Posts in category: ‘Manufacturing’

3D Printing Trends: 2019 Recap and 2020 Predictions

3D Printing TrendsAnother year under our belts GrabCAD readers and what a year it has been for 3D printing. As is so often the case, as one year draws to a close, it gives us time to reflect on the events of the past 12 months and look ahead at what’s to come.

In this post we’re recapping five of the top 3D printing highlights of 2019, while giving you a snapshot of what is set to take center stage in 2020.
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How the U.S. Navy Uses the Scan to CAD to Fab Method

How the U.S. Navy uses the CAD to fab methodA common problem in engineering is that parts and equipment, once designed, eventually become obsolete. Manufacturers and fabricators that originally completed the material or equipment in question either move on to different product lines, are purchased by other companies, or, for whatever reason, no longer exist.

Therefore, a replenishment supply of spare parts or assemblies is just as impossible.

This situation was partially the case for the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR). The SPAWAR enterprise became engaged in three-dimensional scanning and printing to rapidly deliver a solution to a particular antenna that is part of their warfare systems. Que: the "scan-to-CAD-to-fab" method.
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Fictiv: The Rapid Prototyping Solution Startups Love

How Fictiv Helps StartupsWe've talked about 3D printing your product prototype and how with the right team and software, you can do it yourself! However, when you need to mass produce your prototype, it's time to check out your options.

Prototyping and manufacturing your new product are two key steps in the process of going from idea to selling-and-shipping. For entrepreneurs, startups and small vendors, a likely option will be to outsource.

The process of finding, vetting and selecting a manufacturer, however, can be daunting and fraught:
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How 3D Printing Helps the U.S. Military

3D Printing in the MilitaryWe often hear how numerous sectors of our world economy are using 3D printing in manufacturing and it's important to highlight that the military is quickly embracing 3D printing as well. All branches of the service are utilizing 3D printing in manifold ways to produce many different things in widely different applications.

In fact, 3D printing helps the military gain a significant war fighting advantage and provide direct support to troops in the field.

Dr. Philip Perconti, Director of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, said in a recent article that the Army is at the vanguard of using 3D printing to aid troops in the battlefield and help deployed soldiers become self-sufficient in remote areas.
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What’s Influencing Today’s Trends In Manufacturing Technology?

Manufacturing is no longer simply about making physical items and transferring X from A to B. Changes in global consumer demand with more emphasis on customization, engagement, speed to market, quick delivery, coupled with modifications to the economics of production, and the shifting supply chain have all resulted in a fundamental shift in the way most companies do business.

Indeed, the line between consumer and creator continues to blur and only time will tell how far this amalgamation goes.
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