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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 In the News: Additive Manufacturing Gears Up for Mainstream Production

Posted by 3DEO on Mar 9, 2020 5:11:30 PM

Is additive manufacturing ready for mainstream production, or does it remain mostly a method for producing prototypes and spare parts? This is the question that faced a panel of experts at the Pacific Design and Manufacturing show in Anaheim last month.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Metal 3D Printing, Metal Additive Manufacturing, Prototype to Production, Product Development

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

What are Your Options for Improved Surface Finishes After 3D Printing?

Posted by 3DEO on Jan 8, 2020 9:38:16 AM

As you may or may not know, the Intelligent Layering, a proprietary technology developed by 3DEO, provides the best as-printed surface finish in metal 3D printing. Customers have compared our surface finish to a "very nice cast finish" in that it's matte silver and silky smooth. While it's good enough in the as-printed state for many applications, there are also a number of options to improve or change the surface post print.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Metal 3D Printing, Cost, Metal AM Processes, Surface Finish, metalam, 3DEO's Specialities

Webinar: Design Freedom & Manufacturing Flexibility

Posted by 3DEO on Dec 16, 2019 10:48:24 AM

If you missed Matt's webinar, watch it here: Design Freedom & Manufacturing Flexibility: A Case Study of Metal 3D Printing

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Topics: Metal 3D Printing, Metal Additive Manufacturing, Small Metal Parts, Webinar

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

The Unbreakable Guitar

Posted by 3DEO on Dec 3, 2019 9:12:47 AM

It started way back in 1964 when Pete Townshend of The Who accidentally snapped the neck of his Rickenbacker during a performance. Upset about ruining his guitar, he smashed what remained of it into the stage, setting a precedent that many rockers would follow over the next decades.

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Topics: Metal 3D Printing, News, Stainless Steel, Powder Metal, Metal Additive Manufacturing, metalam

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

50% of Survey Respondents Report "Significant Competitive Advantage" from 3D Printing

Posted by 3DEO on Nov 1, 2019 10:18:03 AM

More and more companies are turning to 3D printing to give their businesses a "significant" competitive advantage. According to a survey published in the 2019 edition of "The State of 3D Printing," additive manufacturing has taken on a bigger role in their business strategies, and nearly half of those polled say it has given them a distinct competitive advantage. Another 55% indicate that 3D printing is one of their strengths, and because they have adopted the technology, they are staying ahead of the competition.

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Topics: Metal 3D Printing, Mass Customization, Metal Additive Manufacturing, Prototype to Production, Faster Development Cycles, Small Metal Parts, metalam, Stainless Steel Parts

3DEO in the News: Pros & Cons of 3D Printing Metal Components

Posted by 3DEO on Oct 18, 2019 9:37:35 AM
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Topics: Strategy, Metal 3D Printing, News