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.

Video: How Simulation Assists Directed Energy Deposition

Scrapping an AM part is potentially as costly as scrapping a machined part. Directed energy deposition is an additive process that can benefit from a resource that safeguards machining: simulation software. 

Webinar: Selecting Parts for Additive Manufacturing

Join the SLM Solutions webinar on August 14 to learn what parts, features and geometries are best suited for optimization with metal additive manufacturing and tips of what may make the process unfeasible.

Video: What is Directed Energy Deposition?

DED is an additive manufacturing process that builds features or parts in metal by placing material where needed.

Robot Is Production Solution for Laser Metal Deposition

The move from prototyping to production might involve a move from machine tool to robot, but development work between Formalloy and the robot suppliers means the process and programming do not have to change.