Large-Format

The Hidden Complexities of Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing

Lincoln Electric Additive Solutions’ robotic metal 3D printing process is a choreographed dance between welding, robots, automation, heat management and machining. The new venture may have a distinct advantage in the field: its parent company’s 125 year-old legacy.

Polymer AM

How Additive Manufacturing Is Expanding the Possibilities for Plastics

In terms of lead time, part size, quantity and inventory needs, the limitations on plastics are being overcome. We will see plastics doing more — the theme of several recent articles we’ve posted.

Materials

Production 3D Printing With Roots in Materials Development: The Origin Story

Production-oriented polymer AM machine uses the same platform with the same range of controls originally conceived for material development.

Polymer AM

What A Former Moldmaker Has Learned About AM: Leverage Simplicity and Let It Scale

The once-again independent Linear AMS is now more focused on additive manufacturing than ever before.

Production

3D Printing Trends for 2020 (and a Quick Look Back at 2019)

Additive Manufacturing (both the technology and the media brand) advanced and matured in 2019. A quick recap of 2019, plus predictions for 3D printing in 2020. 

The Cool Parts Show

Want More 3D Printed Parts? What's Next for The Cool Parts Show

Season 1 of The Cool Parts Show highlights topology optimized spine implants, custom shoe insoles, a 3D printed build plate for powder bed fusion...and there’s more to come!

Metal AM

Can 3D Printing Make a Better AM Build Plate? The Cool Parts Show S1E5

Ultrasonic metal additive manufacturing was used to create a build plate aimed at making powder bed fusion more effective. This episode of The Cool Parts Show looks at a part by AM, for AM.

Metal AM

Is Solid-State Additive Manufacturing an Enabler to the Internet of Things?

Startup Tri-D Dynamics sees precision cold spray 3D printing providing IoT-enabled parts with electronics built in. The promise is sensing in environments where the sensing might be needed most.

Materials

Building Confidence in Additive Manufacturing for Tooling

New potential for mold tooling applications is reached with custom-designed materials for additive manufacturing.

Top 10 Stories of 2019

Additive manufacturing’s advance into aerospace, metal 3D printing, enterprises and production top the list of the most-read stories of 2019.

The Cool Parts Show

Shoe Insoles Precisely Tailored to Individual Feet: The Cool Parts Show S1E4

This episode of the The Cool Parts Show looks at how 3D printing will deliver tailored products. Scanning feet for their geometry and pressure enables Aetrex and EOS to manufacture insoles that are unique to individual wearers.

Basics

AM 101: NanoParticle Jetting (NPJ)

The proprietary process from XJet builds ceramic and metal parts using nanoparticle suspensions. Learn how NPJ works in this introductory article, part of our AM 101 series.