Peter Zelinski

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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

Design

For Additive Manufacturing, Software Is as Important as the 3D Printer

By: Peter Zelinski

AM is the process that both requires and realizes the possibilities of manufacturing software. Recently posted articles cover software tools for additive — each article with a companion video.
#video #metal

Automotive

Generative Design Improves Micromobility FUV: The Cool Parts Show S3E3

By: Peter Zelinski

Arcimoto’s lightweight “Fun Utility Vehicle” gets even lighter thanks to parts that could only come from additive manufacturing. On this episode of The Cool Parts Show, some of the craziest automotive parts you have seen.
#assemblyconsolidation #metal #coolparts

Design

By Mapping Layer Height, Velo3D Shows Where Part Is Distorting (Includes Video)

By: Peter Zelinski

Height measurement reveals what layers and what part features are potential problem areas in the metal additive manufacturing build. Watch the video to see how software provides insights from layer height data.
#metal #video

Your Metal AM Process Development Tool? A Spreadsheet (Includes Video)

By: Peter Zelinski

Spreadsheet integration with Renishaw software allows for fast programming of metal additive manufacturing test builds. Watch video for demonstration of defining many laser parameter combinations for use in a single test.
#metal #video

CGTech Extends Simulation to Thermwood LSAM (Includes Video)

By: Peter Zelinski

Large-scale additive manufacturing platform is the largest 3D printer yet simulated. Watch video for example of how simulation using program G-code catches an error that would otherwise lead to a failed build.
#largeformat #hybrid #composites

Tooling

3D Printed Tool for CNC Machining: The Cool Parts Show S3E1

By: Peter Zelinski

Guhring uses additive manufacturing to make an end mill with optimized internal channels. We visit a machine shop to test the tool on this episode of The Cool Parts Show.
#metal #coolparts #machining

Additive Manufacturing and Sustainability Go Together — Here Is Why

By: Peter Zelinski

3D printing enables sustainable production through recycled materials, end-of-product-life-cycle solutions, and helping to realize eco-friendly products.
#sustainability

Automotive

Generative Design to Bring Weight and Cost Savings for Micromobility FUV

By: Peter Zelinski

The “Fun Utility Vehicle” from Arcimoto is already in production, and already lightweight. But after just 30 days of redesign for additive manufacturing, the company discovered major components could be made lighter still, and production could be made simpler.
#assemblyconsolidation #metal #generativedesign