Stephanie Hendrixson

Stephanie Hendrixson Senior Editor

Consumer Goods

The Future of Jewelry Manufacturing Is Custom, On Demand and Perfectly Sized

By: Stephanie Hendrixson

The Melvin sisters launched their startup, The Future of Jewelry, when they couldn’t find matching signet rings. Now, customers can design exactly the ring they want, to be produced affordably through 3D printing and/or lost wax casting.
#polymer #casting

Production

Bespoke Laser Cladding Nozzles Made Possible with Powder Bed Fusion

By: Stephanie Hendrixson

Additive manufacturing is advancing laser cladding. With the addition of a powder bed fusion 3D printer, American Cladding Technologies can now print custom cladding nozzles to meet the precise requirements of each job.
#metal

Medical & Dental

How Test Swabs Became 3D Printing's Production Win: The Cool Parts Show Special Episode

By: Stephanie Hendrixson

Nasopharyngeal swabs for COVID-19 testing are one of the best production cases for 3D printing we've seen, pandemic or otherwise. Why AM is winning on speed, functionality and collaboration. 
#coolparts #polymer #video

Production

Map Visualizes Service Bureaus Across the U.S.

By: Stephanie Hendrixson

More than 200 3D printing service bureaus in the United States are listed on this custom Google Map, created to help fill supply chain gaps related to coronavirus. 
#enterprise #supplychain

Production

3D Printing and Coronavirus: U.S. Additive Manufacturers Share Their Experiences

By: Brent Donaldson

The COVID-19 outbreak has brought both setbacks and opportunities for American manufacturing. 3D printing companies share their stories. 

Tooling

Tool Steel Alloy Combines 3D Printability with Hardness, Ductility for Tool and Die

By: Stephanie Hendrixson

Formetrix’s L-40 for powder bed fusion 3D printing enables complex mold geometries at efficient print speeds, with low risk of cracking.
#metal

Consumer Goods

From Idea to PPE Product in 10 Days: The Cool Parts Show Special Episode

By: Stephanie Hendrixson

Fitz Frames' custom 3D printed glasses have turned out to be a launch point for an item of personal protective equipment (PPE) used in the fight against COVID-19.
#polymer #coolparts #video

Production

PPE Shortage Catapults Human Solutions Tech into Production

By: Stephanie Hendrixson

The organization was intended to solve unmet needs in the local community. Its founder didn't anticipate that its first project would be face shields.
#polymer

Materials

Reinforced Polymer 3D Printing, Adjustable on the Fly

By: Stephanie Hendrixson

With Continuous Kinetic Mixing (CKM), 3DFortify sees expanded possibilities for printing polymer composites reinforced with fibers, ceramics and even metal flake in any concentration needed.
#composites #polymer #ceramic

Production

A Hospital's Perspective: TriHealth Receives PPE with 3D Printed Components

By: Stephanie Hendrixson

A face shield solution developed by GE Additive is now in use at Cincinnati-area hospitals. A combination of 3D printed adapters and off-the-shelf shields and hard hats makes this PPE fully reusable. 
#polymer

Medical & Dental

3D Printing and Coronavirus Check-In - Week of 4/13/2020

By: Stephanie Hendrixson

In this week's update we discuss how additive manufacturing is supporting injection molding for masks, and ramping up to production quantities of face shields and testing swabs.  
#polymer #metal #moldmaking

Materials

A Circular Economy for 3D Printed Plastics Starts with Material

By: Stephanie Hendrixson

When the greatest share of a product’s environmental impact comes from producing its feedstock, selecting the right material is critical. For 3D printing and manufacturing in plastic, biopolymer could be the first step toward a more sustainable model.
#polymer #sustainability