Peter Zelinski

Peter Zelinski Editor-in-Chief

Aerospace

Drone Engine Maker Illustrates How Additive Manufacturing Well Suited to OEMs

By: Peter Zelinski

This small company making small engines sees big wins from metal AM in terms of both product performance and responsiveness to the market. Here, size isn’t a factor in succeeding with AM — the application instead shows how the capability is at its best when it can serve both production and design.
#metal

Medical & Dental

ExOne Using Metal 3D Printing with Controlled Porosity for Reusable Filters in Response to Coronavirus Crisis

By: Peter Zelinski

Collaboration with University of Pittsburgh applies binder jet to produce an alternative to disposable masks that are in short supply.
#metal

Production

What the Coronavirus Crisis Will Mean for Additive Manufacturing

By: Peter Zelinski

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.

Production

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

By: Stephanie Hendrixson

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.  
#polymer #metal #moldmaking

Medical & Dental

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

By: Peter Zelinski

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

Production

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

By: Stephanie Hendrixson

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. 

Production

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

By: Peter Zelinski

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.
#polymer

Tooling

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

By: Peter Zelinski

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.
#metal

Production

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

By: Stephanie Hendrixson

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. 
#polymer

Medical & Dental

Massachusetts Hospital Seeks 3D Printed Masks for Coronavirus Response

By: Peter Zelinski

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

Production

Support Structures Hold Down Productivity, Says Velo3D

By: Peter Zelinski

A build example involving an aircraft bracket illustrates the production rate increase resulting from more parts per build plus the elimination of support removal. A new system for quality monitoring aids production as well.
#metal #brackets

Production

Ventilator Manufacturing: Challenges and Likely Response During Coronavirus Crisis

By: Peter Zelinski

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