Tooling

Transformative Tooling Through Additive Manufacturing

The May 2018 issue of Additive Manufacturing magazine looks at unusual and unconventional applications for 3D-printed tooling.

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.

3D-Printed Tooling Offers Durability for Precast Concrete

As an alternative to wooden tooling, 3D-printed forms for precast concrete are proving to be more durable and better able to support a large-scale renovation project. 

Webinar: 3D Printing Jigs and Fixtures

Formlabs addresses the use of 3D-printed jigs and fixtures for reliable, cost-effective factory floor operations in a free webinar. Tune in May 22, 2018, or watch the recording.

Transformative Tooling Reaches Applications Including Concrete and PVD Coating

Our reporting from tooling’s frontier finds custom tooling succeeding in applications not usually associated with 3D printing.

Carbon-Filled Thermoplastic 3D Printing Material Replaces Handmade Metal Parts

The material enables 3D printing to produce a part that required replacement three times a month. Reduced labor and faster delivery times are the result. 

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.

Getting to Production Faster with 3D-Printed Press Brake Tooling

A case study from Centerline Engineered Solutions demonstrates that a 3D-printed die and punch can withstand press brake forces, providing a cheaper, faster path to 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.

Thermwood 3D Prints Large Boat Hull Pattern

Thermwood’s large-scale additive manufacturing (LSAM) technology enabled the fabrication of a 3,000-lb plug for a boat hull mold. The project illustrates how 3D printing could help reduce fabrication costs for marine composites. 

PADT, Stratasys Partner to Open AM Lab

The lab, located at the Metropolitan State University of Denver, will be dedicated to advancing the use of 3D printing for composite tooling applications.

Producer of Custom Fixtures Uses AM to Reduce Time, Cost

Working with HK3D, JJ Churchill used 3D printing to reduce the time needed for its coordinate measuring machine (CMM) quality inspection process by 70 percent, and costs by 50 percent.