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.

A European View on AM: Rethinking Injection Molds

Overseas business models and applications of metal additive manufacturing promise to improve or invent functionalities integrated into molds and tools.

3 Ways a Small Mold Builder Uses 3D Printing

How mold builder Byrne Tool + Design uses 3D printing for simultaneous mold manufacturing, conformal cooling and hybrid designs. 

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.

New Kimura U.S. Metal Casting Plant Relies Entirely on 3D Printing for Molds and Cores

Printing foundry molds and cores without hard tooling will speed leadtimes and make small quantities of castings affordable, the company says. Its proprietary process advances the detail and finish obtainable from casting using sand 3D printing.

Matsuura Announces Partnership with CMD

Custom Mold and Design (CMD) and Matsuura USA will collaborate in applying  Matsuura’s Lumex technology for the mold industry.

Fast-Tracking the Supply Chain with 3D-Printed Tooling, Strategic Partners

Catalysis Additive Tooling is building a one-stop supply chain for production quantities ranging from one to one million. 3D-printed tooling and relationships are key.

GW Plastics Bets on Metal 3D Printing for Conformal Cooling

An investment in a hybrid metal 3D printer is enabling moldmaker GW Plastics to produce better-performing molds with conformal cooling.

Magnetic 3D Printing with Fiber Reinforcement Fills Tooling Gap

Fortify’s Digital Composite Manufacturing (DCM) platform pairs high-performance resins with fiber reinforcement that can be controlled at the voxel level. The process promises a faster route to durable injection mold tooling.

Hermle Combines Metal Powder Application Process with Five-Axis Machining

Hermle integrated its MPA technology, a process where metal powder is applied by kinetic compacting to build completely sealed materials, in a Hermle five-axis machining center to create parts with highly complex inner geometries.

3D Printing Helps Prove Sensor Marketability in Low Volume

Before going into full-scale production for a water sensor system, Sensocare used 3D-printed master molds and parts to produce an initial run.

Video: 3D Printing’s Role in the Plastics Industry

This interview from NPE2018 highlights uses of 3D printing technology for the plastics industry, from prototyping through volume production.