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Youngstown Rep. on the Skills Gap and Additive Manufacturing

By: Peter Zelinski

Rep. Tim Ryan describes the challenge of attracting manufacturing’s next generation, as well as the promise of the technology that this generation is likely to put to use.

Additive Manufacturing’s Benefits Are Real

By: Peter Zelinski

Ed Morris, director of the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, spoke at last week’s Additive Manufacturing Users Group Conference in Jacksonville, Florida. His presentation identified benefits of additive manufacturing that are important to the Department of Defense.
#amug

Optimizing Mass and Material

By: Peter Zelinski

Most machined parts have more material than necessary. This is true even after all of the cutting is finished.
#machining

How 3D Printing Methods Differ

By: Peter Zelinski

It was about a year ago that 3D printer makers Stratasys and Objet announced their plan to merge. This video from the now-united company shows a 3D-printed part made with both of the machine lines.

Quick Replacement Parts (Including Precious Ones)

By: Peter Zelinski

Shops that have additive manufacturing capability in-house can sometimes use this 3D printing to quickly make replacement components for critical equipment.
#spareparts

Accepted Terminology for Additive Manufacturing

By: Peter Zelinski

Additive manufacturing can be challenging to understand because of how many processes the term includes. Here is a list of officially recognized terms recognized by two major standards organizations.

Tooling

3D Printing’s Expanding Role

By: Peter Zelinski

By providing solid prototypes of proposed part designs, one company has saved enough money in avoided rework to pay for its new 3D printer several times over.
#prototyping

Production

What if Metal Follows the Same Path as Plastic?

By: Peter Zelinski

It will, says Directed Manufacturing. This company sees metal additive manufacturing becoming as much of an established technology for final part production as plastic additive manufacturing is now. It expects to buy more metal additive machines in anticipation of the work that’s coming.
#metal

Nature Triumphant

By: Peter Zelinski

The freedom to tailor a part’s shape to its engineering needs—particularly when the result is a complex organic form—might be the most transformative benefit of additive manufacturing.

Machining for Additive Manufacturing

By: Peter Zelinski

Even though one is “subtractive” and one is additive, CNC machining and additive manufacturing are not competitors.
#machining

The Meaning of the Morris Technologies Acquisition: An Interview with GE Aviation

By: Peter Zelinski

Located in the Cincinnati area near GE Aviation’s Evendale, Ohio, headquarters is a leading supplier of contract additive manufacturing services—Morris Technologies. To secure this company’s capacity for its own use, GE Aviation acquired Morris Technologies and sister company Rapid Quality Manufacturing (RQM).

Video: Adding Strength for Additive Manufacturing

By: Peter Zelinski

A computer program strengthens designs before they are printed.