Additive Manufacturing

Comparing 3D-Printed Conformal-Cooled Steel Molds to Aluminum Molds

While 3D-printed conformal coolant lines in steel injection molds reduce production costs and improve part quality, aluminum molds can yield similar results faster and at a lower cost.

The Harsh Realities of Additive Manufacturing

Now is the time to start talking about what is really holding additive manufacturing back.

Print the Whole Injection Mold in HSS to Increase Tool Life

A German mold builder offers a solution for printing high-speed steels with high carbon content to produce highly dense and wear-resistant molds via selective laser melting.

A Multi-Metal Additive Approach to Optical Quality Molds

Researchers propose a new approach to producing mold inserts with optical surface quality and no degradation using electroforming, thermal spray, and selective laser melting.

Ultimaker S5 Pro Bundle Enables Longer Unattended 3D Printing

The Ultimaker S5 Pro Bundle 3D printer includes a material station and air manager for automated material handling, optimized air filtration and filament humidity control.

3D Printing Creates a Window of Automation Opportunity

For this Omaha shop, periodic part inspection required an automated turning cell to pause production. Printing a plastic parts collection chute for delivery outside the cell solved this problem, and it turns out the shop has found 3D printing to be valuable in many other ways.

Cincinnati Inc., Multiax America Form Partnership

“Because an overwhelming majority of BAAM-printed parts require secondary machining, we’ve had a goal to partner with a leading CNC machine manufacturer for some time,” says Alex Riestenberg of Cincinnati Inc.

EOS M 300-4 Performs Production-Level Direct Laser Sintering

IMTS Spark: Designed for industrial production of high-quality metal parts, the EOS M 300-4 performs direct metal laser sintering (DMLS).

Automated Part Setup Maximizes Machine Utilization for Additive Manufacturing

MSP recently worked with Renishaw PLC to automate part setup and improve productivity for 3T Additive Manufacturing Ltd., helping cut part setup time from 5 hours to 10 minutes.

How to Reduce and Avoid Emissions from Polymer 3D Printing

Desktop 3D printers are immensely useful in a machine shop, but can emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and ultrafine particles (UFPs) that are harmful to humans. Here are some guidelines to install and operate them safely. 

Choosing the Best Abrasive Finishing Process for 3D Printed Parts

Studies have shown that abrasive finishing is flexible enough to finish 3D printed parts with complex geometries and difficult-to-machine materials, although the best process depends on a number of factors.

Additive Manufacturing in the Age of COVID-19: Ramping Up for a Fight

Reporting from the front lines of the fight against the coronavirus, this time confronting the costs to ramp up production of needed medical products. 

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