As 3D printing becomes more popular, and the price of printing machines plummets from the prices of only a few years ago, so the price of feedstock also drops and at a time when the range of printing materials increases. It is now possible to print using a number of common thermoplastic materials that can be melted and reformed as necessary to form complex shapes. Continue reading 5 Most Popular 3D Printing Thermoplastics
Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) is a lightweight yet immensely strong thermoplastic which is finding increasing roles in many different fields. Ranging from piping systems of all sizes through toys and musical instruments and on to protective equipment such as helmets and shields, ABS is both tough and adaptable. Continue reading ABS Plastic Explained
Many sources – from the National Press downwards – are keen to voice the opportunities available with 3D printing; from food to fashion, toys to bespoke medical applications, it seems that almost everything is achievable. Suddenly, we are told, we are on the cusp of being able to conjure up almost anything we desire, and at a low cost too. But are 3D printers really that flexible? Are we heading towards a world where we have machines that generate our needs so quickly and with such flexibility that it appears to have been created out of thin air? While computing speeds and machine systems may be available one day, they are currently not, and while the popular press may try to tell you otherwise, 3D printing isn’t the wonder process that they try and paint it. Continue reading The Pitfalls of 3D Printing
With 2015 at our doorstep, let’s take a minute to take a broad look at the 3d printing industry. The industry has had a volatile year with breakthroughs, setbacks and doubts. Many of us expected that early adopters would have bought a 3d printer, but it seems there are still some obstacles to overcome before additive manufacturing becomes a common in-house possibility. Just like the mobile phone needed a few decades to shrink to a size that consumers started buying, the 3d printer is evolving this very decade. What does the consumer expect from the machine, and does it really offer substantial value? Continue reading 3D Printing in 2015 – What to Expect?
When 3D printing first became a viable process back in 1984 with the so called stereo lithography, the most obvious use was within Engineering companies as a means of creating a physical, albeit delicate, representation of a new part of product. The materials used weren’t sturdy enough to create anything other than a curiosity that was in danger of crumbling if not treated with caution. It gave technologists and designers something that could be held and compared against other parts, but weren’t much of an advantage over the advancing 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) programs of the time that were becoming increasingly advanced. Continue reading Top Fun Uses for 3D Printers