Brent Donaldson

Brent Donaldson Senior Editor

Production

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?

Aerospace

A $1.5 Million Dive into the Melt Pool

By: Brent Donaldson

A new, customized digital radiology vault and specialized additive manufacturing system at Auburn University aims to understand and control the complex heat and mass transport phenomena taking place during the laser sintering process.
#metal #measurement

Aerospace

The Hidden Complexities of Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing

By: Brent Donaldson

Lincoln Electric Additive Solutions’ robotic metal 3D printing process is a choreographed dance between welding, robots, automation, heat management and machining. The new venture may have a distinct advantage in the field: its parent company’s 125 year-old legacy.
#metal #largeformat #machining

Automotive

In Automotive, Is Additive Manufacturing an Answer for Die Cast Tooling?

By: Brent Donaldson

The largest high-pressure die cast tool builder in North America is 3D printing die inserts and water jackets for major automakers. It’s a tough sell, but one company is succeeding — and it’s just getting started.
#moldmaking #metal

Aerospace

The Race to Faster, Cheaper and Better AM for Aviation

By: Brent Donaldson

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.
#polymer

Production

Additive Manufacturing Is Succeeding in Production! Here Are Examples

By: Brent Donaldson

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

By: Brent Donaldson

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. 
#robots

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

By: Brent Donaldson

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.
#robots

GF Machining Solutions Thinks Additive and Beyond

By: Brent Donaldson

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.
#metal #postprocessing #machining

10 Impressions of Rapid + TCT 2019

By: Brent Donaldson

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.
#prototyping