Peter Zelinski Editor-in-Chief

Peter Zelinski helped to launch Additive Manufacturing in 2012. As the brand’s editor-in-chief, he is exploring the advance of 3D printing as a means of industrial production, increasingly including scale production. He is a regular speaker at the Additive Manufacturing Conference, and he is co-creator and co-host of a video series on 3D printing for part production, The Cool Parts Show, recently recognized in a national award for Best Use of Video in niche media. In 2020, Pete was co-host of the U.S. Air Force’s week-long event, the Advanced Manufacturing Olympics. Pete also serves as editor-in-chief of Modern Machine Shop, a sister publication focused on metalworking and CNC machining, and the magazine he has been part of since the late 90s. He holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Cincinnati.

Video: Programming for Additive Turning of Cylindrical Parts

By: Peter Zelinski

Directed energy deposition while the part is spinning enables a means of 3D printing axially symmetric parts. The operation is like CNC turning with material added instead of machined. Open Mind discusses programming the machine paths for this type of build.
#metal #video #largeformat

Production

Additive Manufacturing Creates New Paths to Production

By: Peter Zelinski

On the journey from product idea to production, when does the “mold moment” come? That is, the moment of needing to invest in tooling and make design commitments. 3D printing can delay this step on the journey or even avoid it altogether.

Medical & Dental

For AM and Machining to Work Together, Let Them Compete

By: Peter Zelinski

A medical device maker establishes a center of excellence for product and process development in which additive manufacturing and CNC machining both challenge and complement one another.
#machining #enterprise #metal

Production

Jabil, Fictiv Partnership Addresses Capacity Challenge of Distributed Manufacturing via 3D Printing

By: Peter Zelinski

With additive manufacturing, production can be relocated quickly and performed at whatever site is ideal. But what about the capacity waiting for this shift? Relationship gives global producer access to “transactional” 3D printing.
#supplychain #polymer

Design

With This 3D Printed Block, EBM Is an Aid to CNC Machining

By: Peter Zelinski

Holding the part is a challenge of machining for additive manufacturing. This medical manufacturer prints fixture tooling tailored to its additive parts.
#machining #metal #postprocessing

Materials

Materials and Measurement Will Bring the Full Promise of AM — Implants Show This

By: Peter Zelinski

Complex geometry plus short lead times are only the start of the wins additive manufacturing can achieve. Greater advance will come from material choices and customizing components, as 3D printed implants show.
#implants

Medical & Dental

For EBM Implant Manufacturer, Growth Is Built into the Plan

By: Peter Zelinski

Amplify Additive needs to be small today. A close, nimble team can innovate quickly and realize the promise of additive manufacturing for orthopedic implants. Yet the company needs to be bigger soon, because success will lead to scalable production.
#implants #metal #prototyping

Formnext Connect Preview and a Conversation About 2020 Changes to Major AM Shows

By: Peter Zelinski

Additive manufacturing is a disruptive and rapidly changing technology, making it vital to remain engaged through industry communication platforms despite the pandemic. A conversation among leaders of Formnext and IMTS.
#metal #formnext #polymer

Materials

Is There a Larger Role for Additives in Additive Manufacturing?

By: Peter Zelinski

Terminology confusion might be coming, because the answer is likely yes. A provider of glass flake for plastics foresees applications to AM, specifically as a reinforcement within 3D printing filament.
#polymer #composites

Medical & Dental

Can Microscale 3D Printing Reduce Surgeries for Glaucoma Sufferers?

By: Peter Zelinski

Boston Micro Fabrication (BMF) is exploring this promise. Eye stents are made of metal today. Fine-detail additive manufacturing can enable polymer instead, improving patient experience.
#polymer

Micro 3D Printing for Tiny Connectors: The Cool Parts Show S3E4

By: Peter Zelinski

Microscale additive manufacturing offers an alternative to micromolding and micromachining. On this episode of The Cool Parts Show, 3D printed electrical connectors are our smallest cool part yet.
#polymer #coolparts #video

Production

How to Pursue AM Adoption Within an Established Manufacturing Organization

By: Peter Zelinski

Succeeding with additive manufacturing requires enterprise-wide buy-in and change. EOS describes tactics including a two-team structure: transformation team and implementation team.
#basics #enterprise