Basics

5 Ways to Use AM in a Turning Shop

Additive manufacturing systems are not replacing lathes, but the two processes can work together and complement one another.

Can My Machine Tool Access My Support Structures?

Analyzing the machinability of support structures opens a new way of thinking about optimal build orientation.

Understanding Surface Finish of Metal 3D-Printed Parts

Additive manufacturing imposes inherent manufacturing and design challenges that impact the dimensions and tolerances that you can (or cannot) achieve on an “as built” part.

5 Lessons About Additive Manufacturing We Can Learn from This Part

A bracket redesign has a lot to say about the successful application of metal AM. One of the takeaways: Support structures are worth the effort!

How Machining Support Structures Affects the Cutting Tool

Studies show that thin-walled additively manufactured support structures may be more challenging to machine than they might appear.

Video Playlist: Additive Manufacturing 101

Looking for a quick introduction to 3D printing and its application in additive manufacturing? Watch these videos. 

How Machinable Are Support Structures in a Metal 3D-Printed Part?

What happens when you cut away thin-walled supports on your metal 3D-printed part?

Okuma Engineer Offers Safety Tips for Hybrid Machine Tools

Shop air should be out of reach, but flood coolant is a friend, he says. The real challenge of hybrid machines right now is not safety procedures but software.

AM Conference: Safety Standards for Additive Manufacturing Facilities

UL shares its safety advice for additive manufacturing facilities at the Additive Manufacturing Conference on September 11, 2018.

Video: Advice to Manufacturers Getting Ready to Start in Additive

“It can be daunting,” says GE’s Greg Morris. “You have to make some tough decisions while things are not going well.” And yet, as he looks to the future of additive manufacturing, he says, “There is probably going to be a shortage of supply, not demand.”

Finding the Value Proposition for Additive Manufacturing

Why would anyone want to use additive manufacturing?

Postprocessing Steps and Costs for Metal 3D Printing

When your metal part is done 3D printing, you just pull it out of the machine and start using it, right? Not even close.