manufacturing

Sintering Your Way To Dental Implants And Hip Replacements

Additive manufacturing (AM) touches or will touch many aspects of our lives. From 3D printers that can quickly print prototypes to advanced metal laser sintering processes, everything from hip implants to that dental bridge or crown, are being “printed” from 3D modeling tools and software. The medical “parts” industry is a subset of AM industry [...]

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Additive Manufacturing Will Change in the Next 5-10 Years

Manufacturers looking to shorten supply chains, eliminate shipping costs and reduce lead times can benefit from additive technologies. One of the top events is coming up this month: RAPID 2012 is an event that brings buyers, sellers and end-users of design, prototyping, tooling and direct manufacturing technologies together in an educational (and some sales) environment. [...]

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Manufacturing Goes Digital: Business of Making Returns to Wealthy Nations

According to The Economist’s recent special report, A Third Industrial Revolution, factories are more efficient and will increasingly be run by smarter software. The effects are not limited to large manufacturers, but big companies will need to stay alert to the growing power of small and medium-sized companies and entrepreneurs. Reader note: The post I [...]

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3D Printed Guitar Takes Instrument Design to New Level

This new guitar design is going to shake up the music world. It may even motivate “air guitar” aficionados to pick up this ultra-light real guitar. Derek Manson at One.61, a New Zealand Product Development firm, which designed the 3D printed guitar stated it is the result of much testing and trialing. Due to his [...]

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Shoes from a 3D Printer that Smell Like Bubblegum

“Smithsonian magazine posted today about 3D printed shoes that smell like bubblegum from Brazilian footwear company Melissa Shoes. They use a proprietary plastic known as Melflex. While I’m not into shoes other than their utility, this post is a fascinating read on how new materials are rapidly developing.” Read the Full Post on Forbes.

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3D Printing Industry Will Reach $3.1 Billion Worldwide by 2016

“Additive Manufacturing, aka 3D Printing, will reach $3.1 billion worldwide by 2016 and $5.2 billion by 2020. In the 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing world, you can’t go far without hearing the name: Terry Wohlers. He is the man who built Wohlers Associates with 25-plus years of studying, analyzing, and forecasting growth to give you [...]

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