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Shell 3D Prints Impellers for Its Dutch Refinery

The oil and gas industry hasn’t adopted additive manufacturing (AM) techniques to the same extent as some other large-scale industries, like the aerospace and automotive sectors. Nonetheless, oil and gas…

AI Software Brings Smart Quality Control to 3D Printing

A startup out of Purdue University, dubbed Araqev, is using machine learning (ML) to improve quality assurance (QA) for 3D printing. Started by Arman Sabbaghi, an associate professor in Purdue’s…

Stealth CT Startup Lumafield Could Aid 3D Printing Quality Assurance

Startup Lumafield emerged from stealth mode and announced that is has over $32 million in funding from Kleiner Perkins, DCVC, Tony Fadell, Jason Calacanis´ Launch and Lux for its computed…

Lockheed Martin Space Takes on Metal 3D Printing from Velo3D

One of the most financially impressive companies in the additive manufacturing (AM) sector last year was Velo3D (NYSE: VLD), which went public in October, 2021, after an SPAC merger with…

Boeing Subsidiary to Launch 3D Printed Satellite Structure

At the recent Satellite 2022 conference, held in Washington, D.C., Boeing subsidiary Millennium Space Systems announced that the company is planning to launch a 3D printed metal structure into orbit….

3D Printing Quality Control and MES Combine in Sigma Labs-AMFG Partnership

As additive manufacturing (AM) enters the industrial era, we’re seeing the emergence of new auxiliary tools and maturation of existing ones to aid in the technology’s maturation. The latest news…

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SmartParts: Traceability in 3D Printing at the Particle Level

The 3D printing industry is currently maturing, with many developments underway that will better enable its use in end part manufacturing at scale. Among these developments are improved post-processing, greater…

Stratasys GrabCAD to Feature 3D Printing Apps from Riven and 3D Systems’ Oqton

Up until recently, the two closest competitors in the 3D printing world have been Stratasys (NASDAQ: SSYS) and 3D Systems (NYSE: DDD), as the two largest publicly traded stalwarts the…

AMS Speaker Spotlight: Contextual Data: Solving AM Challenges

Authentise Founder and CEO Andre Wegner will be participating in Additive Manufacturing Strategies 2022, Panel 2: Workflow and software for AM. Additive Manufacturing has made many great strides over the…

Metal 3D Printing Quality Control Systems Developed by Materialise and Sigma Labs

Quality control has long been the Achilles heel of metal 3D printing. This is particularly true for metal powder bed fusion (PBF), where countless variables interact to make the process…

2022 Predictions: 3D Printing Post-Processing

As we begin 2022, one of the most obvious trends we can see developing is in finishing components. As I’ve said before, we make the shape in the machine, but…

3DPOD Episode 90: 3D Printing Software and Supply Chain Management with Authentise CEO Andre Wegner

Authentise is the developer of a manufacturing execution system (MES) software package that helps businesses manage their 3D printing fleets. With Authentise, you can track your prints and batches, as…

Thought3D’s Inline Filament Dryer Could Save Your 3D Printing Filament

Many filaments are hygroscopic, absorbing moisture from the air. In a few days, your PLA filament will absorb enough air to become brittle. Nylon (polyamide) filaments will fill with air…

Sigma Labs’ 3D Printing QA Software Now Available for Polymers

Sigma Labs, Inc. makes PrintRite3D, an in-process quality assurance (QA) monitoring suite of software used with metal powder bed fusion (PBF). The solution allows users to track and find errors,…

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FDA Aims to Regulate Medical Devices 3D Printed at Point of Care

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) has published a discussion paper on the topic of 3D printing medical devices at the point…

Simulation Brought to DED Metal 3D Printing via Sciaky and Hexagon

Software is proving to be crucial to the advancement of 3D printing, specifically when it comes to metal additive manufacturing. This is proving true in powder bed fusion (PBF) and…

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The Important Relationship Between Quality Management Systems and Additive Manufacturing

According to the American Society of Quality, a Quality Management System (QMS) is defined as “a formalized system that documents processes, procedures, and responsibilities for achieving quality and regulatory policies…

BASF’s Forward AM Certifies 3D Printing for Food Contact

Over the years, there have been a number of firms pitching food-safe 3D printing materials to the market. However, what may not always be immediately clear is that the materials…

Process Monitoring – the Future of Quality Assurance for Additive Manufacturing?

In-Process monitoring is the stepping-stone for AM parts not only to validate the process but also to minimize the need of post-process quality control. Currently, in highly regulated industries such…

Quality Control on the Desktop: Mantis 3D Printer Has Built-in Spaghetti Detective

The industrial additive manufacturing (AM) boom has taken off, but desktop 3D printing was, in some ways, left in the dust when consumer AM was dumped or neglected by many…

3DPOD Episode 67: Remote Print Monitoring with The Spaghetti Detective’s Kenneth Jiang

Kenneth Jiang’s The Spaghetti Detective uses machine learning and vision to analyze your FDM prints. Relying on Octoprint, the tool looks at your 3D printer to determine whether or not…

Sciaky Gets NASA SBIR Award for Machine Learning for Process Control

Sciaky has just gotten a NASA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Award in order to use machine learning to improve fault detection in Ti-6Al-4V parts made with the company’s Electron…

How an MES Can Help Power AM Qualification

“Knowledge is power,” the infamous quote attributed to Sir Francis Bacon comes to mind when reflecting on Industry 4.0 and the promise of more knowledge and insights.  However, while Additive…

Riven Announces Quick Re-Scaling Tool for Addressing Distortions in 3D Printed Parts

After developing a unique quality control package, Riven has expanded its capabilities for producing quality parts with 3D printing. The company’s new re-scaling tool automatically re-scales models for 3D printed…