In unseren Tech-Blogs geben wir Ihnen Einblicke in die Rolle von 3D-Druck bzw. Additive Manufacturing bei der Produktentwicklung (z.B. Rapid Prototyping) und erläutern 3D-Druck-Technologien wie bspw. Laminated Object Manufacturing (LOM), Selective Laser Melting (SLM), Electron Beam Melting (EBM) und Fused Layer Modeling (FLM).
Blog: Bionics, biomimetics and bioinspiration… What they mean and why they are important to sustainable product innovations with 3D printing
The terms bionics, biomimetics, bioinspiration, and similar such variations have increasingly been thrown around in conversations surrounding that of sustainable innovation. In light of this, it is necessary that this important new spectrum of study be elucidated so that we understand better its relevance in such endeavours like creating healthy environments in our increasingly urbanized lifestyles.
Arguably, the most important dichotomy that needs to be identified is that between the terms bionic/biomimetic and bioinspired. The term Biomimetic was coined by American inventor, engineer, and biophysicist Otto H. Schmitt in 1969. Although often used interchangeably with biomimetics, the term bionics was conceived earlier in around 1960 by American medical doctor... Read more
Blog: An increasing global Trend - What is Vertical Farming and how does it work?
Vertical farming has become a global trend since the early 2000s. Vertical farming, as the name implies, is the agricultural practice wherein the crops are grown in vertical constructions instead of traditional horizontal farming. The concept of vertical farming was developed considering the constant population growth on... Read more
Blog: How 3D printing can support your business with process optimization
Business clients benefit from a variety of different advantages 3D printing provides. 3D printing, or Additive Manufacturing, describes the process of producing a physical 3D object directly from its digital model. The additive manufacturing technology is continuously evolving and the advantages of Additive Manufacturing make it... Read more
Blog: High-Tech Sustainable Agriculture and resource-efficient Aeroponics
The aeroponics systems being used currently are the results of NASA’s research into high-tech sustainable agriculture for the future. As the agricultural land area is constantly decreasing due to various factors and considering the population growth, concerns related to water and energy resources are rising. Aeroponics could... Read more
Blog: Role of 3D Printing in Product Development and Prototyping
In a highly competitive consumer market, it is essential to be able to adapt to the market changes, quickly turn the ideas into product, and be capable to develop products and reach the markets faster. 3D printing in the product development process accelerates the time to market as it is ideal for concept modelling, functional testing... Read more
Blog: Smart, Urban & Green: 3D Printing in Architecture Model Making
Additive manufacturing is becoming a great asset for the construction industry. It is now possible to build impressive structures with elaborated designs at an architectural scale. Architects are increasingly using 3D printers to produce physical, and highly-detailed architectural models to show case them to their clients. Read more
Blog: What is the additive manufacturing process Stereolithography (SLA)?
Stereolithography, also known as SLA 3D printing, is an additive process and belongs to the Vat Photopolymerization family. The SLA 3D printing technology was patented in 1986 by Chuck Hull, who then founded the company 3D Systems. At the end of the 2000s, the patents began to expire and led to the introduction... Read more
Blog: The Additive Manufacturing Method Digital Light Processing (DLP)
Digital light processing (DLP) was developed by Larry Hornbeck in 1987, for projectors and cinemas. Now the technology has been developed and adapted in 3D printing. DLP belongs to the family of the vat polymerization process. In the vat polymerization family, there are two main technologies: Stereolithography... Read more
Blog: 3D-Printing - Digitalisation of Manufacturing in a Connected World
Additive manufacturing (AM), often referred to as 3D printing, refers to a manufacturing technology which produces physical models based on digital 3D models. Additive manufacturing simplifies the process of producing objects with complex geometry whereas another manufacturing process requires careful analysis of the... Read more
Blog: 3D Printing - Sheet Lamination / Laminated Object Manufacturing (LOM)
Sheet lamination is an AM process where sheets of material are bonded layer by layer to produce the part. In this process, the material sheet is placed on the build platform and is bonded to the previous layer using adhesive. The material is cut in the required shape of the model using the CO2 laser or a very blade. Here the... Read more
Blog: Was ist 3D-Druck-Technologie bzw. Additive Manufacturing (AM)?
Additive Manufacturing, bzw. 3D-Druck weist hohes Potenzial auf für die zukünftige Produktion. Gründe hierzu liegen unter anderem in dem hohen Grad an Freiheit in der Formgebung sowie in der einfachen Herstellung komplexer Strukturen. Produktdesign, Rapid Prototyping und industrielle Fertigung können durch den 3D-Druck... Mehr lesen
Blog: Selective Laser Melting (SLM) and Direct Metal Laser Sintering
Powder bed fusion (PBF) is an AM process where powder bed is fused by thermal energy to create the cross-sections of a part. Basically, in the PBF process, the build platform is covered with powder and the thermal energy is hit on to the cross-section of the layer inducing fusion between powder particles. The build platform... Read more
Blog: Electron Beam Melting (EBM) with metallic powders
Electron beam Melting (EBM) is a technique that consists of preheating and then fusing together thin layers of metallic powders using an electron beam to obtain a part directly from its 3D model. A magnetic field focuses the beam to the desired diameter and another magnetic field is used which directs... Read more
Blog: Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)
Selective laser sintering was developed in the 1980s by Dr. Carl Deckard and Dr. Joe Beaman at the University of Texas, Austin. It is one of the first 3D printing technology ever created and is still being refined and developed thanks to the recent advancements in machinery, materials, and software. This 3D printing method has been adapted for fabricating a range of... Read more
Blog: Material Extrusion: FLM
Material extrusion is one of the most prominent Additive Manufacturing processes, and the material extrusion type of 3D printers is most commonly available and at a low budget. Fused layer modeling/Fused deposition modeling is a common material extrusion process. The technology behind FDM was invented in the 1980s by Scott Crump, co-founder... Read more
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