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Advancing the Use of 3D Printing in Medicine

Advancing the Use of 3D Printing in Medicine

This piece was originally published in the April 2017 issue of electroindustry. Lauralyn McDaniel, Medical Industry Manager, SME In the last few years, headlines have suggested that the use of additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, in medicine is a new way to save and improve lives. The truth is, it’s not so new. Twenty years ago, anatomical models…

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3D Printing Comes Home

3D Printing Comes Home

This piece was originally published in the March 2017 issue of electroindustry. Alex Boesenberg, Manager, Government Relations, NEMA While 3D printers for home use have been available for about five years, it is only recently that price and performance have come to a point that they can be called affordable. In January, I bought one. Any hobbyist or DIYer is familiar…

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How 3D Printing Works

How 3D Printing Works

This piece was originally published in the March 2017 issue of electroindustry. Direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) and selective laser sintering (SLS) are additive manufacturing techniques that sinter—that is, use pressure and heat below the melting point—to bond and partly fuse masses of metal particles. They differ in how the layers are deposited. DMLS fires the laser into a bed of…

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Bullish on 3D Printing

Bullish on 3D Printing

This piece was originally published in the March 2017 issue of electroindustry. John Lefavour, Engineering Manager, Application Tooling Products, Burndy Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, is a boon for manufacturers that strive to get product to market quickly and cost effectively. Printing metal parts by direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) or selective laser sintering (SLS) is on the rise. Advanced market…

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Standards, Testing, and Certification in a 3D Printing Era

Standards, Testing, and Certification in a 3D Printing Era

This piece was originally published in the March 2017 issue of electroindustry. Stephen Brown, Director of Innovation, CSA Group Complex shapes made of lighter and stronger materials, intricate designs, and opportunities for mass customization—these are the benefits delivered by additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing. Traditional manufacturing techniques such as casting and machining fall short of such results and can…

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3D Printing Manufactures More than Hype and Hyperbole

3D Printing Manufactures More than Hype and Hyperbole

This piece was originally published in the March 2017 issue of electroindustry. Kevin Connelly, Senior Program Manager, NEMA In 1928, Henry Ford completed construction of one of the greatest monuments to industrial manufacturing. The River Rouge plant was built on the model of receiving raw materials on one end and rolling a finished car off the other. I would love to…

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Adding Value to Additive Manufacturing

Adding Value to Additive Manufacturing

This piece was originally published in the October 2016 issue of electroindustry. Joe Bhatia, President and CEO, American National Standards Institute (ANSI) For decades, additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, has quietly revolutionized industries from aerospace and automotive to architecture and medicine. With rapid advances in additive manufacturing equipment technology, cost has decreased dramatically, making 3D printing more accessible than ever….

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Regulatory Challenges Emerge for Additive Manufacturing

Regulatory Challenges Emerge for Additive Manufacturing

This piece was originally published in the August 2016 issue of electroindustry. Megan A. Hayes, Director, Regulatory and Standards Strategy, MITA Additive manufacturing (AM) is another term for the synthesis of three-dimensional objects—otherwise known as 3D printing. This concept is nothing new to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which already has approved or cleared more than 80 medical devices and one…

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