Basics

AM 101: Selective Thermoplastic Electrophotographic Process (STEP)

Learn about Selective Thermoplastic Electrophotographic Process (STEP): how it works, the comparative benefits and where it is leading additive production in the future.

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 are critical to realizing this potential.

Production

These 3D Printed Glasses Are Designed to “Solve” Kids’ Eyewear

Glasses work, but both the product and purchase experience could be made better. Fitz Frames aims to help, with custom glasses featuring 3D printed frames manufactured in Youngstown, Ohio. 

Production

GKN's Acquisition of Forecast 3D Points the Way to AM's Future

The vision? Parts produced on demand where they are needed, from the material that makes sense.

Videos

8 Cool Parts from Formnext 2019: The Cool Parts Show Special Edition

Editors Peter Zelinski and Stephanie Hendrixson attended Formnext 2019 in Frankfurt, Germany. Here are 8 cool 3D printed parts spotted on the show floor. 

Postprocessing

Formnext 2019 Emphasizes Complete Additive Manufacturing Process Chain — Well Beyond 3D Printing

The biggest AM event gets bigger. The sophistication of attendees advances. Materials, digital tools and postprocessing are prominent. Here are 10 impressions of this year’s show.

Large-Format

Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing Delivers Low Buy-To-Fly Ratios

Manufacturers in the aerospace industry buy expensive raw material with one common goal: to make it fly. To reduce its buy-to-fly ratio (the ratio of material inputs to final part output), this company turned to wire arc additive manufacturing to create near-net shape parts.

Basics

Additive Manufacturing Standards

There are gaps in additive manufacturing where no published standard or specification currently exists for AM to respond to a particular industry need. Learn about the resources and additive standards and make more sense of the growing technology in this sphere.

Consumer

How 3D Printing Enables Sustainability in a High-Turnover Consumer Market

Pengraff UK built its business initially providing mounting solutions for routers and telecommunications equipment, hardware with built-in obsolescence. 3D printing and sustainable materials enable the company to live its values while manufacturing products with a limited lifespan.

The Cool Parts Show

“The Cool Parts Show” Season One Now Complete: Here is Why We Launched the Show and How You Can Help

Our YouTube series showcases the parts and possibilities additive manufacturing is making real. Will you help us reach future AM users?

Tooling

AM Is Advancing into Tools for Machining: Examples from EMO

The design freedom of additive manufacturing delivers increased performance to tools used in subtractive processes. At the world’s leading exposition for machine tools, I saw various examples of this.

Tooling

3D Printer Parts Made with 3D Printed Tooling: ExOne Walks the Walk

Accelerated timelines, fast design changes and low volumes — in many ways, 3D printing is the right market for 3D printing. ExOne’s newest generation of machines includes parts vacuum formed on 3D printed tools developed by Catalysis Additive Tooling.

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.