Production

Empathy in Engineering: 3D-Printed Accommodations for the Workforce

For manufacturers with employees who suffer from mobility issues, additively manufactured custom tools go hand-in-hand with increased productivity.

Formlabs Process to Deliver Custom 3D-Printed Earbuds

A process that uses the Form 2 3D printer and Formlabs resin to produce custom silicone ear molds is part of the "year of mass customized earbuds."

Latécoère Cuts Lead Times with FDM 3D Printing

Latécoère is deploying Stratasys fused deposition modeling (FDM) throughout its design and production process.

Direct Metal Printing Rapidly Delivers Innovative Faucet

A faucet that would be difficult to manufacture conventionally was developed and produced within weeks using Direct Metal Printing (DMP). 

The Post-Production Challenge for Additive Manufacturing

The benefits of controlling postprocessing operations for additively produced parts reach beyond cost.

Lattices in Footprint 3D Midsoles to Provide Custom Fit

The footwear company plans to offer shoes with custom 3D-printed midsoles using lattices for precise support and cushioning.

From Master Patterns to Mass Production

Forecast 3D got its start building silicone molds from 3D-printed master patterns. Now, through the use of Multi Jet Fusion, the company sees a future in manufacturing large quantities of 3D-printed parts.

Voodoo Mfg. Microfactory Takes Desktop 3D Printers into Volume Production

Armed with a fleet of MakerBot 3D printers and its own proprietary software, Voodoo Mfg. is producing parts by the thousands from its small Brooklyn facility.

Automated AM System Looks Toward Future of Industrial Production

A partnership between 3D printer manufacturer BigRep and Dutch research organization TNO is creating an automated additive manufacturing system.

3D-Printed Prototypes Become the Parts with Carbon Fiber Filled Filament

Utah Trikes, a retailer and manufacturer of trikes and quads, has grown its custom business using FDM Nylon 12CF to produce end-use composite parts that formerly would have required moldmaking.

Using Hybrid AM, GE Leverages Turbine Blade Repair into Efficiency Improvement

An engineering modification that would have been impractical or cost-prohibitive in the past is realized on a machine tool performing metal 3D printing and machining in the same cycle.

AM Conference Speaker: John Deere

A talk by John Deere senior staff engineer Eric Johnson will focus on the challenges of using additive manufacturing for end-use parts, and how to overcome them.