Why do 3D Printed parts warp?

One of the most common phenomena experienced in 3D Printing is that of warpage. Warpage leads to undesired part deformations rendering the part inoperable. As a result, most of the time is spent on either re-fabricating the warped parts, or in post-processing to mitigate the same. In this article, we… Continue reading

April fool prank: Amazon acquiring Shapeways points towards a bigger problem in 3D Printing.

One of the media networks recently pranked about the acquisition of Shapeways by AWS. Although a fairly good April fool’s joke, it does incite questions around the security of CAD designs. As 3D Printing continues to find both industrial and consumer applications, the threat of altered or compromised data subsequently heightens.… Continue reading

Startups adopting on-demand manufacturing

With outstanding development in technology and encouraged participation of various interested candidates to showcase their talents, lots of startups have found their way into the market. This growth nowadays has been fueled by on-demand manufacturing which not only helps them retain a larger part of the expense costs, but also… Continue reading

What is on-demand manufacturing?

Before going into the depth of on-demand manufacturing, let us have a look into the conventional manufacturing process adopted by various businesses and industries. In the traditional manufacturing process, usually, email and phone conversations are predominant since most of the manufacturing systems are situated overseas with lots of minimum orders… Continue reading

How to make 3D Printed models Transparent?

There are applications in 3D Printing that require clear display models. When manufacturing parts in Stereolithography(SLA) technology in clear material, the parts come out translucent (50-60% transparency). To increase their transparency, we need to lacquer coat them. Lacquer coating is a post-processing technique where translucent parts are made transparent (up… Continue reading

How to repair a 3D CAD file?

In the previous article we talked about the dire necessity of making your 3D CAD file error-free before making the file go through the 3D printer. Understanding the situation, we should now focus on the process of repairing a 3D CAD file which has various lacunae. Different tools and algorithms… Continue reading

Common errors in a 3D CAD file

When we talk about 3D printing, the Standard Tessellation Language (STL) file format comes into picture. Any type of 3D CAD file needs to be exported into a *.stl file format, which can be easily done in any CAD software. These digital models created in the Computer Aided Design (CAD)… Continue reading

From Avocation to Profession, meet 3D Printing Prop Artist – @TheBrokenNerd83

  “Wait a minute, TheBrokenNerd?”   Yeah, you heard that right. Meet Darrell Maloney, popularly known as “THE BROKEN NERD”   Darrell is a 34 year old Virginia born American currently living in New York. After completing his medical administration studies he worked as Policy and Procedure specialist. 2017 was… Continue reading

Formlabs: Part orientation & support structure generation

In the last article we talked about the process architecture and printer characteristics of a Formlabs SLA printer. In this article we will cover other important aspects like part orientation and support structure generation. As you all know, although the methodology, in theory, of Formlabs SLA is similar to a… Continue reading

Formlabs: Basic process architecture and methodology

Over the past few years a lot of 3D Printer manufacturers have wowed the Indian market with their state-of-the-art 3D Printers. Formlabs is one such company reviving the 3D Printing industry with its desktop Stereolithography printers. Formlabs’ Form 2 is a very compact desktop Stereolithography (SLA) machine that delivers an… Continue reading