Additive Manufacturing


  • POSTED IN 3D PRINTING, ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

    MakerBot Method 3D Printer: Review

    Dan Erickson by Dan Erickson on July 25, 2019

    MakerBot Method reviewIn the relatively short history of 3D printing, the 3D printer market has grown from exclusive and expensive to wide and varied. MakerBot, a subsidiary of Stratasys, has built its brand on making 3D printing accessible, and its newest release offers exciting opportunities for individuals who need access to industrial 3D printing without breaking the bank. Here’s what you need to know about the MakerBot Method 3D Printer.

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    • POSTED IN 3D PRINTING, ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

      Streamlining Industrial Design with an Industrial 3D Printer

      Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on July 18, 2019

      industrial 3D printerIndustrial designers are challenged with designing the most effective and efficiently manufactured products and need robust hardware that can support their goals. For the fastest and most realistic prototypes, designers and manufacturers should leverage the power of additive manufacturing through 3D printers designed specifically for their needs: industrial 3D printers.

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      • POSTED IN 3D PRINTING, ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

        Everything You Need to Know About 3D Printing Jobs

        Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on July 11, 2019

        3D printing jobs

        As industry 4.0 continues, the need for workers who can design and develop smart products and other technologies will only continue to grow. The demand for skills in 3D printing was on the rise globally as far back as 2014, and we can only expect that trend to continue. Current and future designers and engineers concerned about automation – or simply looking to stay ahead of the curve – should, therefore, consider a career in 3D printing, where they can leverage their skill set in a wide range of industries and help drive innovation forward.  Here’s what you need to know about 3D printing jobs.

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        • POSTED IN ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING, SOLIDWORKS

          Concept Creation: Design to Manufacturing Series (Part 2)

          Todd Myers & Laura Nickerson by Todd Myers & Laura Nickerson on May 8, 2019

          Design to manufactureIn our previous blog, we introduced the Fisher Unitech Design to Manufacturing Series, a project our Application Engineers are tackling to address the lack of space and abundance of items on our desks that many of us can relate to. As Plato once said, “Necessity is the mother of invention” - something needs to be done. So to eliminate cord management problems and solve the “where should I put my headset” dilemma, the AE team will conceptualize, design, simulate and fabricate a headset and cellphone charging stand using the entire suite of SOLIDWORKS, 3D scanning, and 3D printing for a complete design to manufacturing experience.

          As Industrial Designers, we live at the intersection of imagination and technology, bridging the gap between engineering and artistry. We are always thinking, approaching problems with curiosity, creativity, and the desire to help and hopefully, in the end, strike innovation. During our design to manufacturing series, we’ll take the same approach.

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          • POSTED IN ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING, CAD

            Introduction to the Fisher Unitech Design to Manufacturing Series

            David Janicki by David Janicki on April 23, 2019

            Fisher Unitech design to manufacturing seriesTake a look around your workspace. If it’s anything like mine it’s full -- literally full -- no exposed surface or unused space. To make matters worse, I charge my cellphone from my computer adding yet another cord to my already overly-crowded desk. My headset also lacks a convenient and functional permanent home. It’s usually on my keyboard, draped over my laptop screen, or stacked on my cellphone.

            Over the course of the next eight months, the team of Application Engineers here at Fisher Unitech is tackling this problem head-on hoping to offer a solution that we can all use for desktop management and organization. Here’s how we’re going to do it.

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            • POSTED IN ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

              Urethane Casting 101: RTV Molding in 3D Printing

              Derek Ellis by Derek Ellis on April 18, 2019

              RTV moldingIn my previous blog, we defined Room Temperature Vulcanization (RTV) silicone molding and the benefits of simulating production materials by using two-component urethanes. We also played out a real-world example of how printing four master patterns, molding them and piecemealing each engineer their parts is much more efficient than 3D printing them individually or even in small batches. In this blog, we share some standard mold types, and how they’re created for successful urethane casting.

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              • POSTED IN 3D PRINTING, ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

                What Can You Make with a 3D Printer?

                Lisa Hannon by Lisa Hannon on April 4, 2019

                what can you make with a 3D printer? 3D printing has radically changed the way companies have done business, from 3D printing in the medical field to 3D printed airplane parts, but it’s no longer limited to big spenders. The availability of desktop 3D printers and designs has made it easier and more affordable for hobbyists to try 3D printing at home, and there is a wide range of personalized pieces you can make to sell or use yourself. Here are just four of the project categories you can explore with a 3D printer.

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                • POSTED IN 3D PRINTING, ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

                  The History of 3D Printing: A 3D Printing Timeline

                  Lisa Hannon by Lisa Hannon on February 28, 2019

                  history of 3D printingWith the prevalence of 3D printing and its rapid adoption across industries, it’s easy to think that the technology has been around for much longer than it has. In reality, the history of 3D printing dates back to the early 1980s, and in forty years has grown from a new process used by a select few to a mainstream technology adopted by everyone from hobbyists and engineers to manufacturers and researchers. What began as a relatively simple process has now evolved to encompass everything from bioprinting to metal 3D printers.

                  We’ve compiled some of the biggest moments in 3D printing history below, as well as projections on where 3D printing is headed in the future. By preparing yourself for industry 4.0, and following along with the disruption of 3D printing, you can help your business innovate, save money and gain a competitive edge.

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                  • POSTED IN ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING, 3D SCANNING

                    3D Scanning: What It Is, Applications & Cost

                    Lisa Hannon by Lisa Hannon on February 20, 2019

                    3D scanningWith an estimated value of $32.78 billion by 2023, the 3D printing industry has become involved in industries ranging from medical and manufacturing to aerospace and automotive. And while most people are aware of the roles that 3D printers and additive manufacturing are playing in innovation, many are still unaware of the impact 3D scanning has had on design. Here is everything you need to know about 3D scanning.

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                    • POSTED IN 3D PRINTING, ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

                      Our Top 10 3D Printing Blogs of 2018

                      Angelle Erickson by Angelle Erickson on January 23, 2019

                      Top 10 3D Printing BlogsCompanies and industries from around the globe are breaking barriers and embracing the disruption that 3D printing and additive manufacturing is creating. In 2018, we covered a wide range of subjects from breakthrough materials to brand new 3D printers that are assisting with the medical industry and surgical models to aerospace parts and consumer goods packaging. In case you missed any, here’s a compilation of the top 10 3D Printing blogs we published in 2018. Enjoy.

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                      • POSTED IN 3D PRINTING, ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING, POLYJET

                        3D Printing in the Automotive Industry: Revving Up Production with the Stratasys J750

                        Lisa Hannon by Lisa Hannon on January 22, 2019

                        3D printing in automotive industryThe automotive industry has changed in almost every way since its beginnings in the 1800s, with rapid advances in everything from design and production to the parts and materials used. Today, the latest innovations in the automotive industry are driven by 3D printing, so much so that the market is expected to reach $1.56 billion by 2020. The availability of new materials like nylon, Ultem, and carbon fiber have given manufacturers more options when it when to comes to automotive applications, and continued improvements to 3D printing technology have reduced costs across the board.

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                        • POSTED IN ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING, SOLIDWORKS

                          The Best of 2018: A Fisher Unitech Recap

                          Matt Wise by Matt Wise on January 18, 2019

                          Fisher Unitech Happy new year! 2019 is upon us and as we ring in the new year, let’s reflect on the old. Last year was significant for Fisher Unitech, its partners, customers, and staff. 2018 saw significant investment throughout our organization, including a move to our new state-of-the-art Headquarters (which was named one of Michigan’s best places to work). It saw technological advancements in hardware and software from our longtime partners Stratasys, SOLIDWORKS, and Artec (as well as some exciting new partnerships) that will help our customers continue to lead the world in manufacturing innovations. I’d take a few moments to recognize some of our shared achievements of 2018.

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                          • POSTED IN 3D PRINTING, ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING, STRATASYS

                            David Bolen, Stratasys Dental Strategic Account Manager | Spotlight Interview

                            Gerald Matarazzo by Gerald Matarazzo on January 7, 2019

                            David Bolen InterviewDental is an enormous and growing target for 3D printing. With the combination of specialized model shops, dentists, and orthodontists, it isn’t just your local dentists that need this technology - the industry as a whole is being disrupted.

                            I recently spoke to David Bolen, Strategic Account Manager at Stratasys about the current state of the dental and orthodontic technology, workflows, and manufacturing and how 3D printing is exponentially increasing throughput and efficiency within.

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                            • POSTED IN 3D PRINTING, ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

                              7 Principles for Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM)

                              Simon Indrele by Simon Indrele on December 26, 2018

                              design for additive manufacturing3D printing started in the 1980s and since then quite a few different technologies have developed. DfAM (Design for Additive Manufacturing) will be applied differently to different 3D printing technologies. Different technologies require different optimization techniques which is important to keep in mind.

                              In this blog, we’re going to touch on PolyJet and FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) technologies. Let’s take a look.

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                              • POSTED IN ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

                                The Best of 3D Post-Printing: PostProcess Technologies

                                Lisa Hannon by Lisa Hannon on November 26, 2018

                                post processing in 3d printingAdditive manufacturing is on the rise; according to a report by Markets and Markets, the 3D printing industry is expected to be worth $32.78 billion by 2023. Defined by innovation and breakthrough technology, the use of additive manufacturing has impacted almost every industry by streamlining processes, saving money, and creating entirely new ways of doing work. Unfortunately, this innovation has not yet carried over to post-processing methods, which are typically still carried out in traditional and time-intensive ways - but companies like PostProcess Technologies are stepping up to innovate post-processing and help manufacturers save time and money.

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