Additive Manufacturing in the Age of COVID-19: Ramping Up for a Fight

Reporting from the front lines of the fight against Coronavirus.

Sponsored

Building The Future Workforce of Additive Manufacturing

As additive manufacturing (AM) processes for metals evolve each day, educators and specialists are racing to standardize best practices across the industry. Tim Simpson—one of the leading experts in the field—has partnered with ASME to create a new framework in his Designing for AM With Metals course. 

Moldmaking

Shoe Manufacturing at Flowbuilt Is Reshored and Reimagined

The shoe store of the future is more like a digitized tailor’s shop than a warehouse. Flowbuilt Manufacturing is the flexible contract manufacturer that can serve this vision, using both 3D printing and injection molding.

Moldmaking

In Automotive, Is Additive Manufacturing an Answer for Die Cast Tooling?

The largest high-pressure die cast tool builder in North America is 3D printing die inserts and water jackets for major automakers. It’s a tough sell, but one company is succeeding — and it’s just getting started.

The Cool Parts Show

We Answer Your Questions About The Cool Parts Show - Bonus Episode

In this bonus episode of The Cool Parts Show, hosts Peter Zelinski and Stephanie Hendrixson answer your questions, including: What makes something a Cool Part?

Metal AM

Choosing the Best Abrasive Finishing Process for 3D Printed Parts

Studies have shown that abrasive finishing is flexible enough to finish 3D printed parts with complex geometries and difficult-to-machine materials, although the best process depends on a number of factors.

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.

Sustainability

Generative Design to Bring Weight and Cost Savings for Micromobility FUV

The “Fun Utility Vehicle” from Arcimoto is already in production, and already lightweight. But after just 30 days of redesign for additive manufacturing, the company discovered major components could be made lighter still, and production could be made simpler.

Tooling

Concrete Facade Made with 3D Printed Tooling Now Complete

The One South First building in Brooklyn features a concrete facade fully covering its 45 stories. 3D printed tooling played a key part. 

Metal AM

DMLS or Polyjet? A Hands-On Comparison to Produce Prototype Mold Inserts

The development phase of creating injection molded parts and inserts often requires the production of small-quantity prototypes. This moldmaker compared two different AM technologies to produce prototype mold inserts made from tool steel and polypropylene photopolymer.

Production

The New Normal? Resilient Supply Chains with 3D Printing

We were already headed toward expanded adoption of 3D printing, in HP’s view, when the coronavirus hit. The pandemic’s disruption will only get us there faster.

Metal AM

AM’s 2020 Advance: How the Crisis Created Conditions for Additive Manufacturing to Leap Ahead

Stories we’ve found within the pandemic period reveal 3D printing’s promise for scalable, flexible production and rapid product development.

Breaking News: IMTS 2020 Canceled in Compliance With Coronavirus Precautions

IMTS has been canceled for the first time since WWII. The show will continue to offer digital experiences to foster connections, networking and technical learning opportunities.