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Metal 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing

3DEO in the News: Someday My Prints Will Come: Additive Manufacturing Insights

Posted by 3DEO on Mar 23, 2020 10:01:42 AM

The industry is finally becoming comfortable with the fundamental differences of metal AM, especially processes like DMLS. Everyone using metal 3D printing in orthopedic manufacturing pretty much uses DMLS. Because that process has been around for 30 years, a great deal of research has gone into establishing and proving process and part quality. A decade ago it was more like the wild west; there was no official voice in the FDA weighing in. Back then the mindset was basically “Who wants to be the first victim to have metal 3D printed hip implanted?”

Now the opinion of “I don’t want anything except a metal 3D printed hip implanted, it’s completely customized to my body” is beginning to prevail. That shift has been happening over the last decade. Designers see metal AM as another tool in the toolkit. They’re happy to design for it and the trepidation about using metal 3D printing has mostly faded. 

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Topics: Metal 3D Printing, News, Industry Trends, Medical Device, Metal Additive Manufacturing, Surgical Instruments

3DEO Press Release: 3DEO President Matt Sand to speak at MD&M West

Posted by 3DEO on Feb 26, 2020 10:18:23 AM

Gina DiMassa, Brand Orbit Marketing Communications, (626) 791-7954   ginadc@brandorbit.com

For technical questions, call Matt Sand (424) 732-9596

3DEO President Matt Sand to speak at MD&M West on metal 3D printing

Los Angeles, CA: February 7, 2020. With the explosive growth of medical device manufacturing, greater numbers of industry leaders are engaging more with additive manufacturing as a solution to gain speed to market and lower costs. 3DEO President Matt Sand has been invited to discuss how manufacturers can leverage metal 3D printing to bring products to market faster and for less at MD&M West – the world’s largest medical design & manufacturing event next week, February 11-13, 2020 in Anaheim, California. 

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Topics: Conferences, Design for 3D Printing, Metal 3D Printing, News, Industry Trends, Medical Device, Metal Additive Manufacturing, Healthcare, Surgical Instruments, Dental, Metal AM Processes, metalam, 3DEO's Specialities, press release

This is the REAL Obstacle for Production Metal 3D Printing

Posted by 3DEO on Dec 4, 2019 7:24:57 AM

You might not think that a 3D printer and a sculptor have anything in common, but you’d be wrong. While 3D printing companies usually focus on the automated parts of their process, there can be a tremendous amount of labor and post-processing required to finish a part. This depends on the metal 3D printing process, of course, but the idea is generally the same--parts require a lot of finishing work after the print. While such things are usually straight-forward, the flexibility of AM and importance of post-processing adds another layer of complexity to the process.

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Topics: Metal 3D Printing, CNC Milling, Industry Trends, Metal Additive Manufacturing, Metal AM Processes, Traditional Manufacturing, Small Metal Parts, metalam, Stainless Steel Parts

Production 3D Printing is at the Tipping Point

Posted by 3DEO on Nov 4, 2019 5:54:17 PM

Not long ago, 3D production printing was an idea best left to science fiction authors and speculators. It was often spoken of in the same breath as space travel and supersonic passenger planes. Though 3D printing ended the need for constant retooling, it was once thought too cumbersome and too expensive for mass manufacturing. As a result, it was relegated to one-offs like prototyping and small production runs. But thanks to advances in technology and higher levels of industry acceptance, additive manufacturing (AM) at scale is now less a matter of “someday” and more a matter of “right now.”

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Topics: Metal 3D Printing, Industry Trends, Metal Additive Manufacturing, Prototype to Production, Small Metal Parts, Stainless Steel Parts, Powder Metallurgy

The Economics of Investment Casting Versus Metal 3D Printing

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

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.

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

Metal 3D Printing Processes - Metal Extrusion FFF/FDM

Posted by 3DEO on Mar 13, 2018 10:38:02 AM

Overview of Metal Extrusion for 3D Printing

Metal extrusion in additive manufacturing is a fairly new process. Similar to the wildly popular plastic-based FDM process, filament is heated and drawn through a nozzle and then deposited layer-by-layer. This filament is a combination of thermoplastic material and metallic particles. The nozzle moves in the x and y axes across the part for a given layer. The build platform then lowers to make room for new layers. After the part is complete, it is placed into a sintering furnace to burn out the remaining plastic and sinter the metal particles together. Extrusion-based additive manufacturing has been widely used for plastics and polymers, but only recently has developed to create metal parts.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Metal 3D Printing, Industry Trends, Metal Additive Manufacturing, Metal AM Processes

Metal Additive Manufacturing (AM) Processes - Binder Jetting

Posted by 3DEO on Mar 5, 2018 11:20:30 AM

Overview of Binder Jetting

Binder Jetting is a powder bed process that utilizes inkjet technology and a binding agent. The liquid binder is used to “glue” the metal powder together within and between layers. A layer of metal powder is first rolled onto the build tray, and then an inkjet print head moves along the x and y axes and deposits binder in the shape of the part for each respective layer. After each layer is created, the build platform is lowered incrementally to make room for the next layer. The part being printed is supported within the powder bed by the unbound powder, which is then removed to complete the process. The result is a “green part” which then needs to be placed in a sintering furnace to achieve final part density.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Metal 3D Printing, Industry Trends, Metal Additive Manufacturing, Metal AM Processes

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

Posted by 3DEO on Feb 20, 2018 11:27:07 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, Metal Additive Manufacturing

Why 67% of 3D Printing Customers are WAITING to Invest in AM

Posted by 3DEO on Jan 4, 2018 10:17:21 AM

As the research from Dimension clearly demonstrates, most prospective 3D printing customers are waiting for big success stories prior to adopting the technology. The burden is on us, 3D printing companies, to showcase fantastic new applications of the technology.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Strategy, Metal 3D Printing, Industry Trends, Metal Additive Manufacturing

3DEO in the News: EBN Online Article

Posted by 3DEO on Nov 7, 2017 11:12:53 AM

Future-Proof On-Demand Supply Chain with 3D Printing

How do supply chain managers keep up with the Industry 4.0 revolution that’s decentralizing production through on-demand products and technologies like 3D printing?
 
3DEO president Matt Sand gives his thoughts in an article for EBN Online where he highlights the main value proposition for 3D printing in the supply chain -- on-demand manufacturing. 
 
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Topics: Manufacturing, Metal 3D Printing, Supply Chain, Industry Trends