Peter Zelinski

Peter Zelinski Editor-in-Chief

Tooling

AM Is Advancing into Tools for Machining: Examples from EMO

By: Peter Zelinski

The design freedom of additive manufacturing delivers increased performance to tools used in subtractive processes. At the world’s leading exposition for machine tools, I saw various examples of this.
#machining

Production

Largest ExOne Metal Binder Jetting System Yet Provides 160-Liter Build Volume

By: Peter Zelinski

The design of this machine anticipates scale production, with compaction technology for repeatable part density and Industry 4.0 connectivity for lightly staffed AM factories.
#metal

Can 3D Printing Make a Better AM Build Plate? The Cool Parts Show S1E5

By: Peter Zelinski

Ultrasonic metal additive manufacturing was used to create a build plate aimed at making powder bed fusion more effective. This episode of The Cool Parts Show looks at a part by AM, for AM.
#metal #measurement #coolparts

Consumer Goods

Shoe Insoles Precisely Tailored to Individual Feet: The Cool Parts Show S1E4

By: Peter Zelinski

This episode of the The Cool Parts Show looks at how 3D printing will deliver tailored products. Scanning feet for their geometry and pressure enables Aetrex and EOS to manufacture insoles that are unique to individual wearers.
#coolparts #polymer #video

Aerospace

The Cool Parts Show, Episode 1: This Rocket Fuel Injector Is a Solid Part That Contains a Working Motor

By: Peter Zelinski

Our new video series debuts with a look at a solid metal part made through additive manufacturing that was built with a motor embedded inside. The motor sealed within the part adjusts the rocket’s fuel mixture while the rocket is in flight.
#metal #hybrid #coolparts

Design

Velo3D: Avoiding Support Structures Means Metal AM Can Be a Solution for Direct Part Replacement

By: Peter Zelinski

Because of the extent of the redesign they might call for, support structures can be an impediment to AM adoption. Reducing the need for support structures increases the viability of 3D printing for current parts.
#metal

Automotive

Video: Additive Manufacturing Expands Design Possibilities for Automotive Lighting

By: Peter Zelinski

Automotive lighting maker Varroc Lighting Systems describes the impact 3D printing instead of injection molding will have on car features such as headlights.
#polymer #video

Automotive

As 3D Printing for Production Becomes Practical, the Attention in Materials Shifts to Practical Concerns

By: Peter Zelinski

Recent posts relate to ensuring sufficient materials supply for production, certifying processes for AM materials, and even whether the properties of polymer AM include the ability to hold a screw.

Production

AM at Jabil: From 3D Printing Materials to Distributed Manufacturing

By: Stephanie Hendrixson

One of the largest manufacturers in the world has made a significant investment in 3D printing — both as a user and an advancer of this technology. Our original reporting dives into the what and why of additive manufacturing at Jabil.
#supplychain #video

Design

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

By: Peter Zelinski

“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

By: Brent Donaldson

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. 

Automotive

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

By: Peter Zelinski

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.
#video