What Can 3D Printers Be Used For?

If you think about where 3D printing can be used the list can grow to be quite long. The Worldwide 3D printing industry is expected to grow to $21 billion in revenue by 2020 (Wohlers Report 2015). Where is 3D printing (additive manufacturing) being used? Here’s a sampling of where 3D printing is used: Rapid prototyping Architectural…

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3D Printing Users Group Started

Thursday, May 4th Went to the first meeting of the Additive Manufacturing Users Group in Waterloo at the University of Northern Iowa Additive Manufacturing Center on the TechWorks campus.  People from Industry along with Hobbyists, Educators and Vendors attended. Discussion centered on purpose and structure of the group going forward. It was agreed that future…

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New Metal X 3D Printer

THE METAL X An Industrial Revolution   From the company that revolutionized 3D printing with composite carbon fiber, comes a breakthrough in metal. The Metal X greatly accelerates innovation, delivering metal parts overnight using a new technology at a fraction of the cost. Leave 20th century manufacturing in the dust and create anything from industrial…

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Reinforcing 3D Printed Parts

Our high strength Markforged 3D printers give you two different fiber fill strategies for reinforcing 3D printed parts: Isotropic Fiber or Concentric Fiber. In the online printer software, you can apply these two options globally in the Part View page, or on a layer by layer basis in the Internal View page. The unique reinforced 3D…

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Rudy Vasquez 2016 Our Rapids family has lost a valued member. Rudy came to Rapids in 2009 as a part time employee after retiring from the State Department of Human Services.  He was hired as a delivery driver but became an ambassador for our company.  Rudy had a great rapport with our customers.  He taught…

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