Additive manufacturing, with all its variations in underlying physics, mechanical functions, material possibilities and quality controls, offers a textbook case of a technology that has been both disruptive and yet slowly evolving at the same time. Intriguing improvements come to light here and there, and the overall field keeps moving forward. But game-changing tactics, of the type that elicit a “wow” response, don’t happen often. Improving Z-layer strength of 3D-printed parts with Essentium’s FlashFuse plasma process applied to nanotube-coated filament. Image courtesy Essentium. FlashFuse from Essentium, first highlighted at RAPID+TCT 2017, is going for the “wow.
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