Tooling

3D-Printed Tools Are in Production at Falcon Jet

High part variability and low volume make 3D-printed tooling the right fit for Falcon Jet components.

Tooling Is the Underappreciated AM Application

One of the significant impacts of industrial 3D printing will be its aid to conventional production.

Ohio Business Sees Big Possibilities in BAAM for Tooling

A new startup built around a large-scale 3D printer aims to offer short lead times for large industrial tools.

Spotlight on Tooling in May Issue

3D-printed tooling—parts for making other parts—is the theme running through this month’s Additive Manufacturing magazine. Also highlighted is the upcoming Rapid trade show and conference.

ExOne Highlights 3D-Printed Washout Tooling

Rapid 2017: ExOne's binder system enables 3D-printed washout tooling for composite parts.

Strangpresse Model 19 Extruder Supports Pellet-to-Print Applications

Rapid 2017: The extruder works with bulk polymer pellets.

Aerospace Contractor Brings Custom Tooling In-House with FDM 3D Printing

Adding an FDM 3D printer enabled a producer of subassemblies for aircraft to bypass traditional tooling solutions on many custom tools and bring much of this work in-house.

From CAD File to Composite Part in 72 Hours

This Akron company focuses on large-format 3D printing for tooling, including composites layup tooling. Among the advantages are short lead times and adaptability to changes.

Video: Additive Manufacturing Advances at Caterpillar

Stacey DelVecchio of Caterpillar describes how AM is moving forward within a large and established company. Today, there is tooling and aftermarket parts. Ultimately, the technology will empower engineers to realize parts and products “they never even dreamed possible.”

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.

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.

Type A Machines Introduces EverydayPLA and PerformancePLA Filament

The two materials have been developed in partnership with filament manufacturers.