Tooling

How 3D Printed Tools Add Value at This GM Plant

General Motors’ Spring Hill, Tennessee, facility is finding opportunities to replace conventional tooling components with 3D printed alternatives made in house. The result is cheaper tooling on a shortened timeline, with better functionality.   

Tool Steel Alloy Combines 3D Printability with Hardness, Ductility for Tool and Die

Formetrix’s L-40 for powder bed fusion 3D printing enables complex mold geometries at efficient print speeds, with low risk of cracking.

AM Helping AM: 3D Printed Build Plate Detects Build Failures

Ultrasonic additive manufacturing produces a build plate with embedded sensing, allowing for real-time measurement of the condition of the build. If a failure occurs during selective laser melting, this plate will reveal it immediately.

Need Parts? These Additive Manufacturers Are Ready to Help

Disrupted supply chains are just one more effect of the coronavirus pandemic. These 3D printing service providers are ready to help fill production gaps with parts, tooling and prototypes. 

Thyssenkrupp's Low-Risk Venture into 3D Printing Began with the End Effector

Thyssenkrupp Bilstein of America's investment in additive manufacturing technology has been relatively low-risk and low-cost. And yet, layer by layer, the wins are adding up. 

Watch: Freeform Injection Molding (FIM) Demonstration

Alba Enterprises demonstrates Addifab's Freeform Injection Molding (FIM) process using 3D printed mold inserts at Amerimold 2019.

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.

AM Is Advancing into Tools for Machining: Examples from EMO

The design freedom of additive manufacturing delivers increased performance to tools used in subtractive processes. At the world’s leading exposition for machine tools, I saw various examples of this.

3D Printer Parts Made with 3D Printed Tooling: ExOne Walks the Walk

Accelerated timelines, fast design changes and low volumes — in many ways, 3D printing is the right market for 3D printing. ExOne’s newest generation of machines includes parts vacuum formed on 3D printed tools developed by Catalysis Additive Tooling.

Air Force Research Laboratory, Boeing and Thermwood Partner on Low Cost Responsive Tooling Program

The Air Force Research Laboratory, Boeing and Thermwood partnered to evaluate the functionality of Vertical Layer Printing (VLP) using high temperature, autoclave-capable materials on a Large Scale Additive Manufacturing (LSAM) machine.

The Results Are In: Autoclave Tooling and Large Format Additive Manufacturing

SABIC and the University of Dayton Research Institute studied large-format additive manufacturing (LFAM) for metal autoclave tooling. The results are promising.

Why Robots and Additive Manufacturing Go Together

3D printing and robots enable one another. We miss the possibilities of one if we do not consider the other. The combination includes AM for end effectors, robots for 3D printing parts, and different modes of metal and plastic production.

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