Job Shop

Staying Focused on the Promise of AM

For this company, realizing that promise is a long-term undertaking. In the short term, it involves sometimes saying no.

Does Additive Manufacturing Make Sense in a “Subtractive” Machine Shop?

Definitely yes, says this shop—a metal additive part is almost always a machined part as well, and an established machine shop is perhaps the best business to realize AM’s promise for production.

Drilling Jig an Example of How 3D Printing Assists Machining

A machine shop benefits from 3D printing as a means of efficiently making custom hardware to aid both the process and the machines.

Contract Shop Invests in Hybrid Manufacturing for Survival and Growth

An Ontario manufacturer sees hybrid manufacturing as a means for survival.

Why Your Machine Shop Will Have a 3D Printer

In the future, we’re likely to take it for granted that small machining businesses routinely use 3D printing as a complement to their machine tools. The 3D printer can do work that frees up the more valuable machines.

Applications Add Up

After purchasing a 3D printer to solve a safety issue, turning shop Swiss Automation has found many more applications for the additive manufacturing technology on its shop floor.

A Layered Approach to Boosting Business and the Industry

Faustson Tool uses its pioneering spirit to carefully take on metals additive manufacturing one step at a time, and today the company is committed to educating and supporting industry and its academic partners with this technology.

Desktop 3D Printer as Job Shop Resource

The low-cost 3D printer in this shop supports machining by simplifying prototyping and producing usable hardware—including vise jaws.

Where 3D Printing Fits In

Baklund R&D, a tool and die and CNC machining job shop in Hutchinson, Minnesota, has an unusual philosophy for how to cultivate, encourage and develop manufacturing employees.

Let’s Call It Additive Marketing

I like the way this manufacturing company is building and promoting its “brand.” The many right things it is doing are evident in this report from the recent RAPID show in Detroit, which focused on new developments in additive manufacturing processes.

Learning Curve

A manufacturer that has succeeded for three generations expects additive manufacturing to be part of the reason why it will succeed in the fourth. One year into its investment in the technology, here is the company’s experience so far.

Reimagining Implants

A medical-industry contract manufacturer that built its reputation on CNC machining is now helping its customers realize the advantages of additive manufacturing.