Peter Zelinski

Peter Zelinski Editor-in-Chief

Aerospace

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

Medical & Dental

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?

Materials

The Foot Measurement System That Allows for Mass Customized Insoles

By: Peter Zelinski

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

Production

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

By: Peter Zelinski

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.
#metal #coolparts #video

Design

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

By: Peter Zelinski

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.
#coolparts #brackets #polymer

Production

How PrinterPrezz Aims to Realize a Manufacturing Model Tailored to Medical Devices

By: Peter Zelinski

3D printing for orthopedic implants enables innovation and better patient outcomes, but a new type of manufacturer may be needed to realize this promise. A startup focused on implant development, approval and production via additive manufacturing includes surgeons among its founders.
#metal #implants

Production

How Additive Manufacturing Is Expanding the Possibilities for Plastics

By: Peter Zelinski

In terms of lead time, part size, quantity and inventory needs, the limitations on plastics are being overcome. We will see plastics doing more — the theme of several recent articles we’ve posted.
#polymer

Materials

Production 3D Printing With Roots in Materials Development: The Origin Story

By: Peter Zelinski

Production-oriented polymer AM machine uses the same platform with the same range of controls originally conceived for material development.
#polymer

Production

What A Former Moldmaker Has Learned About AM: Leverage Simplicity and Let It Scale

By: Peter Zelinski

The once-again independent Linear AMS is now more focused on additive manufacturing than ever before.
#moldmaking #prototyping #polymer

Is Solid-State Additive Manufacturing an Enabler to the Internet of Things?

By: Peter Zelinski

Startup Tri-D Dynamics sees precision cold spray 3D printing providing IoT-enabled parts with electronics built in. The promise is sensing in environments where the sensing might be needed most.
#metal

8 Cool Parts from Formnext 2019: The Cool Parts Show Special Edition

By: Stephanie Hendrixson

Editors Peter Zelinski and Stephanie Hendrixson attended Formnext 2019 in Frankfurt, Germany. Here are 8 cool 3D printed parts spotted on the show floor. 
#coolparts #formnext #video

Tooling

Formnext 2019 Emphasizes Complete Additive Manufacturing Process Chain — Well Beyond 3D Printing

By: Stephanie Hendrixson

The biggest AM event gets bigger. The sophistication of attendees advances. Materials, digital tools and postprocessing are prominent. Here are 10 impressions of this year’s show.
#metal #formnext #postprocessing