Desktop Metal Shop System

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Metal 3D printing has been firmly stuck in the land of highly customized one-off production parts and prototyping, like rocket engine parts. Almost all metal 3D printers can not get anywhere near the speed needed to create mass production parts. But that changes with the capabilities of the Desktop Metal Shop System. This is the first metal binder jetting system designed for the machine shop. The DM Shop System is a powder bed based, inkjet technology that allows for mass […]

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Materialize e-Stage

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Materialize e-Stage is a very powerful software that can save you lots of time and money when dealing with SLA/DLP resin 3D printers (like the Stratasys V650 Flex) or sintered metal 3D printers. SLA resin 3D printing is one of the oldest versions of 3D printing and has been around since the early 1980’s. Partly due to this there are some issues that can come up when using this technology, such as the support structures that needs to be generated […]

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Desktop Metal 3D Printing Process – Debinding

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In the last post we went over how the Desktop Metal 3D printing process can print larger parts than can be made with the metal injection molding (MIM) method. This is due to the ability of it to print parts with a hollow infill and how the debinding process works.   Before the parts can move onto to the furnace to be sintered, they need to have to binding agents removed from them. This is done in a liquid chemical […]

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Desktop Metal Printing Process – Printing

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  The Desktop Metal Printing process allows you to produce solid metal parts, in-house, in an office environment. The entire process is based off the metal injection molding process, or MIM. The MIM process involves making tooling to inject a metal powder/polymer/binder mixture into the desired shape. The parts are in a ‘green’ state and not full strength yet. Then the part is put through a debinder tank of liquid, to remove the binding agent from the metal, leaving the […]

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SPC with Polyworks Inspector

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The Polyworks Inspector software has a very robust and powerful Statistical Process Control (SPC) tool built into it. This is very useful for measuring the repeatability between multiple pieces. It allows you to quickly and easily evaluate your manufacturing process for predictability and quality. Polyworks Inspector SPC offers two different flavors: Object Control SPC and Surface Data SPC. Object Control analyzes object dimensions like diameter, Flatness, and lengths for repeatability. Surface Data SPC analyzes the part shape using color maps. […]

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3D Scanning Target Tips and Tricks

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The Creaform HandySCAN Black Elite 3D Scanner is a very fast, accurate, and powerful machine when it comes down to it. The only thing that can cause trouble is having to put the tracking targets on the part before you can scan anything. Also the issue of having to take them off. Usually, this isn’t much of a problem for average-sized parts that are only a couple of feet across. But if the part you are scanning is too small […]

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Customized Parts for a Subaru Dashboard

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Making 3rd party parts and items for the car market can be very challenging. This is because every year, every car and truck model change their geometry. Sometimes not a lot, but just enough so that you will need to design new geometries to fit the new models. The hard part about this is there are a lot of curved surfaces and organic shapes in cars nowadays and especially in the dashboard area. To accurately get those dimensions without the […]

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Polyworks Airfoil Gauges

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Airfoils (such as wings, propeller blades, turbine blades, and hydrofoils) are very complex and optimized shapes. Each airfoil design will have a large amount of unique and hard to measure values to it. It’s all well and good to have the design on your CAD data but if you want to evaluate this information on real-life airfoil it can be very difficult and time consuming. Lucky for us with Polyworks Inspector we can access the ‘Airfoil Gauges’ to automatically extract […]

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3D Printing Jigs and Fixtures

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When you need to put complex assemblies together that have a lot of different pieces it can be a challenge to do it efficiently, let alone easily. What makes a job like this much better is creating a custom fixture to hold of your parts in place while you do the assembly. This allows you to put the parts together much safer, quicker, and more efficiently, which is what matters when working on a high capacity assembly line or even […]

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GoSCAN Scanning Tips

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The GoSCAN 50 and 20 are very versatile machines. They collect the surface data by projecting out a square of structured light, it looks a lot like a QR code, and figures out what the surface shape is based on the distortion of the pattern. Because of this type of scanning the scanner can collect texture data and also track the objects geometry and natural features. This lets the scanner be able to scan large parts without needing to apply […]

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