Manufacturing

3D printing vs machining

3D Printing vs CNC Machining

3D printing and CNC machining are often pitched against each other but are complementary tools suited to different applications.    We are often asked whether 3D printing will replace CNC machining. Our answer is always the same – “no” in general, but “yes” in applications where machining is expensive, time-consuming, and mechanically limited. Both can …

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Markforged FX20 Features and Specifications Revealed

In July, we covered the introduction of the Markforged FX20, an all-new 3D printer described by Markforged as the “biggest, fastest and most sophisticated 3D printer” they make. Markforged kept tight-lipped about specs, simply saying the FX20 would be “capable of printing high-temperature thermoplastics reinforced with continuous fibre at the click of a button”. This led …

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Markforged Releases Blacksmith, Powerful Learning Software to Help Companies Reinvent Manufacturing

Markforged has released it’s revolutionary tool, Blacksmith, an automated, in-process quality control software for the Markforged Industrial X7 3D printer which gives manufacturers accurate parts, right from the print bed.   Blacksmith learns through AI and  connects part design, production, and inspection it is described as an adaptive manufacturing platform that continuously evolves and expands …

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Introducing Markforged Onyx ESD for X3, X5 and X7 Machines

Markforged Onyx ESD launched this week allowing electronics manufacturers to take full advantage of the Markforged Digital Forge and the massive benefits it brings. It has come amid growing demand for 3D printing materials that produce high-quality and high-strength parts, safe for electronics manufacturing. Many industries have leveraged 3D Printing to overcome supply chain disruptions …

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Formlabs Announces Exciting New Engineering Materials

Formlabs has today announced 3 new resins for the Form 3 3D printer line-up. The resins – Rigid 10K, Rigid 4000, Draft Resin (updated formula) – offer outstanding performance and cover a wide range of potential applications. Here’s what you need to know: Rigid 10K – Ideal for short production runs – Suitable for industrial …

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How One 3D Printed Part Saved a Tool Manufacturer £26,000 Per Year

Identifying opportunities for improvement on the production line is never a one-off exercise. As manufacturers increase their output, they are forced into a continuous cycle of improvement to keep quality high. One of the bottlenecks manufacturers face is the equipment they use itself. Whether we’re talking about milling machines, lathes, drilling machines, ironworkers, blowing machines …

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3D Printing in Engineering Education with Morrison Tech and Formlabs

Morrison Tech, formally Morrison Institute of Technology, is one of the leading engineering and computer science educational institutions in Colorado. They recently dispatched of their last manual drafting table, and in doing so, created a fully digital learning environment. Part of this includes 3D printers. The institution’s president, Chris Scott, has been with them since …

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