Most companies that have adopted 3D printing will tell you that it has become an integral part of their business. 3D printing is now entrenched in their design process, manufacturing and visualization processes. But what do smaller businesses or even individuals do when they need a prototype? Most do not have the capital to
Imagine 3D printing a complete human heart that could be used in an emergency transplant. And then ask yourself, how would this breakthrough affect the medical field? The demand for organs for transplants always outweighs the supply. And the cost of many of those donor organs is the life of the donor. Technologies that are
By Darren Hartenstine Come on, you were thinking it this morning. What will protect me from this pending Zombie attack? Here it is, the Zombie Proof Pencil Case. Let’s assume we’re not under attack from Zombies and you’re a designer that has a passion to create (and you’re not a millionaire). What do you do?
Most of the time people utilize 3d printing as a tool in their design process. They use prototypes to verify form and fit, check ergonomics, use as production parts, or to catch costly errors before the manufacturing process is implemented. Architects also use 3d printing to show how a project will look when completed.
Casting and Molding are manufacturing processes that have been around for 6000 years. Generally, the process involves pouring a liquid material into a mold, or hollow cavity, of the desired shape and allowing that material to solidify. The solidified part, known as the casting, is then ejected or broken out of the mold to complete
Much of the time, 3D printing is utilized for prototype creation not final production. Temporary products are created to test and measure how well a product will work before final design approval and before tooling is set up for the final product. Traditionally prototyping is used to catch errors and faults in product development. The