Excerpt 1: Is Now the Time to Try Direct Digital Manufacturing? (An Idea Whose Time Has Come)

When additive manufacturing was introduced 20 years ago, it was a rapid prototyping tool only. However a few visionaries dreamed of using it to build end-use parts of unlimited complexity in quantities as small as one, without investing in tooling. Two decades later technological advances have turne … [Read more...]

3D Printing May Help Revive US Manufacturing

 By Scott Crump  The United States has led the world for about 100 years but China is projected to surpass the US in total manufacturing output this year. Mark Mills has an interesting article on Forbes.com: “Manufacturing, 3D Printing and What China Knows About the Emerging American Century” that s … [Read more...]

Webinar on Producing FDM Jigs and Fixtures

On August 11, at 1:00 p.m. Central Time, Stratasys will offer a webinar entitled “Factory Floor Efficiencies: Manufacturing Tools 101” shows how to use FDM additive manufacturing (3D printing) to produce lightweight and inexpensive jigs, fixtures, guides, gauges, patterns and more. The webinar will … [Read more...]

FDM part proves whale- and sea-worthy

Manufacturing complex parts for use on dry land is challenging enough, but when your design has to ride on the back of a whale and be functional a mile below the ocean’s surface, you need to ensure your parts hold water, so to speak. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI), renowned for its role i … [Read more...]

Stratasys releases first cross-over 3D Printer

On July 15, Stratasys released a new 3D printer for companies wanting to expand from making prototypes to making production parts or manufacturing tools, like jigs and fixtures. The new machine is being called a "crossover" because, like a Dimension 3D printer, the Fortus 250mc is simple to use and … [Read more...]

Static Dissipative ABS Plastic for Additive Manufacturing / 3D printing

During manufacturing, static electricity can damage sensitive electronics, cause buildup of nuisance particulate, or even cause an explosion. Until now, a manufacturer's only option to get static dissipative plastic parts or assembly aids was conventional fabrication methods -- normally injection mo … [Read more...]

Oreck uses FDM to create jigs and fixtures that streamline manufacturing

When you can streamline your manufacturing process, you add value. If you’re not already using Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) in your processes, you might just be missing out on substantial cost and time savings.The strength of FDM thermoplastic materials make those often invisible, but highly crit … [Read more...]

July Events

The following events scheduled for July and August may be of interest to you as many of them focus on rapid prototyping, technology, digital manufacturing and 3D printing. And, be sure to check back, as new events will be posted each month.Campus Technology 2011 »July 26 - 28, 2011Boston, MA2011 PAC[Read more...]

Turn Invention Ideas into Functional Prototypes - with Objet Multi-Material 3D Printing


Many people have inventive and innovative ideas. In most cases though, these ideas don't progress any further than a rough design. Part of the reason may be because some people are still unaware of the potential of rapid prototyping technology to efficiently turn design ideas into workable, testable … [Read more...]

Objet's New 3D Printer Helps Make Medical Procedures Safer


                      (In photos: Full-scale 3D models of a hand and torso combining transparent and white materials. Created in one print on an Objet Connex 3D Printer) Doctors at Kobe University Hospital in Japan are already using the new Objet260 Connex multi-[Read more...]