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AM 101: Powder Bed Fusion (PBF)

By: Stephanie Hendrixson, Senior Editor

Whether in metal or polymer, with a laser or an electron beam, powder bed fusion (PBF) is one of the most widely used 3D printing techniques.
#metal #basics #polymer

Production

Why I Am Bullish on Additive: 3 Factors Favoring 3D Printing’s Continued Advance

By: Peter Zelinski, Editor-in-Chief

The shortcomings are being overcome and the advantage is nothing less than freedom. Only the pace of the advance is uncertain.
#supplychain #enterprise #basics

AM 101: Binder Jetting

By: Katelyn Arnold, Assistant Editor

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.
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Production

Video: Challenges and Opportunities in Additive Manufacturing

By: Stephanie Hendrixson, Senior Editor

Is additive manufacturing ready for full-scale production? Yes, but it isn't that simple. Our editors break down the issues to consider in this video conversation.
#basics #video

Design

Finding Value with Design for Additive Manufacturing

By: Timothy W. Simpson, Paul Morrow Professor of Engineering Design & Manufacturing

Six questions can help you find value as you apply DFAM.
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What Is Additive Manufacturing?

By: Peter Zelinski, Editor-in-Chief

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.
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Production

Industrializing AM: A Simple Cost Equation

By: Timothy W. Simpson, Paul Morrow Professor of Engineering Design & Manufacturing

The costs of AM are still throttling its adoption.
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Production

How to Pursue AM Adoption Within an Established Manufacturing Organization

By: Peter Zelinski, Editor-in-Chief

Succeeding with additive manufacturing requires enterprise-wide buy-in and change. EOS describes tactics including a two-team structure: transformation team and implementation team.
#basics #enterprise

Production

6 Reasons to Use Plastic 3D Printing

By: Stephanie Hendrixson, Senior Editor

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).
#basics #polymer #assemblyconsolidation

Are Emissions from 3D Printing Hazardous to Your Health?

By: Stephanie Hendrixson, Senior Editor

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.
#basics #polymer

Production

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

By: Stephanie Hendrixson, Senior Editor

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

By: Stephanie Hendrixson, Senior Editor

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. 
#basics #enterprise #supplychain

Design

How a Worksheet Can Elevate AM Success

By: Timothy W. Simpson, Paul Morrow Professor of Engineering Design & Manufacturing

How a simple worksheet can help improve success with additive manufacturing.
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Manufacturing and Tech Cultures Come Together at MT360

By: Katelyn Arnold, Assistant Editor

The MT360 event, organized by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology, is expected to accelerate the implementation of growing technologies into manufacturing applications.
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How to Implement Additive Manufacturing Across a Global Company: 5 Lessons

By: Stephanie Hendrixson, Senior Editor

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.
#enterprise #basics

AM 101: NanoParticle Jetting (NPJ)

By: Stephanie Hendrixson, Senior Editor

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.
#metal #basics #ceramic

AM 101: Selective Thermoplastic Electrophotographic Process (STEP)

By: Katelyn Arnold, Assistant Editor

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

Additive Manufacturing Standards

By: Timothy W. Simpson, Paul Morrow Professor of Engineering Design & Manufacturing

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.
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Additive Manufacturing with Sheet Lamination

By: Timothy W. Simpson, Paul Morrow Professor of Engineering Design & Manufacturing

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

By: Stephanie Hendrixson, Senior Editor

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.
#metal #education #basics