LATEST ISSUE

FEATURES

3D-Printed Tooling and the Mindset Change at Pella

For the window and door maker, 3D printing for tooling and machine components is “not just another tool, but a whole other toolkit.” However, winning widespread acceptance and understanding was the most important challenge.

Niche Manufacturer Discovers How Additive and Amazon Go Together

The economics of 3D printing allow for cost-effective production of niche products, and Amazon Prime offers a way to distribute them. The Periscope Case is one company’s first venture into an all-new model aimed at bringing products to market that would never have been profitable before.

Why Additive Manufacturing Needs the Executive Perspective

CEOs, take note! Adopting additive manufacturing is a choice likely to affect far more than just production. The paradigm still missing from the evaluation of AM in many cases is the view that sees the impacts in various parts of the enterprise.


COLUMNS

To Succeed With Additive, See It As More Than Just Another Method of Making Parts

A fundamental challenge of AM relates to mindset: recognizing it as not just a manufacturing method but also a choice with far-reaching impacts.


TAKING SHAPE

3D Printing Heat-Resistant Materials on a Preheated Substrate

Preheating the substrate plate in laser beam melting to 500°C prevents crack formation in AM parts made from carbon tool steels.

Digital Alloys Seeks the Economic Win for Joule 3D Printing

The company is targeting applications where its wire-based deposition technology can win out over conventional manufacturing.

Experts Compile Skills, Attributes Necessary for AM Engineers

Additive engineer demand has begun outpacing the supply of qualified workers in the industry. Penn State University banded together a team of experts and implemented focus groups, interviews, location observations and surveys in order to find out what makes a good additive manufacturing (AM) engineer.

Video: Redesigned Milling Cutter Demonstrates Design Possibilities of AM

Topology optimization plus a material change realize an 80 percent reduction in mass.


Check This Out

Video: Selective Laser Sintering for Production of Large Parts

SLS offers a production option enabling large, precise plastic parts to be made cost-effectively in quantities generally too low for injection molding.