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3D Print Your Own Sith Lightsaber for Halloween
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10/20/2016  1 comment
A make-your-own Star Wars Sith Lightsaber hilt is heftier and better-looking than most others out there, according to its maker, Sean Charlesworth. You can 3D print it from free source files, and there's even a hardware kit available -- not free -- so you can build one just in time for Halloween.
Bio-Based Materials Have Advantages Over Petro-Based
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10/19/2016  1 comment
Some next-generation bio-based materials are superior in performance to their petro-based counterparts, but also face some commercial challenges. This is especially true of certain biopolymers, adhesives, coatings, and advanced materials.
7 New Plastics for Cars, Electronics & Medical Devices
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10/18/2016  Post a comment
Cars and other vehicles, as well as electronics and medical devices, continue to lead the use cases for the new plastics products we've been seeing, as engineers design products for tougher environments.
Composites Startup First To License ORNL's Fast, Cheap Carbon Fiber
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10/13/2016  3 comments
LeMond Composites, founded by three-time Tour de France cycling champion Greg LeMond, is the first to license a new carbon fiber production method invented by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) that's faster, cheaper, and greener.
SpeedFoiler Looks to Break Catamaran Speed Records Using Carbon Composites
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10/13/2016  Post a comment
This month will mark the launch of the SpeedFoiler, a super-fast, ultra-lightweight foiling catamaran that can fly short distances over water faster than other foiling designs, in part because of its carbon composite materials.
8 New 3D Printing Materials Are Just in Time for Halloween
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10/12/2016  Post a comment
Our latest crop of 3D printing materials is mostly a collection of tough, strong, often heat-resistant filaments made for professional engineers and industrial products. Plus, most of them are black, just in time for Halloween!
Multiple Materials Challenge Adhesive Manufacturers
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10/12/2016  Post a comment
More and more assemblies are joining parts made of dissimilar materials in cars, planes, consumer electronics, and medical devices. Adhesive makers are stepping up to the challenge.
4D Printing Method Makes Shapes Fold Up Like Origami
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10/10/2016  2 comments
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has developed new materials and process for 4D-printing shapes that are programmed to fold and unfold when heated or when electricity is applied.
How 3D Printing Can Be More Than Prototyping
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9/29/2016  1 comment
How 3D printing fits into the digital thread, and the relationship between its uses for prototyping and for manufacturing, was the subject of a talk by Proto Labs' Rich Baker at last week's Design & Manufacturing Minneapolis.
Faster, Cheaper Composites for Automotive Manufacturing
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9/21/2016  Post a comment
Some carbon composite processes are moving into volume auto manufacturing, while intensive R&D is being conducted on many fronts to fast-track material and process development.
New Nanoscale Structures Give Metals a Boost
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9/19/2016  Post a comment
How can automakers, aerospace contractors, and other OEMs get new metal alloys that are stronger, harder, and can survive ever higher temperatures? One way is to redesign their crystalline structures at the nanoscale and microscale.
Your Next Job May Be As a 3D Printing Consultant
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9/15/2016  Post a comment
According to freelance website Upwork, demand has risen sharply since last year for engineers with experience of all kinds in 3D printing and AM.
Tooling & Fixtures: The Unsung Application for 3D Printing
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9/14/2016  Post a comment
Although a lot of the excitement about 3D printing and additive manufacturing surrounds its ability to make end-products and functional prototypes, some often ignored applications are the big improvements that can come by using it for tooling, jigs, and fixtures.
See The Latest in Innovative Materials at the MD&M Innovation Tour
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9/9/2016  Post a comment
A fun and informative tour you can attend at the upcoming Design & Manufacturing Minneapolis, MD&M Minneapolis, and other events there, is the Materials Innovation Tour on Wednesday afternoon. I'll be leading it.
The More Companies Using 3D Printing, The Better
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9/2/2016  Post a comment
OEMs want a wider breadth of metal material offerings, tighter tolerances on prints, and better surface finishes in their 3D printed medical devices, plus better part density and faster processes. Come find out what's available in materials and processes at a talk by Shannon Van Deren at next month's MD&M conference in Minneapolis.
6 New Composite Techs for Cars and Planes
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9/1/2016  7 comments
This batch of new composite products and technologies includes several based on natural fibers, as well as some made with novel materials and processes.
Stratasys Unveils New Technologies for Large-Scale Additive Manufacturing
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8/26/2016  Post a comment
Two new technologies from Stratasys, created in partnership with Boeing, Ford, and Siemens, will bring accurate, repeatable manufacturing of very large thermoplastic end products, and much bigger composite parts, onto the factory floor for industries including automotive and aerospace.
3D Printing at the Microscale Will Cut Cost and Size
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8/26/2016  Post a comment
Optomec's Aerosol Jet systems have now been used by several customers for printing 3D polymer and composite structures at the micron scale with embedded electronics and biomedical applications.
3D Printing Adds Value All Along the Value Chain
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8/24/2016  Post a comment
3D printing is now adding value to manufacturers at all steps along the business value chain. Come find out how at a talk by John Jaddou at next month's Embedded Systems Conference in Minneapolis.
6 New 3D Printing Technologies for Cars, Planes & Implants
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8/23/2016  Post a comment
These new 3D-printing technologies and printers include some that are truly boundary-breaking: a sophisticated new sub-$10,000, 10-plus materials bioprinter, the first industrial-strength silicone 3D-printing service, and a clever twist on 3D printing and thermoforming for making high-quality realistic models.
New Catalyst for Biodegradable Plastics Is Fast and Cheap
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8/22/2016  Post a comment
A team of researchers at Stanford University and IBM Research have developed a catalyst that could quickly and inexpensively generate biodegradable plastics derived from renewable materials.
ORNL Speeds Up 3D Printing at the Nanoscale
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8/16/2016  Post a comment
Using simulation to guide the drafting process can speed up the design and production of 3D-printed nanostructures, reduce errors, and even make it possible to scale up the structures. Oak Ridge National Laboratory has developed a model that does this.
6 New Plastics For Cars, Electronics & Medical Devices
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8/15/2016  1 comment
These new plastics are all aimed at cars, electronics and electrical components, plus medical devices, medical tool sterilization, and cleaning.
Suppliers Design Materials for 3D Printing from the Ground Up
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8/15/2016  Post a comment
Engineers need workhorse materials with beefy mechanical properties for industrial designs made with 3D printing. Very few have been designed from the ground up for additive manufacturing, but that picture is beginning to change.
Powder Metals Expand to Include Additive Manufacturing
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8/10/2016  1 comment
A wider range of better-performing, and sometimes less costly, powder metals are available for engineers designing multiple applications.
3D Printing a Must In the Brave New World of Manufacturing
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8/9/2016  Post a comment
The evolving world of AM and some of its challenges will be discussed by a panel of hands-on experts in 3D printing at next month's Embedded Systems Conference in Minneapolis.
New Free 3D Printing File Extensions From 3MF Consortium
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8/8/2016  Post a comment
Two new free extensions to the open standard 3MF file format for 3D printing have been released by the 3MF Consortium. Both are aimed at high-volume additive manufacturing operations run by either service bureaus or large OEMs.
3D Printing Structural Foams with Multiple Materials
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7/29/2016  Post a comment
Researchers at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology have devised a new method for designing strong, light cellular structures of re-architected metals and plastics with optimized properties.
First Industrial-Scale 3D Printing Plant for Aerospace Metals Under Construction
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7/28/2016  Post a comment
Norway-based additive manufacturing company Norsk Titanium is building what it says is the first industrial-scale 3D printing plant in the world for making aerospace-grade metal components. The New York state plant will produce 400 metric tons each year of aerospace-grade, structural titanium parts.
Gas Turbine Blades Made Faster With Metals 3D Printing
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7/26/2016  Post a comment
Siemens and Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology have achieved a faster production process based on selective laser melting for speeding up the prototyping of big, complex metal parts in gas turbine engines.
3D Printing Now Good Enough for Final & Spare Car Parts
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7/22/2016  2 comments
BMW has already incorporated more than 10,000 3D-printed parts in the Rolls-Royce Phantom and intends to expand the use of 3D printing in its cars even more in the future. Meanwhile, Daimler has started using additive manufacturing for producing spare parts in Mercedes-Benz Trucks.
Toyota Window Loses 50% of Weight with SABIC Materials
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7/22/2016  5 comments
SABIC's lightweighting polycarbonate glazing materials have appeared for the first time in a production car: the rear quarter window of Toyota's special edition 86 GRMN sports car, where they're saving 50% of its weight compared to conventional glass.
Design Engineers Want Reliability & Tech Support From Their Materials
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7/19/2016  1 comment
Design engineers play a big role in selecting both suppliers and materials for their designs. Our most recent Design News Materials Survey says they continue to be highly involved, in some ways even more than the last time we asked to peek inside their cubicles.
Get Your 3D-Printed, Customized Bumper & Fender Skins
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7/18/2016  Post a comment
Daihatsu is one of the first carmakers to customize car exteriors using 3D printing's mass customization capabilities. Effect Skins -- small exterior bumper and fender panels in different colors and textures -- can be ordered for its Copen convertible.
Planes & Electronics Get 8 New Adhesives, Coatings & Sealants
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7/14/2016  Post a comment
Several new products in this group of new adhesives, coatings, and sealants are formulated to protect sensitive electronic components, or to seal components of commercial and military aircraft. Others are designed to operate in tough, messy, dirty oil & gas operations, or for rotary applications and motors.
Tiniest 3D-Printed Lenses Made with Femtosecond Lasers
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7/12/2016  2 comments
Researchers at the University of Stuttgart in Germany have produced the smallest optical lenses ever made -- a diameter and height of only 125 microns (0.125 mm) -- using additive manufacturing.
Remotely Control Your 3D Printer With Free, Open-Source Software
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7/6/2016  Post a comment
A team of engineers at Michigan Technological University has released free, open-source, software that lets you control your 3D printer via the web.
8 Promising New Ways to Make Bio-based & Renewable Plastics
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6/17/2016  Post a comment
In this slideshow's latest crop of new bio-based and renewable plastics and methods for making them, some materials can even be completely recycled several times without loss of original properties.
Electric Motorcycle Is 3D Printed ... with Metal
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6/14/2016  1 comment
It's probably too late to buy one, but some lucky people will soon be the owners of only 50 electric motorcycles made entirely with 3D printing from a super-lightweight aluminum alloy.
ORNL Makes Carbon Fiber Stick to Aluminum
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6/13/2016  2 comments
Oak Ridge National Laboratory has developed a surface preparation method to improve joining carbon composites with aluminum, with potentially far-reaching ramifications for high-volume industrial applications.
10 New 3D Printing Plastics For Tougher, More Flexible Products
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6/10/2016  Post a comment
Our latest crop includes ABS alternatives, tougher PLAs, flexible plastics including a flexible nylon, polymers with better heat resistance, and the first biocompatible resin for desktop 3D printing.
Making Lighter, Smaller Designs with Fasteners
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6/8/2016  Post a comment
New and improved fastening methods are helping engineers join plastics, composites, and thinner metal sheets in a variety of product assemblies.
'Black Hole' Coating Keeps Satellite On Track
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6/3/2016  Post a comment
An ultra-black coating that absorbs virtually all incident light around it makes surface features disappear so it looks like a black hole. That also boosts performance of the Kent Ridge 1 satellite's star trackers and Earth observation instruments.
For 3D Printing To Grow, It Needs Materials, Machines & Software
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5/31/2016  Post a comment
Major changes are happening in the world of 3D printing and additive manufacturing materials, machines, and software. If the industry -- and the design engineers and OEMs it serves -- are to grow, all three areas must become much more tightly integrated.
FDA Dispenses 3D Printing Best Practices for Medical Devices
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5/26/2016  Post a comment
The FDA has just released draft guidelines for using 3D printing in the design, development, and manufacture of regulated medical products. Although the recommendations are non-binding, they do set some much-needed parameters.
The Versatile Future of Coatings
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5/25/2016  Post a comment
Coatings and sealants are getting more versatile to deal with miniaturization and multiple materials, and tougher to meet requirements for higher reliability.
New Metal Alloys Are Shaking Up Aerospace
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5/23/2016  Post a comment
Improved simulation and analysis tools are helping to develop more and better once-exotic alloys, plus good old aluminum, for lighter aerospace designs with less waste.
More Game-Changers in the World of 3D Printing
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5/19/2016  Post a comment
HP's industry-changing 3D printing announcement for commercial-scale end-production wasn't the only news of note at RAPID 2016 this week. Here are six more game-changing software and hardware news items, plus some videos explaining HP's technology.
HP Launches 3D Printing Production Tech & Open Materials Market
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5/17/2016  4 comments
HP has launched its long-heralded Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing technology for commercial-scale end-production, plus an ecosystem to go with it. The package could change the entire industrial market for making end-products with additive manufacturing. At the very least, it will be game-changing.
9 New Adhesives for Cars, Electronics Get Tough, Sticky
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5/13/2016  Post a comment
Nearly all the products in this latest crop of new adhesives target electronic and other components for consumer electronics and automotive assemblies. Some are alternatives to liquid adhesives, others are liquids that cure faster, and several stick well to multiple substrate materials.
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A make-your-own Star Wars Sith Lightsaber hilt is heftier and better-looking than most others out there, according to its maker, Sean Charlesworth. You can 3D print it from free source files, and there's even a hardware kit available -- not free -- so you can build one just in time for Halloween.
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