3D Printing Material Suppliers Hard at Work, A Thank You to Misumi

Posted by Espen Sivertsen on Jun 29, 2015 7:06:00 PM

Anyone working in hardware will know how incredibly important supplier relationships are. 

Last minute changes, shipping delays or unexpected parts shortages are all part of supply chain management, and impact a rapidly developing company such as Type A Machines.

Luckily, we have awesome suppliers.

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Topics: 3D prints, 3d printing, materials

The Bay Area is the Perfect Place for the 3D Printing Revolution

Posted by Elijah Post on Jun 18, 2015 1:11:00 PM

There’s something special about the San Francisco Bay Area which makes it a place where companies like Type A Machines are possible. Throughout our history, our staff has consisted of people from across the globe. In fact, our staff have represented over a dozen countries, as well as New Jersey.

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Topics: history

3D Printed Wood Award for SF Green FilmFest Winners

Posted by Kimberly Reyes on Jun 16, 2015 2:45:00 PM

The annual San Francisco Green Film Festival (SFGFF) brings environmentally conscious films and filmmakers to audiences. For their fifth year, they’ve chosen “Changing Cities” as the theme of the festival and, for the third year in a row, have enlisted the help of Type A Machines to 3D print the awards designed by Type A Machines Chief Design Officer Bryan Allen.

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Topics: events, filament

What Does A 3D Printer Operator Do?

Posted by Elijah Post on Jun 9, 2015 9:58:00 PM

Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve been looking at the benefits of additive manufacturing and the Print Pod. We’ve covered how it can be the most cost effective solution regardless of the size of your business. We’ve also covered how 3D printing is a more sustainable manufacturing method for companies than injection molding.

For people who may not have a clear frame of reference for the 3D printing industry however, it can be hard to imagine what this process looks like as the operator of the 3D printer.

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Topics: octoprint, 3d printing, tech, Print Pod

The Case for 3D Printing and Sustainability

Posted by Elijah Post on Jun 4, 2015 7:27:26 PM

3D Printing is one the most sustainable mass manufacturing methods ever known. The ways in which it is sustainable are numerous, but a few are worth highlighting as we consider this week’s Green Film Festival.

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Topics: green film festival, 3d printing, sustainability

The Real Speed of Rapid Prototyping

Posted by Elijah Post on May 28, 2015 7:56:00 PM

Rapid prototyping is one of the primary uses which spawned the sudden rise in 3D printing over the last 10 years. The concept of rapid prototyping traces back to the first 3D printers in the 1980s, first covered in the popular media in 1989.

Prior to 3D printing, a designer would send their designs to separate department, and often a separate firm, to craft a physical prototype at considerable cost with turnaround time measured anywhere from weeks to months. With the advent of 3D printing, an individual designer or design team suddenly had the ability to create their own physical prototypes and it could be in their hands within days or even hours.

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Topics: architecture, series 1 pro, 3d printing, Print Pod, rapid prototyping