Inspection

CT Scanning Reveals What Isn’t There in 3D Printed Parts

3D Engineering Solutions offers CT scanning as a powerful nondestructive testing (NDT) solution for inspection. For 3D printed parts, sometimes revealing the space inside can be just as valuable as mapping what was printed. 

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

Additive Manufacturing Conference Speaker: Forecast 3D

At the Additive Manufacturing Conference, taking place August 27-29 in Austin, Texas, Ken Burns of Forecast 3D will cover digital transformations in manufacturing and the impact of integrating 3D printing into manufacturing facilities.

Metal AM

Video: Support Structures Are Misnamed! How to Understand Anchors in Additive Manufacturing

Supports or anchors can account for a significant share of both the engineering investment and material use in metal additive manufacturing. Michael Hansen of SLM Solutions discusses the role and importance of support structures.

Polymer AM

The Results Are In: Autoclave Tooling and Large Format Additive Manufacturing

SABIC and the University of Dayton Research Institute studied large-format additive manufacturing (LFAM) for metal autoclave tooling. The results are promising.

Moldmaking

Video: Metal AM Affects Plastics Production via Conformal Cooling

Additive manufacturing allows cooling channels within mold tooling inserts to follow the form of the tool rather than being straight drilled holes. Here’s why this matters.

Videos

Video: The Impact of Part Orientation on Cost and Build Time in AM

A different build orientation might mean fewer layers and less support structure, though the part might need to be redesigned to take advantage of this different orientation.

Production

Why Robots and Additive Manufacturing Go Together

3D printing and robots enable one another. We miss the possibilities of one if we do not consider the other. The combination includes AM for end effectors, robots for 3D printing parts, and different modes of metal and plastic production.

Metal AM

Video: How Simulation Assists Directed Energy Deposition

Scrapping an AM part is potentially as costly as scrapping a machined part. Directed energy deposition is an additive process that can benefit from a resource that safeguards machining: simulation software. 

Production

Additive Manufacturing Conference Speaker: Evolve Additive

At the Additive Manufacturing Conference, taking place August 27-29 in Austin, Texas, Bonnie Meyer of Evolve Additive Solutions will cover five steps to consider in the switch to additive manufacturing for production.

Basics

Additive Manufacturing via Material Extrusion

Material extrusion was the second process to be successfully commercialized. After three decades of material advancements and a diverse array of start-ups and applications, the use cases for this technology are still going strong.

Automotive

Thyssenkrupp's Low-Risk Venture into 3D Printing Began with the End Effector

Thyssenkrupp Bilstein of America's investment in additive manufacturing technology has been relatively low-risk and low-cost. And yet, layer by layer, the wins are adding up. 

Metal AM

Video: What is Directed Energy Deposition?

DED is an additive manufacturing process that builds features or parts in metal by placing material where needed.