Metal AM

A European View on AM: Rethinking Injection Molds

Overseas business models and applications of metal additive manufacturing promise to improve or invent functionalities integrated into molds and tools.

Production

What Your CEO Needs to Know

Additive manufacturing promises to affect far more than manufacturing alone. When evaluating AM, the perspective needed is the view that sees the impacts all across the enterprise.

 

Polymer AM

Surgical Guides Illustrate Promise of Mass Customization; “Up Front is Where Most Value Created,” Says Materialise’s Vancraen

Interconnected software systems allow for production via additive manufacturing of a product tailored to individual surgeries.

Production

Mission Critical: An AM Breakthrough in Commercial Aviation

The GE9X is the first commercial aircraft engine to reach production with significant additive content. The story of GE’s accomplishment and why it matters.

Polymer AM

3 Ways a Small Mold Builder Uses 3D Printing

How mold builder Byrne Tool + Design uses 3D printing for simultaneous mold manufacturing, conformal cooling and hybrid designs. 

Machine Learning

AI-Driven "Operating System" Makes Data Count

AI assistance could help additive manufacturing operations link engineering and design data to what is really happening on the factory floor.

Design for Additive

Webinar: Dive into Metal 3D Printing and Design

Register for a free webinar hosted by Protolabs to be held on Tuesday, May 21, at 2:00 p.m EST. Take an in-depth look into direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) to optimize design for ideal outcome.

Metal AM

What Is the Role for Additive Manufacturing in Aircraft Structural Components?

Spirit AeroSystems recently began installing the Boeing 787’s first titanium structural component to be made through AM. The part is not critical but also not minor. I spoke with manufacturing leaders at Spirit about the meaning of the part and the way forward for additive in aircraft structures.

Videos

Video: 3D-Printed Brackets Are Key to Automated Coolant Delivery for Lights-Out Machining

An on-site look at the different elements of the coolant-delivery system developed by a machine shop committed to running unattended.

AM Technology

AM 101: Multi Jet Fusion (MJF)

From functional prototypes to end-use parts, HP’s Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) is capable of efficient production. Learn about MJF, including its materials, postprocessing requirements, benefits and more, in this 101 post.

Design for Additive

Video: Additive Manufacturing Will Change How We Design

Geometric freedom is just the start. AM will also change how design happens.

Materials

Large-Format Additive Manufacturing: Viable for Autoclave Tooling?

SABIC and the University of Dayton Research Institute explore the potential of using large-format additive manufacturing (LFAM) technology for creating autoclave tooling used in manufacturing aerospace composite parts.

Polymer AM

Video: In Conventional Manufacturing, 3D Printing Is a Solution for Tooling

Tooling for conventional operations doesn't have to made conventionally. Rather than being made through machining, these welding fixtures are now made via 3D printing.