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  • 5 Common Additive Manufacturing Processes

    5 Common Additive Manufacturing Processes0

    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 from raw material. There are different types of additive manufacturing processes, however. Below are five

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  • What Does ‘Resolution’ Mean in 3D Printing?

    What Does ‘Resolution’ Mean in 3D Printing?0

    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. A display device with a resolution of 1920 x 1080, for instance, has 1920 horizontal pixels

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  • Why 3D Printers Use Thermoplastic Materials

    Why 3D Printers Use Thermoplastic Materials0

    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. As the filament is forced into the nozzle head, it’s extruded and released onto the

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  • What Is a Desktop 3D Printer?

    What Is a Desktop 3D Printer?0

    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 3D printer, however, can vary depending on the specific type. While some 3D printers are

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  • What Is VAT Polymerization in 3D Printing?

    What Is VAT Polymerization in 3D Printing?0

    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 method. Rather than air-drying, it uses ultraviolet (UV) light to cure the material. What is

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  • What Is the 3D Manufacturing Format?

    What Is the 3D Manufacturing Format?0

    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 are all guided via a model file. These files can’t use just any format. Rather,

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