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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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.
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.
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...
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?