Production

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.

Sponsored

Transformative Technologies Converge on Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing will be among the transformative technologies on display at MT360, an innovative manufacturing event.

Videos

Video: How Additive Manufacturing Is Advancing the Space Industry

By making launch vehicles more efficient and easier to manufacture, AM lets small companies play a significant role in space. Here is a conversation with an aspiring startup.

Moldmaking

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.

Aerospace

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.

Videos

Video: Production Additive Manufacturing Is Coming

Additive systems are proving capable for cost-effective production even of parts that aren’t all that complex. This will be the next phase of AM.

Metal AM

Video: Formalloy Finds Flexibility in Laser Metal Deposition

Melanie Lang, founder and managing director of Formalloy, talks with Senior Editor Stephanie Hendrixson about laser metal deposition (LMD) for multiple materials and applications.

Machine Learning

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.

Metal AM

Directing the Future of Laser Metal Deposition (LMD)

Formalloy is proving that LMD is for more than repairs and large parts. Fast deposition rates, fine detail capabilities and multimaterial support promise to change how parts are designed and made.

Basics

What Is Directed Energy Deposition?

Analyzing directed energy deposition and powder-bed fusion provides a thorough understanding of the extra machining necessary for a “near-net shape” versus a “net shape” manufacturing process.

Basics

AM 101: Binder Jetting

Binder jetting requires no support structures, is accurate and repeatable, and is said to eliminate dimensional distortion problems common in some high-heat 3D technologies. Here is a look at how binder jetting works and its benefits for additive manufacturing.

Videos

Video: Inside the Penn State Additive Manufacturing Master's Program, Part 4

Kevin White, mechanical engineer at the Naval Nuclear Lab and student at Penn State, shares how a higher education in AM provides benefits beyond technical training.