Category Archives: US Manufacturing

Nano Technologies Offers a Range of New Options for Manufacturing

Posted on April 9th, 2019
nano manufacturing

The word nano comes from the Greek nanos, meaning dwarf but in this case, we’re talking extremely small. While minuscule might be what most of us think about when we hear about nanotechnologies what’s exciting in this case is that size really does matter. At nano sizes, matter behaves differently than it does at larger sizes. Such a distinction means the display of unique biological, chemical and physical properties. The addition of nano technologies to manufacturing offers a range of new options for manufacturing things at nano scale. This includes the production of nano scale materials or powders and fluids as well as the development of scalable, high-yield processes for the development of nano scale structures and devices. Nano scale materials provide high surface-to-volume ratios, great packing density and ideal material behavior and properties. Two Approaches Manufacturing at nano scale…

Differences Between 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing

Posted on March 13th, 2019
additive manufacturing

While the technology has been around for three decades, there still is debate in the industry about if 3D printing and additive manufacturing are the same thing or not. Depending on who you ask or your source of information, you’re bound to receive slightly different answers. Some see the difference between 3D printing and additive manufacturing as identical processes with different names, while others see the two as processes as different with inherent similarities. Both 3D printing and additive manufacturing are based on layer-based manufacturing techniques. Using information from a CAD file, material gets layered sequentially and builds in cross-sections stacked one on top of the other. 3D Printing – provides the ability to build an object one layer at a time. Its early uses are often compared to a 2D inkjet printer. Its applications include, but are not limited…