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Post-processing techniques in 3D Printing

Post Processing In this article we are going to discuss in detail some of the most commonly used post-processing techniques on 3D Printed parts. Finishing: The finishing operation usually consists of polishing the parts. We use Vibratory Polishing as a finishing process to improve surface finish of the parts by removing minor surface irregularities. The setup consists of a tumbler…

Metal 3D Printing – Top Reasons To Use This Technology |

Metal 3D Printing It’s a common dilemma faced by organizations and individuals in deciding when to opt for Metal Additive Manufacturing (AM) and when not to. Thus we have compiled a list of reasons that may come in handy in deciding the same. Part Consolidation: Metal AM gives the feasibility of part consolidation. Due to elimination of conventional “design rules”,…

Why do 3D Printed parts warp?

Warp In 3D Printed Parts One of the most common phenomena experienced in 3D Printing is that of warp. 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 will discuss some of the…

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. Before we highlight the problems and analyse probable solutions dealing…

Can You 3D Print Transparent Parts?

Transparent 3D Printed Parts Transparent 3D Printing works like magic. 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…

How to repair a 3D CAD file?

Repair 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 are available in the market, which…

How to orient hollow models and cavities on a Formlabs SLA?

Orient Hollow Models In FormLabs SLA In the previous articles we talked about the basic process architecture and methodology of Formlabs SLA, and Formlabs Part Orientation & How To Generate Support Structures for the same. In this article, we will cater to hollow models and cavities and in the process understand the nitty-gritties of part orientation and the impending implications…

Formlabs: Part orientation & support structure generation

Support Structures & Part Orientation sIn 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 traditional SLA process, the actual…

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 industrial grade output for the 3D Printed parts. In order…

Which Technology Is For Me | SLS vs SLA vs FFF

There are numerous technologies catering to various applications in 3D Printing. The most commonly used technologies are Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), Stereolithography (SLA), and Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF). To elaborate the varied nature of 3D Printing processes, here's an article that gives detailed insights and compares the different 3D Printing technologies: SLS vs SLA vs FFF, thereby giving a cue as…

Difference Between FDM & FFF Technologies

Doesn't FDM and FFF cater to a similar technology? Yes. So that means they are one and the same, right? No. Here's a short answer to your question: They are similar. But despite being similar, they are different. Explore the longer version below: Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) is a proprietary technology by Stratasys, Ltd. Stratasys patented the process in the…

Adidas Futurecraft 4D: Running Shoes personified

The Future Of Footwear Adidas recently launched the Adidas Futurecraft 4D pair of shoes with the world's first 3D printed midsole. Adidas teamed up with Carbon3D, a firm based out of California that has pioneered a new Additive Manufacturing technology called Continuous Liquid Interface Production - Carbon (CLIP) (CLIP). CLIP is an advancement in the field of 3D Printing and…

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