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3D Printing | What is SLS and When Should You Use It?

May 17, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

Remember the scene in the film The Mummy when the mummy's head rises out of the desert sand? You see the features of his face, and his mouth opens with a frightening roar? That's sort of what it looks like when you use the form of 3D printing known as Selective Laser Sintering, or SLS.

Okay, maybe that's a stretch. But not by much.

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Filed Under: Product Development, additive manufacturing, Prototyping, 3D Printing

3D Printing | What is SLA & When Should You Use It?

May 08, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

Imagine a vat of liquid goo. Lasers beams shoot across the pool in seemingly random fashion. Eventually a form – a figurine, part, whatever – rises out of the liquid. You just watched Stereolithography Apparatus (SLA) in action.

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3D Printing | What is FDM and When Should You Use It?

April 28, 2017 by Patty Rasmussen

As most readers know, there are several types of additive manufacturing, commonly known as 3D printing. We talk a lot about the subject, on the blog and in our office. The question came up: is one method of 3D technology better than another for a specific project? For example, when should you use Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)? With the explosion of desktop printers, it's become one of the most most common forms of 3D printing. In fact, it’s the type of printing we do in our lab.

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Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing Impact Medical Device Manufacturing

October 18, 2016 by Patty Rasmussen

 Talk about explosive growth! The additive manufacturing industry has experienced 25 percent compound growth every year since 2009. It’s projected that additive manufacturing (also known as 3D printing), as an industry, will be worth more than $5 billion by the end of 2016.

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Filed Under: Manufacturing, additive manufacturing, Medical devices

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