#MACHINING

Medical & Dental

For AM and Machining to Work Together, Let Them Compete

By: Peter Zelinski, Editor-in-Chief

A medical device maker establishes a center of excellence for product and process development in which additive manufacturing and CNC machining both challenge and complement one another.
#machining #enterprise #metal

Aerospace

CNC Machining as a Business Strategy for Additive Manufacturing

By: Brent Donaldson, Senior Editor

As 3rd Dimension Industrial 3D Printing ramps up for production — including a fleet of new 3D printers in a custom-designed building — it's the company's traditional machining capabilities that provide a unique competitive advantage.
#metal #machining

26 Steps Vs. 9: The Metal AM Case for Mission Critical Parts

By: Brent Donaldson, Senior Editor

Knust Godwin introduced metal AM into its precision-machining environment nearly eight years ago. Now the company is using the capability to break through into new applications and give 3D printed mission-critical parts a renewed business case.
#machining #metal #postprocessing

Tooling

With This 3D Printed Block, EBM Is an Aid to CNC Machining

By: Peter Zelinski, Editor-in-Chief

Holding the part is a challenge of machining for additive manufacturing. This medical manufacturer prints fixture tooling tailored to its additive parts.
#machining #metal #postprocessing

Modern Machine Shop Announces ‘Shop Talk’ Educational Series

By: AM Staff

New presentation series, available through IMTS spark, focuses on the Top Shops benchmarking program and the machine shops that participate.
#machining

Tooling

3D Printed Tool for CNC Machining: The Cool Parts Show S3E1

By: Peter Zelinski, Editor-in-Chief

Guhring uses additive manufacturing to make an end mill with optimized internal channels. We visit a machine shop to test the tool on this episode of The Cool Parts Show.
#metal #coolparts #machining

Production

A New Partnership Offers Large-Scale 3D Printing and Five-Axis Machining

By: Brent Donaldson, Senior Editor

The side-by-side product offering from Cincinnati Inc. and Multiax America aims to provide high-throughput AM production for large parts under one roof.
#largeformat #postprocessing #machining

ExOne X1 160Pro Turns Powder to Parts

By: AM Staff

RAPID 2020: ExOne X1 160Pro, said to be the industry’s largest metal binder jet 3D printer, offers an 800 × 500 × 400 mm build envelope for turning powder to parts.
#metal #prototyping #machining

Medical & Dental

Leveraging Additive Manufacturing to Improve Joint Replacement Surgery

By: Barbara Schulz, European Correspondent

A German medical device company has turned to metal additive manufacturing to manufacture its acetabular cup cutter for hip and knee replacement surgeries. The cutter’s 3D-printed blades are more reliable and cost-effective, and have improved the surgical experience for both patient and physician.
#metal #machining

Aerospace

The Hidden Complexities of Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing

By: Brent Donaldson, Senior Editor

Lincoln Electric Additive Solutions’ robotic metal 3D printing process is a choreographed dance between welding, robots, automation, heat management and machining. The new venture may have a distinct advantage in the field: its parent company’s 125 year-old legacy.
#metal #largeformat #machining

Tooling

AM Is Advancing into Tools for Machining: Examples from EMO

By: Peter Zelinski, Editor-in-Chief

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.
#machining

Medical & Dental

Jabil Prepares for Production AM: It’s Down to the Basics Now

By: Peter Zelinski, Editor-in-Chief

Jabil is getting ready for additive manufacturing to take its place as a production option in addition to conventional processes such as molding and machining. AM can and will fill this role, the company says — the focus now is on controlling cost and assuring quality and reliability.
#machining #polymer

Video: How Simulation Assists Directed Energy Deposition

By: Peter Zelinski, Editor-in-Chief

Scrapping an AM part is potentially as costly as scrapping a machined part. Directed energy deposition is an additive process that can benefit from a resource that safeguards machining: simulation software. 
#metal #machining #video

GF Machining Solutions Thinks Additive and Beyond

By: Brent Donaldson, Senior Editor

At the GF Machining Solutions 2019 Solution Days event, the company showcased two technologies that make clear its intention to move additive manufacturing into production.
#metal #postprocessing #machining

Tooling

Lightweight Sandvik Cutting Tool Employing Topology Optimization Now Available

By: Peter Zelinski, Editor-in-Chief

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

Video: 3D-Printed Brackets Are Key to Automated Coolant Delivery for Lights-Out Machining

By: Peter Zelinski, Editor-in-Chief

An on-site look at the different elements of the coolant-delivery system developed by a machine shop committed to running unattended.
#brackets #polymer #machining

Tooling

Video: In Conventional Manufacturing, 3D Printing Is a Solution for Tooling

By: Peter Zelinski, Editor-in-Chief

Tooling for conventional operations doesn't have to made conventionally. Rather than being made through machining, these welding fixtures are now made via 3D printing.
#polymer #machining #video

Aerospace

DMP Factory 500 Offers Workflow-Optimized Metal 3D Printing

By: AM Staff

Designed by GF Machining Solutions and 3D Systems, the DMP Factory 500 metal additive manufacturing (AM) printing solution is said to create seamless large parts with increased quality and lower total cost of ownership (TCO) for aerospace original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and their suppliers.
#metal #machining

Production

Metal 3D Printing in a Machine Shop? Ask the Marines

By: Peter Zelinski, Editor-in-Chief

A hybrid system combining metal 3D printing with machining gives the Marine Corps perhaps its most effective resource yet for obtaining needed hardware in the field. It also offers an extreme version of the experience a machine shop might have in adding metal AM to its capabilities.
#metal #hybrid #machining

CGTech Machine Simulation Software Operates Independently

By: AM Staff

Rapid 2019: CGTech’s Vericut version 8.2 CNC machine simulation, verification and optimization software simulates CNC machining, additive and hybrid manufacturing processes.
#hybrid #prototyping #machining