Tag: Applications

Creating Custom Marketing Materials with 3D Printing

Why Are Custom Marketing Materials Important? Promotional marketing materials for your business are critical in any sales & marketing strategy. Effective marketing collateral helps drive awareness of your company and your brand at promotional events in a meaningful and memorable way. Marketing materials should entice potential customers to engage with you, while also quickly and […]

The Case for 3D Printed Jigs & Fixtures

Jigs and fixtures are critical tooling items in countless production systems. They allow for higher output levels and more repeatable first-time quality, all while lessening the amount of labor hours required to complete a task. The main drawback to jigs and fixtures is the cost for the initial fabrication and the lead time to receive […]

Improving Spare Parts Management with 3D Printing

Challenges of Spare Parts Management Aftermarket spares management presents many supply chain management challenges, including forecasting, delivery speed, and managing holding costs. Customers expect a certain level of post-purchase service when issues arise and there are large industries devoting to servicing these aftermarket needs for industries like aerospace, automotive and home appliances. Forecasting Unlike production […]

Developing Your Brand with 3D Printing

Effective Branding Is Crucial For Growing Your Business According to a recent Nielson survey, 59% of consumers prefer to buy new products from familiar brands. Brands are what give credibility and an assurance of quality to the products and services that companies are offering. They communicate a set of experiences and expectations that the marketplace […]

How Strong Are 3D Printed Parts?

How Strong Are 3D Printed Parts? 3D Printing as a manufacturing method is still relatively new. Most applications since the birth of 3D printing in the 1980s have been centered around prototyping. However, with recent improvements in materials, machines, processes, and standards, 3D printed parts are being used ever more frequently in functional and end-use […]

The Ultimate Guide to Prototyping

One of the most critical aspects of the new product development process is testing assumptions and proving that the design meets the requirements in a real-world setting.  Prototyping allows stakeholders and users the opportunity to try out new products and provide feedback for the integrated product team to incorporate into future product designs.  It is […]

What is 3D Printing? The Ultimate Guide

What is 3D Printing? 3D Printing, otherwise known as additive manufacturing, is a group of technologies that utilize the concept of “adding” consecutive layers of material until a fully formed, 3D product is created.  There are a number of methods, materials, and applications surrounding 3D printing and we have created the ultimate guide to help […]

The Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing Materials

Material selection, undoubtedly, is a critical decision when producing with additive manufacturing.  There are general use thermoplastics, engineering-grade thermoplastics, composites,and ultra-performance materials with an ever-more expansive selection of new 3D printing materials being released every day.  As new materials continually enter the market, new applications and use-cases are also being discovered and utilized in tandem.  […]

ZABFAB’s 3D Printing Material Properties Guide

Most high-quality 3D printer filament manufacturers provide a technical data sheet for each of their filaments that contain some of the critical technical information about the material, including its mechanical properties, thermal properties, and electrical properties, to name a few.  The technical data sheet gives designers the information they need when designing products; these include, […]

How 3D Printing Can Accelerate The Investment Casting Process

What happens when you combine a technology that has been tried and tested for centuries with one that has just emerged in the last few decades? The answer seems to point more and more to increased cost savings, faster lead times and new design possibilities. Investment casting has been in use for centuries and 3D […]