3D Printing: Bringing Digital Prototyping Concepts to Life

I introduced conceptual design in my last blog and want to hit on a very exciting and powerful technology that is sweeping through the design landscape, leaving virtually no industry unscathed.  This technology is 3D printing.  3D printing, for those who are unfamiliar with term, involves taking a digital prototype and essentially “printing” it as
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Stereolithography (SLA) vs Multi-Jet Modeling (MJM)

Stereolithography and multi-jet modeling are 2 very different additive manufacturing technologies that produce accurate, precise, and “true to cad” models. People often ask, “What is the difference between these two technologies, and why should I pick one over the other”?  Let me shed a little light on the subject to help you figure out which
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3D Printing in Color

There are many ways to communicate, visualize, and display ideas, but 3d printing in full color is in a league far and above the rest for many applications when trying communicate certain designs. There are, however, only a few 3D printers that can achieve full spectrum color printing – a couple of which have just
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Windows 8.1 Update Support for 3D printers

Windows 8.1 update was just released and one of the big additions in this update is that 3D printers have built-in support. What exactly is built-in support for 3D printers? Most people will never use this feature or know it exists, but for the few that do, this update is very exciting. Right now all
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3D Printing Obsolete Automotive Replacement Parts

I recently bought a 97 Lincoln Mark VIII to fix up, and shortly after discovered that while the AC blows cold, there was no heat on any setting.  As someone who often buys, fixes and sells cars, this is nothing I wasn’t prepared to deal with, or so I thought… So I did some basic
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A Guide to Outsourcing Your 3D Printing Needs

  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
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3D Printing in the Medical Field

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
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3D Printing a Zombie Proof Case

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?
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Winning Business with 3D Printing

  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. 
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3D Printing and Casting

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
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