Polymer AM

Video: This Custom Part Illustrates the Promise of Polymer 3D Printing

A low-quantity plastic part used instead of metal components saved weight for a motorcycle. The application illustrates the expanding opportunities for polymer manufacturing.

AM Technology

Additive Manufacturing with Wire

This system has the benefits of cheaper cost and easier handling. But there can be some drawbacks as well.

Tooling

Stainless Steel Pelton Runner Created with 3D-Printed Molds and Cores

A manufacturer in India reduced lead time and increased efficiency in delivering castings using sand 3D printing from Voxeljet to create tooling.

Prototyping

3D-Printed Prototypes at Big Ass Fans: Iterate and Validate

3D printing is a common tool in product development, but for this fan manufacturer, it occupies two distinct steps in the process.

Videos

Video: HP on Additive Manufacturing for Production

HP’s Timothy Weber discusses VW’s plans for making metal parts via AM and the way forward to implementing additive as a production process.

Automotive

Video: Industrializing Additive Manufacturing for Automotive

A number of components for the Bugatti Chiron sports car spoiler were reimagined for additive manufacturing, unleashing several performance improvements. 

Production

How to Calculate the Full Cost of Additive Manufacturing Versus Injection Molding

A true evaluation of additive includes a look at materials, speed, quality, scalability and cost. Bruce Bradshaw of Evolve Additive Solutions explains how to evaluate AM in an injection molding environment in terms of these 5 factors.

Design for Additive

Additive Technology Delivers Small Satellites to Space

Researchers at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) have developed a reusable rocket engine specifically for the launch of small satellites. The complex injector heads are 3D printed which unlocks additional performance, reduces the parts count, speeds up production time, and reduces weight and costs.

Polymer AM

Ford in Production with On-Demand AM Polymer Parts

Ford and Carbon presented the first digitally manufactured polymer parts in production for the Ford Motor Company, created with Carbon’s digital light synthesis technology.

Hybrid Manufacturing

Metal 3D Printing in a Machine Shop? Ask the Marines

A hybrid system combining metal 3D printing with machining gives the Marine Corps perhaps its most effective resource yet for obtaining needed hardware in the field. It also offers an extreme version of the experience a machine shop might have in adding metal AM to its capabilities.

Polymer AM

AMUG Conference Highlights Industrialization of Polymer 3D Printers

Exhibits at the conference this year included various examples of 3D printers being rethought and redesigned in pursuit of the speed, economy and reliability of industrial production. Polymer printers are leaving behind their roots in prototyping.

Education

2019 AMUG Conference Introduces Technical Training Lab Sessions

The largest version of the event so far gave technology suppliers a context for interactive deep-dive tutorials on their own products. It seemed to work.