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Unique Moving Supports Reduce 3D Printing Waste by 35%

While additive manufacturing (AM) may save substantial amounts in terms of material waste compared to subtractive techniques, AM is not without its own subtractive procedures, namely in the post-processing of…

Functgraph: 3D Printer, Please Make Me a Sandwich

Talk about 4D printing! Researchers from Meiji University in Japan, Yuto Kuroki and Keita Watanabe, have developed a unique system for 3D printing and then assembling and operating a variety of…

Austria: SLA 3D Printing of High Precision Glass Ceramic Parts

Austrian researchers explore lithography-based ceramic manufacturing (LCM) in the recently published ‘Stereolithographic Additive Manufacturing of High Precision Glass Ceramic Parts.’ Focusing on glass ceramics, the authors seek ways to optimize…

3D Printing News Briefs: November 20, 2019

We’re starting out with some formnext news in today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, as the show is currently taking place in Frankfurt this week. SCANLAB is introducing a new scan…

French Researchers Develop Algorithm to Generate Interior Ribbed Support Vaults for 3D Printed Hollow Objects

In 3D printing, every layer of material must be supported by the layer below it in order to form a solid object; when it comes to FFF 3D printing, material…

University of Auckland: Eliminating Waste in AM Processes with Less Support Material

In ‘Optimization of process planning for reducing material waste in extrusion based additive manufacturing,’ researchers from the University of Auckland look into improved ways for avoiding post processing waste in…

Researchers Decrease Support Structures for Models Through Multidirectional 3D Printing

In most planar-layer based 3D printing systems, material collapse is prevented on large overhangs by adding support structures to the bottom. But support structures in single-material 3D printing methods have some…

A Closer Look at 3D Printing Support Structures

Support structures are a necessary evil of 3D printing. They can be frustrating and time-consuming, but they are required to keep many parts from collapsing or becoming distorted. In a…

TU Delft’s Multi-Axis Robotic 3D Printing System Makes it Possible to Print Without Supports

August 12-16 in Vancouver, SIGGRAPH 2018, the world’s largest computer graphics and interactive techniques conference, will kick off five days of interesting programming and exhibitions. Many research teams from around the…

Additive Works Introduces New Amphyon Module for 3D Printing Support Generation

Many people’s least favorite part of 3D printing, no matter which technology, is dealing with support structures. They’re frequently difficult to remove, and if they’re not placed correctly, they can…

Efficiency Through 3D Printing: CENIT Provides Updates on Bionic Aircraft Project

Many people are working hard to control the pollution that automobiles give out, with ideas that range from electric cars to cars with moss growing in their wheels. But airplanes are…

ITAMCO and Atlas 3D Introduce Sunata Software to Streamline the DMLS 3D Printing Process

The industrial 3D printing technology direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) is a powder bed fusion process that could potentially change the way parts are manufactured. The process can be used…

Carbon Releases Latest Version of 3D Printing Software, Featuring Updated Support and Simulation Features

Silicon Valley-based 3D manufacturing company Carbon is as well-known for its proprietary, lightning-fast CLIP 3D printing technology, enabled by breakthrough Digital Light Synthesis (DLS) technology, and M1 3D printer as…

3DSIM Launches Full Commercial Version of exaSIM ULTIMATE 3D Metal Simulation Software at TCT Show

Last year, Utah-based 3DSIM, which was founded in 2014 and creates additive manufacturing simulation technology, partnered with Additive Industries to integrate its cloud-based exaSIM simulation software into the AdditiveWorld platform….

Reach for the Stars: Students Working with NASA to Reduce the Weight of 3D Printed Objects Sent to Space

During college, I was a staff photographer and the chief copy editor for our school newspaper. I also landed two great summer internships – one in the marketing department of…

3D Printing News Briefs: May 12, 2017

In this week’s second edition of 3D Printing News Briefs, we’ve got stories on 3D printing business, a new facility, and a couple of new products. The SYNNEX Corporation announced…

SprintRay Introduces CES 2017 Innovation Awards Honoree MoonRay S DLP Desktop 3D Printer

California 3D printing startup SprintRay entered the 3D printing arena in late 2014 with its StarRay SLA 3D printer and launched a successful Kickstarter campaign less than a year later for its…

Researchers Are Able to Dissolve Support Structures in Metal 3D Printing, Offering Great Potential for Future

Dissolvable supports in 3D printing. It’s music to the ears of anyone who works with this technology in any capacity, well aware of the headaches that using supports can involve—and…

Future Engineers Warns: If You Are 3D Printing in Space, Forget the Supports

Just the fact that we are talking about 3D printing in space is sort of mindblowing. Considering that most of the world barely knew about 3D printing several years ago,…

Automatic Support Generation by netfabb Improves Industrial AM Metal Parts

German 3D printing software supplier netfabb has just announced the release of a new add-on for the netfabb Professional 6 suite they say will simplify and improve 3D printing processes on an…