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How an Integrated Smart Factory 3D Rapid Prototyping Service Can Accelerate Manufacturing

By Smart Factory Team / April 29, 2022

Historically, 3D printing has long held a close association with rapid prototyping. When 3D printers first entered the market in the early 1980s, companies primarily used them as rapid prototyping…

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DLP vs. LCD 3D Printer: Comparison Guide

By Smart Factory Team / April 28, 2022

Advancements in 3D printing, along with product complexity and different types of available processes have made it challenging to select the right 3D printer for high-volume manufacturing. Digital Light Processing (DLP) and LCD are two commonly implemented resin-based 3D printing technologies. The following compares DLP vs. LCD 3D printers, their unique features, and the subtle differences.

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CNC vs. 3D Printing: Buying, Making, or Outsourcing Machined Jigs and Fixtures

By Smart Factory Team / March 29, 2022

Jigs and fixtures are ubiquitous in the manufacturing world. From aerospace engineering to consumer goods production, jigs and fixtures help companies improve their daily operations. Machinists use jigs to guide…

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Environmental Sustainability of 3D Printing Consumer Goods

By Smart Factory Team / February 25, 2022

Customers are more environmentally aware and place greater value on sustainable consumer goods and businesses that adopt environmentally-friendly manufacturing strategies. Recent advancements in 3D printing polymers with bio-based materials or…

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Understanding Seven Types of Additive Manufacturing

By Smart Factory Team / January 25, 2022

Additive manufacturing, or high-volume 3D printing, utilizes multiple production lines to produce a wide range of products. By opting for a hybrid or fully additive manufacturing approach, companies can transform…

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Rapid Prototyping and Tooling: 3D Printing Speeding up Product Manufacturing

By Smart Factory Team / December 23, 2021

Rapid prototyping with traditional methods requires tooling – just like volume production processes.Tooling slows down and adds cost to product development cycles. 3D printing provides an alternative prototyping production process that removes tooling constraints, giving product designers a flexible, on-demand option for product development and scaling.

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Understanding 3D Printing in Manufacturing

By Smart Factory Team / December 15, 2021

Defined as the construction of a three-dimensional object from a computer-aided design (CAD) or a digital 3D model, 3D printing or additive manufacturing is transforming the world as we know…

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A tray filled with 3D-printed parts in a high-volume manufacturing process

High Volume Manufacturing Process with 3D Printing: Pros and Cons

By Smart Factory Team / December 9, 2021

There are multiple ways to take advantage of 3D printing, such as leveraging a smart factory for on-demand production, augmenting traditional processes, and building dedicated 3D printing lines for an agile manufacturing model. With advantages and disadvantages for each option, companies need to consider several factors when using 3D printing for high-volume manufacturing processes.

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Optimizing High-Mix, Low-Volume Manufacturing with 3D Printing

By Smart Factory Team / December 2, 2021

3D printing systems enable a high-mix, low-volume manufacturing approach for a broad range of products, including fully customizable products. For companies considering 3D printing for a high-mix, low-volume manufacturing business model, there are many benefits over traditional production processes.

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additive manufacturing vs. subtractive manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing vs. Subtractive Manufacturing: Comparison Guide

By Smart Factory Team / November 29, 2021

3D printing is enabling new business models and supporting low and high-volume manufacturing operations. When applied on an industrial scale, 3D printing is known as additive manufacturing. Manufacturers can easily…

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