Profitable AM Is Not an Oxymoron

By: Timothy W. Simpson, Paul Morrow Professor of Engineering Design & Manufacturing

How a kangaroo, a chest implant, and the cost of argon prompted a question that led to the title for this month’s column. AM's full economic return is found in the overall product bottom line.
#supplychain #implants

Materials

Reusable, 3D Printed Copper Filter: The Cool Parts Show #28

By: Stephanie Hendrixson, Senior Editor

In this episode of The Cool Parts Show, we learn how controlled porosity obtained through binder jetting can be applied to build metal filters capable of trapping — and even eliminating — virus particles.
#metal #video #coolparts

Materials

Is There a Larger Role for Additives in Additive Manufacturing?

By: Peter Zelinski, Editor-in-Chief

Terminology confusion might be coming, because the answer is likely yes. A provider of glass flake for plastics foresees applications to AM, specifically as a reinforcement within 3D printing filament.
#polymer #composites

Materials

3D Printed Nitinol Opens New Possibilities for Arterial Stents

By: Stephanie Hendrixson, Senior Editor

Researchers at Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, have created the first self-expanding nitinol stents made via powder bed fusion. The project points to more opportunities with this shape memory alloy.
#metal

Design

Metal 3D Printed Part Has Unplanned Feature, Not Part of the Design — AM: Why the Failure? #2

By: Peter Zelinski, Editor-in-Chief

This component for the oil and gas industry features a shelf through the lattice structure that does not appear in the CAD model. How did it get there? The answer does not involve STL, but we talk about that anyway.
#AMWTF #metal #video

Call for Speakers Now Open for Additive Manufacturing Conference + Expo 2021

By: AM Staff

Abstracts from potential speakers for the 2021 Additive Manufacturing Conference are now being accepted on subjects relating to applications and advances in additive production.
#AMConference

Automotive

Cadillac Blackwing Models Are First GM Cars Using Additive Manufacturing for Full-Scale Production

By: Peter Zelinski, Editor-in-Chief

Three functional components are 3D printed thanks to cost savings and design freedom. Layers lines on the shift knob signify this advance.
#brackets

Realizing Efficiency and Sustainability Through Automated Postprocessing of Resin 3D Printed Parts

Workflow efficiencies and sustainability goals can be achieved together. An automated cleaning system and longer-lasting detergent allowed one manufacturer to reduce hazards, costs and time in its resin removal process.  
#postprocessing #polymer #sustainability

Automotive

Lighter, Better-Performing Brake Rotor From 3D Printing: The Cool Parts Show #27

By: Peter Zelinski, Editor-in-Chief

Additive manufacturing with an aluminum/ceramic composite enables a brake rotor with one-third the weight and five times the heat transfer of a typical rotor. We talk to the inventor on this episode of The Cool Parts Show.
#lightweighting #ceramic #video

Tooling

Big Ideas in AM: 10 Examples of 3D-Printed Tooling

By: Stephanie Hendrixson, Senior Editor

Additive manufacturing can aid conventional manufacturing through the production of tooling. This article showcases 10 clever uses of 3D-printed tooling.
#polymer #sand #assemblyconsolidation

Materials

Partnership Brings Thermoset Powders to Selective Laser Sintering

By: Stephanie Hendrixson, Senior Editor

Tigital 3D-Set materials can be 3D printed with SLS processes, offering higher thermal stability, less shrinkage and faster print speeds than thermoplastics.
#polymer

Enter Your 3D Printed Parts in The Cool Parts Showcase

By: Stephanie Hendrixson, Senior Editor

The first-ever contest from The Cool Parts Show seeks innovative parts made through additive manufacturing. Enter by August 13. 
#video #coolparts

Tooling

How 3D Printing Will Change Composites Manufacturing

By: Peter Zelinski, Editor-in-Chief

A Q&A with the editor-in-chief of CompositesWorld explores tooling, continuous fiber, hybrid processes, and the opportunities for smaller and more intricate composite parts.
#lightweighting #composites #brackets

Design

Carbon Offers Lattice-Generating Design Tech

By: Gary S. Vasilash, Transportation Editor

The design software is said to accelerate the time from "idea to design."
#generativedesign #polymer

Production

3D Printed Air Duct Based on Fluid Dynamics: The Cool Parts Show #26

By: Stephanie Hendrixson, Senior Editor

Air ducts are ubiquitous, but are they all as efficient as they need to be? Computational fluid dynamics informed the redesign of this 3D printed air duct — made to serve a 3D printer. 
#assemblyconsolidation #video #coolparts

Production

For Stratasys, Acquisition of Origin Part of Strategy Focused on Production and Polymer Materials

By: Peter Zelinski, Editor-in-Chief

Americas president Rich Garrity describes how the two additive manufacturing technology companies came together (COVID-19 helped), along with the value of protecting one culture while allowing another to change.
#polymer

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The Parts Cleaning Series

ON DEMAND: Learn how to use the latest technology and stay within environmental limitations with this 6-part webinar series.

Why Multitasking?

Machine tools that can perform turning, milling and other operations on one platform offer process efficiencies that more and more shops are leveraging to their advantage.

Practical Approaches to Automation

Automation isn't just useful for large volumes of the same part. Today, it is increasingly being used in machine shops for high-mix, low-volume jobs.

The Plating Insight Series

Products Finishing Editor Scott Francis hosts the IMTS Spark Plating Insights Series Wednesdays through Dec. 2.