The development phase of creating injection molded parts and inserts often requires the production of small-quantity prototypes. This moldmaker compared two different AM technologies to produce prototype mold inserts made from tool steel and polypropylene photopolymer.
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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.
The COVID-19 outbreak has brought both setbacks and opportunities for American manufacturing. 3D printing companies share their stories.
As the virus continues to spread worldwide and breaks supply chains, 3D printers and expertise in additive manufacturing can lend a helping hand. Potential sources identify themselves using an online directory.
Manufacturers in the aerospace industry buy expensive raw material with one common goal: to make it fly. To reduce its buy-to-fly ratio (the ratio of material inputs to final part output), this company turned to wire arc additive manufacturing to create near-net shape parts.
Two years after Daimler, Premium Aerotec and EOS launched their NextGenAM pilot manufacturing facility in Varel, Germany, the partners now celebrated the successful completion of the project during a special ceremony in Varel, Germany.
The Additive Manufacturing Workshop for Plastics, held during Amerimold 2019, offered a platform for industry experts and mold builders to discuss how AM can complement injection molding and what it takes to transition from prototyping to high-volume production.
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With the Arburg Freeformer, the Aesculap division of medical company B. Braun has recently ramped up its high-volume AM production activities. This is because, particularly in medical technology, the main focus is on options such as the processing of biocompatible materials.
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.
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.