Peter Zelinski

Peter Zelinski Editor-in-Chief

Production

Video: Survey of AM Users Finds Machine Shops Employing 3D Printing for Plastic Part Production

By: Peter Zelinski

Additive manufacturing provides an option for low-quantity production in polymer. One implication is that machine shops are liable to be less strictly metalworking businesses.
#polymer #video

Tooling

Why Heineken Sees Breweries in More Countries As a Likely Benefit of 3D Printing

By: Peter Zelinski

This video describes various ways 3D printing streamlines and supports beverage production.
#polymer

Materials

Are Crystals the Key to 3D Printing with Silicon Carbide?

By: Peter Zelinski

If SiC was easier and cheaper to apply, we would find many more uses for this hard, lightweight ceramic. Researchers have found a promising additive manufacturing approach, with crystal growth as the bonding mechanism.
#composites #ceramic #lightweighting

Consumer Goods

Video: Periscope Case Shows 3D Printing for Niche Manufacturing

By: Peter Zelinski

Manufacturing without mold tooling allows the production quantity to be tailored to the market size.
#polymer #video

Production

Linear Motor Platform Delivers Speed, Low Part Cost for Production AM

By: Peter Zelinski

Essentium’s additive manufacturing machine based on semiconductor manufacturing has as much in common with precision machine tools as with other FFF 3D printers.
#polymer

Tooling

Lightweight Sandvik Cutting Tool Employing Topology Optimization Now Available

By: Peter Zelinski

Additive manufacturing aids “subtractive” CNC machining. We first saw this tool in an early version last year. See the video in this post.
#metal #machining #topologyoptimization

Materials

Cool Stuff We Discovered at Rapid + TCT 2019 (See Our Video Collection)

By: Peter Zelinski

AI for process improvement, 3D printing with metal paste, droids for build change—here are six innovations we wanted to share with you straight from the show floor.
#moldmaking #metal #prototyping

Production

AM’s Advance into Production Reveals How Some of the Misperceptions Were Partly True

By: Peter Zelinski

Is additive manufacturing efficient for producing current part designs? No … except also yes. Is it a replacement for current processes? No … except when it is. Recent posts reveal the role additive is likely to play in production.

10 Impressions of Rapid + TCT 2019

By: Brent Donaldson

The largest additive manufacturing exposition in North America is now a mature industry trade show. Here is what the editors of Additive Manufacturing Media saw at this year’s Rapid + TCT.
#prototyping

Production

Surgical Guides Illustrate Promise of Mass Customization; “Up Front is Where Most Value Created,” Says Materialise’s Vancraen

By: Peter Zelinski

Interconnected software systems allow for production via additive manufacturing of a product tailored to individual surgeries.
#polymer

Production

What Is the Role for Additive Manufacturing in Aircraft Structural Components?

By: Peter Zelinski

Spirit AeroSystems recently began installing the Boeing 787’s first titanium structural component to be made through AM. The part is not critical but also not minor. I spoke with manufacturing leaders at Spirit about the meaning of the part and the way forward for additive in aircraft structures.
#metal

Video: 3D-Printed Brackets Are Key to Automated Coolant Delivery for Lights-Out Machining

By: Peter Zelinski

An on-site look at the different elements of the coolant-delivery system developed by a machine shop committed to running unattended.
#brackets #polymer #machining