Anything can be designed in the digital space, but not everything can be 3D printed. When you design a part for 3D printing - whether it's for prototyping or for manufacturing end-use products - certain limitations apply. These limitations have to do with the basic mechanics of each additive manufacturing process (and the laws of physics).
Whether you are looking to create a single prototype or you are ready for large-scale production, cutting manufacturing costs is often the main priority when it comes to CNC machining. Luckily, your decisions as the designer can greatly affect the final pricing. By following the Design for Machinability tips of this article, you can manufacture parts that are optimized to minimize costs and still comply with your design requirements.
3D printing materials and manufacturing processes go together hand-with-hand: often choosing a material, also dictates what 3D printing processes are available to use. But with such a vast selection of 3D printing material options, how can a designer make an informed decision?
One of the most challenging tasks facing designers and engineers new to 3D printing is having to navigate through the vast number of 3D printing processes and materials to find the solution that is best for their application.
Selecting the right manufacturing technology for a particular application can be hard, even to the most experienced designers. With rapid developments in digital manufacturing technologies, like 3D printing, the potential benefits for designers can easily be overlooked without sufficient knowledge of the subject. The purpose of this article is to
There's a shortage of students in STEM subjects. Whether its developing rockets to Mars, the new future of public transport or a bridge, society needs engineers to make it happen. 3D Hubs Student Grant finalist JetX are a team of aerospace engineering students working with Rolls Royce to create
3D Hubs recently worked with a team of students (Project Aslan) from the University of Antwerp, Belgium. Through 3D printing, Project Aslan is able to create a 3D printed robot capable of translating text (soon speech) into sign language that otherwise would not be as affordable or accessible with other
3D Hubs recently received an application for their Student Grant from Paul Kohlhaussen a student at Richmond, thanks to 3D printing, Paul was able to combine expensive and discontinued cameras into one new device: The PK-6142016, also known as the Cycloptic Mustard Monster.
3D Hubs recently worked with Mark Thielen a PhD Candidate from the Technical University of Eindhoven Netherlands, through 3D printing, Mark is able to create functional organs and internal structures based on MRI scans that otherwise would not possible with conventional production technologies. Traditionally these manikins were little more than
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