Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing (AM) refers to the application of 3D printing to create functional, industrial components including prototypes, tooling and end-use production parts. AM’s advantages include the freedom to produce small batches of intricate parts cost-effectively, as well as the freedom to realize part designs that would not be manufacturable in any other way, and in some cases to use materials that otherwise would be impractical to apply. The range of processes finding industrial applications includes direct metal deposition, electron beam melting, polymer processes such as fused filament fabritcation (FFF), and select laser sintering (SLS) or melting (SLM), among others. Some hybrid machine tools combine additive manufacturing with subtractive CNC machining. Production Machining has a sister magazine, Additive Manufacturing, that focuses on AM.
Rendering of a bumper mold with conventional and conformal cooling showing required coolant hole layout.
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3D Robotic Deposition Advances Conformal Cooling

A new conformal cooling technique has emerged, rooted in a multilayer robotic deposition technology that is capable of manufacturing near-net shape objects.

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Automation and AM Help W. Fassnacht Werkzeug- und Formenbau Win Germany’s 2017 Toolmaker of the Year Title

Germany’s Toolmaker of the Year 2017 does things small but in a smart way when it comes to the design and manufacture of multi-component molds, in-mold-labeling and tools with integrated assembly functions.

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Exact Metrology is the Midwest Dealer For EnvisionTec

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.




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