In Case You Missed It: Additive Manufacturing's November 2014 Digital Edition

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Stories describe Lockheed Martin’s view of additive manufacturing, plus one manufacturer’s perspective on what work makes sense for AM.


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The cover story of the November issue of Additive Manufacturing places AM into the context of an even larger idea. Lockheed Martin Space Systems is aiming to achieve what it calls the “digital tapestry,” a vision for manufacturing that avoids unnecessary effort and interpretation by keeping all manufacturing information in the digital realm. Additive manufacturing, because it can directly manifest a design conceived through digital collaboration, is valuable to realizing this ideal. Also in this issue, metal and plastic part maker Harbec Inc. describes how it uses AM alongside other manufacturing processes. The digital edition of this issue is available now. To subscribe to Additive Manufacturing, go here.


  • Video: Additive/Subtractive Machining Cycle

    DMG Mori produced the part seen in this video to demonstrate the capabilities of its new hybrid machine, which is capable of both CNC machining and additive manufacturing through laser metal deposition.

  • Pros and Cons of Making Foundry Patterns Via 3D Printing

    A new method of pattern making brings various advantages, not the least of which is expanded design freedom. But 3D printing of patterns is not without trade-offs.

  • The Future of Manufacturing

    According to engineers with GE Aviation, the challenges of additive metal manufacturing—serious as they are—are small compared to the promise that this technology holds. How else can you make a plane engine 1,000 pounds lighter?