Brent Donaldson Senior Editor

Brent Donaldson Senior Editor

Brent joined Gardner Business Media in the summer of 2017 as senior editor for Additive Manufacturing Magazine. He now splits his time between Additive and Modern Machine Shop—a dual role that presents a distinct opportunity to report on developments across today’s advanced manufacturing landscape. Before joining Gardner, Brent was editor-in-chief of a university magazine, and previously served as associate editor for Cincinnati Magazine. (Fun fact: Brent was the last journalist ever to interview Evel Knievel.) Today, Brent is interested in story pitches and leads relating to machining, advanced manufacturing, and all-things-AM and industrial 3D printing.


Materials

The Race to Faster, Cheaper and Better AM for Aviation

An aviation industry partner called NIAR may be the largest institute you've never heard of. But through a new materials and process database for additive, it’s promising to help aviation manufacturers produce AM parts faster, cheaper and more reliably than ever before.

Production

Production Additive Manufacturing Is Arriving

We are no longer predicting that additive manufacturing will be used in production — because it already is. Find real stories of 3D printing for full production at AM's leading edge in this collection. 

Automotive

Thyssenkrupp's Low-Risk Venture into 3D Printing Began with the End Effector

Thyssenkrupp Bilstein of America's investment in additive manufacturing technology has been relatively low-risk and low-cost. And yet, layer by layer, the wins are adding up. 

AM Technology

Robots, Assemble! A New Path to Autonomous Mobile 3D Printing

Robot swarms may sound alarming, but research at the University of Arkansas reveals that they may enable a new, ultra-efficient era of automated manufacturing and 3D printing.

Postprocessing

GF Machining Solutions Thinks Additive and Beyond

At the GF Machining Solutions 2019 Solution Days event, the company showcased two technologies that make clear its intention to move additive manufacturing into production.

10 Impressions of Rapid + TCT 2019

The largest additive manufacturing exposition in North America is now a mature industry trade show. Here is what the editors of Additive Manufacturing Media saw at this year’s Rapid + TCT.

Metal AM

Mission Critical: An AM Breakthrough in Commercial Aviation

The GE9X is the first commercial aircraft engine to reach production with significant additive content. The story of GE’s accomplishment and why it matters.

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. 

Automotive

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.

Automotive

Recap: The Additive Manufacturing Workshop for Automotive

The inaugural AM Workshop for Automotive at the North American International Auto Show brought together the world’s top automotive and additive manufacturing technology experts on one stage. Here’s what they had to say.

Design for Additive

Why GM’s Electric Future Is Also an Additive Future

Production capacity isn’t the only reason that additive has been slow to make inroads into the automotive industry. There is a larger barrier to entry—one that General Motors and Autodesk are working to overcome.

Production

A Global Tooling Manufacturer Goes 3D

Wilson Tooling International turns to Carbon’s DLS technology to reimagine a critical part.