Design for Additive

What Is the Role for Additive Manufacturing in Aircraft Structural Components?

Spirit AeroSystems recently began installing the Boeing 787’s first titanium structural component to be made through AM. The part is not critical but also not minor. I spoke with manufacturing leaders at Spirit about the meaning of the part and the way forward for additive in aircraft structures.

Polymer AM

Video: 3D-Printed Brackets Are Key to Automated Coolant Delivery for Lights-Out Machining

An on-site look at the different elements of the coolant-delivery system developed by a machine shop committed to running unattended.

Basics

AM 101: Multi Jet Fusion (MJF)

From functional prototypes to end-use parts, HP’s Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) is capable of efficient production. Learn about MJF, including its materials, postprocessing requirements, benefits and more, in this 101 post.

Design for Additive

Video: Additive Manufacturing Will Change How We Design

Geometric freedom is just the start. AM will also change how design happens.

AM Technology

Large-Format Additive Manufacturing: Viable for Autoclave Tooling?

SABIC and the University of Dayton Research Institute explore the potential of using large-format additive manufacturing (LFAM) technology for creating autoclave tooling used in manufacturing aerospace composite parts.

Job Shop

Video: In Conventional Manufacturing, 3D Printing Is a Solution for Tooling

Tooling for conventional operations doesn't have to made conventionally. Rather than being made through machining, these welding fixtures are now made via 3D printing.

Production

Manufacturing to Meet Tech Community at MT360

I will hold onstage conversations with additive manufacturing and collaborative automation leaders as part of the new technology event to premier May 12-14, 2020 in Santa Clara, California.

Metal AM

Leveraging Additive Manufacturing to Improve Joint Replacement Surgery

A German medical device company has turned to metal additive manufacturing to manufacture its acetabular cup cutter for hip and knee replacement surgeries. The cutter’s 3D-printed blades are more reliable and cost-effective, and have improved the surgical experience for both patient and physician.

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.