Automotive

Pushing Laser Powder Bed Fusion into New Realms of Productivity

The Betatype technology stack supports businesses looking to expand on the potential of additive manufacturing for series production through design-led thinking and unique optimization algorithms to maximize the capacity of LPBF systems.

Medical

Leader of New Jersey PPE 3D Printing Effort Tells Volunteers, “Stop Completely”

“PPE Made in the USA” delivers 5,000 3D printed face shields produced and distributed by 50 volunteers. As emergency passes, a high school STEM teacher’s response to the COVID-19 crisis reaches its conclusion.

Metal AM

Drone Engine Replaces 13 Parts With 1: The Cool Parts Show Special Episode

Cobra Aero discovered an opportunity for redesign it might never have found without the COVID-19 interruption providing time for product development via 3D printing. The Cool Parts Show explores how additive manufacturing is advancing during the coronavirus crisis.

Polymer AM

How 3D Printed Tools Add Value at This GM Plant

General Motors’ Spring Hill, Tennessee, facility is finding opportunities to replace conventional tooling components with 3D printed alternatives made in house. The result is cheaper tooling on a shortened timeline, with better functionality.   

Production

3D Printing and Coronavirus: U.S. Additive Manufacturers Share Their Experiences

The COVID-19 outbreak has brought both setbacks and opportunities for American manufacturing. 3D printing companies share their stories. 

Materials

Tool Steel Alloy Combines 3D Printability with Hardness, Ductility for Tool and Die

Formetrix’s L-40 for powder bed fusion 3D printing enables complex mold geometries at efficient print speeds, with low risk of cracking.

Consumer

From Idea to PPE Product in 10 Days: The Cool Parts Show Special Episode

Fitz Frames' custom 3D printed glasses have turned out to be a launch point for an item of personal protective equipment (PPE) used in the fight against COVID-19.

Polymer AM

PPE Shortage Catapults Human Solutions Tech into Production

The organization was intended to solve unmet needs in the local community. Its founder didn't anticipate that its first project would be face shields.

Aerospace

Support Structures Hold Down Productivity, Says Velo3D

A build example involving an aircraft bracket illustrates the production rate increase resulting from more parts per build plus the elimination of support removal. A new system for quality monitoring aids production as well.

Metal AM

Implant Maker Increases Production: The Cool Parts Show Special Episode

Tangible Solutions has been 3D printing more implants than ever before as hospitals get ready for the coming surge in elective surgeries. The Cool Parts Show checks in to explore how additive manufacturing is advancing during the coronavirus crisis.

Job Shop

CNC Machining as a Business Strategy for Additive Manufacturing

As 3rd Dimension Industrial 3D Printing ramps up for production — including a fleet of new 3D printers in a custom-designed building — it's the company's traditional machining capabilities that provide a unique competitive advantage.

AM Technology

Additive Manufacturing versus COVID-19: The Race for PPE

Reporting from the front lines of the fight against Coronavirus – still deep in the trenches.