Polymer 3D Printing

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.

How a Prototyping 3D Printer Became a Production 3D Printer

Boyce Technologies was already a leader in manufacturing communications devices, but 3D printing and a partnership with BigRep have helped it remain competitive—first through prototyping, and now in production.

How to Calculate the Full Cost of Additive Manufacturing

A true evaluation of additive includes a look at materials, speed, quality, scalability, and cost.

Video: Periscope Case Shows 3D Printing for Niche Manufacturing

Manufacturing without mold tooling allows the production quantity to be tailored to the market size.

Additive Manufacturing Workshop for Plastics 2019 Recap

The Additive Manufacturing Workshop for Plastics, held during Amerimold 2019, offered a platform for industry experts and mold builders to discuss how AM can complement injection molding and what it takes to transition from prototyping to high-volume production.

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.

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.

Linear Motor Platform Delivers Speed, Low Part Cost for Production AM

Essentium’s additive manufacturing machine based on semiconductor manufacturing has as much in common with precision machine tools as with other FFF 3D printers.