Metal 3D Printing

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.

Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing Delivers Low Buy-To-Fly Ratios

Manufacturers in the aerospace industry buy expensive raw material with one common goal: to make it fly. To reduce its buy-to-fly ratio (the ratio of material inputs to final part output), this company turned to wire arc additive manufacturing to create near-net shape parts.

How Topology Optimization Could Be the Key to Longer-Lasting Hip Implants

Hip stem implants must support the mechanical loads of the patient’s lifestyle, but should also avoid stress shielding. A team from Altair leveraged simulation, topology optimization and 3D printing to design an optimized hip stem that meets both conditions.

Directing the Future of Laser Metal Deposition (LMD)

Formalloy is proving that LMD is for more than repairs and large parts. Fast deposition rates, fine detail capabilities and multimaterial support promise to change how parts are designed and made.

GF Machining Solutions Thinks Additive and Beyond

At the GF Machining Solutions 2019 Solution Days event, the company showcased two technologies that make clear its intention to move additive manufacturing into production.

3D Printing the "Impossible" Metal Part

Velo3D’s SupportFree additive manufacturing process helps KW Micro Power turn a geometrically complex design concept into reality.

HP Opens Barcelona 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing Center of Excellence

HP has opened the doors of its 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing Center of Excellence in Barcelona, Spain, expected to accelerate transformation of industries with R&D, engineering, co-development and sustainable innovation.

Incodema3D Reaches the Tipping Point for Production Additive Manufacturing

The New York manufacturer is launching into its first continuous flow production job for metal AM. Owner and CEO Sean Whittaker shares what it took to arrive here.

Lightweight Sandvik Cutting Tool Employing Topology Optimization Now Available

Additive manufacturing aids “subtractive” CNC machining. We first saw this tool in an early version last year. See the video in this post.

Building Confidence in Additive Manufacturing for Tooling

New potential for mold tooling applications is reached with custom-designed materials for additive manufacturing.

How to Choose a Debinding Fluid for Metal 3D Printing

Binder jetting and feedstock extrusion depend on binders that are ultimately sacrificial. MicroCare offers factors to consider in selecting a debinding fluid for these metal additive manufacturing processes.

Cool Stuff We Discovered at Rapid + TCT 2019 (See Our Video Collection)

AI for process improvement, 3D printing with metal paste, droids for build change—here are six innovations we wanted to share with you straight from the show floor.