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Adamation uses the Print Pod for Micromanufacturing

Posted by Elijah Post on Sep 29, 2016 3:10:31 PM

We just launched a new case study on our website, and it’s one that I’m pretty excited about. It’s the story of how Oakland-based Adamation is using the Print Pod for rapid iteration and micromanufacturing. I had the pleasure of taking part in the initial setup of Adamation’s Print Pod and could not be happier with how things are turning out! Read the case study to learn more.

There are two critical things that make the Print Pod so important to small scale manufacturers around the world like Adamation. Both of them have to do with the all-important idea that workflow is absolutely key, not just because it reduces the over time it takes to get things done, but because it helps you stay focused on the task at hand.

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Topics: additive manufacturing, Print Pod

Print Pod to Support Students at the Newly Opened Hayward Adult School FabLab

Posted by Kim Carbon on Sep 27, 2016 2:08:06 PM

Campus makerspaces have continued to grow in the U.S over the last couple years. With the objective of providing students work-based learning experiences, they have become great venues for students to develop their skills and understanding of certain industries that they want to pursue once they graduate. On September 22, another collaborative workspace, the Hayward Adult School FabLab, was added to this list as it opened its doors in Hayward, California—and we, at Type A Machines, couldn’t be any prouder to be a part of this momentous event.

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Topics: events

Additive Manufacturing Industry Snapshots

Posted by Espen Sivertsen on Sep 26, 2016 2:13:39 PM

On average, I spend around one hour every day just keeping up on industry news and trends. With 431 3D printing companies at last count and rising, my feed receives around 26 new stories every morning, sporting product announcements, company launches, customer cases and the like. We tend not to let it impact our day-to-day too much: we are in the business of building the future, not reacting to current events. That said, I get a kick out of following and learning from the adventures, and sometimes, misadventures of our peers and partners. From time to time I also share Additive Manufacturing snapshots of things that pique my interest with our staff, and now also with you.

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Topics: news, industry insight

Reducing Strings when 3D Printing with ProMatte

Posted by Felicity Holbrow on Sep 20, 2016 11:51:02 AM

Part of my goal this week has been to come up with a better ProMatte profile that will reduce stringing. Originally we recommended that users turn retraction off when using ProMatte. You’ll get a beautiful matte finished product, but you’ll have lots of strings anywhere that the printer would normally retract filament. The reason we suggested turning retraction off was because, even with several millimeters of retraction, it didn’t have any effect.

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Topics: materials

Collaboration and Product-Market Fit in Additive Manufacturing

Posted by Espen Sivertsen on Sep 19, 2016 1:34:46 PM

We’ve been quite busy here at Type A Machines these past couple of months, teaming up with SFMoto for events which highlight 3D printing's role in manufacturing motorcycle parts; developing leasing options which allow our customers to get into our Print Pod Production System for as low as $650 per month; launching new material ranges that enable new applications for 3D printing, and - of course - continuing to develop groundbreaking additive manufacturing technologies such as internal geometric structural options in the slicing engine. Nevertheless, we always take the time to sit down and observe what else is happening in our industry. With some four hundred and thirty-one 3D hardware companies in the field, most being less than five years of age, I very much enjoy following each company's journey from startup to budding business and beyond. Companies make different development choices, and as Preet Jesrani of DesignBox3D points out - not always good ones. He makes some great points, and we’d like to share them with you too.

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Topics: additive manufacturing, 3d printing

Make It & Move It!: The 2016 East Bay Manufacturing and Logistics Summit

Posted by Kim Carbon on Sep 14, 2016 11:42:20 AM

Join us at the 2nd annual East Bay Manufacturing and Logistics Summit on Friday, September 16 and learn more about the latest developments in the East Bay manufacturing industry as well as the challenges that we are facing. Type A Machines will be there to take part in the company exhibits and will showcase its 3D design and fabrication solutions. See you there!

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Topics: events, east bay