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Using 3D Printing for Mass Production

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In the early days of 3D printing and up until quite recently, additive manufacturing has been mostly a means to produce prototypes and one-off parts for presentation purposes, with minimal practical use. The technologies available were slow to produce more than a few parts at once, and mass production was simply not feasible. Producing parts for…

Going Green in the 3D Printing Industry

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With Earth Day just around the corner, we’re examining trends in recycling in the 3D additive manufacturing industry and sharing what ProtoCAM is doing to help make the world a greener place! The 3D printing world is still in the process of developing methods to better cater to the environment by recycling used and excess…

What’s New and Upcoming in HP Multi Jet Fusion

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In April of 2017, ProtoCAM received their first Hewlett Packard Multi Jet Fusion (HP MJF) unit and became a part of the future of additive manufacturing. As the anniversary of the implementation of our MJF printer approaches, we’re looking ahead to what new materials, processes, and systems are on the horizon for the HP MJF…

3D Printing vs Injection Molding – What’s the Best Production Method?

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Manufacturing parts has traditionally been accomplished with injection molding. This process involves injecting molten material into a metal mold; once cooled, the now solid object is ejected as a solid part. However, with advances in 3D printing and additive manufacturing technologies, this newer manufacturing method can offer some advantages over injection molding. Volume Injection molding…

Optimized 3D Print Production with Generative Design

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With increasing reliance on 3D printing as a manufacturing method, designs for production are changing to better utilize this technology. Enter generative design, an optimized method for designing 3D-printed production parts Traditional design for manufacturing uses simple shapes and rigid, firm lines to create products. Generative design revolutionizes this process for 3D printers, creating new…

Progress at ProtoCAM: A Historical Timeline

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We’re celebrating 24 years in business by taking a look back at all we’ve accomplished over the years! Follow our timeline below, from ProtoCAM’s beginnings back in 1994 through the future! 1994 ProtoCAM opens up their first facility in Northampton, PA in January under founders Ron Belknap and Ray Biery. Their first offerings include Stereolithography (SLA),…

2017 Year in Review at ProtoCAM

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          It’s been a great 2017! There have been tons of updates and innovations both in our facility and in the 3D additive manufacturing industry at large throughout this year. As we approach the new year, we wanted to reflect on how far we’ve come: We brought on a new talent…

Optimized 3D Production in the 4th Industrial Revolution

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              An industrial revolution represents a disruption to industries around the globe. We’ve experienced three industrial revolutions so far: the first used steam power to mechanize production; the second used electric power for mass production; and the third utilized electronics and information technology to automate production. Now we find…

ProtoTip: MJF, A Treasure Hunt for Parts

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Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) technology is the latest innovation in 3D printing adopted by ProtoCAM. Its advanced processes produce parts up to 10 times faster than other print methods. This is achieved by utilizing thermoplastic powder as a material base. A layer of powder is applied to the work area, and then in the opposite direction, in one…

Introducing the HP Multi Jet Fusion

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We are currently taking orders for HP Multi Jet Fusion parts and prototypes! Introducing ProtoCAM’s newest printer, the HP Multi Jet Fusion! ProtoCAM is the first company to receive the HP Multi Jet Fusion Production Center on the East Coast, and accordingly is a member of HP’s Founder’s Program for this new printing technology. Several…