Metal 3D Printing

Interlayer Laser Peening Shows Promise for 3D Printed Implants and Beyond

Research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln illustrates how applying secondary processes between 3D-printed layers can have a ripple effect on part properties. Dr. Michael Sealy explains the potential for medical implants using Optomec’s LENS platform.

Topology Optimized 3D Printed Spine Implant: The Cool Parts Show S1E2

Medical contract manufacturer Tangible Solutions shares a titanium 3D printed spine implant with an unusual lattice structure in this episode of The Cool Parts Show.

The Cool Parts Show, Episode 1: This Rocket Fuel Injector Is a Solid Part That Contains a Working Motor

Our new video series debuts with a look at a solid metal part made through additive manufacturing that was built with a motor embedded inside. The motor sealed within the part adjusts the rocket’s fuel mixture while the rocket is in flight.

Velo3D: Avoiding Support Structures Means Metal AM Can Be a Solution for Direct Part Replacement

Because of the extent of the redesign they might call for, support structures can be an impediment to AM adoption. Reducing the need for support structures increases the viability of 3D printing for current parts.

Renishaw, Cobra Work to Optimize Design Process

Renishaw worked with Michigan-based Cobra Aero to improve the engine manufacturer’s design processes for aircraft and motorcycle engines.

Somerset Community College Offers Metal AM Technology Training

Somerset Community College has added metal additive manufacturing technology to its advanced manufacturing capabilities as an institution. The college says it is also the first institution of higher education in Kentucky to offer a technician certificate in 3D printing.

Video: Controlled Porosity Can Be Functional Advantage Realized via 3D Printing

A wall of metal that looks solid is actually 90% dense, allowing gas to pass through. Mold venting is one application.

Material Extrusion: Now with Metal

Challenging our thinking about materials in metal additive manufacturing and the possibilities with material extrusion technology.

Video: The STL File Can Produce Surface Defects in 3D-Printed Parts

Timothy Simpson of Penn State University discusses the influence of model definition in additive manufacturing and what to do about its effects.

Video: Support Structures Are Misnamed! How to Understand Anchors in Additive Manufacturing

Supports or anchors can account for a significant share of both the engineering investment and material use in metal additive manufacturing. Michael Hansen of SLM Solutions discusses the role and importance of support structures.

Video: The Impact of Part Orientation on Cost and Build Time in AM

A different build orientation might mean fewer layers and less support structure, though the part might need to be redesigned to take advantage of this different orientation.

Why Robots and Additive Manufacturing Go Together

3D printing and robots enable one another. We miss the possibilities of one if we do not consider the other. The combination includes AM for end effectors, robots for 3D printing parts, and different modes of metal and plastic production.