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The Future Of Manufacturing! Where do Humans Fit In?

100 years back, most of our forefathers worked in farms, and then came the first industrial revolution. There was a shift in employment from farming to working in factories. People re-trained to work in factories and the productivity exploded. Future of Manufacturing is really interesting from a perspective. Manufacturing sector today is on the verge of a similar transition as…

What is on-demand manufacturing?

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 and lag times. Basically, an assembly…

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…

Polyjet 3D Printing Made Simple

Polyjet Polyjet is a proprietary technology by Stratasys. Polyjet, as the name suggests, (poly=many) consists of an array of jets(nozzles) mounted on the print-head. These jets have an aperture diameter of approx. 22–28 microns. The layer thickness in Polyjet technology goes as fine as 16µm i.e 0.016mm. Polyjet process has support structure generation. These are wax-like supports which can be…

Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF)

Fused Filament Fabrication Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) is a filament based 3D Printing technology. It is one of the most widely available and one of the most cost-effective 3D printing technologies till date. An FFF 3D Printer consists of an extruder, a nozzle, and a platform. The 3D CAD file is input to the FFF printer where the software slices…

Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)

SLS Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) is a powder-based 3D printing technology wherein the parts are fabricated layer by layer. The setup consists of a laser, recoater, and a bed of powder material. The powder bed is heated to a temperature just below the melting point of the material and the entire setup is isolated from the ambient environment. The 3D…

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