Polymer AM

3D Printing Clears Path to Production for DustRam

DustRam did not start out as a manufacturer. But thanks to 3D printing, the company now makes many of its own products in house, in addition to parts for customers.

Sponsored

Optimize Additive Manufacturing Designs for Cost AND Function

While manufacturers are now replacing parts and assemblies with 3D printed components to reduce cost, material and weight, there is still more opportunity to improve the functionality of the design. Robust design and modeling software is critical to realizing this potential.

Metal AM

AM 101: Ultrasonic Additive Manufacturing

Going from additive to subtractive can be simple with Ultrasonic Additive Manufacturing (UAM). What is it and how does it work? Learn the basics in this 101 post.

The Cool Parts Show

3D Printed Plastic Replaces Metal: The Cool Parts Show S1E3

This small business owner discovered 3D printing as a way to manufacture his invention. Now, AM is enabling a totally new source of revenue. Watch The Cool Parts Show to see how.

Metal AM

Interlayer Laser Peening Shows Promise for 3D Printed Implants and Beyond

Research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln illustrates how applying secondary processes between 3D-printed layers can have a ripple effect on part properties. Dr. Michael Sealy explains the potential for medical implants using Optomec’s LENS platform.

Polymer AM

3 Companies That Wouldn't Exist Without 3D Printing

3D printing’s affordability enables the existence of companies that wouldn’t be able to manufacture their products conventionally. Here are just three examples. 

Medical

Topology Optimized 3D Printed Spine Implant: The Cool Parts Show S1E2

Medical contract manufacturer Tangible Solutions shares a titanium 3D printed spine implant with an unusual lattice structure in this episode of The Cool Parts Show.

Aerospace

The Cool Parts Show, Episode 1: This Rocket Fuel Injector Is a Solid Part That Contains a Working Motor

Our new video series debuts with a look at a solid metal part made through additive manufacturing that was built with a motor embedded inside. The motor sealed within the part adjusts the rocket’s fuel mixture while the rocket is in flight.

AM Technology

"Future of AM" Roundtable Marks National Manufacturing Day

Additive manufacturing (AM) experts from Ford, Desktop Metal and MIT discuss future trends in a conversation moderated by Terry Wohlers. 

Design for Additive

Velo3D: Avoiding Support Structures Means Metal AM Can Be a Solution for Direct Part Replacement

Because of the extent of the redesign they might call for, support structures can be an impediment to AM adoption. Reducing the need for support structures increases the viability of 3D printing for current parts.

Videos

Coming Soon: The Cool Parts Show Launches October 7

The Additive Manufacturing editors have been working on a new project. Subscribe to our YouTube channel and be the first to see it October 7! 

Basics

Are Emissions from 3D Printing Hazardous to Your Health?

And if so, what can you do about it? NIOSH researchers share the organization’s approach to eliminate, avoid and reduce operator contact with volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and ultrafine particles from fused filament fabrication (FFF) 3D printers.

Production

Video: Additive Manufacturing Expands Design Possibilities for Automotive Lighting

Automotive lighting maker Varroc Lighting Systems describes the impact 3D printing instead of injection molding will have on car features such as headlights.