Posted September 22nd 2015

Additive manufacturing (3D printing) is used in a variety of different industries in a variety of different ways. While not the most popular form of manufacturing, it is quickly gaining recognition for fast, simple, and low-cost manufacturing of both small run and large run components. Especially for the production of metal parts, though the applications are without limit. Because additive manufacturing is so versatile, it can be used across a wide variety of industries to make a wide variety of products, including:

· Visualizations of designs – There is something different between designing something on CAD and actually holding it in your hand and seeing how it functions. We know that sometimes, the only way to test and see if something really works is to actually create the design, put it together, and test it in the real world. For visualizations of designs, there is no better way to get high-quality, finished products for testing.

· Customized products – In a world where customization is becoming more and more the norm, it is not surprising that 3D printing has become more and more popular. It is now possible We are able to make highly customized products, either for testing, for your distribution and sale. It is very easy to modify a design for the needs of the individual or the company, without losing time or producing very much waste.

· Large-scale manufacturing – When it comes to large scale manufacturing, there is nothing better than 3D printing. We can create a large number of products can be made very quickly and have a higher portion of them be without flaw and have the high finishing and detail that is otherwise difficultimpossible in large runs of manufactured products.

Smaller lots on demand – 3D printing allows us to offer for smaller lots of new products to be made. This is useful for companies that are testing something in the market or simply do not want to have to store extra products. The ability to create both small and large runs, both at lower cost and with less waste than ever before, makes it running small and large businesses alike more affordable.

Additive manufacturing can be used to create a huge variety of products. While plastic was the first and is the most popular type of 3D printing, we use metal in powder form is becoming more common to create high-quality finished products for both large and small runs, for testing and for implementation.



Posted September 2nd 2015

If like us you have a Yorkshire heritage, you might know a thing or two about the history of the metal industry. If you don’t., we’re sure your parents or grandparents do! BUT if you’ve never been to Sheffield, you might never have heard the term “Little Mesters.” Those who are familiar with the area and with the metalworking industry know that Little Mesters have long been an integral part of the industry in this area, and that though this trade has declined in recent years, there are still Little Mesters who play an important role in Sheffield’s metalworking. Read on and learn more….

The Early Years

The cutlery and tools made in Sheffield were (and still are) known around the world for their quality and design. This made them extremely popular, and as word spread throughout the 1700s, the demand for these products became higher and higher. As the industry grew, it became more and more difficult for individual craftsmen to keep up with the demand by himself. This led to the creation of the first cutlery factory, which opened in early 1823. Over the next thirty years, five more factories opened, in order to keep up with the demand.

This did not, however, put the individual craftsman out of business. In fact, he was often employed by the factories in order to help them keep up with the demand. These craftsmen came to be known as Little Mesters, which each Mester being involved in just one aspect of the production process, from forging to finishing. They worked on a contract basis, with the work being carried out in their own workshops and with their own tools.

The Good Times

After the 1840s, when this system of big factories contracting craftsman finally took hold, life was good. The cutlery and tools made in Sheffield were in high demand, which meant that the craftsmen were in high demand. The factories saved money by hiring only the craftsmen they needed, when they were needed, and as the middle class grew not just in the UK, but around the world, more and more people were buying cutlery for their homes. Even as inventions surfaced that could make cutlery much faster than craftsmen could, most factories viewed the products as far inferior to what their Little Mesters could create.

The Bad Times

By the late 1880s, however, many factories had begun to employ the use of machines, eliminating the need not just for many of their workers, but also for the Mesters. In the 1960s, far Eastern countries began producing the same kind of cutlery and tools, at a far lower price (and usually quality), and the tradition of the Little Mesters all but ceased to exist.

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