Geometric freedom is just the start. AM will also change how design happens.
A hybrid system combining metal 3D printing with machining gives the Marine Corps perhaps its most effective resource yet for obtaining needed hardware in the field. It also offers an extreme version of the experience a machine shop might have in adding metal AM to its capabilities.
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Exhibits at the conference this year included various examples of 3D printers being rethought and redesigned in pursuit of the speed, economy and reliability of industrial production. Polymer printers are leaving behind their roots in prototyping.
Carnegie Mellon University and Argonne National Laboratory Seek to Understand Gas-Driven Micro Defects in Metal AM PartsBy: Peter Zelinski
Better understanding of "keyhole" formations resulting from boiling metal will lead to better control over laser powder-bed fusion.