed Habitat Challenge.
6 New Plastics For Everything From Cables to High-Speed Fans & Motors
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6/10/2015  Post a comment
Some of our current assortment of plastics & elastomers are designed for contacting human skin in consumer products, while others are tough enough to go under the hood near automotive engines or make bearings for the continuous high rotational speeds of fans and motors.
Hybrid 3DP/CNC System for Metals Costs Less
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6/8/2015  3 comments
It's possible to integrate both additive and subtractive manufacturing processes in one system to make a single part. An America Makes project spearheaded by Optomec makes structural metal parts, and for less than it used to cost.
Aerospace-Grade Aluminum Gives Structure to Smartphones
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6/5/2015  10 comments
Samsung has chosen an aerospace-grade of Alcoa aluminum for the body of its new Galaxy S6 and S6 edge smartphones, giving them a thinner and lighter design.
12 New & Notable 3D Printing Products from RAPID 2015
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6/4/2015  Post a comment
Trying to see everything on the show floor and attend all the presentations at the recent RAPID 2015 show in Long Beach, Calif. is like drinking from the proverbial firehose. In this slideshow we give you the highlights of major new hardware, software, and materials products as well as mentions of some not-so-new but definitely noteworthy machines.
Solvay Revs Up With All-Plastic Engine
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6/3/2015  28 comments
Solvay, known for its extensive work getting the 100% solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aloft earlier this year, is taking a leadership role in developing an all-plastic car engine, the Polimotor 2.
3D-Printed Working Motorcycle Demonstrates What the Tech Can Do
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5/27/2015  13 comments
Why would the biggest connector company in the world design and build the first fully functional 3D-printed motorcycle? To show TE Connectivity's engineers what the technology can really do in making working load-bearing production parts, and free up their thinking when approaching design problems.
In Space, a 3D Printer Beats Duct Tape Every Time
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5/26/2015  Post a comment
In his keynote address at the RAPID 2015 conference last week, Made In Space CTO Jason Dunn gave an update on how far his company and co-development partner NASA have come in their quest to bring 3D printing to the space station -- and beyond.
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