3D Printing Basics

To Succeed With Additive, See It As More Than Just Another Method of Making Parts

A fundamental challenge of AM relates to mindset: recognizing it as not just a manufacturing method but also a choice with far-reaching impacts.

Why Additive Manufacturing Needs the Executive Perspective

CEOs, take note! Adopting additive manufacturing is a choice likely to affect far more than just production. The paradigm still missing from the evaluation of AM in many cases is the view that sees the impacts in various parts of the enterprise.

What Is Directed Energy Deposition?

Analyzing directed energy deposition and powder-bed fusion provides a thorough understanding of the extra machining necessary for a “near-net shape” versus a “net shape” manufacturing process.

AM 101: Binder Jetting

Binder jetting requires no support structures, is accurate and repeatable, and is said to eliminate dimensional distortion problems common in some high-heat 3D technologies. Here is a look at how binder jetting works and its benefits for additive manufacturing.

Video: Inside the Penn State Additive Manufacturing Master's Program, Part 4

Kevin White, mechanical engineer at the Naval Nuclear Lab and student at Penn State, shares how a higher education in AM provides benefits beyond technical training.

Video: Where Are We Heading with Additive Manufacturing?

Increasing demands for additive end-to-end production processes, machine learning and product customization are driving additive manufacturing forward. Peter Zelinski explains where AM is heading in this video filmed at last year’s Additive Manufacturing Conference.

Video: Inside the Penn State Additive Manufacturing Master's Program, Part 3

Alan Suarez Garcia, advanced manufacturing engineer at GE Healthcare and master's student at Penn State, explains how this degree program changes how he looks at manufacturing.

Metal Powder Industries Releases Publication on Metal AM Powder Standards

The Metal Powder Industries Foundation’s new publication describes and explains nine MPIF standard test methods for metal AM.

Density Parameters in AM: Measurement and Relevance

For powder material used in additive manufacturing, “density” has various meanings. The different density definitions are useful in different ways.

Inside the Penn State Additive Manufacturing Master’s Program, Part 1

PSU's engineering master's degree in additive manufacturing and design offers students and manufacturing professionals a higher education in a continuously maturing field.

Video: Inside the Penn State Additive Manufacturing Master's Program, Part 2

A conversation with Brad Hanks, Ph.D. student at Penn State University, illustrates the intersection of optimization and AM with the example of an electrode for cancer treatment surgery.

Options for Finishing and Postprocessing Metal 3D-Printed Parts

There is a host of technologies available for finishing and postprocessing your AM parts. This column identifies options beyond machining.