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Prototype Development in a Few Days

Prototype Development in a Few Days

Prototyping is a critical process on the road to production. Performing fit checks and tests, making revisions and using a physical model to sell the concept are all important stages on this path.

Comparing 3D Printing Processes

Comparing 3D Printing Processes

There are a number of 3D printing processes out there, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. Some are ideal for functional prototypes, whereas others are best suited for end-use parts or scale models.

Mini-Guide: FDM 3D Printing

Mini-Guide: FDM 3D Printing

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) is a 3D printing technology that builds a part layer by layer by depositing heated thermoplastic along an extrusion path.

Using 3D Printing for Flow Mapping

Using 3D Printing for Flow Mapping

Graduate students at the University of Maryland have used 3D Printing to solve an important problem in fluid dynamics for the Air Force.

PolyJet vs CNC vs Something Else?

PolyJet vs CNC vs Something Else?

Frankly, there are a lot of reasons on why to make a one-off or short run part: prototypes, fixtures, first articles, feature testing, and display models to name a few. The real question that we see on a day-to-day basis is how should the part be made?

The Advantages of Additive Manufacturing

The Advantages of Additive Manufacturing

Because computer models and designs can be effortlessly transported electronically or even shared for download on the Internet, additive manufacturing allows businesses to quickly and cost effectively develop functional prototypes for product testing or even run a limited production line without having to worry about line limits and minimums while also allowing quick modifications when necessary.