Production

Industrial-Scale 3D Printer Facilitates Cost-Effective Production

IMTS 2018: EOS North America’s EOS P 500 3D printer is designed to produce laser-sintered polymer partson an industrial scale.

AMFG Software Platform to Automate End-Part Production

Formerly known as RP Platform, the company offers a software product for additive manufacturing based on artificial intelligence. 

Overcoming Obstacles to Bring AM into the Supply Chain

A conversation with Jabil’s John Dulchinos and HP’s Stephen Nigro illustrates some of the challenges in integrating additive manufacturing into a supply chain for production parts.

3D Systems ProX SLS 6100 Scales to Production

3D Systems’ printing platform provides 3D printing solutions to increase speed and performance across a range of applications.

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.

Jabil Emerges as a Powerhouse in Additive Manufacturing

Jabil, an international force in manufacturing, software and services, has launched a global network of additive manufacturing services.

Video: LSAM Speeds Production of Concrete Tooling

Thermwood’s dual-gantry Large Scale Additive Manufacturing (LSAM) 3D printer with CNC router printed and trimmed a large concrete tool with fewer setups.

How One Device Inspects Both Parts and Powder in Metal AM

A scanning electron microscope analyzes the shape and composition of grains of powder as well as inclusions and voids in the part’s surface.

3D Printing Solves Workholding Bottleneck

A 3D printer from Markforged helped Elliott Tool Technology quickly and cost-effectively create fixturing and, eventually, end-use parts for customers.

Custom Tooling Unmasks Process Costs in Metal Coating

The tooling that had long been accepted was contributing to unnecessary manual labor for this PVD coater. Now, the company has improved its process with custom tools that are 3D-printed in production quantities.

Impressions of Rapid + TCT 2018

Exhibitors offering additive technologies to challenge conventional production was a striking development this year, though some of those technologies are not yet obtainable.

Printing End-Use Parts from High-Performance Ceramics

The lithography-based ceramic manufacturing (LCM) process allows the cost-effective production of ceramic parts even for a batch size of one.