Formlabs introduced a bevy of new products for their dental business unit today.
3D Print Limestone Objects with BactoInk
Researchers at EPFL Lausanne have discovered a technique to 3D print calcium carbonate using bacteria.
Is 3DEVO’s Filament Making System the Best Option on the Market Today?
I had a look at 3DEVO’s product line and found they’ve been slowly making it even more powerful.
Understanding the Growing Demand for Everyday Materials in 3D Printing
I had an interesting conversation with AddiFab recently, and it pointed out what might be a new trend in 3D printing.
How Is Digital Metal Doing After The Markforged Acquisition?
How is Digital Metal doing after their surprise acquisition by Markforged?
Is It Time For 3D Print Material Biodegradability?
I read about a new sustainable polymer being developed, and had a thought about sustainability in the 3D print world.
Essentium’s Laser Focus on Quality
I had a chat with Essentium’s CEO, Blake Teipel the other week and learned about their increased focus on quality.
Roboze To Focus More on Materials
After speaking with Roboze representatives, it seems the company is going full-out on materials.
Freemelt’s Unusual New Metal 3D Printer Features
We had a look at Freemelt’s latest innovations in metal 3D printing.
Surprising Findings in Essentium’s Annual AM Survey
Essentium released the 2022 edition of their annual additive manufacturing survey.
Formnext 2022: Back To Normal… Or Not?
We just completed the epic Formnext exhibition and have some thoughts.
Siemens and BASF Create a Concept RV for Hymer
Hymer uses the Siemens Xcelerator software portfolio and BASF new materials to reimagine motor homes.
Another 3D Company Announces a Sustainability Initiative
It’s gradually becoming the norm to have a sustainability program if you’re in the AM space.
Book of the Week: A Guide to Additive Manufacturing
This week’s selection is “A Guide to Additive Manufacturing” by editors Damir Godec, Joamin Gonzalez-Gutierrez, Axel Nordin, Eujin Pei and Julia Ureña Alcázar.
Essentium Announces Major Recyclable Materials Partnership
Essentium announced today a major materials partnership with Braskem that should provide new types of 3D print materials.
Roboze Opens “Super Materials” Lab
Roboze announced the opening of a new materials lab.
Duch Group Offers “Free” SLA 3D Printers
A 3D printer manufacturer is apparently giving away 3D printers, but there’s a catch.
Should Carbon Fiber be in All 3D Printer Filaments?
Carbon fiber is a more frequently seen material in 3D printing, but should it be in all materials?
Huge Move By Stratasys: Acquiring Covestro AM
Stratasys made an extremely bold move by announcing they’ve acquired the additive manufacturing materials business of Covestro.
Open Additive’s PANDA Metal 3D Printing System
I took a look at Open Additive’s new Panda 2.0 metal 3D printer.
3D Printing Price Increases Continue to Appear
Another 3D print company announces significant price increases, perhaps with a secret agenda.
Why is PLA Still Popular For 3D Printing?
I’ve been wondering why PLA is still the most popular 3D printing material, and have some thoughts.
Stratasys Announces Loyalty Program
Stratasys announced a new “loyalty and discount” program for their service bureau clients.
DSP: 3D Printing With Sound Instead of Heat or Light
“Direct Sound Printing”, “DSP”, is an entirely new way to 3D print solid objects.
Complementary Aspects of MakerBot and Ultimaker
What are some interesting ways that MakerBot and Ultimaker could fit together?
Replique’s New Network Optimizes Materials For Clients
Replique announced a new partner network for authorized materials that is a bit different.
3D Printing Homes with Recycled Plastics￼
Azure Printed Homes will use plastics destined for landfill to print affordable living structures instead.
The Basics of Choosing 3D Printer Filament
You just cracked open your new desktop FFF 3D printer. What filaments should you use?
Sinterit Partners With Forward AM
Sinterit announced a partnership with Forward AM, the AM unit of BASF.
At MakerBot, It’s All About Materials
I spoke to MakerBot to get an update on what they’ve been doing lately.
Strong Binder Discovered for Sand 3D Printing
Researchers have identified a technique for 3D printing sand with great strength.
New Approach Provides Self-Healing 3D Printer Resins
Researchers have developed a way to have 3D printed materials self heal.
Thought3D Releases Unusual In-Line Filament Dryer
Thought3D announced a very unusual in-line filament drying system they call “Drywise”.
A Look At Freemelt One, A Materials Development Metal 3D Printer
Freemelt is a Swedish company offering an unusual electron beam metal 3D printing system.
Programmable Microbes Produce 3D Print Material?
Researchers have developed an incredible new technique for producing material for bioprinters, and it may revolutionize other forms of 3D printing.
Quantica Launches Advanced Multimaterial 3D Print Technology
Quantica announced the T1 Pro 3D printer, which uses a new technology to enable printing of materials previously impossible to achieve.
MIT Develops Simulation System to Explore New 3D Print Materials
MIT might have substantially shortened the development cycle for new 3D printer materials.
An Interview with Daniel Slep, PhD: CEO of ChemCubed
Charles R. Goulding and Preeti Sulibhavi interview Dr. Daniel Slep of ChemCubed.
6K Additive to Triple Metal Powder Capacity With Massive Investment
6K announced a huge US$51M investment raise, allow them to triple their capacity.
Low Cost Ceramic 3D Printing Method Developed
Researchers have developed a method of inexpensively 3D printing fully solid ceramic structures with complex geometries using FFF technology.
Renishaw Developing “Flex” 3D Printer
Renishaw has commenced testing of a new “flex” printer at DMC.
New Partnership Between Humabiologics and Allegro 3D Will Accelerate Bioprinting Innovation
Humabiologics’ human-derived bioinks are now available for use on Allegro 3D bioprinters.
New Investment In Copper As Prices Skyrocket And 3D Printing
Charles R. Goulding and Joseph Castine examine the rise of both prices and interest in copper as the material continues to see more use in 3D printing.
Book of the Week: Printing Architecture
This week’s selection is “Printing Architecture: Innovative Recipes for 3D Printing” by Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello.
Book of the Week: Design for Sustainability
This week’s selection is “Design for Sustainability” by S.M. Sapuan and Muhd Ridzuan Mansor.
Invented: 3D Printable Ivory Analog
TU Wien has developed a 3D printable material that mimics real ivory.
3D Printing Disrupts The Furniture Industry
Charles Goulding Jr. considers where 3D printing sits in the future of furniture supply chain.
Why Are 3D Print Services Expanding So Much Lately?
I’m reading yet another press release on 3D print service expansion and have some thoughts.
Covestro Closes On DSM Additive Manufacturing Business Acquisition
Covestro has completed its acquisition of DSM’s Resins & Functional Materials, including the Additive Manufacturing business.
Plastic Or Metal, That Is The Question
Evonik announced a new material, and I had a thought while reading through their announcement.
Could Chemical Recycling Promote Circular Economies in Manufacturing?
New chemical recycling process preserves material performance without downgrading.
A 3D Printer Manufacturer You May Not Know: MINGDA
I encountered a 3D printer manufacturer I hadn’t heard from before, MINGDA.
The Texan Freeze And 3D Printing Plastics Supply Disruption
Among the many enduring repercussions of last month’s disastrous winter storm in Texas is a plastics supply chain shortage that could impact filament raw suppliers.
How Green Can 3D Printing Be?
There has been a significant shift towards more eco-friendly 3D printing recently, but there is a long way to go.
Senvol Gets A Funding Boost
Senvol announced new investment coming from the US military.
New Soft, Stretchable Metal Can Be 3D Printed
While attempts to develop a new material may not always pan out, a successful attempt in 2018 has led to ongoing research and new potentials.
Metal 3D Printing Powders Consolidation: ALTANA Completes TLS Acquisition
ALTANA has completed its acquisition of TLS, focusing on the metal 3D printing powder market.
SABIC And Additive Manufacturing
Charles R. Goulding and Peter Favata consider SABIC’s contributions to industrial 3D printing.
Are Partnerships With Chemical Companies Required For 3D Printer Manufacturers?
I’ve been looking at several material announcements lately from 3D printer manufacturers and am noticing a trend.
Roboze Introduces Flexible Subscription 3D Printing Plan
Roboze announced a unique method of using their equipment: by subscription.
Finally: Method Discovered To Easily Decompose 3D Print Material
Researchers have identified a method of easily — and ecologically — disposing of PET thermoplastics.
Bacteria Could Provide Eco-Friendly Plastics
Researchers have found a way to persuade cyanobacteria to produce larger quantities of a certain thermoplastic.
Are Biocompatible 3D Printer Resins Truly Safe?
New research has uncovered previously unrecognized toxicity issues with certain biocompatible resins.
Case Western Reserve University’s Advancements In 3D Printing Materials
Charles R. Goulding and Joseph Castine consider a leading research university’s work in advancing 3D printing materials.
Successful 3D Printing Requires Optimal Everything
I’m reading an interesting case study from Teton Simulation that illustrates an often-ignored fact of 3D printing: everything must work.
New 3D Printing Material: Fungus
Researchers have developed a unique and eco-friendly material for 3D printing: fungus!
The Real Story In 3D Printing Safety Is Materials Science
What really makes a difference for safety in 3D printing is the materials science, says the CEO of RIZE.
India Government Moving Forward With New 3D Printing Policy
The government of India is set to develop a new policy regarding 3D printing.
Evonik Buys Into UnionTech
German chemical giant Evonik acquired a piece of UnionTech.
Can 3DQue 3D Print Engineering Materials On The Creality Ender?
I had a discussion with the techs at 3DQue and discovered they have found a way to 3D print many different engineering materials at very low cost.
Seven 3D Print Automation Concerns
I’ve been doing some thinking about automation lately and realized there are several things that should be covered by 3D print automation solutions.
Is LulzBot Shifting To 1.75mm Filament?
The latest LulzBot machine is the TAZ Pro S, and it sports a 1.75mm tool head, unlike the rest of the company’s lineup.
Why Copper Could Be The Next Golden Material For Additive Manufacturing
Copper is a relatively rare material in additive manufacturing operations, but that could change in the next few years.
Sculpteo Adds Four Green BASF Engineering Materials
Sculpteo has added several new materials to their portfolio as a result of their relationship with BASF.
Book of the Week: Materials Selection In Mechanical Design
This week’s selection is “Materials Selection In Mechancial Design” by Michael F. Ashby.
Titan Robotics Partners With Jabil For Advanced Materials
Titan Robotics beefed up their production 3D printing offerings with a new partnership with Jabil.
Prusa Research’s Amazing New Materials Table
Prusa Research has released an extremely interesting and highly useful materials table.
Why Is There No Carbon Fiber 3D Printer Resin?
After a chance call from a reader, I wondered about the apparent unavailability of carbon fiber reinforced 3D printer resin, and learned a great deal.
Essentium’s Unique Approach To Aerospace 3D Printing
Many 3D print companies service the aerospace industry, but it appears that Essentium is doing things in quite a different way.
The Not-Round 3D Printer Filament Spool
Slant3D has re-invented the ubiquitous 3D printer filament spool, but for some reason it’s not round.
GoProto’s New Elastomer 3D Print Service
GoProto announced a new service dedicated to flexible 3D prints, which they call “3DElastoPrint”.
Fusion3 Introduces REACTOR
Fusion3 has introduced a new and powerful slicing system for their 3D printers, REACTOR.
Carbon x Henkel Partnership A Clear 3D Printing Materials Win
Two big names in 3D printing have announced an expanded relationship that’s paving the way for new engineering materials.
Elcan: Sifting Through The Metal 3D Printing Powder
Charles R. Goulding and Peter Favata discuss the importance of quality for metal 3D printing materials.
Generating Gradient Material 3D Prints With GraMMaCAD
Fraunhofer IGD has developed a new type of software for 3D printing that enables use of gradient-style materials.
DoD Funds Ambitious High-Volume Additive Manufacturing Process Development
As additive manufacturing continues to work toward high-volume applications, major institutions have taken notice — not just in industry, but in government departments.
Azul 3D x DuPont Collaboration Targets 3D Printing For Electronic Materials
High-throughput 3D printing startup Azul 3D has announced an “exclusive development collaboration” with DuPont Electronics & Imaging.
Two Companies Offer New 3D Printer Acquisition Programs
News this week sees two companies offering different ways to acquire their 3D printer products.
An Inside Look At Covestro’s Acquisition Of DSM Additive Manufacturing
Last week, a major deal was announced as Covestro is acquiring business units from DSM, including the additive manufacturing business. We go to the source for more information on what that means for our industry.
3D Printing For Toolmaking: What You Need To Know
One of the biggest positives of 3D printing is that no tooling is required — but it might just be perfect for making parts including jigs, fixtures, end-use parts, and even tooling.
Book of the Week: Mechanical Behavior of Materials
This week’s selection is “Mechanical Behavior of Materials” by Norman Dowling, Stephen Kampe, and Milo Kral.
Covestro To Acquire DSM’s Additive Manufacturing Materials Business
In a blockbuster deal, DSM has agreed to sell their DSM Resins & Functional Materials line of business to Covestro.
Authentise Adds Material Management
Digital manufacturing offers a great many benefits, but only when all the pieces are in place — and that includes thorough materials traceability. As industry continues to ease into adoption of newer processes like additive manufacturing, certain questions still linger. Key among these is traceability: it’s imperative to know what is where and when. The… Continue reading Authentise Adds Material Management
Why Are There So Many New AM Metal Powder Companies?
I had a thought about why there are a number of new entrants to the AM metal powder market.
ARMOR Group Opens 3D Printing Materials Plant In North America
ARMOR Group announced the opening of new 3D printing materials manufacturing operations located near Cincinnati.