Basics

AM Enables Manufacturing for Design, Not the Other Way Around

Additive manufacturing allows us to make any shape we want, without having to adapt the design for the manufacturing process.

Series: Installing a Metal 3D Printer

A five-part series documents one manufacturer’s experience and lessons learned while installing a powder-bed fusion metal 3D printer.

Video: Where Does Additive Manufacturing Make Sense?

Can 3D printing produce a useful, functional part? The answer is, unequivocally, yes. Editors discuss where and when AM makes sense in this video. 

Closing Additive Manufacturing’s Skills Gap

Cincinnati State’s new additive manufacturing certificate program offers a lesson in workforce need versus availability.

Installing a Metal 3D Printer: Part 4 (Environmental)

PADT’s fifth and final blog entry about its experience installing a Concept Laser Mlab Cusing R metal 3D printer focuses on environmental regulations and concerns.

Removing Metal Supports from AM Parts

What is the best way to remove metal support structures from AM parts?

Installing a Metal 3D Printer: Part 3B (Safety Risks: Prevention and Mitigation)

PADT’s fourth blog entry in a five-part series about their experience installing a Concept Laser Mlab Cusing R metal 3D printer tackles safety risks with a focus on prevention.

Installing a Metal 3D Printer: Part 3A (Safety Risks)

PADT’s third blog entry in a five-part series about their experience installing a Concept Laser Mlab Cusing R metal 3D printer tackles safety risks and ways to mitigate them.

Will My AM Part Explode?

Will my additive manufactured part explode? Not if you’re careful. Postprocessing parts built from metallic powder requires extra precautions.

Video: 3D-Printed Composite Hooks Lifts Hundreds of Pounds

AM challenges expectations about which applications and part types call for metal and which are appropriate for polymer.

Installing a Metal 3D Printer: Part 2 (Facilities)

What facility adaptations are necessary when installing a metal 3D printer? PADT documents the steps it took to support a Concept Laser Mlab Cusing R in this second post in a five-part series. 

Installing a Metal 3D Printer: Part 1 (Equipment)

When PADT installed a Concept Laser Mlab Cusing R metal 3D printer, the company documented the process from beginning to end. The first in a five-part series.