Tag: High-Performance Materials

Polycarbonate 3D Printing

What is Polycarbonate? Polycarbonate (PC) is a high-performance thermoplastic material with high impact strength and heat resistance. PC is very resistant to breaking or cracking when bent or put under stress, which is why it is one of the most common industrial thermoplastics on the market. Its ability to undergo high plastic deformation without cracking […]

5 Reason You Should Be Using Carbon Fiber 3D Printed Parts

Carbon Fiber is a premium composite 3D printing material that has impressive mechanical and thermal properties.  These physical properties combined with the increased design freedom that 3D printing offers makes carbon fiber an excellent choice for many functional and end-use applications.  We have broken down the 5 most important reasons that you should be using […]

Carbon Fiber: The Strongest 3D Printing Material

Manufacturing with High Strength 3D Printing Materials Many functional applications require components with high strength, stiffness and heat resistance. Although 3D printing materials differ greatly in their mechanical and thermal properties, carbon fiber reinforced filament provides superior strength, toughness and heat resistance to standard thermoplastic materials such as ABS. The combination of high performing thermoplastics […]

The Advantages of 3D Printing

3D Printing continues to make waves in the manufacturing sector due to its unique capabilities.  Other conventional fabrication methods such as machining, injection molding, casting, and forming each have many constraints that manufacturers have been working around for decades; however, many of these limitations are simply not applicable to 3D printing.  The layer by layer […]

Design for Additive Manufacturing

Design for Manufacturing Overview Design for manufacturing (DFM) requires coordination between design engineering and manufacturing engineering to ensure product designs can be efficiently manufactured. The designs need to have achievable parameters and features that aren’t too intricate or detailed to make. This creates several constraints when designing products as designers cannot simply create whichever shape […]

The Ultimate Guide to Manufacturing

Manufacturing can broadly be defined as any process that takes raw material or component inputs, and through processing those inputs, produces a finished product that can be sold to a customer.  It is a broad field that covers many domains; everything that we can see that is not a naturally generated element has been manufactured.  […]

The Ultimate Guide to Product Design

What is Product Design? Product Design is a process by which new products are formulated, designed, tested, manufactured and introduced into the marketplace. It combines art, technology and science to create something that solves consumers’ problems in a meaningful way. Some products require a certain aesthetic, whereas others simply need to perform their required function […]

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 […]

3D Printing and Composite Materials

Many industries including the aerospace, defense, automotive, construction, maritime and consumer products industries are increasingly turning to composite materials to make their products due to their enhanced performance.  Composites can be defined as the combination of two or more constituent materials that have significantly different physical properties from one another.  The advantages being that the […]

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.  […]