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AM 101: Binder Jetting

Binder jetting requires no support structures, is accurate and repeatable, and is said to eliminate dimensional distortion problems common in some high-heat 3D technologies. Here is a look at how binder jetting works and its benefits for additive manufacturing.

What Is Additive Manufacturing?

It is the broadest category of manufacturing we have. It is more than 3D printing. It is the beginning of a transformation. If you are new to AM, here is where to start.

Production

6 Reasons to Use Plastic 3D Printing

Smaller batches and shorter lead times are just two of the benefits of 3D printing parts in plastic. Here are six reasons to choose polymer additive manufacturing (with examples).

Are Emissions from 3D Printing Hazardous to Your Health?

And if so, what can you do about it? NIOSH researchers share the organization’s approach to eliminate, avoid and reduce operator contact with volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and ultrafine particles from fused filament fabrication (FFF) 3D printers.

Medical & Dental

Guide for Healthcare Providers: How to Find (and Talk to) 3D Printing Professionals

If you are a medical professional in the U.S., you've likely heard that 3D printing can be an answer to equipment shortages. Here's how to find local 3D printing specialists and how to talk to them once you have. 

In Coronavirus Uncertainty, 3D Printing Is a Potential Solution for U.S. Manufacturing

The impact of the COVID-19 virus has reached U.S. manufacturers by way of the supply chain. Here are several ways 3D printing could help, plus a video discussion of the data with economist Michael Guckes. 

Design

How a Worksheet Can Elevate AM Success

How a simple worksheet can help improve success with additive manufacturing.

Manufacturing and Tech Cultures Come Together at MT360

The MT360 event, organized by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology, is expected to accelerate the implementation of growing technologies into manufacturing applications.

How to Implement Additive Manufacturing Across a Global Company: 5 Lessons

With more than 100 facilities and about 200,000 employees worldwide, Flex has a steep challenge in bringing 3D printing into its operations. Five things the company is learning.

AM 101: NanoParticle Jetting (NPJ)

The proprietary process from XJet builds ceramic and metal parts using nanoparticle suspensions. Learn how NPJ works in this introductory article, part of our AM 101 series.

AM 101: Selective Thermoplastic Electrophotographic Process (STEP)

Learn about Selective Thermoplastic Electrophotographic Process (STEP): how it works, the comparative benefits and where it is leading additive production in the future.

Additive Manufacturing Standards

There are gaps in additive manufacturing where no published standard or specification currently exists for AM to respond to a particular industry need. Learn about the resources and additive standards and make more sense of the growing technology in this sphere.

Additive Manufacturing with Sheet Lamination

No longer limited to paper, Sheet Lamination bonds sheets of material together to form an object. Companies are now expanding to different materials for sheet lamination, exploring the growing possibilities of a process that started with gluing and stacking hundreds of colored sheets of paper together.

6 Things I Learned about Metal 3D Printing at the AMIST

I sat in on one and a half days of a five-day class offered at the Additive Manufacturing Institute of Science and Technology (AMIST) in Louisville. Here’s just some of what I learned.

AM 101: Ultrasonic Additive Manufacturing

Going from additive to subtractive can be simple with Ultrasonic Additive Manufacturing (UAM). What is it and how does it work? Learn the basics in this 101 post.

Additive Manufacturing Media Announces New Web Series, The Cool Parts Show

Additive Manufacturing's new web series will focus on unique applications of 3D printing.

Design

Video: 3 Roles for Simulation in Additive Manufacturing

This conversation with PADT’s Eric Miller explores how simulation and 3D printing work together at three distinct stages in additive manufacturing, for DFAM and beyond.  

AM 101: Hybrid Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing offers powerful capabilities alone, but even more opportunities are opened when AM is combined with subtractive processes.

Video: The STL File Can Produce Surface Defects in 3D-Printed Parts

Timothy Simpson of Penn State University discusses the influence of model definition in additive manufacturing and what to do about its effects.

Video: Support Structures Are Misnamed! How to Understand Anchors in Additive Manufacturing

Supports or anchors can account for a significant share of both the engineering investment and material use in metal additive manufacturing. Michael Hansen of SLM Solutions discusses the role and importance of support structures.

Design

Video: The Impact of Part Orientation on Cost and Build Time in AM

A different build orientation might mean fewer layers and less support structure, though the part might need to be redesigned to take advantage of this different orientation.

Materials

Additive Manufacturing via Material Extrusion

Material extrusion was the second process to be successfully commercialized. After three decades of material advancements and a diverse array of start-ups and applications, the use cases for this technology are still going strong.

Video: What is Directed Energy Deposition?

DED is an additive manufacturing process that builds features or parts in metal by placing material where needed.

AM 101: Multi Jet Fusion (MJF)

From functional prototypes to end-use parts, HP’s Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) is capable of efficient production. Learn about MJF, including its materials, postprocessing requirements, benefits and more, in this 101 post.

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