Top 5 Videos: 10 ways to upgrade your 3D printer in 2021
This week we found the top 5 videos about 3D printing and the way additive manufacturing is changing production. The technology has infiltrated many sectors, from medical to automotive: check our selection of the week to keep up with the innovations! If you enjoy these, you can view even more 3D printing videos on our Youtube channel. Hope you’ll enjoy and have a great Sunday!
Top 1: Optimising metal 3D printing with inert gases
In high-end metal additive manufacturing the quality and accuracy parts is essential, particularly for those used in the aerospace and automotive industries. As such, it is necessary to prevent impurities from contaminating the material during the 3D printing process. In order to do this components must be manufactured in hyper controlled, inert environments. Inert, or chemically inactive environments, exclusively contain inert gases. This is especially important in directed energy deposition, electron beam melting, selective laser sintering, binder jetting and powder bed fusion. This is where Air Products come in. The company specialises in manufacturing industrial gases. In this video Air Products explain how these gases can be optimised for use in metal additive manufacturing.
Top 2: 3DCeram Sinto on 3D printing ceramic
Traditional manufacturing has long since profited from the high-performance properties of ceramic, it was only matter of time before additive manufacturing followed suit. Compared to metal and plastic, ceramic is fairly new to 3D printing. Nonetheless, the material possesses high mechanical, thermal, chemical and electrical resistance, qualities which are indispensable in additive manufacturing. As such, several companies have taken interest in ceramic 3D printing. In this video 3DCeram Sinto explains some of the advantages that ceramic offers as well as how the company uses stereolithography to develop complex ceramic structures for the medical and aerospace sectors.
Top 3: Meet the world’s first fully 3D printed rocket
Relativity Space are using 3D printing technology to manufacture rockets in pursuit of humanity’s multi-planetary future. Not only is the company building the first autonomous rocket factory and launch services for satellites, but also the first ever fully 3D printed rocket – the Terran 1. The Terran 1, additively manufactured using Relativity’s proprietary Stargate 3D printer, requires less than 1’000 parts, 2 months build time, and 6 months iteration time. While a rocket takes years to build using traditional manufacturing methods, thanks to 3D printing the company have been able to reduce the time taken to manufacture a flight-ready rocket from raw materials to just sixty days. You can find about more about Relativity’s Terran 1 and Stargate technology in the video below.
Top 4: Inside a restaurant serving 3D printed meat
Over the last few years the 3D printed meat industry has experienced unprecedented growth accompanied by numerous advancements in the technology. Many new companies have emerged, while many more existing companies have begun incorporating the technology. The industrial production of meat is responsible for a considerable portion of global emissions and has played a significant role in exacerbating the climate crisis. As consumers become progressively more environmentally conscious, it comes as no surprise that companies have turned to 3D printing to produce a less harmful solution. Additively manufacturing meat has the added of speed and cost efficiency. This video explores how restaurants are incorporating 3D printed meat into their menus and how the technology will impact the future of food manufacturing.
Top 5: 10 ways to upgrade your 3D printer in 2021
While some people consider new year an opportunity for self-improvement, at MatterHackers this time is reserved for improving the performance of your 3D printer. These are MatterHackers top ten 3D printer upgrades for 2021. The list compiles some of the easiest and most capable upgrades, all of which have been subjected to professional testing. From motor dampers, to new nozzles and build plate modifications, these ten printer upgrades have been specially chosen to improve the performance of your 3D printer and the quality of the parts it produces. You can watch the full video below.
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