Stephanie Hendrixson

Stephanie Hendrixson Senior Editor

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

Design

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

Production

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

Production

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

Production

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

Tooling

Concrete Facade Made with 3D Printed Tooling Now Complete

By: Stephanie Hendrixson

The One South First building in Brooklyn features a concrete facade fully covering its 45 stories. 3D printed tooling played a key part. 
#polymer #composites #construction

Production

The New Normal? Resilient Supply Chains with 3D Printing

By: Stephanie Hendrixson

We were already headed toward expanded adoption of 3D printing, in HP’s view, when the coronavirus hit. The pandemic’s disruption will only get us there faster.