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3D Printing for Workholding

By | 2020-02-15T09:44:27+00:00 February 13th, 2020|Articles|

Every manufacturing operation has a guy.  That one guy in the shop who seems to have a knack for creating some cobbled together apparatus for holding, clamping or stabilizing a critical part in the operation of a production machine.  In many ways he’s the blue-collar version of MacGyver and the guy you call when you [...]

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Trade Wars and Tariffs – a 3D Printing Perspective

By | 2020-02-15T09:44:57+00:00 February 13th, 2020|Articles|

A tariff is defined as a tax or duty paid on a certain class of imports or exports.  The term has been around for centuries and has been used in the never-ending struggle for “balanced trade”.  For the last thirty years, however, tariffs had fallen out of favor as a punitive instrument in favor of [...]

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Obsolete Equipment Presents a Unique Opportunity for 3D Printing Service Bureaus

By | 2018-08-07T06:37:32+00:00 January 31st, 2017|Articles|

Introduction In August of 2000 the manager of a New England factory was conducting a walk-through of his plant. The factory was experiencing a surge in production due to rising demand. Their product was used in a consumer niche market and was considered a specialty product and there were only four competitors worldwide capable of [...]

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Recycled Plastic Vs Virgin Resin – More Than Just a Coin Toss

By | 2018-08-07T06:39:12+00:00 January 31st, 2017|Articles|

Choice of material in any 3D printed project can make or break the home based maker as well as the shop floor parts manufacturer. Common materials such as ABS, PLA, HIPS, Nylon and PVA as well as many others are readily available depending on end use of the project and are easily purchased through the [...]

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Will 3D Printing Replace Traditional Manufacturing?

By | 2018-08-07T06:40:41+00:00 January 31st, 2017|Articles|

In the last few years we’ve seen a lot of media hype about 3D printing as the next industrial revolution – taking over all manufacturing as we know it. Expectations are now so high that anything short of the entire world running off 3D printers will be seen as a failure of the entire technology. [...]

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Material Variances in Fused Filament Fabrication – Matching Expectations with Reality

By | 2018-08-07T06:41:10+00:00 January 29th, 2017|Articles|

One of the most common building materials in use today is the two by four.  This common lumber size is found in projects ranging from backyard sheds to large construction projects and most people at some point have used them for at least one project.  They are so common that a misperception exists with many [...]

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Additive Manufacturing: JIT Parts and Service Solutions for the Next Industrial Revolution

By | 2018-07-26T06:45:16+00:00 January 29th, 2017|Articles|

The Industry 4.0 Highway Between the years 2006 and 2011 business and government groups within Germany began to develop an initiative aimed at improving the competitiveness of German manufacturers.  The initiative, known as “Industry 4.0” [i], was based on the premise that we have entered a fourth industrial revolution.  The first revolution was acknowledged [...]

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IC3D Featured on Fox28 Good Day Columbus

By | 2018-08-07T09:25:27+00:00 July 30th, 2016|Articles|

Thanks to Ty Owen at COSI.One of our own IC3D Printers was featured on Fox28 Good Day Columbus!Please check out the video below to see the snippet from the show. Fox28 Good Day Columbus - IC3D Printers For more info on COSI click the link below. 

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IC3D Team to attend the Bay Area Maker Faire

By | 2018-08-07T09:25:23+00:00 July 30th, 2016|Articles|

The IC3D Team will be attending this year's Bay Area Maker Faire! The Team will be walking the show floor and be passing out flyers (see below).   Giving away FREE IC3D Filament samples to anyone 3D Printing at the show! For more details on Maker Faire see below. Maker Faire is a gathering [...]

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