Peter Zelinski Editor-in-Chief

Peter Zelinski

Peter Zelinski Editor-in-Chief


Production

What the Coronavirus Crisis Will Mean for Additive Manufacturing

In the response to COVID-19, 3D printing demonstrated some of its strengths, but not all of them. However, the full effect of this crisis for AM is still to come.

Moldmaking

3D Printing and Coronavirus Check-In - Week of 4/13/2020

In this week's update we discuss how additive manufacturing is supporting injection molding for masks, and ramping up to production quantities of face shields and testing swabs.  

Medical

3D Printed Mask in Response to Coronavirus Crisis Passes Clinical Review — Multiplies Surgical Mask Stocks by 4X

Reusable nylon mask made through powder bed fusion is easy to disinfect, uses replaceable filter media. Link to design file provided.

Medical

3D Printing and Coronavirus Check-In - Week of 4/6/2020

Editors Peter Zelinski and Stephanie Hendrixson discuss the pivot to production for 3D printed PPE, and other AM news in the fight against COVID-19. 

Medical

3D Printed Device Expands Ventilator Capacity to Address Shortfall During Coronavirus Crisis

Emergency authorization from FDA allows for use of device permitting four patients to use a shared ventilator. HP involved in mass production via additive manufacturing.

Metal AM

AM Helping AM: 3D Printed Build Plate Detects Build Failures

Ultrasonic additive manufacturing produces a build plate with embedded sensing, allowing for real-time measurement of the condition of the build. If a failure occurs during selective laser melting, this plate will reveal it immediately.

Polymer AM

3D Printing and Coronavirus Check-In - Week of 3/23/2020

Editors Peter Zelinski and Stephanie Hendrixson discuss 3D printing issues related to ventilators, personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks and face shields, and how business conditions have been affected by coronavirus. 

Medical

Massachusetts Hospital Seeks 3D Printed Masks for Coronavirus Response

A mask design is available online via freely available STL file. Hospital offers email address for 3D printing users able to help.

Production

Ventilator Manufacturing: Challenges and Likely Response During Coronavirus Crisis

Can we achieve something like a wartime transition to ventilator production, or will the response need to look different from this?

Materials

The Foot Measurement System That Allows for Mass Customized Insoles

Aetrex’s Albert scanner is an example of how advances in measurement technology aid 3D printing in realizing its promise.

Production

3D Printing Changes a Drone Engine: The Cool Parts Show S2E3

Cobra Aero made the engine cylinder of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) both more powerful and easier to manufacture. Learn what additive manufacturing is doing for drones in this episode of The Cool Parts Show.

Polymer AM

3D Printing for Production at Ford: The Cool Parts Show S2E1

The parking brake bracket on the Mustang Shelby GT500 is now 3D printed instead of stamped. Learn how Ford is thinking about additive manufacturing in this episode of The Cool Parts Show.