Tooling

Tribologically Optimized Filament Delivers Maintenance-Free 3D-Printed Robot Grippers

A Germany-based cosmetics company saved 85 percent in the cost of its robot grippers by switching from aluminum to 3D-printed polymer.

News

Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) Opens 2019 Conference Registration

The conference's updated program for 2019 is set to incorporate more training and hands-on sessions for users.

Technology

Freemelt Offers an Open-Source Toolbox for Material Development

Swedish startup Freemelt believes collaboration will be a way forward for metal additive manufacturing. Its Freemelt One electron beam melting system for R&D supports this open-source philosophy.

News

XJet Opens AM Center for Metals and Ceramics

The Rehovot, Israel, facility will support XJet's continued development of 3D printing materials and applications.

Production

5 Lessons About Additive Manufacturing We Can Learn from This Part

A bracket redesign has a lot to say about the successful application of metal AM. One of the takeaways: Support structures are worth the effort!

Technology

NIST Method Measures Polymer Material Properties During 3D Printing

The light-based atomic force microscopy (AFM) technique offers insights into the stereolithography process.

News

Renishaw and Altair Collaborate to Bring Metal 3D Printing to Industrial End Users

The two companies will offer joint seminars, workshops and training events centered on metal additive manufacturing for production.

Tooling

The Manufacturing Network as a Source for Internal Custom Tooling

For a tool that includes both machined and 3D-printed components, all the pieces of the tool can be made by separate companies yet arrive together. BMW has used Xometry to obtain tooling in this way.

Design for Additive

MachineWorks Polygonica 2.2 Introduces Point-Cloud, Hole-Filling Functions

Upgrades to the point-cloud-to-mesh processing workflow deliver a smoother mesh surface, better suited to reverse engineering.

Polymer AM

Boeing Partners with Thermwood on 3D-Printed Tool for 777X

The tool was printed as a single piece from 20 percent carbon fiber-reinforced ABS using the Vertical Layer Print system.

News

Sciaky to Deliver Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM) System to Burloak Technologies

The EBAM system will be used to 3D print large metal parts for aerospace, defense and other industries.

Production

Carbon Fiber Bike Frame Made Possible with Robotic 3D Printing

Arevo’s True3D printing process, which deposits carbon fiber towpreg using a robotic arm, enabled the creation of a bike frame design that would not have been possible otherwise.