PolyJet

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PolyJet 3D printing works by jetting layers of curable liquid photopolymer onto a build tray, similar to how an inkjet printer jets ink onto paper. UV curing bulbs are located next to the jetting heads to cure each layer as the material is applied.  PolyJet is capable of applying multiple colors and durometers of material […]

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Fused Deposition Modeling

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Like the previous two prototyping methods discussed, Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) is also an additive process. It creates the models layer by layer using a thermoplastic extrusion process. The surface finish when using FDM is more rough than when using SLA, but the product is more robust, so it is ideal to use when functionality […]

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Selective Laser Sintering

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Another option for rapid prototyping is SLS, or Selective Laser Sintering. In SLS, prototypes are made by fusing (or “sintering”) powdered materials together with an infrared laser. SLS produces a less smooth finish on a prototype than SLA does (which uses liquid resin instead of powder), but it is very durable. Because it is so […]

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Stereolithography

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One of the rapid prototyping processes that we use is Stereolithography. SLA (stereolithography apparatus) printers convert liquid plastic into solid objects. SLA uses lasers to cure layers of the liquid plastic that build up to create a solid object. There are many different types of resin that can be used with SLA, which allows a […]

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Choosing the Best Prototyping Process

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There are many different methods of prototyping, and each method has unique characteristics. Not every prototyping method will be ideal for your product development needs.  There are many aspects that go into deciding which process to use, including what you intend to do with the prototype part and how closely you want the prototype to […]

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Hands-free Device Stands

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A seemingly simple device can make a world of difference in your daily life. We slouch in front of computers, we hold our phones while laying down, we prop laptops in our laps and hunch over them to see them better. Day in and day out, your posture is being compromised by trying to view […]

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3D Printing for Medical Advancements

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With the constant evolution of 3D printing technology, and the ability to print with materials other than just plastic, options are nearly limitless. In one case in India, a 3D-printed vertebrae was successfully implanted in a woman with spinal tuberculosis, allowing her to walk again. Another 3D-printed vertebrae was implanted into a 12-year-old boy in China after […]

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Intricate chair made with 3D printing pen

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3D printing has evolved a lot in the last number of years. In 2013, a pen was introduced that allows people to “write” with melted plastic filaments that solidify in the air, creating their own designs. After an upgraded release of this pen in 2016, someone took it upon herself to create a full size chair […]

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Apple’s Liam Recycling Robot

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In March of last year, Apple announced they had created a robot named Liam. With 29 robotic arms, all having different functions, Liam works in a sort of assembly line system to disassemble returned and damaged iPhones in order to make the recycling process easier and to help cut down on electronics waste. This invention […]

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Cota Ceiling Tiles

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  It’s always exciting to see what new products are released at CES every year. This year, one of the standouts is Ossia’s new Cota Ceiling Tiles, which can wirelessly charge your electronic devices within a 30 foot range. The tiles use a transmitter and a receiver, and the receivers are small enough to embed into […]

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