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3D Printing With Pellets

The next evolution in 3D printing (aka Additive Manufacturing) technology is printing with plastic pellets. Typically, 3D printers have used filament created by melting the plastic pellets, then extruding the filament onto a spool. The spool is loaded into the 3D printer where it lays down the filament in layers into the proscribed shape.Last fall a new printer was announced called the Sculptify David. This printer removes the step of melting the plastic pellets and extruding filament and just uses the typical plastics technology of melting the pellets. David uses open source software and fuse

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Attend the 2nd Annual Additive Manufacturing for Government Conference with Plastics Color

Being at the cutting-edge of technology and innovation is important to Plastics Color as they continue to develop solutions for their customers. Critical to this innovation involves the need to stay in tune with the industry trends, new technologies, and advances in science. December 8-10, 2014 Plastics Color will attend the 2nd Annual Additive Manufacturing for Government in Washington, D.C. This summit is an opportunity to continue to engage the industry, OEMs, government agencies, contractors, etc. One of the key themes this year is ‘Redefining Additive Manufacturing for Land, Sea, and

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3D Printing Colors Your World

The world of imagination in 3D additive manufacturing is now as colorful as the real world thanks to advancements in printing systems, plastic materials and colorants for use in 3D printing.  When 3D printing, also called additive manufacturing, was first developed there were many limitations to the technology including the ability to print in a wide range of colors. That’s changing now as 3D printing systems are becoming more technically capable of printing not just in color but in multiple colors. Stratasys Ltd., one of the major players in the 3D printing (additive manufacturing) game, r

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3D-Printed Molds Taking Hold

The latest RAPID 3D/Additive Manufacturing (AM) trade show displayed a lot of evidence that this technology is catching on in a big way in the plastics industry. Using AM technology, mold makers can now print cores and cavities using Stratasys’ PolyJet technology or EOS’s Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) technology. The PolyJet cores and cavities can be printed in matter of hours and dropped into a mold frame, and according to those companies that are working with this, can get up to 100 shots – depending on the material used. The DMLS technology for cores and cavities offers highe

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3D Disruptors

What’s the potential for 3D printing to be a major disruptor in the manufacturing arena? Some say there’s a possibility that 3D printing may disrupt injection molding or thermoforming, however that might be a stretch. Companies injection mold parts because it’s the most cost effective way to manufacture plastic parts in high volumes and in a short amount of time. 3D printing, while fast, doesn’t have the capability to produce thousands of parts in a matter of minutes like, for instance, a 196-cavity mold producing caps or closures in a 3-second cycle. For large parts, such as those

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