How To Ensure Your 3D File is Printable Before Printing

Nothing is more frustrating than having a 3D print fail for no clear reason. You have wasted your time and potentially a lot of material. A number of factors may contribute to failed prints, but one common cause that is often overlooked has to do with the integrity of the STL file sent to the [&hell...

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Posted on Feb 20, 2015

Ready or Not, Desktop 3D Printing is Now in the Factory

Earlier this year, I wrote an article stating that desktop 3D printing was not yet ready for serious commercial use in manufacturing companies. At the time my position was based on the observation that desktop printers lacked the precision, robustness, support of a range of engineering grade materia...

Categories: Editorial
Posted on Oct 14, 2014

The Road Ahead for 3D Printers

As 3D printers become faster, easier to use, handle multiple materials, and print active components or systems, they will find use beyond rapid prototyping. ×Proofread ​ The technology for 3-D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, has existed in some form since the 1980s. However, the t...

Categories: Editorial
Posted on Oct 13, 2014

Is 2014 the Year 3D Printing Impacts Your Business

Recent advancements in low cost, entry level 3D plastic filament printers now enable a broad number of industries to leverage this technology to improve their competitiveness. News about 3D printers seems to be everywhere. This week at the Consumer Electronics Expo in Las Vegas, more than two dozen...

Categories: Editorial
Posted on Jan 7, 2014

Makerbot Announces new 3D Printers at CES

Of course you would expect new product announcements at CES. That’s what a show is for! Check out the Cnet coverage of MakerBots announcement. Robert Zollo A “serial entrepreneur”, Bob has founded two companies that have contributed to the advancement of desktop FDM 3D printing, one in the...

Categories: Editorial
Posted on Jan 7, 2014

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