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Performance is in the details. In footwear, that means design and materials—both of which are ultimately bound by manufacturing. In 2017, New Balance began a partnership with Formlabs to develop a 3D printing production system to open innovation opportunities on both fronts, with unlimited design freedom to create performance-optimized structures, an avenue to affordably manufacture customized components at scale, and a new arena of material possibilities.  This summer, the company takes a giant step forward in delivering on this vision with the announcement of TripleCell: a premium technology platform powered by Formlabs stereolithography (SLA) 3D printers and a completely new material, Rebound...

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Q. HOW DOES MAGIGOO WORK? A. Magigoo® works with the main plastics (ABS, PLA, HIPS, PET-G) in the 3D printing industry making the print stick firmly when the print-bed is heated to the right temperature for the plastic and releasing as soon as it cools back down. This unique and innovative behaviour means that no tools are needed to remove prints from the bed. They just pop off on completion.    Q. HOW TO REACH IDEAL ADHESION? A. Plastic adhesion is a complex process with many variables. Ideal settings may vary depending on the 3D printer being used, heated bed technology, plastic...

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Lagim™ is a collectible card game based on Filipino folklore and myths. Inspired by the traditional beliefs and customs of our Filipino ancestors, Lagim™ aims to bolster original Filipino content and storytelling. Players are introduced to enchanting worlds and mystical characters as they traverse and unravel this thrilling game of strategy and luck.   This features the process of making the insert for packaging of Lagim™ Card Game. The process: The 3D digital model will be then 3D printed so that it will become a physical object and will serve its purpose as the mold for thermoforming.      ...

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Flame-retardant materials are vital in some 3D printing applications. They’re more thermally stable than other materials, which means the likelihood of ignition or burning is reduced. These materials are ideal for end-use parts, replacement parts, tools, or fixtures where combustion may occur. There’s a wide range to choose from, with each offering specific benefits. Why are flame-retardant materials important? In some working environments, fire is a risk. Flame-retardant materials help prevent fires, or limit their spread. This gives workers valuable extra time to ensure their safety. The use of flame-retardant materials is sometimes mandatory, in order to comply with safety...

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GUIDES 3D Printing Technology Comparison: FDM vs. SLA vs. SLS     Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, lowers costs, saves time, and transcends the limits of fabrication processes for product development. From concept models and functional prototypes in rapid prototyping to jigs, fixtures, or even end-use parts in manufacturing, 3D printing technologies offer versatile solutions in a wide variety of applications. Over the last few years, high-resolution 3D printers have become more affordable, easier to use, and more reliable. As a result, 3D printing technology is now accessible to more businesses, but choosing between the various competing 3D printing solutions can be difficult. Which technology is...

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