Stephanie Hendrixson

Stephanie Hendrixson Senior Editor

Why Makelab Is Still Betting on 3D Printing for Product Development

By: Stephanie Hendrixson

Three years ago Christina Perla was an industrial designer using the services of a local 3D printing hub. Today she’s the co-owner of that company, and doubling down on its prototyping roots.
#prototyping #polymer

Materials

Bioceramics for Bone Replacement: The Cool Parts Show S3E2

By: Stephanie Hendrixson

A mandibular cage made up of two different bioresorbable ceramics points to the future of bone graft and reconstructive surgeries in this episode of The Cool Parts Show. 
#coolparts #implants #ceramic

Production

Metal 3D Printing Makes Combustion More Efficient

By: Stephanie Hendrixson

John Zink Hamworthy Combustion is finding success with Bound Metal Deposition (BMD) for prototypes and replacement parts, but the real promise it sees is in new designs that couldn’t be made any other way.
#metal #prototyping

The Cool Parts Show Season 3 Premieres August 12, 2020

By: Stephanie Hendrixson

The third season of our video series highlighting cool, unique and weird 3D printed parts launches next week. Subscribe and stay tuned. 
#coolparts #video

Production

Topology Optimization Delivers Nonintuitive Design Features for Legacy Part (Includes Video)

By: Stephanie Hendrixson

Refurbishing a legacy turbine engine for energy efficiency provided the opportunity to demonstrate topology optimization in concert with metal 3D printing. The design for this torque arm comes from computer simulation insight refined with a human touch.
#metal #topologyoptimization

Consumer Goods

Retraction Footwear Is the Sustainable Manufacturing Business of the Future

By: Stephanie Hendrixson

Retraction Footwear offers a new way of buying flip-flops that are made to suit each customer. But the company also represents a new way of thinking about production, in a circular economy loop that encompasses material, design, manufacturing, product and end-of-life.
#sustainability #polymer

Tooling

Casting Goes Digital with Sand 3D Printing, Nondestructive Testing

By: Stephanie Hendrixson

Tooling & Equipment International (TEI) used to make tooling for castings. Now, it casts prototype parts in a digital workflow using 3D printed sand molds in combination with simulation software, CT scanning and X-ray technology.
#casting #sand

Materials

3D Printing Helps Close the Loop for Armor’s Circular Economy

By: Stephanie Hendrixson

Manufacturing 3D printing filament was first a way for Armor to recycle its own reclaimed plastic waste. But now, this business unit is helping to close the loop on sustainability for plastic 3D printed products.
#polymer #sustainability

Consumer Goods

Parametric Design and 3D Printing Deliver Custom, Sustainably Manufactured Furniture

By: Stephanie Hendrixson

Model No. operates at the intersection of technology and design. Its custom furniture is made on demand through a combination of proprietary large-format 3D printers, sustainable materials and a sleek online storefront.
#polymer #sustainability

Additive Manufacturing Will Aid And Accelerate The Circular Economy

By: Stephanie Hendrixson

A circular economy links material, design, manufacturing, product and end-of-life in a continuous, sustainable loop. This special report illustrates the roles for 3D printing every step of the way.
#sustainability

Consumer Goods

Shoe Manufacturing at Flowbuilt Is Reshored and Reimagined

By: Stephanie Hendrixson

The shoe store of the future is more like a digitized tailor’s shop than a warehouse. Flowbuilt Manufacturing is the flexible contract manufacturer that can serve this vision, using both 3D printing and injection molding.
#polymer #moldmaking

We Answer Your Questions About The Cool Parts Show - Bonus Episode

By: Stephanie Hendrixson

In this bonus episode of The Cool Parts Show, hosts Peter Zelinski and Stephanie Hendrixson answer your questions, including: What makes something a Cool Part?
#coolparts #video