Additive manufacturing will not be replacing turning operations any time soon, but the two processes can complement one another.
Associate Editor, Modern Machine Shop
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.
A shop had a problem with chips and coolant being shot back through tube material it was machining on a bar-fed CNC turning center. Its solution was to 3D-print a plug to insert into the back end of the tubes. It uses its 3D printer in other ways, too.
Many factors, such as price, part size and material come into play when deciding whether 3D printing or CNC milling is the best method for making a prototype.
As additive manufacturing technology progresses and its use grows, it has become an accepted production process. Here are some applications for full production additive, and how the industry is achieving it.
A company that helps manufacturing companies implement collaborative robots has found that additive manufacturing can produce custom parts for these systems faster and cheaper than machining.
With the DMP Flex 350, manufacturers achieve high repeatability.
Close attention to detail and automation of key processes is helping this shop earn its place as a leader in the 3D printing industry.
Contributing Editor, Production Machining
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An additive manufacturing expert shares what turning shops should know about the technology, gives examples of how to use it and suggests steps for adopting AM.
Lens controlled atmosphere hybrid system supports building, repairing, coating and finishing of metal parts as large as 860 mm.
Although many people are intrigued by the process of additive manufacturing, some might be under the assumption that it is beyond the capabilities of a metalworking shop; however, this assumption isn’t correct. Here are some examples of shops that have become proficient with the process, and your shop can, too.
Exact Metrology is the greater Midwest dealer for EnvisionTEC, a Detroit-based manufacturer of 3D printers and materials that supplies machinery and materials to a variety of industries, including automotive, aerospace, appliance, jewelry and life sciences.
Methods Machine Tools has formed a subsidiary called Methods 3D, which is a partnership between Methods and 3D Systems. The new business will establish additive manufacturing labs in its Methods’ technology centers located across the country.
Even if additive manufacturing and medical devices are not yet on your radar, this information may be useful in strategic planning for cleaning complex parts.