3D-Printed Tooling

Video: Additive Manufacturing Offers a Tooling Alternative

3D printing can offer a cost-effective alternative to conventionally produced tooling for those processes that depend on it.

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.

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. 

Why Heineken Sees Breweries in More Countries As a Likely Benefit of 3D Printing

This video describes various ways 3D printing streamlines and supports beverage production.

Automated 3D Printing at Evco: Composites, Cobots, Email and More

Injection molder Evco has long seen the importance of industrial automation for plastics processing. Its latest automation feat? A cobot-tended cell of 3D printers for manufacturing fixtures and customer products unattended.

Thermwood’s Vertical Layer Printing Turns AM on Its Side

Vertical Layer Printing (VLP) 3D prints layers perpendicular to the floor, extending Z height to the length of the print bed — as long as 40 feet.

Lightweight Sandvik Cutting Tool Employing Topology Optimization Now Available

Additive manufacturing aids “subtractive” CNC machining. We first saw this tool in an early version last year. See the video in this post.