Christina M. Fuges

Moldmaking

Laser Optimization Helps Brings AM to the Next Level

A new productivity-boosting technology, called parallel mode, redefines metal 3D printer process speed.

Moldmaking

Design Enhancements for Conformal-Cooled Insert Leverage 3D Printing Capabilities

A collaborative mold project reveals that the value of 3D printing isn’t in the process, it’s in the products.

Metal AM

What Does It Take to Be Safe?

The number-one thing a company can do to protect its AM investment and not interrupt production is develop a comprehensive safety policy specifically for additive.

Metal AM

3D Printing with Postprocessing in Mind

3D printing requires different finishing considerations than traditional manufacturing. One expert offers do’s and don’ts for approaching the finishing of additively manufactured parts.

Basics

Is the Juice Worth the Squeeze?

Is the end result of metal AM worth the effort it requires? Students of UL AMCC learn to ask this question at every stage in the process.

Moldmaking

Biomimicry: Nature’s Way of Cooling Tools with DMLS

Research leveraged biomimicry, a design method based on structures and systems found in nature, to develop a better mold.

Tooling

Postprocessing Composite Tooling: Machining, Coating or Combination Strategy?

A project testing the surface finishing options for composite tooling reveals insight about machining and coating strategies.

Design for Additive

The Power of AM Is in Product and Process

Additive manufacturing will advance where DFAM improves product performance and is supported by the process chain.

Technology

High-Speed Milling Meets Powder-Bed Additive Manufacturing

A hybrid machining center from Sodick integrates high-speed machining with direct metal laser sintering (DMLS).

Design for Additive

Successful Prints Require Feedback Before They Go to the Machine

DFAM is unlike designing for subtractive machining or injection molding, and requires acute understanding of the machine, process and materials involved.

Metal AM

Reducing Disposal Cost for Separator Vacuums

This filtration company addresses an overlooked AM safety and environmental compliance problem.

Design for Additive

SLM Achieves Weight Reduction for Robot Actuator

Selective laser melting made it possible to create a lighter, better performing actuator for a quadruped robot.