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August 2017

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3D-Printed Device Proves Rugged Enough for Dust-Free Tile Removal

Arizona Home Floors considered buying a mold to produce a plastic version of its DustRam product. But when a prototype proved durable enough to withstand working conditions, the production strategy shifted to 3D printing.

Building an Additive Manufacturing Business for Production

What does it look like to build a business based on AM production from the ground up? An Ohio medical device contractor is finding out.

Entering a New Era of Industrial Production: Factory for High-Volume AM Is Designed to Go Global

Germany-based FIT AG has kicked off a new phase of on-demand, near-net shape industrial-scale AM and aims to roll out its AM factory template at other sites around the world by building a global, scalable production concept.

From the Editor

Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing Are Two Different Things

And as AM continues to advance, the differences are becoming more pronounced and more important. 

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3D Printing a Metal Shift Knob for Faster Cooling

Metal 3D printing and design thinking enabled an engineer to create a shift knob designed to cool rapidly inside a hot car.

Taking Shape

Ford Crossing Bridges to Additive Manufacturing in Automotive Production

The automaker is actively working to bridge the gaps keeping additive manufacturing from advancing into automotive parts production. Partnerships that help that advance are vital.

Metal AM: Is Welding the Way In?

Optomec’s machine tool for metal 3D printing is also an accessible system for automated welding. The embrace of one use of this machine might lead to increasing exploration of the other.

SLM Titanium Expands Options for Hearing Aid Wearers

Titanium plus selective laser melting (SLM) enables hearing aids that perform better for a wider range of individuals.

The Promise of Lower-Cost Metal 3D Printing: 3 Views

Representatives of companies using the new Desktop Metal system—Caterpillar, Jabil and Lowes—describe their expected applications for this capability.

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