Markforged makes Inconel 625 available on Metal X

by Sam Davies Markforged Markforged has announced the availability of Inconel 625 on the Metal X additive manufacturing platform. Inconel 625 becomes the fifth material Metal X users are able to access after 17-4PH stainless steel, H13 tool steel, A2 tool steel and D2 tool steel. The material is said to be highly resistant to corrosion and high temperatures and suitable for application in the chemical processing, offshore and aerospace industries. Nieka Systems, a…

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Developing 3D printed protective glove for workers

A UK-based team of engineers from Jaguar Land Rover are putting their skills to work by designing a lightweight 3D printed glove that can be worn by people working on the company’s production line. The glove—part of the team’s effort to create next-gen protective workplace gear—could help to prevent musculoskeletal disorders caused by production line duties. Today, musculoskeletal disorders, including carpal tunnel, tendonitis and more, account for roughly 30% of…

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3D Printing is Making Headway in Composite Manufacturing

BOSTON, Sept. 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Within the field of 3D printing, there is increasing emphasis on functionality as the industry shifts away from the stereotype of rapid prototyping, and materials are not exempt from such scrutiny. For instance, within the field of metal additive manufacturing, metals such as titanium with excellent tensile strength and low density are ideal for lightweighting applications, and as such demand for these materials is continually increasing….

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Choosing the right 3D printing service provider

People ask all the time, “What do you do for a living?” My response is, “I’m a partner at Re3dTech, a 3D printing service provider.” I often get a puzzled look and then, “That sounds cool but what do you do? Do you sell 3D printers? How does 3D printing work and are the parts functional?”

Let’s stick to the basics of what is a 3D printing service provider. 3D printing also goes by the name additive manufacturing(AM). It’s called AM because it starts from nothing and builds layer by layer. Most other manufacturing is subtractive where it starts from a block of something and material is removed. A 3D printing/AM service provider is a job shop, contract manufacturer of 3D printed parts. We provide parts for individuals, design shops, and companies that outsource their additive needs. We have 3D printers in-house and produce parts for customers that don’t have the expertise and equipment themselves.

AM is one of the fastest growing segments in US manufacturing. The Wohlers Report, which is considered the preeminent source for all things additive, predict sales for additive equipment and services to hit $15.8 billion in 2020. Projections then go to $23.9 billion in 2022 and $35.6 billion in 2024. The services sector for additive manufacturing is the fastest growing segment.

With all this going on how do you pick the right service provider to best meet your needs? Let’s just say that is a loaded question and the explanation probably can’t be summed up quickly but I’ll do my best to help.

Are you looking for plastic/polymer, metal, or both? 49% of service providers offer only polymer. 28% offer both plastic and metal. 23% offer metal only. There are a few very large 3D printing service providers that cover the widest range of materials and technologies. Stratasys Direct, 3D Systems Quickparts, and Protolabs are the biggest in the market. They are very good at what they do but biggest doesn’t always mean the best.

HP MJF Parts printed on the 580 full color

So, how do you pick the right Service Provider? Quality, tight tolerances, competitive pricing, and high volume output of 3D printed parts are all factors that should impact your decision. Is the service provider offering parts from the most cutting edge technologies like Carbon, Markforged, and HP? Equally important is the knowledge, expertise, and willingness to partner with you to provide the consultation and know-how to build a great part. Smaller firms can sometimes offer a more personalized service and attention to your account. Call the company, does the phone get answered? Personal dialogue is often the linchpin necessary during the prototype stage. With a little due diligence, you can easily find the right fit for your company when it comes to outsourcing your 3D printed parts. 

Let’s print some amazing parts together.

Russell Beck

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Markforged 3D Printers Are Saving Auto Manufacturer Time & Money

Jim Vinoski – Contributor Manufacturing – I write about all facets of manufacturing. Prototype tooling IMAGE COURTESY MARKFORGED, INC. The ongoing hype about 3-D printing, or additive manufacturing (AM) moving into true manufacturing is almost entirely focused on the production of finished goods. But that’s just one measure of the capabilities of AM, which shows increasing promise in a number of areas of manufacturing. One of those areas is tooling…

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CUSTOMER AT A GLANCE HP Inc. creates life-changing technology solutions for people and companies all over the world. Through our portfolio of printers, PCs, mobile devices, solutions, and services, we engineer experiences that amaze. THE CHALLENGE HP created these assembly nests to help during the manufacturing process of air manifolds inside a 3D printer. Parts are placed over these tools to ensure proper ergonomics and ease of assembly on the…

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Summer Internship at a 3D Printing Service Provider

Summer Internship at a 3D Printing Service Provider I am an incoming freshmen to the University of Dayton in their Engineering programming the fall of 2019. The last few years, I have had a growing interest in the world of 3D printing. This summer, I took it to the next level and had an internship at Re3dtech, a 3D printing service provider. We printed some of the most amazing parts,…

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HP’s Center of Excellence Points to the Future of 3D Printing

The company’s 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing Center of Excellence in Barcelona, Spain, will help advance Multi Jet Fusion and Metal Jet technology, in the interest of a digital manufacturing future. 6/20/2019STEPHANIE HENDRIXSON  Senior Editor, Additive Manufacturing HP’s Center of Excellence houses approximately 100 industrial 3D printing systems, including the recently introduced 5200 Multi Jet Fusion platform. The facility provides a large-scale factory environment for customers and partners to collaborate on…

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