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Taking advantage of lattice designs in 3D printing
Lattice structures have not been used as often as they could be because manufacturing methods that could produce them easily did not exist until the development of 3D printing / Additive Manufacturing. Today, though, 3D printing easily creates lattice structures in helmets, saddles, shoes, nasal swabs, and in other designs.
How 3D printing aids injection molding
3D printing/additive manufacturing and injection molding do not have to be competitors. In fact, 3D printing can aid injection molding. Formlabs recently commented that 3D printing is more of an accelerator for injection molding. 3D printers can introduce a hybrid approach where molds can be created fast and at low cost. Here are key points from an interview with Kathy Bui, engineering vertical lead at Formlabs
How additive manufacturing helps the semiconductor industry
Like so many other markets and industries, the COVID pandemic has affected the supply of components used to make semiconductor processing equipment. Semiconductor capital equipment manufacturers are turning to additive manufacturing to help repair the supply chain and enable designers to design for function first. I spoke with Scott Green, Principal Solutions Leader for semiconductors at 3D Systems on this subject. Here are some of the highlights of the interview.
Researchers work on better software for additive manufacturing
The DARPA Transformative Design TRADES program was created to develop foundational design tools that will help designers take more advantage of the capabilities of additive technology. Recently, Siemens Technology completed its work on a software project for this program. I spoke with Mark Burhop, principal investigator with the research arm of Siemens, to discuss the developments. Here are the highlights of the interview.
Design lessons from the sports world
Designers in the sports world have been one of the quickest groups to adopt additive manufacturing technology. They’ve developed a few insights and perspectives that might be useful for engineers in other fields. David Woodlock, Application Development and Design Manager at HP, discusses a few of these insights.
3D printing moves closer to developing transplantable organs
3D Systems, a company with decades of experience in the field of 3D printing recently announced plans to significantly expand its development efforts on regenerative medicine and bioprinting. We explore this development with Mr. Chuck Hull, inventor of the Figure 4 3D printing system used in this application.
Great information on engineering topics
I like this format for learning about the latest technologies in design engineering. The interviewers tend to invite guests who are actually involved in real-world applications ... and they put the components and tools into context. That’s helpful for those of us migrating to new systems or upgrading machine builds with IoT functionalities etc.
Interviewer ould ask better questions
Just listened to the OtoSet episode. I’m disappointed bc the host didn’t ask the inventor questions that I could use as tips to develop my own inventions. I would’ve liked to know the skill sets they needed to develop their invention, what were their technical shortcomings after college that they had to learn to develop their invention. What programs they used, what was the headrest part(engineering wise), what knowledge/area of expertise that they possessed helped them the most to develop inventions.
PS: I don’t mind advertising. But come on, the entire episode was about how great ProtoLabs is.