Metal 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing

Posted by 3DEO on Aug 9, 2018 4:28:08 PM

Prototype to Production: Metal Additive Manufacturing Will Drastically Reduce Time & Cost of New Product Development

Product development can be a lengthy, complicated process with a broad spectrum of outcomes. According to Engineering.com, “Taking a product from concept to reality is an intricate, expensive and time-consuming process. It’s not easy and there is a high degree of risk involved.”

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Posted by 3DEO on Jul 25, 2018 2:34:46 PM

Environmental Impact of Additive Manufacturing

The notion that manufacturing and environmental health are at odds with one another has been commonly held since the Environmental movement really got going in the 1960s. Most of the time, this characterization has been true. There really is an environmental trade-off associated with industrial activity—at least in the traditional sense. Among the most damaging of these effects are:

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Topics: Metal 3D Printing, supply chain, Traditional Manufacturing

Posted by 3DEO on Jul 12, 2018 8:47:19 PM

Success Stories in Production Metal 3D Printing

These five applications are proving that metal AM has a place in high volume production—and they’re just the tip of the iceberg.

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Topics: Manufacturing, additive manufacturing, Prototype to Production

Posted by 3DEO on Jun 22, 2018 12:36:53 PM

Comparing Metal Parts Manufacturing Methods

From machining to MIM, metal parts buyers have a wide range of options for addressing their part-production challenges. The key in choosing from among them is to remember that each technology brings something different to the table, and every part has unique requirements.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Metal 3D Printing, Investment Casting, Traditional Manufacturing

Posted by 3DEO on Jun 13, 2018 5:16:11 PM

The Economics of Investment Casting Versus Metal 3D Printing

Production runs of small, intricate metal components have traditionally been addressed by metal injection molding or investment casting. Some manufacturers, however, are finding that advances in 3D printing technology can make it a cheaper and faster alternative.


The question of which manufacturing method is best suited to metal part production can be complicated. It’s not a decision that can be reached by weighing only a single factor. To arrive at the best decision, it’s important for businesses to consider many factors and prioritize.

Are fast lead times essential? Do the components have tensile, strength, or hardness requirements? Is surface finish a major consideration? While it’s important for businesses to weigh various priorities, the final cost-per-part (within quality specifications) is often the deciding factor in which technique wins out.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Metal 3D Printing, industry trends, Investment Casting, Traditional Manufacturing

Posted by 3DEO on Jun 6, 2018 10:36:07 AM

The Economics of MIM Versus 3D Metal Printing

Metal 3D Printing is becoming a great complement to Metal Injection Molding (MIM) and the decision to use one or the other largely comes down to the volumes required. The added bonus with metal 3D printing is that you can update a part without needing to invest in a brand new mold.


Manufacturers today who are searching for a cost-effective way to make small and complex metal parts for production by and large only have two options: metal injection molding (MIM) or investment casting. Casting has been around for thousands of years, and MIM was created ~40 years ago.  Metal 3D printing is the new entrant to the scene, and for the first time in a long while adds another option to the engineer's toolkit.  New low-cost, high volume metal 3D printing technologies (like 3DEO) are beginning to change conventional manufacturing wisdom.

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Topics: Metal 3D Printing, MIM, cost, CNC Milling

Posted by 3DEO on Jun 4, 2018 1:13:21 PM

Understanding Surface Finish in Metal 3D Printing

While metal AM brings with it a host of positive advantages, it’s important to understand the realities of as-printed surface roughness. This understanding will help design/engineering teams understand the costs associated with bringing 3D printed parts to a suitable finish.

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Topics: cost, Metal AM Processes, Surface Finish

Posted by 3DEO on May 24, 2018 1:56:02 PM

Low-Cost Production Metal 3D Printing: Intelligent Layering®

Overview of Intelligent Layering®

The first metal AM technology competitive with traditional manufacturing

Intelligent Layering® is the only metal 3D printing technology that beats traditional manufacturing in cost, quality, and turnaround. Buyers struggle to source small, complex metal parts due to high up-front costs, long lead times, and locked-in designs. 3DEO’s patented technology solves this by competing on price and quality with no up-front costs, short lead times, and unlimited design freedom.

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Topics: Metal 3D Printing, additive manufacturing, Metal AM Processes

Posted by 3DEO on May 23, 2018 12:12:58 PM

What you need to know about the FDA’s guidelines for 3D-printed medical devices

No matter how you slice it, the spike in industry-wide 3D printing revenues over the past 5 years has been impressive. A close look at that growth, however, reveals something interesting: it’s been disproportionately driven a small handful of vertical markets. Of these select markets, none has been as influential as MedTech. Metal-based additive manufacturing (AM), in particular, has proven to be perfectly suited to meet a number of needs in medical and dental device production.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Design for 3D Printing, medical device, dental, Product Development

Posted by 3DEO on May 8, 2018 2:57:09 PM

Iterate Faster and Lower Your Project Risk with Metal 3D Printing

There’s a growing push among manufacturers towards integrating metal 3D printing into product development. Here’s why:

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Topics: Prototype to Production, Faster Development Cycles