Production

Automated 3D Printing at Evco: Composites, Cobots, Email and More

Injection molder Evco has long seen the importance of industrial automation for plastics processing. Its latest automation feat? A cobot-tended cell of 3D printers for manufacturing fixtures and customer products unattended.

Sponsored

Finally, a Metal Additive Manufacturing System That’s Built for Production

For metal additive manufacturing to become a viable alternative in a production environment, it must have the process controls expected of other manufacturing processes. That technology has finally arrived.

Production

Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing Delivers Low Buy-To-Fly Ratios

Manufacturers in the aerospace industry buy expensive raw material with one common goal: to make it fly. To reduce its buy-to-fly ratio (the ratio of material inputs to final part output), this company turned to wire arc additive manufacturing to create near-net shape parts.

Polymer AM

Additive Manufacturing — More Than Metal: How Vat Photopolymerization Started It All

Vat photopolymerization was the first AM process to be successfully commercialized. Three decades later, this technology has shown how AM is capable of scaling to volume production and making custom products on demand.

Aerospace

Additive Manufacturing Conference Speaker: GE Aviation

At the Additive Manufacturing Conference, taking place August 27-29 in Austin, Texas, GE’s Eric Gatlin will dive deep into the company’s latest breakthrough in additive: the GE9X.

 

Medical

How Topology Optimization Could Be the Key to Longer-Lasting Hip Implants

Hip stem implants must support the mechanical loads of the patient’s lifestyle, but should also avoid stress shielding. A team from Altair leveraged simulation, topology optimization and 3D printing to design an optimized hip stem that meets both conditions.

Production

Additive Manufacturing Conference Speaker: Ford

At the Additive Manufacturing Conference, taking place August 27-29 in Austin, Texas, Ford’s Ellen Lee will discuss additive manufacturing for automotive production end-use parts.

AM Technology

Directing the Future of Laser Metal Deposition (LMD)

Formalloy is proving that LMD is for more than repairs and large parts. Fast deposition rates, fine detail capabilities and multimaterial support promise to change how parts are designed and made.

Polymer AM

Thermwood’s Vertical Layer Printing Turns AM on Its Side

Vertical Layer Printing (VLP) 3D prints layers perpendicular to the floor, extending Z height to the length of the print bed — as long as 40 feet.

Hybrid Manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing and Metal Casting

How is additive manufacturing disrupting metal casting? A hybrid approach to consider.

Automotive

Project Partners Bring Next Generation AM Project to Successful Conclusion

Two years after Daimler, Premium Aerotec and EOS launched their NextGenAM pilot manufacturing facility in Varel, Germany, the partners now celebrated the successful completion of the project during a special ceremony in Varel, Germany.

Additive Manufacturing Conference + Expo Announces Complete Program

The agenda for this annual event on additive manufacturing includes technical presentations, networking, equipment demos and facility tours.

Polymer AM

How a Prototyping 3D Printer Became a Production 3D Printer

Boyce Technologies was already a leader in manufacturing communications devices, but 3D printing and a partnership with BigRep have helped it remain competitive—first through prototyping, and now in production.