Metal 3D Printing

How a Solid-State Process Stood Firm Until Additive’s Moment

Early on, this company saw the promise of friction stir welding for building forms in layers. Few understood at the time. They understand now, in part because this process offers benefits such as blended materials and freedom from stress that other metal AM approaches can’t match.

DMG MORI SLM Machine Offers Focal Diameter of 35 Microns

Rapid 2019: The Lasertec 12 SLM is said to offer improved accuracy for powder-bed fusion.

When Is 3D Printing Cost Effective?

Hype continues to surround additive manufacturing. These three factors can help determine whether a part is worth 3D printing.

Digital Metal Achieves UL Certification

Digital Metal has been authorized to apply the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) mark to its DM P2500 metal binder jetting system, the first such system to receive the UL certification.

Grind to Finish: A Postprocessing Solution for Additive Manufacturing

3D printed metal parts typically feature little stock remaining for finishing. Grinding is potentially an effective solution for meeting final tolerances. An abrasive technology provider investigates grinding as a complement to AM.

Fabrisonic Hybrid Enables Solid-State Bonds at Low Temperatures

Rapid 2019: Fabrisonic LLC releases its SonicLayer 1200 machine which offers Ultrasonic Additive Manufacturing (UAM) technology at an affordable price, the company says.

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.

Gas: The Silent Enabler of Additive Manufacturing

High-end metal additive manufacturing relies on the perfect gas composition to create products that meet the required material properties. But gas such as argon is also key to metal powder production, storage and postprocessing.

Video: Additive Manufacturing as an Alternative to Casting

Daan Kersten of Additive Industries discusses the promise of metal AM for production. Cost per piece can be lower than many expect.

Call for Speakers: Present Your AM Application to Current and Future AM Users at the Additive Manufacturing Conference

The call for presenters is now open for the sixth annual AM Conference, to be held August 27-29 in Austin, Texas. Presentations from successful users are welcome, and in fact frequently are some of the best-received talks at the event.

Video: How Additive Manufacturing Is Advancing the Space Industry

By making launch vehicles more efficient and easier to manufacture, AM lets small companies play a significant role in space. Here is a conversation with an aspiring startup.

3D Printing Heat-Resistant Materials on a Preheated Substrate

Preheating the substrate plate in laser beam melting to 500°C prevents crack formation in AM parts made from carbon tool steels.