Which 3D Printing Technology Is the Best?

Which 3D Printing Technology Is the Best?
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  • Stereolithography was invented by Chuck Hull in 1986, who filed a patent on the technology and founded the company 3D Systems to commercialize it.(More…)
  • Chuck Hull, the inventor of stereolithography, is also the co-founder, executive vice president and chief technology officer of 3D Systems.(More…)
  • I think we should put a large chunk of our investing dollars into 3d tech now while the technology is young.(More…)
  • PyroGenesis in Canada signing an NDA with Rolls-Royce; LPW Technology and Airbus APWORKS partnering; and BMW selecting 3D Systems as their partner of choice for AM. (More…)

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  • Machines that use this technology produce unique models, patterns, prototypes, and various production parts.(More…)
  • This unique heatless technology uses a liquid binding agent that bond layers of material to form an object.(More…)
  • It?s important to note the willingness of these and literally thousands of other companies to embrace additive manufacturing technology for what it is–an effective way to produce precision components, which are often as capable as their machined or injection-molded counterparts when it comes to manufacturing end-use production parts.(More…)

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Stereolithography was invented by Chuck Hull in 1986, who filed a patent on the technology and founded the company 3D Systems to commercialize it. [1] For jewelers who want to experiment with various casts–as most jewelers do–MJ is now their leading 3D technology. [2]

Chuck Hull, the inventor of stereolithography, is also the co-founder, executive vice president and chief technology officer of 3D Systems. [3] The SolidWorks focus on ease-of-use allows more engineers, designers and other technology professionals than ever before to take advantage of 3D in bringing their designs to life. [4] That is awesome since when you think about 3D watching a movie, the technology is not that special and it bothers your brain, which undermines your enjoyment. [5]

About Site – The Proto3000 team is hard at work enabling companies to leverage 3D technology to be more competitive, capable, and efficient. [6]

I think we should put a large chunk of our investing dollars into 3d tech now while the technology is young. [7] I’m not at all familiar with 3D technology so appreciate your information. now I need to do my part. [7] Companies are looking for people who can quickly understand what 3D technology is capable of and start applying that to business problems.” [8] Investing money in 3D technology to help its development is a good idea. [7] Experience the transformative power of 3D technology through the achievements that our customers have made in healthcare. [9]

PyroGenesis in Canada signing an NDA with Rolls-Royce; LPW Technology and Airbus APWORKS partnering; and BMW selecting 3D Systems as their partner of choice for AM. [10]

POSSIBLY USEFUL

Machines that use this technology produce unique models, patterns, prototypes, and various production parts. [2] This also means that materials that use the same technology such as Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Brass (Lost-Wax Casting) are more likely to share similar design requirements. [11] Why is this such a great technology? No supporting structure is needed! The un-sintered powder is the supporting material. [11] The starting process of this technology is quite similar to Laser Sintering: a roller puts a thin layer of powder on a platform. [11] Creating an object with Powder Bed Fusion technology and polymer powder is generally known as Selective Laser Sintering (SLS). [1]

SLS is quite similar to SLA technology with regards to speed and quality. [2]

HP Multi Jet Fusion is the technology behind Polyamide (MJF) and is a powder-based technology but does not use lasers. [11] It’s a perfect technology for fully-functional, end-use parts and prototypes. [2] Since this technology produces a high level of detail, we call it High-Detail Resin. [11]

It can produce objects from 3D CAD data (computer-generated) files in just a few hours. [2] This basic process continues over and over until the 3D part is complete. [2] The 3D part will usually have a chemical bath to remove any excess resin. [2]

After one layer has been deposited and cured, the build platform is lowered down one layer thickness and the process is repeated to build up a 3D object. [1] They do this by converting liquid photopolymers (a special type of plastic) into solid 3D objects, one layer at a time. [2] The basic principle is to deposit layer upon layer of plastic until you reach the final 3D object. [12]

This means the 3D objects don’t need other support structures during the build. [2] Some 3D technologies use support materials that dissolve when placed into a chemical bath. [2] Like many other 3D technologies, the finished object needs cleaning. [2]

This unique heatless technology uses a liquid binding agent that bond layers of material to form an object. [3] Nike uses Selective Laser Sintering Technology for this purpose, and as mentioned by Shane Kohatsu, Director of Nike Footwear Innovation: “SLS technology has revolutionized the way we design cleat plates – even beyond football – and it gives Nike the ability to create solutions that were not possible within the constraints of traditional manufacturing processes.” [13] The technology that they use helps to save huge amounts of waste, time and money to create these particular pieces. [13] The technology fuses metal powdered alloys used in additive manufacturing machines to create complex shapes with fine geometries. [14] The third requires a company directly involved in the fabrication of metal parts and knowledgeable about the end customer’s needs. All three ingredients for success are important, but the industry won’t go very far without a technology ecosystem supported by the first two. [14] Making matters worse, its technology may not even be the winner when the dust settles, which presents a technical risk that metal powders largely avoid, since powders will be needed no matter which process comes to dominate the space. [14]

The technology provides for a wide range of applications–from surgical implants to spare parts for cars to lightweight structures for aerospace projects. [15] For components that exceed the typical build size, consider migrating to an alternative technology or splitting the part into multiple components that can be assembled later. [16]

The technology allows for saving time and money and makes customization and prototyping much easier compared to traditional industrial processes. [13] The project was once again a collaborative venture, among the Eindhoven University of Technology, the construction company BAM Infra, and others. [15] The big-name construction companies will have to adapt to the new reality, whether they like it or not, and several have made the strategic decision to be early adopters of the new technology. [15]

On that note, the company covers several industries with its products: manufacturing, design and engineering, 3D scanning, and healthcare. [3] In May 2017, the company announced it would begin production with HP Jet Fusion 3D 4200. [3]

Objects are produced using digital model data from a 3D or CAD model or another electronic data source file. [13]

The machine, most often guided by digital 3D models, either melts metal or powdered solids or ejects liquid or semiliquid materials. [15]

As the various additive processes matured, it became clear that soon metal removal would no longer be the only metalworking process done through a tool or head moving through a 3D work envelope transforming a mass of raw material into a desired shape layer by layer. [17]

From a technological standpoint, the launch of the 3D “production system” from Desktop Metal was significant this past year. [18]

From small to large scale, they expertise is manufacturing high quality custom 3D products. [6] About Site – 3D Brooklyn is a modern manufacturing company in Brooklyn, New York. [6] About Site – Cheap 3D Filaments is a Veteran Owned Company that has been in business since 2010. [6]

About Site – 3D Store provides outstanding filament products, offering customer focused support and tailored consumables solutions. [6]

This technology solution will offer a revolutionary new approach to lens manufacturing. [6] Stratasys applications engineer Dave Dahl tells TechCrunch that two former members of the team approached the company at the International Manufacturing Technology Show. [19] The application of this hi-end technology has resulted in lower project costs and faster processing time. [20]

SLA is a technology that can create high detailed models and organic parts but their process can be long winded. [4] Electron beam melting is a similar type of additive manufacturing technology for metal parts (e.g. titanium alloys ). [17] The technology works on iron, cobalt-based, nickel-based alloys, tungsten carbide and other metal powder coated metal. [21] Evolve prefers to use the term “toner” to describe its material, saying that “powder” implies laser or electron beam Powder Bed Fusion technology, which STEP is not. [22] The technology deposits powders and uses lasers to heat them into shape onto a platform. [21] The technology uses UV curing on a metallic powders that has an organic binder around it. [21]

This technology takes plastic wire and uses a motor to push it into a heated nozzle, which melts the plastic. [4]

SLS is not a technology you would have in house as the machines are huge and can be super messy, but the quality is the best you can get. [4] One of the things holding the technology back, however, is that the materials are very difficult to produce. [21]

FDM is the best Technology to start out the prototyping phase it can be done in house on affordable machines but their quality and finish isn’t the best, unless you spend a lot of time finishing and paint the model. [4] We saved SLS for last as we knew this would be th best technology for this project. [4]

The toner comprising the first layer of the 3D build is then transferred to a carrier sheet. [22] Dassault Systes SolidWorks Corp. offers complete 3D software tools that let you create, simulate, publish, and manage your data. [4] Objects can be of almost any shape or geometry and typically are produced using digital model data from a 3D model or another electronic data source such as an Additive Manufacturing File (AMF) file (usually in sequential layers). [17] The process is carried out layer by layer till it produces a 3D model. [21]

Three weeks later in 1984, Chuck Hull of 3D Systems Corporation 12 filed his own patent for a stereolithography fabrication system, in which layers are added by curing photopolymers with ultraviolet light lasers. [17] Either a laser or a UV projector is used to cure the resin in the profiles to create the 3D object. [4]

The main companies operating in SLS and SLM are ‘ 3D Systems ‘ and ‘ EOS ‘. [21]

It?s important to note the willingness of these and literally thousands of other companies to embrace additive manufacturing technology for what it is–an effective way to produce precision components, which are often as capable as their machined or injection-molded counterparts when it comes to manufacturing end-use production parts. [23] It also builds parts “sans layers,” using a proprietary technology known as CLIP (continuous liquid interface production), which projects a continuous sequence of part images into a UV-curable resin bath and literally “grows” the part in one fluid motion. [23] That doesn’t mean you can afford to ignore the sweeping changes additive technology will bring about, even if you’re a small job shop. To that point, Rogers offered the following advice to SMEs: “Don’t go after direct parts: start with the lower levels and if you’re successful, ask your customers about more complex applications.” [24]

PolyJet technology offers the widest variety of materials, so you can create ergonomic tooling, biocompatible surgical guides, or realistic prototypes that closely resemble finished products. [25] It is less expensive to prototype with additive manufacturing, and the technology allows for increased complexity in even the most minute detail of a product. [26] If your prototype needs to replicate the final product’s cosmetic looks, you may turn to a technology and material that provides a finer resolution, or you may need the prototype to be post-processed for aesthetics. [27]

Save time, cost and part weight with high quality, precision metal manufacturing solutions comprised of integrated software, metal additive technology, certified materials and expert application support. [9] Matching the performance but not the cost of pricier prosumer models, the Dremel DigiLab 3D45 brings the power of advanced prototyping technology to your desktop, backing it up with the brand’s well deserved reputation for exceptional quality, design and customer support. [28] Based on a tried-and-true design known for its reliable production quality and precision, the Qidi X-pro dual extruder features some of the latest additive manufacturing technology enhancements, plus a flexible magnetic build plate for easy removal of completed projects. [28] Readily customizable with all of the latest advances in desktop prototyping technology, the LulzBot Taz 6 by Aleph Objects is a virtuous homage to libre innovation, featuring a generous build area and modular design that’s versatile and easy to use right out of the box. [28]

Digital Metal, a proprietary binder-jetting AM technology developed by Han AB, is making great strides into territories previously ruled by conventional manufacturing technologies. [29] Data and experience gathered in this demonstration improve future 3-dimensional manufacturing technology and equipment for the space program, allowing a greater degree of autonomy and flexibility for astronauts. [30]

Alicia, the company I work for has started using this technology in a limited fashion to create models instead of having them made. [7] What size machine do you need, which technology is best and how big is your budget? You can figure it will cost $1 million or more, not counting the learning curve. [31] Kforce is a staffing services and solutions firm that specializes in uniting flexible and direct hire professionals in Technology and Finance & Accounting, creating lasting personal relationships with over 36,000 candidates annually with more than 4,000 customers. [8] The RepRap project has also encouraged the placement of this technology into more hands with personal interests instead of being restricted to just industrial or medical applications. [28]

Minimizing assembly processes delivers stronger, better performing parts faster. 3D Systems? solutions enable the design and manufacturing of consolidated parts for increased productivity and improved product lifespans. [9] Produce optimized jigs and fixtures at lower costs. 3D Systems’ solutions offer flexible, fast turnaround manufacturing to speed up processes while improving quality. [9] Discover 3D Systems’ solutions for tool and die manufacturing to maximize productivity. [9]

Education backgrounds across various disciplines are applicable in this burgeoning industry, including material science, applied science, manufacturing, biotech, 3D modeling, software development and auto mechanics. [8] What does it take to adopt 3D and metal together? Embracing new engineering approaches and getting used to new materials such as metal powders, for starters. [31]

Geomagic Design X is the industry’s most comprehensive reverse engineering software, combines history-based CAD with 3D scan data processing so you can create feature-based, editable solid models compatible with your existing CAD software. [9] Whether mastering 3D digitization and design or critical aspects of manufacturing, surgery and more, students equipped with real world skills are real world ready. [9] From reverse engineering and design services to 3D inspection routines, our team guarantees fast, high quality results every time. [9]

Bring physical objects directly into CAD, supercharge your product development process, and automate precise 3D inspection with Geomagic Capture – the powerful, integrated, industrial-grade 3D scanner and software system. [9] Reduce reliance on inventory while answering short-run production needs. 3D Systems’ solutions enable end-use parts to be manufactured on demand, allowing overhead to shrink and productivity to soar. [9] Access the material and expert resources of a full manufacturing floor anywhere on the globe. 3D Systems On Demand Services provide high quality production solutions in any geometry, finish or volume. [9] Using medical image data, 3D Systems services use different additive manufacturing processes and materials to produce physical anatomical models, with the option to sterilize for reference during surgery. [9]

Scan and capture the real world into 3D data with the Sense and Capture scanners coupled with powerful scan software to deliver both precision and ease-of-use. [9]

With a more inviting price point than other 3D technologies, 3D additive metal extrusion manufacturing has the potential to transform metalworking. [31] Through this method, acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) or another type of thermoplastic material is melted and deposited in layers through a heated extrusion nozzle to build a 3D object. [28] FDM stands for Fused Deposition Modeling, which simply means that material is deposited in single layers that fuse together to create a 3D object. [32]

A comparatively inexpensive product should enable many more people to create 3D objects and have fun at the same time. [7] Although they both serve to create a physical product from a 3D model, these technologies work quite differently. [32]

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10. (4) Will 3D Printing Remodel the Construction Industry?

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12. (4) Top 3D Printing Companies in the World | Investing News

13. (3) All 10 Types of 3D Printing Technology in 2018 | All3DP

14. (3) Warren Buffett Invested in This 3D Printing Trend. Should You? — The Motley Fool

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