Brent Donaldson Senior Editor

 

Brent Donaldson is senior editor for Additive Manufacturing Magazine and Modern Machine Shop, specializing in long-form feature articles related to machining and all-things-AM and industrial 3D printing

Before joining Gardner, Brent was editor-in-chief of Northern Kentucky University Magazine — at the same university from which he received his journalism degree in 2005. Brent previously served as associate editor for Cincinnati Magazine, and is the recipient of two Ohio Excellence in Journalism awards for feature news writing, Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists awards, and more than 40 individual awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education for writing and editorial.

Fun fact: Brent was the last journalist ever to interview Evel Knievel.

 

Inside Oak Ridge’s 3D-Printed Machine Tool Moonshot

By: Brent Donaldson

The widespread outsourcing of large machine castings led a collaborative team at Oak Ridge National Laboratory to tackle the machine tool supply chain. The first step? 3D print the largest cast component.
#enterprise #casting #hybrid

Tooling

What's the Big Idea in Additive Manufacturing?

By: Brent Donaldson

A new series presented by Additive Manufacturing Media tackles important themes AM is touching that promise to change manufacturing in a big way.
#metal

Medical & Dental

How a 3D-Printed Metal Ankle Implant Replaces an Entire Bone

By: Brent Donaldson

Through a novel surgery involving a 3D-printed talus bone, surgeons at the University of Miami found success — and unexpected challenges — with a patient suffering from sickle cell disease.
#metal #implants

Tooling

A Methodical Strategy to Bring Additive into Sheet Metal Fabrication

By: Brent Donaldson

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.
#metal #polymer

AI-Driven Adaptive Manufacturing Software Aims to Self-Correct 3D Printing (Includes Video)

By: Brent Donaldson

The AI software platform Blacksmith from Markforged shares feedback from its cloud-connected fleet of printers to identify and correct distortions in a 3D-printed part.  
#machinelearning #measurement #video

Design

A Three-Piece Toolset to Minimize Metal Additive Build Failures (Includes Video)

By: Brent Donaldson

Three separate software tools from Siemens attempt to control some of the most challenging variables within metal AM: build orientation, distortion and deposition paths. Part of software video series.
#video

Materials

The Promise of Graphene-Based Composites for 3D Printing

By: Brent Donaldson

A new partnership between XG Sciences and Terrafilum aims to accelerate industrial innovations using the strongest, thinnest, most electrically conductive material on Earth.
#composites #polymer

Tooling

A New Partnership Offers Large-Scale 3D Printing and Five-Axis Machining

By: Brent Donaldson

The side-by-side product offering from Cincinnati Inc. and Multiax America aims to provide high-throughput AM production for large parts under one roof.
#largeformat #polymer #postprocessing

Materials

The Challenge of Reclaiming Carbon Fiber for 3D Printing

By: Brent Donaldson

Carbon fiber composite materials weigh significantly less than steel while offering comparable strength and performance. But recovering and recycling continuous fiber for additive manufacturing applications — without any effect on the mechanical properties — has proven extremely difficult. Here is how Oak Ridge National Laboratory is working to solve the challenge.
#composites #sustainability

COVID-19

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

By: Brent Donaldson

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

Aerospace

CNC Machining as a Business Strategy for Additive Manufacturing

By: Brent Donaldson

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.
#metal #machining

Production

Does Asia's Low-Cost Manufacturing Option Still Make Sense?

By: Brent Donaldson

As U.S.-based companies try to stay ahead of COVID-19, global supply chains are under renewed scrutiny. Are uncertainties and delays caused by global crises worth the short-term cost savings?