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How 3D Printing Helps you Become Sustainable
How 3D Printing Helps you Become Sustainable
30 June 2022

3D printing is an ever-evolving technology. Previously, prototypes were crafted from a block of material that left behind unnecessary waste, but these days, 3D printing involves intelligent production that uses less material and is, therefore, more sustainable than ever. A study released on April 25th 2022 discusses the development of a novel tool used to […]

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The Best Applications of 3D Printing In The Aerospace Industry
The Best Applications of 3D Printing In The Aerospace Industry
23 June 2022

The best example of the application of Additive Manufacturing (AM) or 3D Printing is found in the Aerospace industry, which produces potentially lighter and stronger parts than traditional manufacturing parts. The aerospace industry was a forerunner in 3D printing and contributed significantly to its development. Some aviation companies began using this technology in 1989, and […]

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Metal 3D Printing - The Markforged Way
Metal 3D Printing - The Markforged Way
26 May 2022

Read on to learn more about metal 3D printing with Markforged technology... There are several metal 3D printing technologies suited to different applications, and all of them work differently: SLM (Selective Laser Melting) is the most mature technology, using high-powered lasers to selectively fuse metal powder spread on a bed into solid parts. LMD (Laser […]

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What is the Difference Between SLA and LFS?
What is the Difference Between SLA and LFS?
18 May 2022

You’ve probably already heard of SLA (stereolithography), a 3D printing process in which layers of liquid-resin are selectively cured solid with a laser. SLA is a mature technology that offers several advantages over FFF, including speed, flexibility, and precision. However, the biggest advantage is there is no mechanical print head to restrict potential geometries. Formlabs […]

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A quick guide to printing Essentium’s ESD-safe materials
A quick guide to printing Essentium’s ESD-safe materials
22 March 2022

ESD (electrostatic discharge) is the transfer of electrical charges between two contact points. ESD-safe materials like those from Essentium reduce or stop static electricity discharge, protecting electrostatic-sensitive devices.     Essentium is a leading producer of ESD-safe materials for FFF/FDM 3D printers, including Essentium’s HSE 280i HT, HSE 180 and HSE 240 HT series, and […]

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SLS Refresh Rate: What is it, and how does it work?
SLS Refresh Rate: What is it, and how does it work?
18 March 2022

What is SLS refresh rate?   The SLS refresh rate is the percentage of the new cartridge that is 'refreshed' with new, unused powder, with the remainder made up of recycled powder. For example, 30% recycled powder means a 70% refresh rate.       The Formlabs Fuse 1 makes highly complex and intricate parts […]

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An Introduction to FDM/FFF 3D Printer Support Material
An Introduction to FDM/FFF 3D Printer Support Material
15 March 2022

When printing thermoplastics with dual extrusion, one extruder is typically dedicated to printing a support material and the other a core material. We have covered core materials before (FFF plastics, SLA resins, FFF metals), but what of the support materials used in FFF plastic printing? This article introduces 3D printer support materials, shedding light on what they […]

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An Introduction to SLA Resins
An Introduction to SLA Resins
17 December 2021

SLA 3D printers use a UV laser to cure liquid resin into hardened plastic on the print bed, turning the liquid resin into a solid, three-dimensional model.   The resin is made from photosensitive monomers and oligomers, combined in short chains, which turn into long chains with post-curing. There’s an enormous variety of SLA resins available […]

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An Introduction to FFF/FDM Metals 
An Introduction to FFF/FDM Metals 
17 December 2021

In addition to plastics, some FFF/FDM 3D printers are capable of printing metal filaments providing the extruder is rated for metals, and the nozzle can be upgraded to hardened steel to cope with the abrasive filament. Metal FFF is based around metal injection moulding (MIM), which uses a three-step process to fabricate metal parts using […]

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An Introduction to FFF/FDM Plastics
An Introduction to FFF/FDM Plastics
13 December 2021

Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) is the simplest and most common additive manufacturing technology. Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) is the same thing, except it is a trademarked term owned by Stratasys. An FFF 3D printer extrudes melted thermoplastic in layers to form a three-dimensional model. Various thermoplastics are available, from standard plastics like ABS to specialist […]

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What Are Nozzles On 3D Printers?
What Are Nozzles On 3D Printers?
13 December 2021

Nozzles screw into the hot end of a 3D printer extruder, acting as the exit point for the melted thermoplastic filament. 3D printer nozzles are made from solid metal, featuring a tiny nozzle opening. The nozzle opening size (bore size) defines the thickness of the melted filament on exit, with typical nozzle sizes ranging from […]

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What Is An Extruder On a 3D printer?
What Is An Extruder On a 3D printer?
3 December 2021

An extruder is the part of a 3D printer responsible for moving the filament through the printer and melting it for the nozzle. Extruders are sometimes called printheads, but this name also encompasses the nozzle system, which is a simple, user-replaceable part. Extruders tend to be contained units, although some printers have upgradeable ones. The […]

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Ensuring that you choose the right additive manufacturing solution for your application is our priority and we know that one size rarely fits all. Having a physical sample of a 3D printed part in your hand to show quality, material properties, durability and abilities can ultimately help the decision-making process.

We partner with a wide range of manufacturers with over 30 different printers between them, capable of printing in a variety materials from PLA to metal. As we have no ties to a single manufacturer, we are proud to able to provide expert impartial advice to you and samples from our printers direct to you to assess the print quality and material properties