3D Printing in Machine Shops

Video: Survey of AM Users Finds Machine Shops Employing 3D Printing for Plastic Part Production

Additive manufacturing provides an option for low-quantity production in polymer. One implication is that machine shops are liable to be less strictly metalworking businesses.

Video: 3D-Printed Brackets Are Key to Automated Coolant Delivery for Lights-Out Machining

An on-site look at the different elements of the coolant-delivery system developed by a machine shop committed to running unattended.

Video: In Conventional Manufacturing, 3D Printing Is a Solution for Tooling

Tooling for conventional operations doesn't have to made conventionally. Rather than being made through machining, these welding fixtures are now made via 3D printing.

At Rapid: A 73-Year-Old Machine Shop’s Journey into Metal AM

Imperial Machine & Tool Co. presents at Rapid 2017 about incorporating metal additive manufacturing into a traditional machine shop environment.

Staying Focused on the Promise of AM

For this company, realizing that promise is a long-term undertaking. In the short term, it involves sometimes saying no.

Does Additive Manufacturing Make Sense in a “Subtractive” Machine Shop?

Definitely yes, says this shop—a metal 3D printed part is almost always a machined part as well, and an established machine shop is perhaps the best business to realize AM’s promise for production.

Drilling Jig an Example of How 3D Printing Assists Machining

A machine shop benefits from 3D printing as a means of efficiently making custom hardware to aid both the process and the machines.

Contract Shop Invests in Hybrid Manufacturing for Survival and Growth

An Ontario manufacturer sees hybrid manufacturing as a means for survival.

Why Your Machine Shop Will Have a 3D Printer

In the future, we’re likely to take it for granted that small machining businesses routinely use 3D printing as a complement to their machine tools. The 3D printer can do work that frees up the more valuable machines.

Applications Add Up

After purchasing a 3D printer to solve a safety issue, turning shop Swiss Automation has found many more applications for the additive manufacturing technology on its shop floor.

A Layered Approach to Boosting Business and the Industry

Faustson Tool uses its pioneering spirit to carefully take on metals additive manufacturing one step at a time, and today the company is committed to educating and supporting industry and its academic partners with this technology.

Where 3D Printing Fits In

Baklund R&D, a tool and die and CNC machining job shop in Hutchinson, Minnesota, has an unusual philosophy for how to cultivate, encourage and develop manufacturing employees.