3D Printing for Production

Video: Production Additive Manufacturing Is Coming

Additive systems are proving capable for cost-effective production even of parts that aren’t all that complex. This will be the next phase of AM.

These 3D Printed Glasses Are Designed to “Solve” Kids’ Eyewear

Glasses work, but both the product and purchase experience could be made better. Fitz Frames aims to help, with custom glasses featuring 3D printed frames manufactured in Youngstown, Ohio. 

GKN's Acquisition of Forecast 3D Points the Way to AM's Future

The vision? Parts produced on demand where they are needed, from the material that makes sense.

Formnext 2019 Emphasizes Complete Additive Manufacturing Process Chain — Well Beyond 3D Printing

The biggest AM event gets bigger. The sophistication of attendees advances. Materials, digital tools and postprocessing are prominent. Here are 10 impressions of this year’s show.

Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing Delivers Low Buy-To-Fly Ratios

Manufacturers in the aerospace industry buy expensive raw material with one common goal: to make it fly. To reduce its buy-to-fly ratio (the ratio of material inputs to final part output), this company turned to wire arc additive manufacturing to create near-net shape parts.

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.

Largest ExOne Metal Binder Jetting System Yet Provides 160-Liter Build Volume

The design of this machine anticipates scale production, with compaction technology for repeatable part density and Industry 4.0 connectivity for lightly staffed AM factories.

3D Print or Stock? A Model for Spare Parts

3D printing provides a way of manufacturing spare parts on demand, in situ. But is it always the best solution? A new model from a Duke University professor aims to help companies make these decisions.

3D Printed Plastic Replaces Metal: The Cool Parts Show S1E3

This small business owner discovered 3D printing as a way to manufacture his invention. Now, AM is enabling a totally new source of revenue. Watch The Cool Parts Show to see how.

3 Companies That Wouldn't Exist Without 3D Printing

3D printing’s affordability enables the existence of companies that wouldn’t be able to manufacture their products conventionally. Here are just three examples. 

Video: Additive Manufacturing Expands Design Possibilities for Automotive Lighting

Automotive lighting maker Varroc Lighting Systems describes the impact 3D printing instead of injection molding will have on car features such as headlights.

As 3D Printing for Production Becomes Practical, the Attention in Materials Shifts to Practical Concerns

Recent posts relate to ensuring sufficient materials supply for production, certifying processes for AM materials, and even whether the properties of polymer AM include the ability to hold a screw.