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Future of Industrial 3D Printing Will Be Metals and End-Production, Say Engineers
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8/28/2015  Post a 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
Engineering Materials 
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
Engineering Materials 
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
Engineering Materials 
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
Engineering Materials 
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
Engineering Materials 
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
Engineering Materials 
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
Engineering Materials 
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.
Recycled 3DP Materials, Recyclers, and Embedded Recycling Codes
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5/18/2015  Post a comment
Here are new recycled materials, new recycling machines, and other news about recycling 3D printed materials we've put together in one place.
Plastics Grow as Materials of Choice for Medical Devices
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5/12/2015  Post a comment
Hospital-acquired infections and more home use of medical devices are shaking up device design, bringing more plastics into increasingly complex designs.
New 3D Printing File Format Released
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5/11/2015  3 comments
Microsoft, HP, Dassault, and other industry heavyweights in 3D printing have launched a new 3DP file format, 3MF. The consortium says the spec will more fully describe a 3D model and will be interoperable with multiple applications, platforms, services, and printers.
NASA 3D Prints Rocket Engine Part -- This Time From Copper
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5/8/2015  Post a comment
NASA's been working on several different ongoing projects for 3D-printed rocket engine components in metals and now it's reached another first in aerospace 3D printing: a full-scale, 3D-printed rocket engine component made of copper.
10 New Fasteners & Adhesives Keep It All Together
Engineering Materials 
5/6/2015  9 comments
This grab-bag of new fasteners and adhesives work with a range of materials they can attach to, as well as a wide variety of applications. Several are for use in consumer applications, such as wearables or other compact electronic assemblies, and some of the adhesives have extended service temperature ranges and cure at room temperature.
9 New & Notable 3D Printers: From Desktop to Industrial
Engineering Materials 
4/30/2015  5 comments
Several of the new and noteworthy 3D printers in this slideshow are breaking some boundaries in build volume, new metals printing techniques, or working with high-profile development partners to ensure very high-quality parts and controls.
Vulcan & Atlas V Rockets Will Fly on 3D-Printed Parts
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4/27/2015  Post a comment
United Launch Alliance will fly 3D-printed flight hardeware parts on its rockets starting next year with the Atlas V. The company's Vulcan next-gen launch vehicle will have more than 100 production parts made with 3D printing. The main driver? Parts consolidation and 57% lower production costs.
NIST Report Analyzes Measurement Needs for Powder Metal 3D Printing
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4/24/2015  Post a comment
A new report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) makes a start on developing control schemes, process measurements, and modeling and simulation methods for powder bed fusion additive manufacturing.
6 New Bio-based & Renewable Plastics
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4/23/2015  Post a comment
Although bio-based polymers face challenges from petroleum-based polymers, in certain markets they can displace the petro-based incumbents. Here are six new bio-based and renewable plastics for a variety of applications.
BASF Pushes Sustainable Materials, Design
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4/22/2015  Post a comment
BASF has developed tools and initiatives to help engineers use more of its renewable materials in their designs, more effectively, as well as to build parts using them with more predictable performance.
Bayer MaterialScience Gets Green with PU Foams
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4/21/2015  Post a comment
Just in time for Earth Day, chemicals leader Bayer MaterialScience reported from the UTECH Europe 2015 polyurethane show on programs and applications using its materials to help reduce energy usage. The company also gave an update on its CO2-based PU as that eco-friendly material comes closer to production.
8 New Materials & Designs for Lightweighting Planes, Trucks, Cars
Engineering Materials 
4/20/2015  2 comments
A slew of announcements about new materials and design concepts for transportation have come out of several trade shows focusing on plastics, aircraft interiors, heavy trucks, and automotive engineering. A few more announcements have come independent of any trade shows, maybe just because it's spring.
11 Not-to-Miss Composites, Software, and Processes from JEC Europe
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4/16/2015  Post a comment
At the JEC Europe 2015 composites show in Paris last month, makers of composite materials, software, and process equipment showed off their latest innovations. This year's show saw some announcements related to automotive applications, but many of the improvements came in the world of aerospace.
Survey: Engineers Want Better Plastics Performance, Recycling Technology
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4/13/2015  Post a comment
The DuPont-sponsored Plastics Industry Trends survey shows engineers want improved performance in a broad range of plastics and better recycling technology. These concerns top even processing enhancements that improve productivity.
SABIC Focuses on 3D Printing's Shift to Manufacturing
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4/3/2015  Post a comment
Plastics leader SABIC recently announced a global initiative to help its customers take advantage of additive manufacturing (AM) and also advance 3D printing (3DP) technologies in several application areas. The company's plans go way beyond materials, and also include design, processing, and part performance.
3D Printing Partners With Injection Molding At NPE 2015
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4/2/2015  Post a comment
A theme that was reflected in several ways at NPE 2015 was the use of 3D printing to assist in, or improve on, injection molding, as well as improvements in 3D printing materials and processes that are making better functional prototypes and end-use parts.
10 Plastics You Shouldn't Have Missed at NPE2015
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3/31/2015  4 comments
In this second materials slideshow from NPE2015, we've got some plastics that vendors were showcasing, including products made with them, and others that were brand-new introductions at the show.
3M Sharpens Assembly Focus on Info & Access to Experts
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3/27/2015  Post a comment
Instead of sifting through huge amounts of technical data looking for answers to assembly problems, engineers can now benefit from 3M's new initiative -- 3M Assembly Solutions. The company has organized its wealth of adhesive and tape solutions into six typical application areas, making it easier to find the best products to solve their real-world assembly and bonding problems.
9 Next-Gen Materials from NPE2015
Engineering Materials 
3/26/2015  3 comments
Many of the materials in this slideshow are resins or elastomers, plus reinforced materials, styrenics, and PLA masterbatches. Applications range from automotive and aerospace to industrial, consumer electronics and wearables, consumer goods, medical and healthcare, as well as sporting goods, and materials for protecting food and beverages.
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