Peter Zelinski

Metal AM

HP Enters Metal Additive Manufacturing with Production-Focused Binder Jetting Machine

A metal 3D printer for scale production of steel parts is the next extension of HP's additive offerings and the logical extension of printer technology the company has been developing for decades.

Polymer AM

This Company Is Pioneering Embedded Service as a Model for Delivering AM

PSMI manages ordering and inventory of tooling and MRO supplies for major manufacturers. Installing 3D printers within those customer sites offers an entirely different way to service this demand.

Basics

Okuma Engineer Offers Safety Tips for Hybrid Machine Tools

Shop air should be out of reach, but flood coolant is a friend, he says. The real challenge of hybrid machines right now is not safety procedures but software.

News

DMG MORI to Relocate U.S. Headquarters to Chicago’s South Side

The move aims to address the coming need for engineering talent. Locating close to the Illinois Institute of Technology will provide access to students and expose them to manufacturing technology including additive, which was an important part of the discussion with IIT.

Materials

Materials Are the Most Important Component in AM

You will see a lot of additive machines at IMTS. Success with those machines is determined by an underappreciated ingredient. Read our collection of recently published articles focused on materials.

Design for Additive

The Third Bucket and the Conversion of Production: A Perspective on Polymer Development for AM

Sabic sees 3D printing taking plastics where they have not gone before, but end-user needs will push the capabilities of 3D printers.

Materials

One-Piece Robot Gripper Actuated by Shop Air

The pneumatic gripper 3D-printed as a complete working unit has demonstrated its effectiveness for continuous operation over time. It is one illustration of the role additive is liable to play in making robotic automation easier.

Videos

Video: Advice to Manufacturers Getting Ready to Start in Additive

“It can be daunting,” says GE’s Greg Morris. “You have to make some tough decisions while things are not going well.” And yet, as he looks to the future of additive manufacturing, he says, “There is probably going to be a shortage of supply, not demand.”

Materials

How One Device Inspects Both Parts and Powder in Metal AM

A scanning electron microscope analyzes the shape and composition of grains of powder as well as inclusions and voids in the part’s surface.

Tooling

Transformative Tooling Reaches Applications Including Concrete and PVD Coating

Our reporting from tooling’s frontier finds custom tooling succeeding in applications not usually associated with 3D printing.

Basics

Video: “I Think You Ignore Additive Manufacturing at Your Peril”

I check in with Greg Morris of GE Additive, hearing his views on AM’s continuing promise and importance. Representatives of John Deere, Smith & Nephew, B&J Specialty and Tangible Solutions share their views on the same question.

Tooling

Custom Tooling Unmasks Process Costs in Metal Coating

The tooling that had long been accepted was contributing to unnecessary manual labor for this PVD coater. Now, the company has improved its process with custom tools that are 3D-printed in production quantities.