Author Archive | Corwin

Product Development Case Study – Smartwatch

At 3D Fixtures, we believe that 3D printing can improve the product development and production process in a number of ways – but we also know that complex projects will always demand more than just one kind of manufacturing technique to come to full fruition. That’s why we recently undertook a project with our sister […]

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Frequently Asked Questions: Can you 3D Print a Car?

If you’ve been reading our blog and have seen our other frequently asked questions, you’ve probably noticed a pattern, and this question is no exception. 3D Printed automobiles are a subject of intense ongoing research and development, with a lot of future potential but only limited success at the moment. In other words, it remains […]

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Frequently Asked Questions: Can you 3D Print a House?

Another question we often hear a 3D Fixtures is “Can you 3D print a house?” While that’s not a service we offer here, it is the subject of a lot of industry interest and research. 3D printing has been used to produce architectural models since the early days. Echoing the process that has been underway for some […]

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Beyond Prototyping: 3D Printing Applications in Molding

Prototyping has always been considered the “main” use for 3D printing. Building a design quickly, without the need to invest time and money in tooling, allowed for significant decrease in product development times, and provided new opportunities to refine designs based on testing and user feedback before committing to production tooling. Today concept models, functional […]

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3D Fixtures Site Relaunch

Welcome to the new 3D Fixtures! We’ve been working hard to bring you an updated and improved site – the new design is more responsive, easier to navigate, and more reliable. It’s the best access point we can give you to our high quality 3D printing service, and we hope you’ll make good use of […]

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3D Fixtures Design Guidelines #2: Pre-assembled Parts and Object Separation

One of the most impressive capabilities provided by 3D Printing is the ability to create pre-assembled structures with moving parts. In the Brain Gear shown below, for example, 12 meshing gears were printed already in place on an octohedral frame.   For precision mechanical applications, assembling parts post-print is often preferable. Printing separately is necessary […]

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The Taxonomy of 3D Printers

One of the most important things for those new to 3D printing and additive manufacturing to realize is that these terms are very broad, and can cover systems that work in very different ways. Many of those who have just been introduced to 3D printing thanks to recent media buzz make the mistake of thinking […]

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