Insights: Low volume production runs

Some of the common manufacturing processes for Low volume production runs are as follows: 3D Printing: 3D Printing is commonly used for prototyping, hence it is also referred to as Rapid Prototyping given its faster turnaround time, but lately, manufacturers have started using it for low volume production runs, as well. When… Continue reading

Post-processing techniques in 3D Printing

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… Continue reading

When to opt for Metal Additive Manufacturing?

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.… 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

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

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

In the previous articles we talked about the basic process architecture and methodology of Formlabs SLA, and part orientation and support structure generation 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… 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

SLS vs SLA vs FFF – What works best for your 3D Printing prototype?

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:… Continue reading