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CNC Machining

CNC Machining Overview

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SD3D is now offering CNC machining services! This article provides a basic overview of the CNC process and common applications. CNC machines are being used in all major industries today especially for the cutting of metal parts and producing simple prototypes. CNCs can work on a wide variety of materials including metal, wood, plastic and more.

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3D Printing Service Bureau

3D Printing: Buy vs. Outsourcing

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3D printing has very quickly become an integral part of many major companies. It can prove to be extremely useful especially when it comes to producing prototypes, validating designs and performing functional tests. Stakeholders can be easily given an understanding of the concept by letting them interact with 3d printed prototypes. Meanwhile, 3D printing can also be used by various industries for end-use applications and bringing new products to market. The most important question for companies considering 3D printing as a solution today is whether they should outsource their projects to a professional 3D printing service bureau or get an in-house 3D printer.

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DMLS 3D Printing

A Comparison of 3D Printing Methods in 2019

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There are many methods of 3D print manufacturing available in 2019. Each method requires a 3D printer of its own and comes with unique advantages and disadvantages. This article provides a detailed overview of the various methods used in the process 3D printing or additive manufacturing in 2019. Most importantly, we will be discussing when to use each technique and will provide an overview of the best applications for each 3D print manufacturing method.

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3D Print Quoting Software

Printelize Instant Quoting Software Now Accepts 12 New 3D File Formats

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We are happy to announce that Printelize now accepts 12 new 3D file formats for generating instant 3D printing quotes. Printelize Professional is an online 3D print quote software. Printelize is used globally by 3D printing service bureaus, educational institutions and internal 3D print departments to streamline the management of 3D printing order workflow. Accepting these new file types will further streamline user workflow by eliminating the step of converting every 3D file to .stl format prior to upload.

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cast urethane soft tooling

Cast Urethane Soft Tooling

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Silicon molds and soft tooling are a bridge between prototyping and mass production. Prior to the invention of cast urethane soft tooling, there were few cost-effective options for the production of small to medium runs for bridge applications and initial market releases. In as much as injection molding is an amazing solution for large scale production of an uncountable number of products, it doesn’t provide an economical solution for small volume production needs or highly customized products.

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Instant Quote 3D Printing Software on the Rise

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As the 3D printing market grows, industry professionals are facing a significant challenge in scaling their current processes. Particularly with tasks surrounding the quoting and delivery of 3D printing services. To overcome this problem and stay on track with the rising competition, many 3D printing service bureaus are replacing their current hodgepodge of disconnected tools with an end-to-end sales automation software. These new cloud based solutions solutions are built specifically to accelerate the success of 3D printing service bureaus. Most importantly, this is making it possible for 3D print shops to instant quote 3D printing services more efficiently.

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Infill Settings vs. Strength

What Infill Settings Should I Use for my FDM 3D Print?

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The difference between 3d printed part strength, quality, processing speed and cost are functions of three independent input variables: infill, layer height and the type of material being processed. While the strength increase is non-linear across the entire infill range, the relationship between infill % and both part weight and print time is linear across nearly the entire range. In this article we prove why the most efficient infill settings for most projects are between 10-30% and 70-90%.

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Quoting Software For 3D Printing

CRM and Instant Quoting Software for 3D Printing Service Bureaus

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Created specifically for the 3D printing industry, our advanced sales automation software solution can enable seamless preparation of 3D print quotes. This software was built specifically with the 3D printing service bureau in mind. As such, it comes with built-in CRM (Customer Relationship Management) tools, and countless features to streamline the ordering process for 3D printing services. All of this is provided through a web interface that is branded specifically around your 3D printing business.

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SD3D Acquires 3D Materials Research Firm 3D Matter

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SD3D and 3D Matter have come to an agreement in which SD3D will acquire the New York based software company, 3D Matter. 3D Matter launched the platform in 2015 in order to make it easier to visualize the performance of 3D printed materials based on empirical data derived from mechanical testing over 3000+ authentic 3D printed parts.

The acquisition includes 3D Matter as well as their flagship material optimization platform Optimatter. Optimatter is a web-based platform in which designers, engineers and researchers can optimize their 3D printed parts by ensuring the right materials and processing parameters are chosen for the specific part application.

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