Metal 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing

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 Mar 27, 2018 9:37:52 AM

Intro to Metal Additive Manufacturing (AM) Processes - Material Jetting

Overview of Material Jetting in Metal 3D Printing

Material Jetting is relatively new and similar to binder jetting, with one key difference -- instead of a binder being jetted through the printhead, a metallic material is jetted. This material is jetted onto the build tray directly using either a continuous jetting or Drop on Demand (DOD) process. The jetted metal is deposited on the build tray in the cross section of the part for that layer. This process continues as it builds up layer after layer. The resulting part still needs to be sintered in a furnace to achieve final part density. Previously, material jetting was limited to plastics and polymers, but recent advances have seen new companies attempting to commercialize the process for metals. XJet currently shows the most promise for material jetting with its patented NanoParticle Jetting technology and recently shipped its first commercial machine to a customer.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Design for 3D Printing, Metal 3D Printing, additive manufacturing, Metal AM Processes

Posted by 3DEO on Mar 22, 2018 4:00:02 PM

Metal 3D Printing Processes - Directed Energy Deposition (DED)

Overview of Directed Energy Deposition in Metal AM

Directed Energy Deposition (DED) is an additive manufacturing process where metal wire or powder is combined with an energy source to deposit material onto a build tray or an existing part directly. Parts chosen for DED are typically large without the need for tight tolerances. DED methods are capable of building very large parts and are popular because of the rapid deposition speed. Because it closely resembles welding, DED is commonly used to repair and maintain existing parts. DED machines usually mount a nozzle on a multi-axis arm, which then deposits the metal feedstock to the surface. When used with 5 or 6 axis machines, the material can be deposited from nearly any angle and is melted upon deposition with a laser or electron beam. This process means DED can be used to build objects very quickly and is only limited in size by the reach of the robotic arm.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Design for 3D Printing, Metal 3D Printing, additive manufacturing, Metal AM Processes

Posted by 3DEO on Feb 22, 2018 10:30:00 AM

Guide to Metal 3D Printing Processes

The additive part of the name comes from adding layer upon layer to create the part, as opposed to subtractive technologies such as CNC machining which mill and grind away material to reach a final part. How these additive layers are formed and the parts are created is what separates the different additive manufacturing technologies.

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Topics: Design for 3D Printing, Metal 3D Printing, additive manufacturing

Posted by 3DEO on Feb 20, 2018 11:27:07 AM

What is Metal Additive Manufacturing? An Introduction & Benefits of AM

3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing (AM), is one of the most exciting manufacturing technologies talked about today. We are now seeing a second modern wave of interest and enthusiasm for 3D printing with advances appearing in news feeds everyday across markets including consumer, industrial, automotive, aerospace, medical, and many more.

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Topics: Design for 3D Printing, Metal 3D Printing, industry trends, stainless steel, additive manufacturing

Posted by 3DEO on Dec 19, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Overcoming the Top Metal 3D Printing Challenges

As technology improves and processes are refined, metal 3D printing has grown increasingly popular and accessible. But even as price points for 3D printers come down and new applications for additive manufacturing are discovered, challenges remain that prevent many companies from utilizing this innovative technology to its full potential.

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Topics: Design for 3D Printing, medical device, healthcare, surgical instruments, dental

Posted by 3DEO on Dec 1, 2017 11:00:00 AM

3D Printing in the Operating Room: How Metal Additive Manufacturing is Transforming Surgery

3D printing is being utilized in a variety of industries due to its high-quality customization capabilities and on-demand manufacturing, among other key benefits. Out in front among the sectors taking full advantage of additive manufacturing technology is the healthcare industry.

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Topics: Design for 3D Printing, medical device, healthcare, surgical instruments, dental

Posted by 3DEO on Nov 7, 2017 9:00:00 AM

3 Tips for Meeting Consumer Demand for Mass Customization

Manufacturers are making headway in mass customization thanks to lean manufacturing, just-in-time inventory, and digital technologies like additive manufacturing.


Customizable consumer products can create production choke points in traditional manufacturing models. Additive manufacturing is one way to “unchoke” production for mass customization.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Design for 3D Printing, mass customization, additive manufacturing

Posted by 3DEO on Oct 24, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Top 4: 3D-Printed Implantable Medical Devices

The medical device market is booming and is expected to reach a value of $543.9 billion by 2020, and an increasing number of those devices are the result of 3D printing.


3D printing’s big advantage is its ability to produce implantable medical devices customized specifically for a patient  –  more quickly and cost-effectively than in traditional manufacturing methods.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Design for 3D Printing, Metal 3D Printing, stainless steel, medical device

Posted by 3DEO on Oct 19, 2017 9:00:00 AM

New Powder Metal Alloys Added to MPIF Standard 35

The MPIF Standard 35 for powder metallurgy now includes two aluminum alloys in the 2xxx designation series.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Design for 3D Printing, Metal 3D Printing, News, MIM, hardening, aluminum, powder metal