Peter Zelinski Editor-in-Chief

Peter Zelinski

Peter Zelinski Editor-in-Chief


Materials

10 Questions About Additive Manufacturing for Production with Jabil’s John Dulchinos

“We’re in this for the long haul,” he says. Here are the challenges facing 3D printing for production, and here are the ways those challenges will be overcome.

Production

Additive Manufacturing Is Succeeding in Production! Here Are Examples

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. 

Videos

Video: Can 3D Printed Parts Hold Self-Tapping Screws?

Automotive light maker Varroc Lighting Systems will soon begin using additive manufacturing for plastic production parts fastened into assemblies. Here are the results of its tests with self-tapping screws.

Production

Video: More Than Just 3D Printing—An Additive Manufacturing Conference Recap

Editor-in-Chief Peter Zelinski and Senior Editor Stephanie Hendrixson cover the extent to which additive manufacturing is closing in on production as well as their impressions from the first full day of the 2019 Additive Manufacturing Conference + Expo.

Production

Jabil Prepares for Production AM: It’s Down to the Basics Now

Jabil is getting ready for additive manufacturing to take its place as a production option in addition to conventional processes such as molding and machining. AM can and will fill this role, the company says — the focus now is on controlling cost and assuring quality and reliability.

Moldmaking

Video: Controlled Porosity Can Be Functional Advantage Realized via 3D Printing

A wall of metal that looks solid is actually 90% dense, allowing gas to pass through. Mold venting is one application.

Metal AM

Video: The STL File Can Produce Surface Defects in 3D-Printed Parts

Timothy Simpson of Penn State University discusses the influence of model definition in additive manufacturing and what to do about its effects.

Production

What Your CEO Needs to Know About Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing promises to affect far more than manufacturing alone. When evaluating AM, the perspective needed is the view that sees the impacts all across the enterprise.

 

Metal AM

Video: Support Structures Are Misnamed! How to Understand Anchors in Additive Manufacturing

Supports or anchors can account for a significant share of both the engineering investment and material use in metal additive manufacturing. Michael Hansen of SLM Solutions discusses the role and importance of support structures.

Moldmaking

Video: Metal AM Affects Plastics Production via Conformal Cooling

Additive manufacturing allows cooling channels within mold tooling inserts to follow the form of the tool rather than being straight drilled holes. Here’s why this matters.

Metal AM

Video: The Impact of Part Orientation on Cost and Build Time in AM

A different build orientation might mean fewer layers and less support structure, though the part might need to be redesigned to take advantage of this different orientation.

Production

Why Robots and Additive Manufacturing Go Together

3D printing and robots enable one another. We miss the possibilities of one if we do not consider the other. The combination includes AM for end effectors, robots for 3D printing parts, and different modes of metal and plastic production.