3D Printing Technologies

  • How Can Interior Designers Utilize 3D Technology?
    There are several different types of 3D technology on the market, ranging from 3D printing using various materials including thermoplastics and even chocolate, to 3D scanners and modelers. All of these should be part of an interior designer’s arsenal if they want to stand out from the crowd, and embrace all the opportunities technology allows. …

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  • 3D Printing Yourself – How to Print a Mini You!
    Self-portraiture has been an art form for as long as art has existed. Sketching, painting, and photography have all been used to capture the self from their inception. This practice eventually came to the modern age with selfies, and the step beyond that is finally here: 3D printing yourself! Making a 3D model of yourself …

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  • Download our FREE 3D Printing Technologies eBook!
    At 3DSourced we’re dedicated to creating the most informative 3D printing content. Part of this involves detailed guides on how 3D printing works, and we have written several guides on how different 3D printing technologies work. To make our guides easier to digest, we’ve re-released all our technology guides as a free download 3D printing …

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  • Paper 3D Printing: The Complete Guide
    Paper 3D printing might not change the world, but it could be the fun, accessible technology that pushes 3D printing into the mainstream. Producing customizable, colorful toys and models is one way in which paper 3D printing can enrich our lives, but paper can also be used to create full color prototypes and models for …

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  • Glass 3D Printing Filaments: A Complete Guide
    Glass 3D printing filaments are a handy way of adding strength to your models, and can be made safely and easily using many desktop 3D printers. Hobbyists and professionals alike will find their 3D printing endeavors vastly improved by using these filaments. In this article, we will take you through two of the most popular …

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  • Every 3D Printing Stock & Share Price Publicly Traded 2022
    In the early 2000s there were hardly any 3D printing stocks to buy; the industry was not large enough for companies to go public. Stratasys was the first 3D printing stock you could buy, having gone public in 1994, selling 1.38 million shares to raise around $5.7M. Other big 3D printing companies to go public …

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  • Directed Energy Deposition (DED): A Complete Guide
    Directed Energy Deposition (DED) — sometimes just Direct Energy Deposition — is a metal 3D printing technology offering key advantages in larger metal part creation. Similar to other metal 3D printing methods, DED builds parts by sintering metal in layers to form a three-dimensional structure. Part 1: Introduction to Directed Energy Deposition DED uses a …

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  • Why Titanium 3D Printing is Going from Strength to Strength
    As metal 3D printing continues to evolve, titanium is emerging as one of the most exciting printable metals. Metal 3D printing has opened up an array of avenues for manufacturing and rapid prototyping, with titanium becoming an industry favorite across a range of sectors. Where 3D printing was once limited to plastic and resin, the …

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  • The 10 Main Types of 3D Printer Explained
    Though most entry level 3D printer users will be accustomed to just LCD and FDM 3D printers, there are in fact many more types of 3D printer on offer — for both prosumer and industrial 3D printing applications. Some start at $200, some start at $500,000. This article will familiarize you with the 10 main …

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  • SLA vs DLP vs LCD 3D Printing: Which Is Best?
    Stereolithography (SLA), Digital Light Processing (DLP), and LCD are three very similar resin 3D printing technologies. They all use photopolymer resins in a resin tank, and cure the resin to form solid 3D printer models. But there are subtle differences to consider when choosing whether to buy a DLP vs SLA 3D printer, or when …

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  • The Complete Guide to Lost Wax Casting and Wax 3D Printing
    Most 3D printing technologies are direct; they directly create the finished object with no casting or further steps needed. These include Fused Deposition Modeling, Stereolithography, and many more. However, one lesser-known technique which 3D printing is also useful in is Lost Wax Casting, an indirect 3D printing process. Also known as investment casting or precision …

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  • Electron Beam Melting: Everything You Need To Know About EBM 3D Printing
    Electron Beam Melting is one of the main metal 3D printer technologies, having been commercialized by Arcam in recent years. It’s similar to Direct Metal Laser Sintering, though with one key difference we’ll explain below. EBM falls under the Powder Bed Fusion umbrella along with DMLS and SLM, as does Selective Laser Sintering if you …

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  • Direct Metal Laser Sintering: Everything To Know About DMLS 3D Printing
    Direct Metal Laser Sintering is the most widely used metal 3D printing technology. Many major valuable 3D printing companies including 3D Systems, SLM Solutions, Concept Laser and EOS sell DMLS metal 3D printers that are able to create incredibly intricate metal parts, and 3D printed jewelry from precious metals. This guide covers the Direct Metal …

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  • Material Jetting (PolyJet) 3D Printing: Everything You Need To Know
    PolyJet / Material Jetting is a 3D printing technology which has been around for 20 years. It’s very similar to standard inkjet printing, just with each printed layer stacking up to make a 3D part. It’s also one of the only technologies that allows for full color 3D printing, and can also print multiple materials …

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  • Binder Jetting 3D Printing: Everything You Need To Know
    Binder Jetting is a lesser known but versatile 3D printing technology which has applications in a variety of industries. Binder Jetting is similar to Selective Laser Sintering in that it requires powder on a build platform to 3D print. It’s used in two main areas: metal 3D printing and in the printing of sand models and …

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  • Stereolithography: Everything You Need To Know About SLA 3D Printing
    Stereolithography, or SLA, was the first 3D printing process invented, the first patent having been filed in 1984 by Charles Hull and granted in 1986. Since then, SLA has become a dominant technology, with SLA 3D printers taking over markets such as hearing aids and dental orthodontics. Stereolithography is the most widely known of the …

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  • Multi Jet Fusion: Everything You Need To Know About MJF 3D Printing
    Pioneered by HP, one of the most valuable 3D printing companies, and boasting performance numbers never previously seen in 3D printing, it’s no wonder Multi Jet Fusion has been adopted so quickly. HP’s new 3D printing technology is scalable, prints fast, and can print in full color — what’s not to like? In this guide, …

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  • Selective Laser Sintering: Everything You Need To Know About SLS 3D Printing
    Selective Laser Sintering is one of the main 3D printing technologies used, though SLS 3D printers have been around since the late 1980s. Along with fused deposition modeling and stereolithography, SLS has dominated rapid prototyping and low number manufacturing for decades. Since the original selective laser sintering patents have expired, a number of companies have …

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  • Fused Deposition Modeling: Everything You Need To Know About FDM 3D Printing
    Fused Deposition Modeling (also known as FDM), is the most commonly used 3D printing technology for everyday makers and consumers. In this article, 3DSourced explain: the history of FDM; how to set up an FDM 3D printer; the FDM printing process; and which 3D printer filaments and materials to use. Moreover, this guide also explains …

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  • The Complete Digital Light Processing (DLP) 3D Printing Guide
    Digital Light Processing technology is one of the most interesting 3D printing technologies out there. It’s also the only one to achieve mainstream usage in other industries — the tech is used in most digital cinema projectors. This guide will explain how Digital Light Processing additive manufacturing works, the differences between DLP and Stereolithography, and …

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