Design

A Three-Piece Toolset to Minimize Metal Additive Build Failures (Includes Video)

By: Brent Donaldson, Senior Editor

Three separate software tools from Siemens attempt to control some of the most challenging variables within metal AM: build orientation, distortion and deposition paths. Part of software video series.
#video

3D Printing and the Next Giant Leap for Mankind

By: Brent Donaldson, Senior Editor

A collaboration between Aerojet Rocketdyne and NASA is resulting in critical parts being 3D printed for new versions of the workhorse RS-25 engine.
#metal

Design

Avoiding Costs while Adding Value with DFAM

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

Design for Additive Manufacturing (DFAM) is as much about finding value as it is about avoiding costs with AM. 

Production

Angled Makes It Possible for Anyone to Launch a 3D Printed Product

By: Stephanie Hendrixson, Senior Editor

The online store utilizes open capacity at its sister 3D printer farms for on-demand production with no startup costs, allowing designers to sell physical products as easily as digital ones.
#supplychain #polymer

Production

Speed Is Relative in AM: A Data-Driven Comparison of Multi-Laser Powder Bed Fusion and Binder Jet Processing

There is a difference between the effective print speed and the actual cost to produce the component with AM. John Barnes compares binder jet processing with powder bed fusion for metal parts. 
#metal

Production

Gantri’s 3D Printed Luxury Lighting Brings Designers Closer to Consumers

By: Stephanie Hendrixson, Senior Editor

The San Francisco startup is changing designer lighting with a designer-forward online marketplace and just-in-time delivery enabled by 3D printing.
#polymer

Medical & Dental

For AM and Machining to Work Together, Let Them Compete

By: Peter Zelinski, Editor-in-Chief

A medical device maker establishes a center of excellence for product and process development in which additive manufacturing and CNC machining both challenge and complement one another.
#machining #enterprise #metal

Materials

The Cool Parts Show Live Jan. 12 to Feature Ceramic Brake Rotor

By: Stephanie Hendrixson, Senior Editor

Join us January 12 at 3:30 p.m. Eastern for a live episode featuring a 3D printed ceramic matrix composite brake disc rotor for high-performance vehicles. Add the session to your MySpark planner. 
#composites #coolparts #ceramic

Aerospace

Mars Rover Instrument Is Manufacturing Challenge, 3D Printing Victory

A critical instrument on the Perseverance rover requires five components that could only be made via additive manufacturing. Carpenter Additive overcame obstacles to produce them.
#metal #postprocessing #brackets

Aerospace

CNC Machining as a Business Strategy for Additive Manufacturing

By: Brent Donaldson, Senior Editor

As 3rd Dimension Industrial 3D Printing ramps up for production — including a fleet of new 3D printers in a custom-designed building — it's the company's traditional machining capabilities that provide a unique competitive advantage.
#metal #machining

Additive Manufacturing's Top-Viewed Content of 2020: Metal 3D Printing, Design, Business Strategies, and More

By: Katelyn Arnold, Assistant Editor

The AM team has compiled a list of the top articles that you, our audience, have looked at the most in 2020. Thank you all so much for being a part of the Additive Manufacturing community.

Future-Proof Additive Manufacturing Debinding Through Sustainable Methods

Sustainable manufacturing can increase operational efficiency while responding to environmental requirements, but must consider the entire production chain including postprocessing. For binder jetting, this means selecting a sustainable debinding method. 
#metal #postprocessing #sustainability

Materials

3D Printing Helps Close the Loop for Armor’s Circular Economy

By: Stephanie Hendrixson, Senior Editor

Manufacturing 3D printing filament was first a way for Armor to recycle its own reclaimed plastic waste. But now, this business unit is helping to close the loop on sustainability for plastic 3D printed products.
#polymer #sustainability

Production

Where Blockchain and 3D Printing Converge, Distributed Manufacturing Can Thrive

By: Stephanie Hendrixson, Senior Editor

Decentralizing production through additive manufacturing can bring numerous benefits, but these can only be realized through trust. VeriTX is building a platform to secure a trusted digital supply chain for aerospace and beyond.  
#supplychain #enterprise

Production

Video: Challenges and Opportunities in Additive Manufacturing

By: Stephanie Hendrixson, Senior Editor

Is additive manufacturing ready for full-scale production? Yes, but it isn't that simple. Our editors break down the issues to consider in this video conversation.
#basics #video

Design

Finding Value with Design for Additive Manufacturing

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

Six questions can help you find value as you apply DFAM.
#basics

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Trends in Automotive

What's Next for the Automotive Industry? The Editors of AutoBeat explore the industry's transition to one where automotive manufacturing is safer, simpler, more regulated … and possibly reshored.

Trends in Parts Cleaning

The latest cleaning trends point toward environmentally friendly ways to clean effectively, involving the replacement of harmful chemical solvents within a cleaning process or switching to a mostly aqueous method.

The Plating Insight Series

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

Digital Manufacturing

From machine monitoring and machine tool dynamics to out-of-the-box digital tools, discover the digital manufacturing technologies becoming a requirement for competing in the marketplace as well as simplifying and improving businesses.