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Jabil’s Additive Materials Innovation Center: First Look

Additive Manufacturing Media was the first press to tour the Chaska, Minnesota, facility originally intended to be a clandestine additive manufacturing (AM) materials lab. What this capacity means for Jabil and 3D printing users.

The Race to Faster, Cheaper and Better AM for Aviation

An aviation industry partner called NIAR may be the largest institute you've never heard of. But through a new materials and process database for additive, it’s promising to help aviation manufacturers produce AM parts faster, cheaper and more reliably than ever before.

Injection Molding with the Geometric Complexity of 3D Printing

The Freeform Injection Molding (FIM) process from Addifab allows for injection molding resins to be processed into shapes not otherwise possible.

Jabil Prepares for Production AM: It’s Down to the Basics Now

Jabil is getting ready for additive manufacturing to take its place as a production option in addition to conventional processes such as molding and machining. AM can and will fill this role, the company says — the focus now is on controlling cost and assuring quality and reliability.

The Results Are In: Autoclave Tooling and Large Format Additive Manufacturing

SABIC and the University of Dayton Research Institute studied large-format additive manufacturing (LFAM) for metal autoclave tooling. The results are promising.

Additive Manufacturing Conference Speaker: Evolve Additive

At the Additive Manufacturing Conference, taking place August 27-29 in Austin, Texas, Bonnie Meyer of Evolve Additive Solutions will cover five steps to consider in the switch to additive manufacturing for production.

How 3D Printing Enables Sustainability in a High-Turnover Consumer Market

Pengraff UK built its business initially providing mounting solutions for routers and telecommunications equipment, hardware with built-in obsolescence. 3D printing and sustainable materials enable the company to live its values while manufacturing products with a limited lifespan.

Video: Survey of AM Users Finds Machine Shops Employing 3D Printing for Plastic Part Production

Additive manufacturing provides an option for low-quantity production in polymer. One implication is that machine shops are liable to be less strictly metalworking businesses.

Why Heineken Sees Breweries in More Countries As a Likely Benefit of 3D Printing

This video describes various ways 3D printing streamlines and supports beverage production.

Automated 3D Printing at Evco: Composites, Cobots, Email and More

Injection molder Evco has long seen the importance of industrial automation for plastics processing. Its latest automation feat? A cobot-tended cell of 3D printers for manufacturing fixtures and customer products unattended.

Additive Manufacturing — More Than Metal: How Vat Photopolymerization Started It All

Vat photopolymerization was the first AM process to be successfully commercialized. Three decades later, this technology has shown how AM is capable of scaling to volume production and making custom products on demand.

Thermwood’s Vertical Layer Printing Turns AM on Its Side

Vertical Layer Printing (VLP) 3D prints layers perpendicular to the floor, extending Z height to the length of the print bed — as long as 40 feet.