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November 30, 2017

Which Type of 3D Printing Should I Use?

Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is generating significant disruption in the manufacturing industry. It’s easy to understand why. The methods used in additive manufacturing are significantly cheaper and less time consuming than traditional manufacturing. In a recent interview with 3D Printing Industry, an online journal, Daan...

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May 17, 2017

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

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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May 08, 2017

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

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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April 28, 2017

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

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...

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March 31, 2017

How Much Resolution Do I Need For My 3D-Printed Prototype?

For obvious reasons, 3D printing is a popular prototyping method — whether SLA, SLS or FDM. But did you know a simple tweak in the software settings can save you time and money when creating your 3D-printed prototype?

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March 21, 2017

How to Determine the Best Prototyping Method? 5 Questions to Ask

At last! It’s time to turn your design into a physical object. While it’s exciting to see something from your imagination turn into reality, there are questions that must be answered before you can begin.

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