Injection Molding Using Fused Deposition Modeling

When most people think of injection molding, they think of metal tooling, quick shots, high pressure, millions of shots per mold. As the demand for customization grows, the number of shots required of the average mold is coming down. This increases the cost per part. What if we could build a mold fr … [Read more...]

FDM Technology: You'll Fight for it Twice

Have you ever bought a product for one job and later found that it was in high demand for a hundred tasks you never predicted? This seems to be a recurring theme with FDM Technology. I hear from a lot of customers who were early advocates of additive manufacturing, winning the cost-justification b … [Read more...]

FDM Replacement Part on the Fly

At the recent IMTS show in Chicago, we came across a broken part that is used to hold the lights on our pop-up display. Although this is not a deal breaker, the display looked lopsided with just one off-centered light. We joked that if we only had the file, we could build a replacement on the Fortus[Read more...]

3D Printing Can Help Keep Workers Healthy

I recently visited a customer very successfully using Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Technology in its production facility to make tools and fixtures. As we walked through the plant on a tour looking at all the uses they had come up with where FDM tooling had made an impact, I noticed all the worke … [Read more...]

It’s an Exciting Time For Innovators

Can you imagine what it was like when the Wright brothers opened our eyes to the realization that flight was possible? New industries formed from nowhere. Did these two brothers ever envision supersonic flights, high Gs, or space flight? What started as a short flight on a beach spawned billion-doll … [Read more...]

Remember Life Before Additive Manufacturing?

Many years ago I was given the opportunity to design my first product. The terms rapid prototyping, 3D printing, and 3D prototyping were foreign to me. Although I felt confident in my abilities to design a complex piece of equipment, I was ill-prepared when it came to making the parts I needed. We … [Read more...]