Netfabb basic is a free software designed with 3D printing in mind. I use it to check and automatically repair bad STL files before printing. The last thing I want is to have a large build fail half way through, wasting time and print material. It also has the ability to open over 20 different
One of the major limitations with additive manufacturing is the ability to print large parts. Most 3D printing technologies have a relatively small print bed that requires larger parts to be sectioned and then attached together. There are issues with printing large parts in sections. The first problem is that it can be difficult to
Thermoforming is a manufacturing process used to shape thin sheets of thermoplastics common in the packaging, medical, industrial design and automotive industries. A wide variety of everyday items are created using thermoforming, from takeout containers to RC cars. Vacuum forming is a type of thermoforming that uses thin sheets of special plastic and a vacuum.
Colorjet 3D printing technology was created and developed in 1993 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It was then commercialized by Zcorporation and later acquired by 3D Systems in 2012. This technology works somewhat similarly to Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) or Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) but has some definite differences that sets it apart.
Jack Wolf – 3D Support Specialist Fused deposition modeling (FDM) and selective laser sintering (SLS) are additive manufacturing technologies that are used in different situations and applications. I will explain how each technology works, for what applications it is used, and the pros and cons of each. No one additive manufacturing technology is able
Jack Wolf 3D Printing Specialist – MasterGraphics Traditionally custom jewelry has been made by a very skilled craftsman, meticulously carving a design out of wax, creating an exact model of what the finished piece is going to look like. This process takes a great amount of time and if a mistake is made, the
by Russ Nicloy, Practice Manager-AEC/ENI, MasterGraphics, Inc. In demonstrations of Infraworks its very easy to show the creation of roads across large open fields. It is one of the design factors that needs to be shown, but it also allows the demonstration of the road design functions. It’s also easy to forget that most projects
Jack Wolf – MasterGraphics 3D Support Specialist In the rapid prototyping world, 3D printing molds for short-run injection molds is a fairly new application. There are a number of options open to manufacturers making typical small plastic parts, one of them being the ProJet 3500. The ProJet 3500 meets the demand for companies looking to
3D Systems just released a much needed new version, 5.6.4852, of the accelerator software and firmware. There are a number of exciting upgrades and fixes to issues that I frequently used to run into. Some of these fixes are long awaited and will make the life of a Projet 35X0 user much easier. This new
Jack Wolf – 3D Support Specialist MasterGraphics I often get questions about Selective Laser Sintering and how it may be better for certain applications than other rapid prototyping technologies. A lot of manufacturers don’t know the versatility it provides for prototyping and even end use production parts. These machines were designed for the manufacturing floor