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Objet350 Connex1 - offers triple-jetting technology, larger build volume, 16-micron layer resolution, multi-material 3D printing, 14 base materials to choose from, hot swap cartridges for efficient workflow, price starts from $170,000, Kyle Maxey, ENGINEERING.com, Nov 16, 2015

A Primer on Big Data - enhancements in 3D CAD, PLM have facilitated creation of structured data, Big Data enables designers to find related parts from an existing design, Sanjeev Pal, Engineers Rule, Oct 27, 2015

Formlabs' Formidable Progress - Formlabs has redeveloped its materials system, with option of auto-feed from pre-filled cartridges, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, Nov 12, 2015

FDM 3D Printing Maintenance: How to Unclog an Extrusion Tip - remove both model, support material, select 'maintenance mode,' select option machine, then head, extrusion tips start to heat up to around 300 degree Celcius, Chris Harrington, CAPUniversity, Nov 13, 2015

The Ten Commandments of Tinkercad - keep it clean, avoid name-calling, making comments in row, if user copy, attribute original creator, use real email, Andy Taylored, Nov 13, 2015

Understanding Chemical Resistance of Stratasys 3D Printed Thermoplastics - relative parameters of exposure of 3D printed thermoplastics to chemicals, solvents, Gary Polio, CAPUniversity, Nov 6, 2015

MakerBot Improves Print Speed on Its 3D Printers - MakerBot Desktop 3.8 software upgrade includes new infill patterns, one-click 3D printing, Leslie Langnau, Make Parts Fast, Nov 5, 2015

Is Stratasys Looking to Diversify? - Stratasys attempts to add different processes to its portfolio by investing in Desktop Metal although it isn't keen on developing those processes in-house, John Newman, Rapid Ready, Nov 3, 2015

Mass Production for 3D Printing - impact of 3D printing label on additive manufacturing, relevance of ultrasonic welding technique for creating complex metals with embedded electronics, digital light projection process, Jeff Kerns, Machine Design, Oct 30, 2015

ArtCAM Pro Updates Simulation and 3D Printing - ability to generate support structures manually or automatically, print multiple items by using batch assembly tool, Laura Pei, ENGINEERING.com, Nov 3, 2015

Stratasys Fortus 450mc - FDM industrial 3D printer is suitable for mass-production industries for creating jigs, fixtures, molds, functional prototypes, preferable for medical professionals, product design teams, priced from $185,000 to $200,000, Andrew Wheeler, ENGINEERING.com, Nov 2, 2015

Using 3D Scanning to Inspire STEM - relevance of 3D printers in schools with regard to support, budget, learning tools required by educators, Jeff Kerns, Machine Design, Oct 28, 2015

Ten Things to Keep in Mind When You Are 3D Printing with Nylon 12 - nylon 12 parts are 90 percent isotropic, least porous material, build sheets are moisture sensitive, may become brittle when dry, Dave Belanger, CAPUniversity, Oct 30, 2015

Can 3D Printing Make Planned Obsolescence Obsolete? - six 3D printing forces that will obsolesce planned obsolescence: personalization, modularity, repair & restoration, logistics, psychology, sustainability, Dennis Bella, GrabCAD Blog, Oct 21, 2015

Physically Sketch Room-Sized Objects at Full Scale with the Protopiper - handheld '3D printer' lets users easily, quickly create full-scale wireframe prototypes for large objects, Simon Martin, SolidSmack, Oct 27, 2015

Stratasys Objet24 - entry level PolyJet 3D printer, Objet24 produces high-quality prints in VeroWhitePlus material, creates high definition visual models, functional prototypes, doesn't emit toxic fumes, can be operated in office environment, price starts from $20,000, Kyle Maxey, ENGINEERING.com, Oct 26, 2015

Stratasys uPrint SE Plus - inexpensive desktop 3D printer allows printing multiple colors, soluble support material, uses FDM technology, ideal for making functional prototypes, Kyle Maxey, ENGINEERING.com, Oct 20, 2015

Artists Get a Hand Making Colorful 3D Prints - Stratasys, Adobe plans to form partnership to provide high-quality, color 3D printing solutions, eliminate workflow obstacles that hinder designers from creating tangible models, Andrew Wheeler, ENGINEERING.com, Oct 19, 2015

Waste Not, Want Not in 3D Printing - Different approaches to get most out of 3D printing materials, as well as reduce waste, Jeff Kerns, Machine Design, Oct 14, 2015

Alternatives to Metals - Airbus is producing aerospace-grade parts from plastic using Stratasys Fortus family of FDM 3D printers; Aeromotions uses its MarkForged carbon fibre 3D printer to develop functional prototypes, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, Oct 15, 2015

How to Seal Your 3D Printed Parts with Epoxy Infiltration - BJB epoxy resin penetrates surface of porous, semi-porous parts, FDM parts are immersed in resin, vacuum is drawn to infiltrate epoxy into part, Dan Tucker, CAPUniversity, Oct 13, 2015

Learning to Melt Metal - capabilities, limitation of metals 3D printing, Spencer Wright, DEVELOP 3D, Oct 13, 2015

3D Printing with Graphene - A Material for the 21st Century - Graphene 3D Lab has unveiled its 3D printed Graphene battery technology, successfully released conductive Graphene filament, plans for 3D printer which will allow users to combine different materials in single part, Laura Griffiths, TCT Magazine.com, Oct 9, 2015

Get the Most Out of Your FDM 3D Printer - break larger model into smaller pieces in CAD program, add tabs for locating, gluing on hidden side of split faces, JB Babcock, Machine Design, Oct 8, 2015

Hybrid Heroes - Hybrid CNC Machines - hybrid machines that combine additive functions with metrology, subtractive CNC milling are appealing to those working with metals 3D printing, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, Oct 12, 2015

Why the Push for the Desktop - budget-friendly desktop CNCs to build prototypes in metals are under development, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, Oct 9, 2015

How Design has to Change for Metals 3D Printing - understand interplay between functional requirements, build economics, maximize part's strength- to-weight ratio, efficiency of thermal transfer, DEVELOP 3D, Oct 8, 2015

Advanced Materials Allow Engineers to Print, Glue and Drive - composites, 3D-printed metal parts are paving way for part consolidation among automakers, Kenneth Wong, Desktop Engineering, Oct 1, 2015

Metals 3D Printing: Software - materials management tools for additive manufacturing: Granta Materials Intelligence (MI) product; generative design software: Autodesk Within, solidThinking Inspire, Materialise Magics, Frustum, Inc, DEVELOP 3D, Oct 7, 2015

Metals 3D Printing: Machines - six options: EOS EOSINT M 280, Concept Laser Mlab Cusing R, Arcam Q20, Renishaw AM 250, Sciaky EBAM 300 Series, Mazak INTEGREX i-400AM, DEVELOP 3D, Oct 6, 2015

Will HP's 3D Printing Technology Revolutionize the Industry? - multi jet fusion technology helps reduce overall focused energy requirements, pros, cons of photopolymer, Daniel Fraser, Design News, Oct 2, 2015

The More Things Change: Generative Design - Autodesk Within has Nastran solver to both optimize design, test it after, provides model lattices for additive manufacturing, Michael Thomas, Design and Motion, Oct 5, 2015

Product Development for Additive Manufacturing - Autodesk Within applies generative design algorithms to additive manufacturing, generates designs with variable density lattice structures, surface skins, Randall Newton, Desktop Engineering, Oct 1, 2015

Casting a Positive Global Vision for 3D Printing - at annual International Wohlers Conference, keynote speaker Autodesk CTO Jeff Kowalski discussed new developments in generative design, machine learning, multi-dimensional physical analysis, Randall Newton, Desktop Engineering, Sep 24, 2015

Autodesk Nabs netfabb to Boost 3D Printing - intends to acquire netfabb, makes strategic investment in netfabb's parent company, FIT Technology, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Sep 24, 2015

High Impact 3D Printing for the Professional Desktop - CubePro desktop 3D printer uses Nylon 6, water-soluble support material, Infinity Rinse-Away to print difficult geometries better, tct Magazine, Sep 18, 2015

4D Printing: Complex Self-Folding Structures Created with 3D Printed Shape Memory Polymers - shape memory polymers can sense environmental changes, react accordingly, go from one shape to another in predetermined sequence, www.3ders.org, Sep 22, 2015

Collaborative Tango: Software for 3D Printing Harmony - Autodesk SPARK 3D Platform, GrabCAD Workbench, Talk3D, 3D Printer OS, SyncFAB, BOT Queue, Dennis Bella, GrabCAD Blog, Sep 2, 2015

3D Printing Market Expected to Grow to $8.6 B in Five Years - metals, alloys are expected to be fastest growing material segment, defense sector is expected to exhibit fastest growth at CAGR of 17.2%, Leslie Langnau, Make Parts Fast, Sep 16, 2015

Synopsys Takes on Product Complexity with Integrated Prototyping - HAPS-80 integrated prototyping solution addresses 2 specific roles: helps design software in parallel to chip development, facilitates validation, Beth Stackpole, Desktop Engineering, Sep 16, 2015

How to Ship or Move a Stratasys FDM 3D Printer - remove material cartridges from machine, secure head, remove fork lift covers, secure door with masking tape, Chris Harrington, CAPUniversity, Sep 11, 2015

Design for Durability: A Strong Argument for 3D-Printed Parts - importance of materials in additive manufacturing, Applications-Based Decision-Making, considerations to take into account for three of additive manufacturing processes, Chuck Alexander of Stratasys, Design News, Sep 9, 2015

Kwamb.io is the Spotify-like Platform for 3D Printing - custom 3D printing shop lets customers pick from range of designs, choose materials, scale of item, pattern using adjustment sliders, Radhika Seth, SolidSmack, Sep 8, 2015

Engineers' Thoughts on the Impact of 3D Printing in Traditional Manufacturing - ability to fabricate objects with extreme design complexities is major benefit; major inhibition to adopting industrial additive manufacturing is equipment costs, Andrew Wheeler, ENGINEERING.com, Sep 4, 2015

SOLIDWORKS Modeling for 3D Printing - working of STL file, STL file options to control accuracy of triangulation model: ASCII vs Binary, consider deviation, angle tolerances, Peter Kootstra, SolidNotes, Sep 3, 2015

Multiply 3D Printing's Material Benefits - multi-material 3D printing provides complex prototypes in single print, delivers new levels of realism, Beth Stackpole, Desktop Engineering, Sep 1, 2015

Stratasys Opens Direct Manufacturing Facility to the Media - ISO 9001:2009, AS9100C, ITAR compliant facility is modular combination of metal, plastic industrial AM, has 14 direct metal laser sintering (DLMS) machines Andrew Wheeler, ENGINEERING.com, Sep 3, 2015

MIT's MultiFab 3D Printer Prints in 10 Materials and Embeds Components - uses combination of 'machine vision,' 3D scanning, can self-calibrate, self-correct by using feedback loop, Andrew Wheeler, ENGINEERING.com, Sep 1, 2015

Future of Industrial 3D Printing Will be Metals and End-Production, Say Engineers - survey reveals that 84 per cent of respondents want to see metals developed further for AM, across all industries, Ann Thryft, Design News, Aug 28, 2015

How to Directly Connect Your Computer to Your Stratasys FDM 3D Printer - take crossover cable, find local area connection, choose appropriate network sharing center, Dave Belanger, CAPUniversity, Aug 28, 2015

7 PolyJet WaterJet Safety Tips - safety considerations with daily use of cleaning system: proper height, water supply nozzle, cover latches, pressure washer on/off, WaterJet cover, waste filter, Jon Lawrence, CAPUniversity, Aug 21, 2015

Made In Space's New In-Vacuum 3D Printer - new 'proprietary vacuum-compatible extrusion heads' have been tested on ground within vacuum chambers, major issue to overcome is temperature variations during printing, ENGINEERING.com, Aug 19, 2015

Stratasys Direct Manufacturing Survey is Heavy on Metal - 73% of respondents value having access to advanced systems through service-bureau options; AM metal use is expected to nearly double over next three years, Pamela Waterman, Desktop Engineering, Aug 12, 2015

The Renishaw AM250 Additive Manufacturing System - fine metal powder melting process offers fast additive manufacturing for metal parts, has ability to quickly change between diverse array of materials, Andrew Wheeler, ENGINEERING.com, Aug 12, 2015

Binder Jetting for Investment Casting: AM Is Transforming an Age-Old Industrial Process - binder jetting technology builds models by depositing binding agent into layer of powdered material, Kyle Maxey, ENGINEERING.com, Aug 12, 2015

Stratasys Polyjet 3D Printed Injection Molds: A Series, Pt 3 - start with conservative values to avoid damaging the tool, parameters for beginning process, avoid using elevated temperature, pressure to resolve molding issues, Derek Ellis, CATI Tech Notes, Aug 11, 2015

Model Preparation and Print Preview with Autodesk Print Studio - Autodesk Fusion 360's 'make' command initiates meshing process, Print Studio automatically generates support structures for 3D printing, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Aug 5, 2015

German RepRap Rolls Out New 3D Printing Filament - Carbon20 printer filament is made from 20 percent carbon fiber; high level of temperature resistance, high viscosity above melting temperature ensure successful printings, Andrew Wheeler, ENGINEERING.com, Aug 3, 2015

A Profile of Hybrid Additive Manufacturing Technology - hybrid manufacturing produces objects by employing both additive, subtractive technologies, Kyle Maxey, ENGINEERING.com, Aug 5, 2015

CloudDDM Found a Winning Formula by Keeping Printing and Shipping Activities Closer - offers highly automated, app-driven 3D printing services, factory is located on UPS Supply Chain Campus, giving extra 6 hours or working time per day, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Aug 4, 2015

The Race to Remanufacture - 3D printing is giving old machines, equipment new lease of life, Evelyn Adams, The Engineer, July 16, 2015

The 'Print to Build' 3D Printed Joint Collection Explores the Future of Rapid Manufacturing - modern, expansive joint system that is high-strength, easy to print, aesthetically pleasing, consists of a number of multi-side 45, 90, 120 degree elements that are able to connect material to create weight-supporting structures, Simon Martin, SolidSmack, July 31, 2015

CloudDDM's New Strategic End-of-Runway 3D Printing Service - streamlined 3D printing service offers customers ability to order, receive large batches of prototypes, jigs, fixtures, molds, visual prototypes, functional prototypes, dimensionally accurate end-use 3D printed products faster, Andrew Wheeler, ENGINEERING.com, July 30, 2015

How to Finish a 3D Printed Part to Look Like a Production Part - remove support material, rinse part thoroughly in warm water, sand areas of part to be painted, use 'high-fill' sandable primer, coat part with several coats of paint, allow to fully dry, Jason Matses, The CAPINC Blog, July 31, 2015

New Digital DNA-Based 3D Printing Technology Emerges - workflow begins with CAD design of shape, from there system analyzes shape, develops DNA sequences that, when exposed to proper chemicals, will produce desired shape, ENGINEERING.com, July 31, 2015

Advanced Materials Reshape 3D Printing - engineers need to be aware of properties of new 3D printing materials like photopolymers, powders, flexible materials, Jeff Kern, Machine Design, July 29, 2015

CAD Program Moves Toward Push-Button Manufacturing - users can choose to send 3D model to Proto Labs from within Fusion 360 interface, Proto Labs will ship part in few days, Roopinder Tara, ENGINEERING.com, July 28, 2015

Ask the Experts: 3D Printing Tips and Techniques - Q&A on infill of 3D printed object, need to print object with brim, activating support material, getting best possible print, Jeff Kerns, Machine Design, July 28, 2015

Omni 3D's New Factory 2.0 Industrial 3D Printer - 10 microprocessors to control all printing aspects, decreased flexibility of rubber belts driving axes, increase of print area of each axis to 50cm, automated table leveling, Andrew Wheeler, ENGINEERING.com, July 22, 2015

3D Printing is Changing the Way We Think - availability of affordable desktop 3D printers, 3D printing's ability to capture people's imaginations is supposed to transform global manufacturing, TJ McCue, Harvard Business Review, July 21, 2015

Master Class: Chuck Hull on the 3D Printing Industry - founder of stereolithography, Chuck Hull talked about learning from mistakes, scaling 3D printing, STL programming format, materials, Leslie Langnau, Make Parts Fast, July 21, 2015

The Top 5 3D Printing Factors That Affect Your Time and Cost - resolution, layer thickness, model fill, density, print orientation, support material, 3D printing material, Scott Rollins, CAPUniversity, July 17, 2015

Autodesk Launches New Generative Design Tool for Optimizing Additive Manufacturing - Autodesk Within helps users add various input parameters that can generate series of variable-density lattice structures, surface skins, Simon Martin, SolidSmack, June 17, 2015

First Look: Netfabb Professional 6 - Early Version of 3MF File Format Already in Place - 2D nesting module automatically arranges maximum number of printable parts on build platform, automatic mass labeling adds unique identification codes to identical parts, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, June 24, 2015

Top 5 Reasons to Include 3D Printing in Your Product Life Cycle - designers can prototype more iterations, better collaboration, field test with prototypes provides insight into potential design flaws, Gary Polio, CAPUniversity, July 3, 2015

New Design Optimization Tool for 3D Printing - solidThinking Inspire helps optimize design for 3D printing to increase strength, rigidity while minimizing weight, Jason Matses, CAPUniversity, July 2, 2015

Desktop 3D Printers for CAD Professionals - reviews of 3D Systems CubePro Trio, Flashforge Dreamer, Formlabs Form 1+; Formlabs Form 1+ offers outstanding print resolution, good speed, ease of installation, but expensive/cumbersome liquid resin process, no Wi-Fi support, Robert Green, Cadalyst, June 25, 2015

Finding Strength in 3D Printing - Mark One Composite 3D printer uses patent pending process, features kinematic coupling to keep print bed at consistent level, Melissa Fassbender, Product Design & Development, Apr 22, 2015

Stratasys Produces 3D Printed Parts for New Airbus Aircraft - parts are 3D printed from ULTEM 9085 resin for FDM, certified to Airbus material specifications, Andrew Wheeler, ENGINEERING.com, May 7, 2015

3D Printing for Visualizing Large-Volume Scans - full-color 3D printers can create physical objects from data, making tactile model more relatable, SPAR Point Group, May 2015

AMUG2015 - Best in Show - topics of discussion in Additive Manufacturing Users Group conference: high-speed laser sintering systems, challenges before AM, running service bureau, HP Multi Jet Fusion process, laser sintering of metal parts, Kyle Maxey, ENGINEERING.com, May 6, 2015

Say Goodbye STL, Say Hello 3MF (Possibly - You Know How These Things Are) - 7 companies form 3MF Consortium to make 3D printing more useful, reliable experience, 3MF format is designed to be complete model information contained within single archive, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, May 1, 2015

Microsoft's New 3D Printing File Format and More From Build 2015 - Autodesk Spark is being integrated into Microsoft Windows 10, .3MF is new 3D printing file format, result of 7 company consortium, Andrew Wheeler, ENGINEERING.com, Apr 30, 2015

Fabrisonic Hybrid Metal 3D Printing - thin films of metal foil is used, which is printed layer by layer, then rapid vibration, little subtractive machining is added for good measure, Andrew Wheeler, ENGINEERING.com, May 4, 2015

3D Printing Can Speed Modern CAD Workflows - Or Slow Them Down - minimized time to market, enhanced quality, maximized market opportunities matter more for CAD professionals, Alex Herrera, Cadalyst, Apr 30, 2015

Hybrid 3D Printing: What You Need to Know Now - advantages: use exotic materials more easily, more options for surface-finish levels, carries potential trade-off of excessive tool swapping, Lauren Gibbons Paul, Desktop Engineering, May 1, 2015

Replacing Testing on Sports Gear with FEA - researchers examine whether FEA can replace field testing for golf balls, other sports gear, Stephen Mraz, Machine Design, Apr 27, 2015

3D Printed Metal Pricing Analysis - consider shipping cost of print, production time, material consistency between service vendors, available finishing options, price calculation method, ENGINEERING.com, Apr 23, 2015

Why Good Quality Filament Matters - supplier of good quality 3D printing filament, ProtoParadigm explains how filament is extruded, how bad filament manifests printing errors, consistency of filament's diameter, roundness of filament matters, ENGINEERING.com, Apr 8, 2015

Tech Futurist, Bram De Zwart Looks at the Fate of 3D Printing - talk about background, move to 3D print consumer market, effect of 3D printing on brick-and-mortar stores, service-based economy, Jeff Kerns, Machine Design, Apr 27, 2015

Researchers Create New Class of 3D Printed Aerogels - 3D printed graphene aerogels have high surface area, excellent electrical conductivity, are lightweight; 3D printed graphene aerogel microlattices have much better mass transport than bulk graphene materials, Andrew Wheeler, ENGINEERING.com, Apr 23, 2015

Printing the Strongest 3D Parts with ULTEM 1010 - ULTEM 1010 is one of most popular grades of polyetherimide (PEI) thermoplastic, has applications in aerospace, automotive, food production, medical field, Gary Polio, CAPUniversity, Apr 17, 2015

Advanced Post Processing of STLs for 3D Printing - discusses issues related to translation of STL file from solid object to triangulated representation, orientation of vectors in triangles, wall thickness, units, ways to optimize model, deliver best print results, Kyle Maxey, ENGINEERING.com, Apr 16, 2015

Autodesk Updates Manufacturing Product Line: Multi-CAD Workflow, 3D Printing Support, and Pre-Processing Geometry Cleanup Take Center Stage - 2016 version offers multi-CAD support, new tools to bridge CAD design to 3D printing, freeform modeling tools for Inventor, point-cloud objects for factory design, enhanced simulation tools, offers clues to Autodesk's strategy, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Apr 15, 2015

Develop3D Live Talks - Scott Schiller, HP World-Wide Director for 3D Printing - shares HP's experience about driving from analog to digital transformation in other markets, discusses HP's vision for advancing state of art of 3D printing, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, Apr 15, 2015

SolidSmack Catches Up with 3D Printing Visionary Joshua Harker - Video Interview - talk about latest project, tools in use, getting involved with 'Artists Lend Support,' Simon Martin, SolidSmack, Apr 8, 2015

SLA vs PolyJet: Technology Review - functioning, strengths, weaknesses of Stereolithography Apparatus, Triple Jetting Technology, Samantha Bild, ModernTech Blog, Apr 8, 2015

3D Printed Magic Arms for Emma - Symmetry Solutions Partners with Magic Arms to 3D print light-weight Wilmington Robotic Exoskeleton (WREX) device for children suffering from Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita, Nick Weirens, CADdigest.com, Apr 6, 2015

The Process of 3D Printing - consider design requirements, skirt, brim, raft methods to attach 3D print to bed, design, save object in Solid Edge, orient model in build space before setting parameters, Siemens PLM Software Community, Apr 6, 2015

Top 3 Challenges Buying a Consumer 3D Printer for Commercial Use - maintain accuracy of 3D printed parts by checking repeatability components, schedule system maintenance to avoid unexpected machine downtime, adjust calibration, Walter Garvey, CADD Edge, Apr 2, 2015

What's New in SOLIDWORKS 2015 - 3D Printing Support - click on Print3D button on CommandManager bar to access local 3D printer, install Windows 8.1 printer driver, open CAD design in SOLIDWORKS to open Print3D PropertyManager when orienting, printing model, Todd Domke, HRS Blog, Apr 3, 2015

How to Prep an STL File for Printing - exporting STL from SOLIDWORKS, Inventor, Creo, Solid Edge, Kyle Maxey, ENGINEERING.com, Mar 30, 2015

Running Performance Improved by Bespoke 3D Printed Spikes - based on curve running data, New Balance Athletic Shoe Inc. makes customized laser-sintered spike plates for runners, improving performance, CADdigest.com, Mar 24, 2015

Autodesk's Tinkerplay App: Fun with 3D Design and 3D Printing - free app targeted for kids of all ages, available on various mobile platforms, Sanjeev Pal, ENGINEERING.com, Mar 25, 2015

Autodesk 2016 - Moving to 100% Subscription. Will You Hate It or Will You Love It? - depends how Autodesk implements it, users will welcome local pricing which is fair, uniform across globe, Tom Lansford, CADplace, Feb 5, 2015

Autodesk's Tinkerplay App: Fun with 3D Design and 3D Printing - free app targeted for kids of all ages, available on various mobile platforms, Sanjeev Pal, ENGINEERING.com, Mar 25, 2015

3D Printing Essentials and Trends - main concerns for printers are cost, build space, tolerance, materials it can handle, Jeff Kerns, Machine Design, Mar 24, 2015

What's the Difference Between Stereolithography and Selective Laser Sintering? - SLA works with polymers, resins, not metals, SLS can handle metals; SLA works with liquids, while SLS uses powders; SLA liquid photopolymers cost $80 to $100 per liter, SLS powders costs between $300 and $600 per kg, Jeff Kerns, Machine Design, Mar 23, 2015

2 Tools for Calculating Cut Depth and Cut Width/Stepover When Milling - optimizing cut depth, cut width using G-Wizard's cut optimizer, CADCAM wizards, Bob Warfield, CNC Cookbook, Mar 23, 2015

Review: Roland MonoFab - combines 3D printing with CNC machining in 2 matched devices: ARM-10 3D printer, Roland SRM-20 CNC mill, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, Mar 9, 2015

3DPrinterOS Aims to Create Standard, Reduce 3D Printing Hassles - cloud-based operating system has capabilities of 3D design, 3D printer sharing, live support, management for multiple 3D printers, Barb Schmitz, 3D CAD World, Mar 19, 2015

Best 3D Printers 2015 - Printrbot Simple Metal, Ultimaker 2, Formlabs Form 1+, Stratasys Mojo, Cubify Cube 3, Lulzbot Mini, Robo 3D R2 Mini, Richard Baguley, Tom's Guide, Mar 6, 2015

Bloom Isn't Your Average 3D-Printed Structure - bricks were 3D printed using iron oxide-free Portland cement, John Newman, Rapid Ready, Mar 16, 2015

Real 2015 Explores the Intersection of Reality and Computers - event focused on capture, compute, create activities, vendor showcased their products: RealSense tablet, Sequoia, Autodesk Memento, Recap, Kathleen Maher, Graphic Speak, Mar 16, 2015

REAL2015: Reality Capture Brings Enlightenment from the Cave to the Cloud - Autodesk showcased many of its reality capture products: Autodesk Recap, Project Memento, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Mar 13, 2015

3D Printing Sucks: Five Problems with 3D Printing and How to Fix Them - output/quality, printing process is unreliable, workflow is old, users are aiming at wrong target, market is prematurely mature, Jeff Kowalski of Autodesk, CADdigest.com, Mar 12, 2015

Testing the Advantages of Using Brass Inserts in 3D Printed Parts - brass threaded inserts are easier, cleaner to install than hand-tapping, contains unlimited assembly/disassembly, possess stronger resistance to torque but are costlier than tapped holes, requires more material/space around screw, Jason Matses, CAPUniversity, Mar 13, 2015

Choosing the Right Hardware for Prototyping - effort required to produce working prototype, ability to create usable prototypes for testing, price factors are essential to determine hardware tools for prototyping, Kat Dornian, Product Design and Development, Mar 13, 2015

3D Printing 201: Injection Molding Revisited - mold design: preferences by 3DIM; mold printing: polyjet process only, print in gloss finish, 4 different types of post processing, Tyler Reid of GoEngineer, YouTube, Mar 10, 2015

Is 3D Printing A Part of Your Regular Design Workflow? It Should Be - 3D printing is getting popular in direct manufacturing applications, affordable 3D printing platforms help create production-grade products for smaller companies, Beth Stackpole, PTC Creo Blog, Mar 9, 2015

How to Recycle Your Stratasys 3D Printer Material Canisters and Cartridges - recycle used FDM canisters, PolyJet cartridges for free in North America, Jim TeDesco, CATI Tech Notes, Mar 6, 2015

3D Printed Electronics Get Real - Optomec Aerosol Jet 3D printing system is capable of depositing materials freely on non-planar surfaces, can print with wide range of commercial, custom formulations, Pamela Waterman, Desktop Engineering, Mar 1, 2015

An Engineer Dreams of a SOLIDWORKS-Proto Labs Merger - Proto Labs well on the way to  'push button manufacturing' from inside a CAD program, needs union of two companies to complete the dream of CAD to manufacture, Roopinder Tara, The CAD Insider, Mar 4, 2015

Prototyping - A Curious Process - prototypes are meant to be rough, ready, 3D printing should be focused on getting model quickly instead of fine resolution of model, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, Mar 4, 2015

REAL 2015 Showcases Opportunities in Capture, Compute & Create - technology must be in service of project, business closed to new ideas should be ready to lose to agile innovators, Monica Schnitger, Schnitger Corp Hot Topics, Mar 3, 2015

Desktop Factory: What's Out There and What's Coming - brief overview of 3D printers: Form1+, ProJet 1200, XFAB, Ember, OtherMill, Carvey, ShopBot Desktop, Muncaster S6, Roland Arm10 3D printer, SRM20 CNC mill, DEVELOP 3D, Mar 3, 2015

Autodesk Gets REAL - event focused on 3D capture (scanning/sensing), computing (modeling), creating (additive/subtractive manufacturing), Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe, Feb 27, 2015

REAL 2015 was a Real Great Event - Autodesk CEO Carl Bass talked about makers, Ember 3D printer was showcased, photos of event, Shaan Hurley, Between the Lines, Feb 27, 2015

Is the 3D Printing Revolution on Hold? - stalling performance of some leading 3D printing trading stocks, development of 4D printing are major obstacles to 3D printing's rise, Benjamin Campbell, Inside 3DP, Feb 24, 2015

FDM 3D Printed Part Post-Processing Time Slashed by a New Approach to Support Removal - Almco system works like dishwasher with carrousel, banks of jets spray large volumes of solution at low pressure while parts spin slowly on turn table ensuring that all surfaces are covered, Gary Polio, CAPUniversity, Feb 20, 2015

Interview with India's 3D Printing Pioneer - talk with Dr U Chandrasekhar about applying rapid prototyping in Defense R&D activities, most satisfying application with fused deposition modeling technology, future of metal prototyping in aeronautical sector, Amit Arora, Inside 3DP, Feb 17, 2015

Rapid Prototyping: The Present and the Future - market for rapid prototyping is expected to reach $7 billion by 2025, but process needs to be more tolerant of temperature variations, CADspeed, Feb 23, 2015

The New SOLIDWORKS Manufacturing Network Wants to Streamline Your Prototyping Process - integrated into MySolidWorks community dashboard, new platform aims to connect SOLIDWORKS users with manufacturers, Simon Martin, SolidSmack, Feb 20, 2015

User Maintenance Cycle for a Stratasys Fortus 400mc - clean platen, empty purge bucket for daily user maintenance; vacuum build chamber, clean, inspect tip wipe assembly for weekly user maintenance, Scott Rollins, CAPUniversity, Feb 20, 2015

Polar 3D Introduces the First 3D Printer Designed for Education - polar coordinate-based 3D printer boasts 50 micron layer resolution, built-in HD camera, Wi-Fi connectivity, round, rotatable, slidable build platform, available for $799, discounted 25% for schools, educators, students, Polar 3D blog, Jan 27, 2015

4D Printing: The Next Frontier of Additive Manufacturing - 'shape memory' polymer fibers are incorporated into composite materials, creating 3D object; 4D printing could be especially useful in applications that require compact shipping of larger objects, CADspeed, Feb 18, 2015

The Hype Around Consumer 3D Printing is Becoming Boring - in many cases, consumer 3D printing is not used to print off anything useful, focus should divert to sustainability as these printers generate lot of waste, Tanya Weaver, DEVELOP 3D, Feb 17, 2015

3D Printer User Maintenance: How to Replace the Tip Wipe Assembly - completely power down system, remove purge container, remove old flicker by loosening rear screws, pulling up on flicker, Chris Harrington, CAPUniversity, Feb 6, 2015

The Impact of 3D Printing Across the Life Cycle of a Product - 3D printed models contribute to improved communication between design, manufacturing departments, Rob Stipek, Fisher/Unitech, Feb 5, 2015 (

Choosing Your 3D Printing Material: It's About More Than Strength - consider tensile strength, toughness, heat deflection temperature of materials, Shuvom Ghose, CAPUniversity, Jan 30, 2015

3D Printed Mold Tools for Quick Turn Medical Parts - typical steps when using PolyJet for injection molding, suitable materials, advantages: quickly, cost-effectively produced molds, reduced re-work on final production mold, Gary Polio, CAPUniversity, Jan 30, 2015

Realizing the Potential of 3D Printing - quality of 3D printers is increasing, remarkable achievements: 3D printed human liver tissues, 3D printing in space, 3D printed cars, houses, clothing, CADspeed, Jan 23, 2015

3D Hubs Kicks Off 2015 with its January 3D Printing Trends Report - most wanted 3D printers: Ultimaker 2, Form 1+; highest rated desktop 3D printer: Form 1+; highest rated industrial 3D printer: Projet 3500 HDMax; top print city: New York, Andrew Wheeler, 3D Printing Industry, Jan 2014

Five 3D Printing Trends for 2015 - industrialization is key, customers' interest in colors technology growing, small printers been pushed back from focus, metals 3D printing getting popular, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, Jan 16, 2015

Finding a Way Ahead for Manufacturing - ABC TV Interview with Autodesk's Patrick Williams - Autodesk to invest up to $100m in 3D printing companies over next few years, A2K Technologies, Jan 16, 2015

Autodesk's 3D Electronics Printer - announced partnership with Voxel8, 3D printer provider; Autodesk will provide '_Project Wire_' software tool to place components, route 3D wires, output multi-material print data for fabrication, Sean Higgins, SPAR Point Group, Jan 2015

Can Autodesk's Spark 3D Printing Platform Succeed? - company announced $100 million fund to seed 3D print initiatives, has finishing, post curing device on the way, is building up platform for systems, services to communicate efficiently, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, Jan 12, 2015

3D Printing Material and Support Build Options - choose visible surface style: enhanced or normal; part interior style: sparse low density, sparse high density or sparse double dense; support style: basic, sparse, smart, or break-away, Jon Lawrence, CAPUniversity, Jan 9, 2015

3D Printing Grows Beyond 'Gimmick' Stage and Takes Center Stage at CES 2015 - significant aspects of 3D printing: materials are becoming more utilitarian, software for optimizing 3D printing machine, education, classroom 3D printing, Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe, Jan 8, 2015

Is 3D Printing a Simple Case of Press Print - reality of creating 3D printable model, considering example of customized design of prosthetic hand, Jeremy Pullin, DEVELOP 3D, Jan 8, 2015

New Dawn for 3D Reality Computing - more sophisticated scanning hardware, easier manipulation of captured data, shrinking costs contribute to bright forecast for technology, Randall Newton, Cadalyst, Dec 31, 2014

Stratasys Races from the Pole Position at Euromold 2014 - Stratasys CEO David Reis outlined 6-point strategy to lead in 3D printing, company is in leading vertical markets, building complete ecosystem, accelerating product development, Tom Lansford, Graphic Speak, Dec 12, 2014

Reality Computing: Even Better Than the Real Thing? - reality computing is helpful in study of endangered coral reefs, restoration of historic building, customized shoe experience, construction industry, Heather Miller, CADdigest.com, Dec 16, 2014

Think Green: How to Recycle Stratasys 3D Printer Material Cartridges - complete form detailing return FDM items, generate UPS label for shipping, drop off boxes with label at any UPS store location, CAPUniversity, Dec 12, 2014

Skycatch Makes 3D Models from Drone Photos - Skycatch brings together laser scanning, robotic drones, software data analysis to offer cheap, reliable way to scan large areas, Paul Munford, The CAD Insider, Dec 14, 2014

The Dark Side of 3D Printing - discussing limitations of STL file format, materials, process in 3D printing, hybrid fabrication approach that includes additive, subtractive technologies is preferred, Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe, Dec 11, 2014

Conversations on 3D Printing and Architectural Design - Q&A with architect Alvin Huang about current state, future of architectural design, role of 3D printing, using Stratasys PolyJet 3D multi-material printer, Apollo Spiliotis, NOVEDGE, Dec 11, 2014

Use 3D Printing to Enhance Your Marketing and Branding Campaigns - building marketing plan around 3D printed technological innovations, around 3D printer customer interaction, itPrint Australia, Dec 3, 2014

How to Design for 3D Printing Success - make sure part height is whole multiple of printer's Z thickness, wall thickness is at least 2 multiples of printer's bead thickness, experiment with different build directions to reduce support usage, maximize part strength, Shuvom Ghose, CAPUniversity, Dec 4, 2014

5 Industries Benefiting from 3D Printing Metals - automotive, aerospace, defense, tooling industry, luxury, Chris McAndrew, 3dEngr.com, Dec 2014

How to Model & 3D Print a Custom Christmas Ornament - create sketch, extrude cylinder, apply wrap, split line, intersect, offset, combine, scale feature, set patterns to design ornament in SOLIDWORKS, Christopher Mowatt, CAPUniversity, Nov 26, 2014

Is 3D Printing a Green Technology? - not all processes are as environmentally friendly as they claim to be when compared to conventional manufacturing, Jeremy Pullin, DEVELOP 3D, Nov 25, 2014

How to Calibrate Your Load Cells on a PolyJet Desktop 3D Printer - Stratasys 3D Printer Support Tip - access 'load cell calibration' from options drop down, doing all 5 cells each time is recommended, Dominick Damato, CATI Tech Notes, Nov 21, 2014

3D Printing Predictions for 2015 - large companies will be entering market in 2016, entrepreneurs begin to gain most from 3D printing, Philippe Chiasson, Inside 3DP, Nov 20, 2014

3D Printing Potential to Change the Automotive Industry - advantages of selective laser melting for automotive industry, definition of metal 3D printing, Ralitsa Peycheva, 3dEngr.com, Nov 2014

DMLS: 3 Reasons Why You Should Jump in Now - robust materials, innovation, cost stabilization, light-weighting of components, John Evans, Design and Motion, Nov 17, 2014

What Can 3D Printing Do for Product Development? - PolyJet, fused deposition modeling specialist, Chris Richter talks about main benefit of 3D printing to designers, to companies that design, manufacture, sell products, field testing of 3D printed products, Machine Design, Nov 13, 2014

Manufacturing is Taking 3D Printing to the Next Level - consumers are being more demanding, designers, engineers are looking at manufacturing for help; local machine shops are embracing 3D printing technology, cadcamstuff.com, Nov 13, 2014

3D Printing Isn't As Radical As We Thought - need for customization, 3D printable geometries add competitive advantage, high margins that can absorb added cost of 3D printing, Joel Wishkovsky, Nov 11 2014

Secrets of Going from CAD, Image, DXF or STL to GCode for CNC and 3D Printing - make sure CAD software can handle DXF files, convert DXF to GCode, 3D CAD Files to GCode, image, vector artwork to GCode, Bob Warfield, CNC Cookbook, Nov 10, 2014

DMLS: A Bumpy Road in History - history of 3D printing of metal, selective laser melting, patent rights monopoly, John Evans, Design and Motion, Nov 10, 2014

3D Printing Innovations: 5 Fast Ones on 3D Printing - Q&A about 3D printing advancement in 2016, industry that gets most benefits, most creative use of 3D printing, biggest obstacles facing 3D printing technology, Norma Barr, Inside 3DP, Nov 10, 2014

DMLS: The Exciting Maturity of 3D Printed Metal - processes of metals additive manufacturing: selective laser sintering, direct metal laser sintering, electron beam melting, selective laser melting, John Evans, Design and Motion, Nov 3, 2014

HP Sets Sights on 3D Printing Again with Homegrown Technology - Multi Jet Fusion printing uses set of jet modules, each with its own series of inkjets, Randall Newton, Graphic Speak, Nov 2, 2014

Autodesk's Attempts to Spark a 3D Printing Revolution - reference 3D printer Ember has average resolution of 10 microns, uses photo-cured resin as primary printing material, Rakesh Sharma, Yahoo.com, Oct 27, 2014

Some Disadvantages of 3D Printings - user can't buy 3D printer, make anything desired, 3D model is still far too difficult for most people, manufacturing price is high with SLS printers, Debamoy Ghosh, SketchUp Ur Space, Sep 2014

Why 3D Systems Corporation Established a $150 Million Credit Facility - understanding bank debt, 3D Systems could use credit facility for shorter term funding needs of business, Steve Heller, The Motley Fool, Oct 20, 2014

UV Replacement/Calibration - replace if software recommends new UV lamp upon calibration or UV lamp bulb is physically broken, process to replace UV assembly on desktop printers, Daniel Lindsay, CATI Tech Notes, Oct 10, 2014

3 Companies That Could Become The Kinko's of 3D Printing - FedEx Corporation, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Walgreen Company might offer 3D printing services to consumers, Rakesh Sharma, Benzinga, Sep 30, 2014

Stratasys Grabs CAD - GrabCAD's collaboration platform is CAD agnostic, will provide easier access to CAD data; acquisition increases collaboration, accessibility of 3D CAD files that could accelerate adoption of Stratasys' 3D printing technologies, Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe, Sep 30, 2014

HoneyComb: A New and Free Browser-Based Parametric CAD Platform for 3D Printing - parametric CAD program has simple interface, users can sketch 2D objects, convert them into full 3D shapes, created designs are stored in cloud using STL file format, Cabe Atwell, SolidSmack, Sep 23, 2014

How to Insert a Hex Bolt into an FDM 3D Printed Part - model bolt in SOLIDWORKS, open model into Insight software before printing part on Fortus 250 printer, Dave Belanger, YouTube, Sep 23, 201

Stratasys Acquires GrabCAD to Bring Accessibility to 3D Printing - GrabCAD Workbench to be tightly integrated with Stratasys' 3D printer offerings to help make 3D printing more accessible, Beth Stackpole, Desktop Engineering, Sep 16, 2014

3D Printing Issues and Challenges: Material Costs - manufacturers need to deem 3rd party materials as sales opportunity, Jeremy Pullin, DEVELOP 3D, Sep 22, 2014

5 Tips for Becoming a Next Generation CAD Designer and Rapid Prototyper - keep updated with market trends, learn about CAD, prototyping process, consider all options, try modeling with SOLIDWORKS, Rhino, Autodesk Fusion 360 tools, determine end goal before starting with designing process, Matt Perez, SolidSmack, Sep 19, 2014

The Astonishing Way 3D Printing Could Rewire Industrial Society - 3D printing technology is still in its infancy, metal-printing 3D printers are not going to be available for consumer market in near future, itPrint Australia, Sep 17, 2014

DE Editor Digitally Captured in Photogrammetry and Hand-Held Scanner - photo-based approach is good for capturing humans, but for capturing typical mechanical shapes with flat surfaces, perfect arcs, sharp edges, scanner gives better definition, Kenneth Wong, Virtual Desktop, Sep 18, 2014

The Storm Clouds on the Horizon - intellectual property in context of digital manufacturing, disruptive effects of 3D printing, inconsistent/inappropriate licensing schemes for 3D data, Tom Kurke, DEVELOP 3D, Sep 16, 2014

Openness is a Glorious Thing - openness is driving 3D printing industry forward, everyone involved should agree not to stand in way of other companies offering related products, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, Sep 15, 2014

Review: Formlabs Form 1+ - high-resolution desktop 3D printer comes fully calibrated, is easy to set up, has capability to run from 0.1mm layers down to 0.025mm, PreForm software helps automatically orient part, generate supports, inspect build, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, Sep 12, 2014

Stratasys 3D Printer Support Tip: Wiper Cleaning, Inspection, and Replacement on a PolyJet Desktop Printer - run wiper cleaning procedure to ensure wiper isn't damaged, bath is clear of debris, if wiper replacement is needed, Dominick Damato, CATI Tech Notes, Sep 12, 2014

4D Printing on the Rise - 4D printing develops materials that can change properties, characteristics based on changes in environment, Sarah Mangiola, Machine Design, Sep 4, 2014

3D Printing a Sustainable Future - 3D Systems is focused on making their machines, materials sustainable with minimum environmental impact, has consumer recycling system in place, Laura Griffiths, TCT Magazine, Sep 8, 2014

Print Head Replacement - step-by-step instructions to change print heads on Objet30 3D printer Daniel Lindsay, CATI Tech Notes, Aug 22, 2014

Tips for Successful Builds with the MakerBot Replicator 2X - avoid printing with 100% filling to parts, turn on heated tray feature, level build tray before each build, polish Kapton tape to allow better sticking, Brian Allan, CAPUniversity, Aug 15, 2014

3D Printing Growth: Unstoppable Even If 'Moore's Law Doesn't Apply' - Autodesk CEO Carl Bass says 3D printing will overcome current limitations in next decade, will continue its penetration in production, while coexisting with subtractive methods, Diego Tamburini, CADdigest.com, Aug 14, 2014

5 Women You Should Know About in the World of 3D Printing - Neri Oxman from MIT Media Lab, Grace Choi, founder of Mink 3D printer, Jennifer Lewis from Harvard, Leila Ladani from NASA, Shanie Phillips, Inside 3DP, July 28, 2014

5 Men You Should Know About in the World of 3D Printing - Bre Pettis of MakerBot, Peter Weijmarshausen of Shapeways, Chuck Hull of 3D Systems, Hod Lipson of Robotics Engineer, Keith Murphy of Organovo, Shanie Phillips, Inside 3DP, July 28, 2014 (

Users Rate Highest Quality 3D Printers - Form 1 3D printer by Formlabs, Projet 660, Zcorp by 3DSystems, MakerBot Replicator are among best available 3D printers, Jill Scharr, Tom's Guide, June 23, 2014

Molding the Makers - enthusiasm of Autodesk CEO Carl Bass about maker movement is proving beneficial for DIY people, Daniel O'Connor, TCT Magazine, July 23, 2014

New 3D File Search Engine Changes the Shape of 3D Printing - 3D-based search engine, 3DShap.es, searches 3D printable file depending on 3D shape, Shanie Phillips, Inside 3DP, July 28, 2014

Amazon: Bringing 3D Printing to the Masses - Amazon's marketplace is providing 3D designers with platform to sell goods to potentially much larger consumer market, Shanie Phillips, Inside 3DP, July 28, 2014

Fuse Filament Welding Clamp for 3D Printers - device has heating element in the center of clamp that welds 2 plastic filament together, 3ders.org, July 25, 2014

A Glance at 3D Systems' Patented Metal Print Technology - 3D Systems' printers use roller compress device that rolls tightly over each layer of metal powder, compressing it firmly, spreading it more thinly, preventing dust from settling, creating much more accurate print, Shanie Phillips, Inside 3DP, July 25, 2014

Will Home Depot, Amazon, or Dell, Launch the 3D Printer Revolution? - revolution begins when metal 3D machines become cheaper, smaller, a lot faster; materials scientists need to discover lower cost formulations of metal powders, ceramics, composites to take advantage of 3D printers, Mark Mills, Forbes, July 16, 2014

3D Printing: Additive Process Lays It on Thick - availability of cheaper printers, new materials has made 3D printing popular among industrial manufacturers, consumers, Paul Solman, Financial Times, June 24, 2014

3D Printing 201 - End-Use Parts - can be used for short run production, high customization, complex geometry, GoEngineer, YouTube, July 21, 2014

Changing 3D Printing, Again - Topolabs is developing 3D printing tools that are usable with several different forms of 3D printers including DMLS, SLA, DLP, SLS, Chris Fox, Product Design & Development, July 22, 2014

CEO Exclusive: How Proto Labs Inc. Differentiates Itself From the Competition - Q&A with CEO Vicki Holt about recently acquired Fineline Prototyping, its uniqueness, future plans, Steve Heller, The Motley Fool, June 25, 2014

2020 3D Printing Industry Predicted at $8.6 Billion - surge in growth is due to rising demand for faster, more efficient ways to manufacture complex design objects using wide array of materials, Jim Woodcock, TCT Magazine, July 21, 2014

3D Printing Grows, But Is It an Industrial Revolution? - industry experts say 3D printing is disruptive technology but not going to displace traditional manufacturing,  BRIC countries may become 'significant markets' for 3D printing innovation, Aida Akl, TECHtonics, July 17, 2014

5 Companies Using 3D Printing to Their Advantage - General Electric, Boeing, Ford, Nike, American Pearl are using technology in groundbreaking ways, Shanie Phillips, Inside 3DP, July 21, 2014

3D Printing Goes Big-Time for Small Production Runs - increasingly sophisticated 3D printers, materials are changing industries by letting OEMs make end-use plastic parts on demand, before traditional tooling gets set up Elisabeth Eitel, Machine Design, July 15, 2014

In-House Prototyping: 3D Printer or CNC Machine? - for many parts use CNC machine, save 3D printing for parts that cannot be done economically or quickly on CNC machine, Barb Schmitz, 3D CAD World, July 16, 2014

Is 3D Printing Really a Miracle? - hybrid 3D printers that employ both additive manufacturing, subtractive methods have greatest potential, Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe, July 9, 2014

Printrbot Simple Maker Review: 3D Printing on the Cheap - great deal for beginners, offers respectable quality for basic print jobs, good documentation and support, but has small build area, construction is not robust, requires some tweaking for best results, available for $349, Richard Baguley, Tom's Guide, July 8, 2014

The Weirdest and Wildest 3D Printers - Mobile Fab trash-recycling 3D printer, 'Made in Space' 3D printer, 3Doodler printing pen, whole-building 3D printer, Jill Scharr, Tom's Guide, June 20, 2014

Billions to Soon Be Invested in 3D Printing Research and Development - companies like Google, GE, Autodesk are interested in 3D printing to cater to their specific needs, also aiming at consumers, small businesses, Brittney Sevenson, 3DPrint.com, June 29, 2014

A Review of the Form1 3D Printer by Renishaw's AM Lab Manager - very simple to set up, use, gives impressive build results, very cheap as compared to other industry printers, Jeremy Pullin, 3D Printing Industry, July 8, 2014

3D Printing 101 - FDM & PolyJet Basics - FDM prints using real thermoplastics, parts are functional, durable, industry-ready, PolyJet uses high performance resins, GoEngineer, YouTube, June 30, 2014

Is WhiteClouds the Magic Button for 3D Print Models? - 3D print service, WhiteClouds employs additional 3D modeling to insert details like roof tiles to appear in 3D print, Roopinder Tara, The CAD Insider, June 29, 2014

Autodesk Sparks Interest in 3D Printing - Autodesk is bringing easy-to-use, streamlined, open-source 3D printing software to market; Spark is compatible with wide range of printing filaments, Cabe Atwell, Design News, June 24, 2014

The Difference Between Machined and 3D Printed Metal Injection Molds - metal tool cores made with additive methods can get pricey, but savings in cycle time may outweigh conventional tooling, Lindsey Frick, Machine Design, June 23, 2014

Will 2014 Go Down as the Year of the Stereolithography Machine? - FormLabs is addressing serviceability issue for its Form 1+ printer, market is offering many choices for professional user, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, June 18, 2014

Making Multibody STLs for 3D Printing - working with single part having letters placed inside block, using save bodies command, saving out STL files, processing for 3D printing, Tom DiLaura, CADimensions Blog, June 12, 2014

3D Systems Reveals Strategies for the Second Half of 2014 - more acquisitions, expansion, plans to open world's first digital bakery in LA, to introduce fab-grade, larger, faster direct metals printer at Euromold 2014, 3ders.org, June 17, 2014

Where New-Wave Manufacturing is Headed - Q&A with Autodesk CEO Carl Bass about value of industrial 3D printing, startups in manufacturing, crowdfunding, Don Clark, The Wall Street Journal, June 1, 2014

Researchers Develop High-Quality 3D Metal Parts Using Additive Manufacturing - parameters for higher power selective laser melting machines can be selected by using simple, computational simulations to explore process parameter space, Phys.org, June 16, 2014

RAPID 2014 Comes of Age in Detroit - presentations were focused on role that advanced manufacturing have to play in boosting profile of manufacturing in America, Jamie Gooch, Desktop Engineering, June 13, 2014

3D Printed Metal Parts in Mass Production - ability to get metal parts without involving machinist, CNC machines sounds exciting but factors like density, strength, voids, cost need to be considered, Roopinder Tara, The CAD Insider, June 15, 2014

Customizing 3D Printed Parts: Name Plates - modifying parametric models without using CAD program, Dave Tupper, CAPUniversity, June 13, 2014

RAPID 2014: New Developments in 3D Printing and Scanning - 21st RAPID conference hints new emerging class of hybrid 3D printers like DMG Mori, Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies, MC Machinery systems, Optomec that employs both additive manufacturing, subtractive methods, Jeff Rowe, MCADCafe, June 11, 2014

Printeer, First 3D Printer Targeted at Kids, Launches on Kickstarter - 3D printer comes with iPad app that allows simple touch controls to design shapes for printing, works with PLA plastic filament, with removable print bed, auto bed leveling, wireless access, base price starts at $549, 3ders.org, June 11, 2014

FormLabs Update 3D Printer + Euro Servicing - Form1+ printer has upgraded laser optics, galvanometer, improved speed, redesigned resin tray, more reliable peel mechanism, DEVELOP 3D, June 10, 2014

Clean Up Your Act: 3D Printing Post Processing Equipment - Quill Vogue wash station helps clean parts faster, process ensures that every support materials gets removed from prints, Ruwac NA35 immersion separator vacuum collects explosives, guaranteeing explosion-proof work environment, Stephen Holmes, DEVELOP 3D, June 9, 2014

Exploring a New World of 3D Printed Product Realism with Flexible Color Digital Materials - Stratasys introduces extended range of flexible, rigid material options for Objet500 Connex3 color printer, comes with 6 flexible material palettes, 200 vibrant color shades, allows 3D printing rubber-like materials, Galit Beck, Stratasys Blog, June 9, 2014

3DP Unlimited's Large Format X1000 3D Printer Lets You Print Bigger - printer has build volume of 1m x 1m x 0.5m, can print objects with layer resolution down to 70 microns, available in 2 versions, price starts from $16K, 3ders.org, June 8, 2014

Plastics for 3D Printing Get Better and Cheaper and Greener Every Day - super-cheap filament from Monoprice Inc. is available in many colors, igus inc. offers tribo-filament suitable for motion-control applications, Purdue University students have developed Filasoy to replace petroleum-based plastic with low-energy, low-temperature filament, Elisabeth Eitel, Machine Design, June 5, 2014

New Applications of 3D Printing will Emerge, $7B Market by 2025 - IDTechEx report says that many emerging applications will be commercialized, there will be huge potential of 3D printed electrical components, 3ders.org, June 3, 2014

Myth Busting 5 Common Misconceptions About 3D Printers - buying 3D printer is expensive, requires extensive employee training, resolution attributes translate directly to accuracy, can only print a few different types of materials, Liz Brach, SolidNotes, June 3, 2014

Take Wing - Advanced Manufacturing Research Center at Sheffield University used 3D printing to create, test prototype unmanned aerial vehicle airframe made of ABS plastic, DEVELOP 3D, May 29, 2014

Autodesk's Growing Fascination with 3D Printing - Autodesk's 'Pier 9' workshop in San Francisco offers high-end and factory grade equipments for 3D printing, makes commitment with 3D Hubs to integrate API in its design products, Tom Sawyer, ENR.com, May 28, 2014

3D Printing in the Classroom - CREATE education project in UK aims to offer every school student opportunity to learn 3D printing technology, Tanya Weaver, DEVELOP 3D, May 28, 2014

Prototyping with a 3D Printing Pen - design visualization specialist Matt Quest uses 3D Airpen to create fully-functional prototype of quadcopter, Simon Martin, SolidSmack, May 21, 2014

A 3D Printing Startup's Plan to Bring Manufacturing Back to Cities - Shapeways factories print work sent by designers, lowering product cost, impact on environment for transportation, Issie Lapowsky, Wired, May 7, 2014

DIY Guy - Q&A with industrial designer Zach Burhop about his interests, designing work, involvement with Solid Edge for creating technical drawings, interest in 3D printing equipment, innovative projects, Cyrena Respini-Irwin, Cadalyst, May 8, 2014

Rapid Prototyping's New Rules of Engagement - responsiveness, effective communication, helping customers through learning curve via education, handholding creates true prototyping services experience, Beth Stackpole, Desktop Engineering, May 1, 2014

3D Printing in Multiple Materials and Vivid Colors - Objet500 Connex3 printer can simulate precise look, feel, function of finished products, Jennifer Calhoon, 3D CAD World, Apr 30, 2014

How to Smooth 3D Printed Parts - sanding, bead blasting, vapor smoothing are most popular methods for achieving smooth finish of 3D printed parts, Lindsey Frick, Machine Design, Apr 29, 2014

3D Printer Review: Afinia H-Series Makes Great Parts, Despite Software - H-Series printer prints with fused deposition modeling, comes fully assembled, is compatible with PCs, but no undo button is provided, available for $1,599, Macs, Lindsey Frick, Machine Design, Apr 21, 2014

LIX: A 3D Printing Pen That Actually Fits in Your Pocket - extremely portable, comfortable to use, height of 6.45", diameter of 0.5", aluminum body. Simon Martin, SolidSmack, Apr 17, 2014

Carl Bass Gains Groupies with His Inside 3DP Keynote in New York - glimpse of history with 3D printing, benefit of 3D printing technology, issues involved, latest developments across 3D landscape, Rachel Park, 3D Printing Industry, Apr 8, 2014

3D Printing: Real Tools Please - 3D software vendors like SpaceClaim, Autodesk, Materialise are adding more tools to better support process of 3D printing, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, Mar 24, 2014

3D Printing File Management - avoid using special characters in any file names or paths, store printer specific files conveniently, tray file allows user to reprint entire tray, Dave Tupper, CAPUniversity, Mar 21, 2014

Review: Materialise Magics 18 - 3D printing software contains data fixing, manipulation tools, assists with cutting, splitting, adapting large components to fit within specific build envelope, can optimize 2D build platform, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, Feb 5, 2014

Z Corp’s Recycling Smarts - new invigoration in interest in 3D printing world with entry of low-cost machines from vendors, models include material extraction from build chamber fed into feed mechanism for next build, Al Dean, DEVELOP 3D, Feb 25, 2011

Dimension Printing uPrint 3D Printer - very small form factor machine with easy installation, core part include core parts printer itself & material bay, comparative build speed, Al Dean, Experience Manufacturing, Feb 2, 2010

Z Corporation ZPrinter 350 - low-cost printer with good-sized build chamber, more controlled operations, higher-end models features incorporated, Al Dean, AEC Magazine, Dec 2009

3D Printing at a Desktop Near You - desktop 3D printers for AEC market: ZPrinter 350, uPrint, V-Flash Desktop Modeler, Susan Smith, AECCafe, Nov 16, 2009

The Younger Sibling - affordable, compact Connex350 3D printer creates good quality models with fine thickness, high-resolution printing, can combine may types of materials, Al Dean, Experience Manufacturing, Sep 14, 2009

Affordable 3D Printer - highly affordable, cost effective, RapMan 3D printer is open to view printing, great educational tool, Mark Fletcher, MCAD Online, May 11, 2009

Desktop Manufacturing Moves in with the Furniture - office-friendly rapid manufacturing systems reviewed, Pamela Waterman, Desktop Engineering, May 3, 2009

Selecting a Rapid-Service Bureau - think of RP as the right process plus  the right material which equals the right part, do your homework and find a firm you can depend on to help slash prototyping time and costs, Art Siegert, CADdigest.com, Jan 8, 2009

Z Corp 650: Test Build - high-end rapid prototyping machine, bigger build chamber, fastest printing, stunning vivid colors, integrated clean up station, Al Dean, Develop3D, Dec 15, 2008 

NextEngine 3D Scanner - affordable and easy-to-use reverse-engineering tool for 3D scanning, needs high-speed USB 2.0 port, 2 GB RAM, earns A, highly praised by Mike Hudspeth, Cadalyst, May 1, 2008

VRMesh is Like Digital Glue - mesh modeler VRMesh 4 is family of products that works with 3D scanner information and photographs, more, Mike Hudspeth, Desktop Engineering, Apr 1, 2008

Z Corp ZScanner 800 - impressive, hand-held device with high-resolution camera and self-positioning nature, requires very little calibration, Al Dean, prototype, Mar 26, 2008

In Direct Digital Manufacturing, Better Motion Control Means Better Parts - 900 mc machine from Stratasys for fused deposition modeling can build up parts in envelope of 3x2x3 ft, more, Joseph Ogando, Design News, Feb 4, 2008

New Objet Dual-Head 3D Printer Opens Door to Custom 'Digital Materials' Rapid Manufacturing - Connex500 can mix and match two materials for one printing operation, has three printing modes, can create over-molded parts, more, Jenee White, CADdigest.com, Dec 10, 2007

Disruption on the Showroom Floor: AU 2007 Review - NextEngine's Desktop 3D Scanner and 2Bot ModelMaker were quite impressive, Nick Carter, CADdigest.com, Nov 30, 2007

Is RM Finally Ready for Prime Time? - Stratasys FDM 400mc system offers direct digital manufacturing through fused deposition modeling, Jeffrey Rowe, Cadalyst, Aug 9, 2007

Vibrant 3D Color Without the Mess - low-cost, quieter ZPrinter 450 printer builds parts in color in an almost closed-loop system Al Dean, Desktop Engineering, July 2007

Additive Manufacturing Advances Another Step - Stratasys' Arcam A2 system uses electron beam melting process for additive manufacturing, American Machinist, May 10, 2007

3D Conversion Roundup: Metrology, Simulation, Inspection Becoming More Integrated - Laser Design PM-300 Extrusion Profile Monitoring System, ZPrinter 450 color 3D printer, Flovent SmartParts, EFD.Pro, COMSOL Multiphysics 3.3a, HighRES for Rhino 4.0, CADCAMNet.com, April 2, 2007

ZPrinter 450 3D Printer - entry-level ZPrinter 450 3D Printer is an automated system that provides closed loop application and stable model, more, Al Dean, prototype, March 16, 2007

Scanning Just Got Cooler - integrated with SolidWorks Office Premium 2007, NextEngine Desktop 3D Scanner can scan 3D objects in different modes, aligns them, saves to many formats, more, David Cohn, Desktop Engineering, February 2007

Parts from Powder - EOSINT P 390 and P 700 laser sintering machines have dual chambers to create plastic components in a clean environment, more, Al Dean, Desktop Engineering, December 2006

Objet Creates US Sales Channel for 3D Printing Line - Objet uses PolyJet technology in its 3D printing systems: EDEN 250, EDEN 260, EDEN 350/350V, and EDEN 500V, Rachael Dalton-Taggart, CADdigest.com, February 8, 2007

Full-Spectrum Printer - Spectrum Z510 3D printer provides enhanced printing resolution and build volume of the model in 24-bit color, more, Al Dean, Desktop Engineering, December 2006

A Mill for Every Desktop - small sized and suitably priced, Roland's new MDX-540 SRP desktop machine has high resolution for finished surfaces, 4th axis Rotisserie option, simple software interface, and more, Mike Hudspeth, Desktop Engineering, November 2006

Breuckmann StereoSCAN 3D - based on miniaturized projection technology, StereoSCAN captures physical data with asymmetrically set up cameras and converts to digital data, Al Dean, prototype, September 14, 2006

rapidForm XO Redesign - a reverse engineering focused application, rapidformXOR can convert physical data into digital form, also integrates it to traditional 3D modeling workflow, Al Dean, prototype, November 20, 2006

NextEngine 3D Scanner - affordable and easy-to-use, Desktop 3D scanner is a laser scanning device with MultiStripe Laser Triangulation technology to scan physical forms, Al Dean, prototype, November 20, 2006

Z Corp ZScanner 700 - a non-contact reverse engineering device, handheld ZScanner 700 scans physical forms, tracks position and transfers to a laptop through a FireWire cable, more, prototype, November 20, 2006

Real-Time 3D Scanner - handheld, self-positioning 3D scanner, ZScanner 700 generates a single scan file in STL format and displays the scanned surface in real-time, Ralph Grabowski, WorldCAD Access, August 6, 2006

ZPrinter 310 Plus - update to entry-level monochrome 3D printer from Z Corp is 25% faster, Al Dean, prototype, February 14, 2006

Large-Format PolyJet Rapid Prototyper From Stratasys - Eden500V permits the construction of various models simultaneously, achieving readers' choice award for the month of May, Desktop Engineering, April 2006

3D Rapid Prototyping - high-end rapid prototyping machines Objet Eden 350/350V, Arcam EBM S12 system, InVision LD 3D printer and entry level ZPrinter 310 Plus, Mike Hudspeth, Cadalyst Manufacturing, April 1, 2006

Options in Rapid Prototyping Technology - Stratasys offers simple and more accurate rapid prototyping systems like electron-beam melting and fused deposition modeling Vantage X, Lawrence S. Gould, Automotive Design and Production, April 6, 2006

Three Printers: Same Parts, Different Results - Dimension SST outperforms the InVision SR and ZPrinter 310 with better dimensional accuracy of prototypes, Todd Grimm, Desktop Engineering, December 2005

Better Prototype Printing for Less - low-cost entry-level Z Printer 310 Plus from Z Corporation includes features of high-end printers like handling small features for complex geometries, Joe Ogando, Design News, December 15, 2005

3D Printer Shoot Out - a comparison of 3D printers: Z Corporation's ZPrinter 310, 3D Systems' InVisionSR, and Stratasys' Dimension SST, Joseph Ogando, Design News, November 21, 2005

If You Can Draw It, 3-D 'Printer' Can Make It - Z Corp's printers, selling from $25,000 to $200,00, are used to create 3D models of designs, George C. Ford, The Gazette, November 2, 2005

Getting up to Speed - four RP systems are tested -- Solidscape T6x Benchtop 3D Printer, 3D Systems InVision HR 3D Printer, 3D Systems Viper Si2 SLA, and the Envisiontec Perfactory Mini, Steven Adler & Teresa Frye, AJM Magazine, July 2005

T6x BENCHTOP 3D Printers - SolidScapes $40K and $50K 3D printers get July's readers choice award, Desktop Engineering, June 2005

Prototype Review: Roland DG's MDX RP Hardware - an overview of Roland's MDX range of rapid prototyping products, Al Dean, CADserver, November 8, 2004

Prototype Review: Breuckmann Scanner - user-friendly reverse engineering systems can fulfill a number of application requirements at a reasonable cost, Al Dean, CADserver, November 5, 2004

Rapid Manufacturing Ramps Up - rapid prototyping from Stratasys and Z Corp enables companies to take a bite out of time, Louise Elliott, Desktop Engineering, November, 2004

The ConnectPress Rapid Prototyping/3D Printing Roundup - a state-of-the-industry overview of rapid prototyping by Terry Wohlers, with a guide to rapid prototyping products and services, Inventor Connections, September 7, 2004 (requires free registration)

Fast, Affordable 3D Printers Expand RP Beyond Traditional Prototyping - discusses the ways in which 3D printing technologies are changing the design process, Karen Kiffney, Inventor Connections, September 7, 2004 (requires free registration)

3D Printers Lead Growth of Rapid Prototyping - a look at 3D printers from 3D Systems, Stratasys and Z Corporation, Lilli Manolis Sherman, Plastics Technology, August 2004

New Printer Produces 3D Objects on Demand - American Z Corporation has several models of 3D printers that produce physical prototypes from CAD and other digital data, Gizmo, February 6, 2004

Cadalyst Salutes 15 Hot New Products - editors' semi-annual awards for the best CAD-related software and hardware, Cadalyst, December 2003

Heading for a Showdown - competition among the major rapid prototyping companies - including Objet Geometries, Stratasys and 3D Systems - is heating up, e4engineering, June 13, 2003

The Perfactory - this inexpensive and elegant rapid prototyping system uses an off-the-shelf digital projector to solidify entire layers of resin with visible light, delivering impressive resolution and building speed and requiring virtually no calibration or maintenance, CADCAMNet, May 22, 2003

Prototyping in an Office Environment - ARRK Silhouette’s Objet Quadra is a user-friendly network inkjet system that produces high-quality, high-resolution 3D models and prototypes directly from STL files, dial infolink, January 24, 2003

Cadalyst Labs All Stars 2002 - 12 winners: Inventor, Solid Edge, SolidWorks, Rhino, CAD Integrator, Contex, Dell flat panel monitor, Syncmaster flat panel monitor, Mathcad, NVIDIA, Dimension 3D printer and Xi, Cadalyst, June 2002

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