3Diligent Perspective on Metal 3D Printing Featured in Digital Engineering’s RapidReady

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to speak with editor Pamela Waterman of Digital Engineering about metal 3D Printing and this year’s announcements from both Markforged and Desktop Metal. Our conversation was summarized in a post at the Digital Engineering blog RapidReady entitled “Metal 3D Printing on the Desktop Heats Up.” Here’s an excerpt:

3Diligent, an online manufacturing service that provides rapidly manufactured parts to customers, has its eye on the implications of these systems. Through its web portal, the company offers 3D printing, CNC machining, casting, and molding services for all stages of product development. Cullen Hilkene, 3Diligent CEO and co-founder, has watched the metal AM world expand beyond aerospace and medical users to include automotive, industrial, and consumer applications, and sees significant potential for the new desktop-metal approaches.

“I think we will see opportunities for these new technologies,” says Hilkene, “especially in industries where certain (metal part) requirements like tolerances, porosity and surface finish aren’t as stringent.  I think you can draw parallels between the plastics market and the metals market. In plastics AM (additive manufacturing), you have powder bed and extrusion, and both have advantages.”

You can read the full article here and if you’re interested in learning more about metal 3D Printing, you can download our Complete Guide to Metal 3D Printing here.  If you’d like to get on our mailing list for when we start offering metal parts from these extrusion systems, click here.

3Diligent Makes Major Updates to Resources and Capabilities section

3Diligent has rolled out significant updates to the Services and Resources pages of 3Diligent.com. The updates make it easier to keep in front of the remarkable breadth of rapid manufacturing technologies and materials offered by the company and trends shaping 3D Printing and digital manufacturing more broadly.

The Services section provides a deep dive into each of the technology families offered by 3Diligent.  3D Printing, CNC Machining, and Molding and Casting all have dedicated sections.  Within the dedicated sections, particular details are offered about each of the technology families offered.  For instance, in the 3D Printing section, check out deep dives on Sheet Lamination, Binder Jetting, Material Jetting, Vat Photopolymerization, Extrusion, Powder Bed Fusion, and Directed Energy Deposition.  Each page offers useful context on the defining characteristics, tradeoffs, machines, and materials offered by each process.

Our Resources section is stocked with useful insights, such as:

  • White Papers for perspective from our leadership on where the industry is now and where it’s headed
  • Case Studies detailing how customers have utilized 3Diligent’s rapid manufacturing services
  • Press Coverage which presents some of the news and thought leadership that has been published in the media
  • Material Library detailing materials offered by 3Diligent with hyperlinks to OEM material technical data sheets

We hope you find the new content informative!


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3Diligent Releases Complete Guide to Metal 3D Printing

CEO to Speak in Chicago on Metal Printing Processes at 3D Metal Printing Experience and Tech Tour 

Los Angeles, Calif. – August 9, 20173Diligent announced today it has released its Complete Guide to Metal 3D Printing: An Overview of Industry Advancement and Technologies, which provides a comprehensive source of information on current trends in metal 3D Printing and existing and emerging metal printing processes for the reader that is considering a metal printing project.

The 13-page report explores headlines on metal 3D Printing by GE and Boeing, research by 3Diligent from its own State of Professional and Industrial 3D Printing analysis and a summary of the processes, applications, pros and cons of each of the following established and emerging metal 3D Printing technologies:

  • Powder Bed Fusion – Laser Melting
  • Powder Bed Fusion – Electron Beam Melting
  • Infiltrated Binder Jetting
  • Directed Energy Deposition
  • Wax Print-to-Cast
  • Sand Print-to-Cast
  • Print-to-Plating
  • Full Sinter Binder Jetting
  • Sheet Lamination
  • Nano Particle Jetting
  • Extrusion Metal

3Diligent CEO Cullen Hilkene will speak next week at 3D Metal Printing Magazine’s 3D Metal Printing Experience and Tech Tour. Hilkene will speak on Thursday, August 17 at 9:00 am CT on “Metal Printing Processes: Tradeoffs, Applications and Emerging Technologies.” The presentation will cover the different metal-printing technologies in the market, relevant tradeoffs, and common applications. Additionally, the presentation will speak to emerging technologies and how they might complement or compete with existing technologies.

The 3D Metal Printing Experience and Tech Tour will take place at the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg Chicago, August 16-17, 2017, where attendees will be able to interact directly with industry experts, learn about the latest technology developments for 3D metal printing and hear case-study applications for 3D metal printing.

“It’s clear that metal 3D Printing is becoming a foundational technology for the next generation of aerospace, medical and other industrial parts.  However, staying on top of the latest developments to ensure you’re utilizing the best technologies in market and making informed investments can be a major challenge.” said Hilkene. “It is my hope that this report can provide a useful perspective on the current landscape.”

For more information on 3Diligent, its capabilities, and to download the Complete Guide to Metal 3D Printing, visit http://www.3diligent.com/complete-guide-to-metal-3d-printing/.

About 3Diligent

3Diligent is an innovative rapid manufacturing services provider offering CAD/CAM-based fabrication services such as 3D Printing, CNC machining, and casting.  3Diligent launched in 2014 to provide businesses deterred by the cost and obsolescence risk of 3D printer ownership a single source for faster, more convenient, and more affordable additive manufacturing services.  3Diligent uses data science to analyze customer requests for quote (RFQs) and identify optimal solutions across its network of qualified providers.  3Diligent’s next-generation approach to rapid manufacturing allows customers to simplify their procurement and service providers to get more out of their capital investments. 3Diligent counts companies from Fortune 500 enterprises to startups among its customers.  For more information, visit http://www.3Diligent.com/.