3D Printing Respirator Masks

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Covid-19 has impacted the world on a massive scale and will continue to do so for some time. It’s often difficult to focus on the positives but thanks to 3D printing technology and the hard work of so many people, there is a silver lining. In this article, we take a closer look at the 3D printed respirator mask designed by Mark Fuller from GE Additive.

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Cold Spray Additive Manufacturing Technology

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Cold spray technology has been implemented as a coating process for decades and now it’s being used as a form of 3D printing. While it’s ideally suited for pure metals and alloys, it can also be used on metallic glasses, metal matrix composites and often polymers as well.

Australia’s dedicated submarine sustainment organisation, ASC, partnered with the CSIRO and DMTC Limited, has turned to cold spray 3D printing (additive manufacturing) to maintain and repair its fleet of Collins Class submarines.

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3D Printing And The Manufacturing Sector

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3D Printing is not a new concept but how it’s developing and advancing is a different story altogether. We are within reach of more affordable and rapid prototyping and instant manufacturing. With that in mind, how has 3D printing changed the manufacturing industry as we know it today? What can we expect going forward?

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3D Printing And Mass Producing Electric Cars

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3D Printing has come a long way in the last few years and the latest development involves mass-producible electric cars. In 2018, Italy’s XEV announced they were partnering with Chinese 3D printing firm, Polymaker, to build a small, inexpensive electric city car called the LSEV.

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CNC Machining And 3D Printing In Manufacturing

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In modern-day manufacturing, technology is forever advancing and it is essential to keep up with the all latest trends. Throughout our history, we have seen a number of methods implemented to manufacture custom parts. Today, CNC machining and 3D printing are seen as two of the most widely used manufacturing processes.

With the rapid growth of 3D printing technology, some believe it has become the first choice for many industries. On the other hand, CNC machining is still considered a reliable standard and there really aren’t many things that don’t involve CNC machined parts somewhere in the process.

Looking at the available technologies and industries utilising CNC machining and 3D printing, how do they work? Which industries prefer one or the other and how do they compare? Continue reading

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