An Introduction to Stereolithography (SLA)

3D printing has evolved over the years. In addition to fused filament fabrication (FFF), there are now other technologies used to build three-dimensional objects from raw materials. Stereolithography is one such alternative 3D printing technology. Like FFF, it involves the … Read More

5 Common Additive Manufacturing Processes

Additive manufacturing has become increasingly common in the manufacturing industry. Also known as 3D printing, it involves the addition of material to a substrate to build a three-dimensional object. With additive material, manufacturing companies can build custom-sized and custom-shaped objects … Read More

What Does ‘Resolution’ Mean in 3D Printing?

When most people hear the term “resolution,” they envision the pixel-based measurements used in modern display devices. TVs, computer monitors, handsets and tablets all have a resolution. It’s a universal measurement of how many total pixels a display device possesses. … Read More

Why 3D Printers Use Thermoplastic Materials

Thermoplastic is the most common material from which 3D printers build objects. Nearly all fused filament fabrication (FFF) 3D printers use a spool of thermoplastic filament. During operation, the FFF 3D printer will feed the filament into its nozzle head. … Read More

What Is a Desktop 3D Printer?

3D printing is revolutionizing the manufacturing industry. Research shows that prototyping, proof concept creation and production are the three most common uses, respectively, for 3D printers. Manufacturing companies use 3D printers to perform these essential processes. The size of a … Read More

What Is VAT Polymerization in 3D Printing?

3D printing processes have evolved over the years. While some of them simply allow the deposited material to air-dry, others use faster and more advanced curing methods. VAT polymerization is one such 3D printing technology that uses an alternative curing … Read More

What Is the 3D Manufacturing Format?

3D printers rely on files to build objects using raw material. There are many different types of 3D printers, including fused filament fabrication (FFF), selective laser melting, selective laser sintering and electron beam melting. Regardless of the type, though, they … Read More