Prototyping

Why Makelab Is Still Betting on 3D Printing for Product Development

Three years ago Christina Perla was an industrial designer using the services of a local 3D printing hub. Today she’s the co-owner of that company, and doubling down on its prototyping roots.

Additive Manufacturing Media Announces New Educational Presentation Series AM In-Depth

Presented with IMTS spark, AM In-Depth will explore how 3D printing technology is changing the face of manufacturing.

IMTS Spark and IMTS Network Digitally Connect the Manufacturing Community

IMTS offers two digital destinations for manufacturers to connect: IMTS Spark, which launches September 21 and runs through March 15, 2021, and IMTS Network, which will broadcast live September 14–18.

Videos

Generative Design Improves Micromobility FUV: The Cool Parts Show S3E3

Arcimoto’s lightweight “Fun Utility Vehicle” gets even lighter thanks to parts that could only come from additive manufacturing. On this episode of The Cool Parts Show, some of the craziest automotive parts you have seen.

Design for Additive

The Challenges to the Organization: How to Make the Shift to AM for Production

Fabian Alefeld of EOS offers a way forward with AM. Success affects design, the role of manufacturing and the entire value chain. Join him Sept. 21 at 1:00 pm EDT as part of AM In-Depth. (Add to your MySpark Planner.)

Polymer AM

A Methodical Strategy to Bring Additive into Sheet Metal Fabrication

When Wilson Tool International launched its additive manufacturing division in 2018, it had already proven 3D printing’s value through dozens of printed parts for its own line of equipment. Demonstrating that value to customers required a new, highly focused approach.

Inspection

CT Scanning Reveals What Isn’t There in 3D Printed Parts

3D Engineering Solutions offers CT scanning as a powerful nondestructive testing (NDT) solution for inspection. For 3D printed parts, sometimes revealing the space inside can be just as valuable as mapping what was printed. 

Medical

3D Printing Is the Next Step for Digital Dentistry

Digital dentistry is a workflow rather than a single technology. A conversation with Rik Jacobs of 3D Systems explores how 3D printing is participating in and advancing this workflow.

Production

Hear a Tier 1 Automotive Manufacturer Describe the Journey to AM for Production

Dylan Schickel of Varroc Lighting Systems describes AM successes and offers hard-knocks advice for others on this journey. Join him Sept. 21 at 2:30 pm EDT as part of AM In-Depth. (Add to your MySpark Planner.)

Materials

Getting Ready for Additive Manufacturing

Readiness needs to be assessed on multiple fronts as companies seek to industrialize additive manufacturing.

Sponsored

Four Tips for Moving to Additive Production

Follow these steps to develop a coherent strategy for entering the world of additive manufacturing.

Videos

By Mapping Layer Height, Velo3D Shows Where Part Is Distorting (Includes Video)

Height measurement reveals what layers and what part features are potential problem areas in the metal additive manufacturing build. Watch the video to see how software provides insights from layer height data.