3D-Printed Tooling

Video: The Pella Corporation Is Succeeding With 3D-Printed Tooling

An engineering leader with the window and door maker shows examples of the tooling and machine parts now produced for the company's manufacturing processes using 3D printing.

3D-Printed Tooling and the Mindset Change at Pella

For the window and door maker, 3D printing for tooling and machine components is “not just another tool, but a whole other toolkit.” However, winning widespread acceptance and understanding was the most important challenge.

Voxeljet's PDB Process Adapts 3D Printing for Casting

Rapid 2019: Voxeljet’s Phenolic Direct Binding (PDB) process produces complex casting molds and cores.

Thermwood Validates 3D-Printed Yacht Hull Molds

A 3D-printed scale model of a hull mold will enable Thermwood to test and validate additive manufacturing for producing this tooling.

3D Print the Tool to Cast the Mold to Make the Part

3D-printed molds to manufacture parts are familiar, but what if the mold itself was made with a 3D-printed tool? Catalysis Additive Tooling proves out this concept in a mold for a fiberglass part.

Fast-Tracking the Supply Chain with 3D-Printed Tooling, Strategic Partners

Catalysis Additive Tooling is building a one-stop supply chain for production quantities ranging from one to one million. 3D-printed tooling and relationships are key.

Tribologically Optimized Filament Delivers Maintenance-Free 3D-Printed Robot Grippers

A Germany-based cosmetics company saved 85 percent in the cost of its robot grippers by switching from aluminum to 3D-printed polymer.

The Manufacturing Network as a Source for Internal Custom Tooling

For a tool that includes both machined and 3D-printed components, all the pieces of the tool can be made by separate companies yet arrive together. BMW has used Xometry to obtain tooling in this way.

Boeing Partners with Thermwood on 3D-Printed Tool for 777X

The tool was printed as a single piece from 20 percent carbon fiber-reinforced ABS using the Vertical Layer Print system.

Machine Shop Finds Opportunities with SLA 3D Printer

Adding a Form 2 desktop stereolithography 3D printer from Formlabs has enabled A&M Tool and Design to expedite workflows with 3D-printed prototypes, tooling and more.

This Company Is Pioneering Embedded Service as a Model for Delivering AM

PSMI manages ordering and inventory of tooling and MRO supplies for major manufacturers. Installing 3D printers within those customer sites offers an entirely different way to service this demand.

3D-Printed Fixtures Aid CMM Inspection of 3D Printer Parts

Cincinnati Inc. has found that 3D-printed fixtures save money and effort in the inspection process for machined parts used in its SAAM 3D printers.