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It’s Sunday, so it’s time for our weekly roundup of the top 5 3D printing videos. If you want to learn more about recycled filament and its potential role in a circular economy, start by reading Enable 3D’s interview with Reflow. Next, Shapeways explains when using traditional manufacturing is preferable over using additive manufacturing and when using both might be the best course of action. The third video provides updates from Calgary, Canada, where two men have been detained by the police in connection with the 3D printing of handguns, a growing global trend. Watch Aimen’s brief large-format additive manufacturing demonstration in the fourth video to learn more. Finally,
Top 1: Should We Turn to Recycled Filament?
More and more people are looking for solutions as the environmental crisis worsens and the sheer volume of plastic waste we must deal with becomes more evident. One that has been developed revolves around the use of 3D printing filaments made from recycled plastic. Is it actually the future, though? That query is put forth in the first of our top 5 videos of the week. Reflow, an Amsterdam-based startup that has been a pioneer in the field of recycled filament, and Enables 3D, a community is working towards a circular economy through recycled filaments and 3D printing. To find out more, view the video below:
Top 2: Shapeways Explains How to Choose Between Traditional Manufacturing and Additive Manufacturing
Choosing the right technologies to use for a project can be challenging. Although both additive manufacturing and more conventional techniques have advantages, how can you be sure that the method you choose will optimize your parts? In the following video, Shapeways, a New York-based digital manufacturing platform that provides customers with access to high-quality manufacturing, clarifies why you might want to switch to additive manufacturing as well as the advantages of a more specialized solution offering:
Top 3: 3D Printed Guns Seized in Calgary
Lately, the topic of 3D printed guns has been coming up more often. Though there are doubts about their actual efficacy, it seems as if more and more police departments are focusing on the seizures of these so-called “ghost guns.” In the latest news, police in Calgary, Canada, have charged two men accused of 3D printing handguns. In the video below, the police give updates on the case:
Top 4: A Closer Look at Large Format Additive Manufacturing
Did you know that 3D printing can also create much larger parts? Of course, it is well known that it is ideal for producing small and medium series. When viewed, in fact, you can see how the robotic arm can create parts that are noticeably bigger using extrusion techniques. Check out the details of how large format additive manufacturing functions in the following video. This video is a helpful way to learn more about the subject, given how significant larger 3D printers have appeared to become recently, particularly as AM enters industries like construction:
Top 5: 3D Printed Wood Shapes Itself as it Dries
The future of IKEA furniture might be changed thanks to Hebrew University in Jerusalem, which has developed a unique and innovative 3D printing method. They have successfully designed a wood ink that allows 3D-printed parts to transform once dry. For example, they have managed to make kitchen utensils and even furniture, such as chairs. With this technique, they hope to revolutionize the construction methods of the future:
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