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The Future of Jewelry Manufacturing Is Custom, On Demand and Perfectly Sized

The Melvin sisters launched their startup, The Future of Jewelry, when they couldn’t find matching signet rings. Now, customers can design exactly the ring they want, to be produced affordably through 3D printing and/or lost wax casting.

Hoosier Pattern Enables the Design and Print of Intricate Geometries

RAPID 2020: Hoosier Pattern offers the use of 3D printing sand molds and cores that enable users to design and print geometrically intricate designs straight from a CAD file without sacrificing valuable costs and resources.

Aerospace

Aeromet's A20X Passes 500 MPa UTS Mark

A20X, the aluminium alloy developed and patented by UK foundry specialist Aeromet International, has passed the 500 MPa Ultimate Tensile Strength (UTS) mark.

Additive Manufacturing and Metal Casting

How is additive manufacturing disrupting metal casting? A hybrid approach to consider.

Tooling

Stainless Steel Pelton Runner Created with 3D-Printed Molds and Cores

A manufacturer in India reduced lead time and increased efficiency in delivering castings using sand 3D printing from Voxeljet to create tooling.

Production

Video: Additive Manufacturing as an Alternative to Casting

Daan Kersten of Additive Industries discusses the promise of metal AM for production. Cost per piece can be lower than many expect.

Tooling

Voxeljet's PDB Process Adapts 3D Printing for Casting

Rapid 2019: Voxeljet’s Phenolic Direct Binding (PDB) process produces complex casting molds and cores.

Tahoe Boats Collaborates with Thermwood on 3D Printing for Boat Design

Thermwood assisted the building of Tahoe Boats’ T16 boat design, using its Large Scale Additive Manufacturing (LSAM) system to custom print necessary tools and patterns. This is the first time 3D printing has been used on an actual boat production at this scale, according to the company.

3D Systems ProJet MJP 2500 IC Intended for Investment Casting Wax Patterns

Designed for use by foundries, the 3D printer manufactures wax patterns, eliminating the cost and time of tooling and storage.

MetalMaker Launches Rapid Prototyping Service for Metal Parts

The company integrates 3D printing with investment casting to deliver functional metal parts quickly.

New Kimura U.S. Metal Casting Plant Relies Entirely on 3D Printing for Molds and Cores

Printing foundry molds and cores without hard tooling will speed leadtimes and make small quantities of castings affordable, the company says. Its proprietary process advances the detail and finish obtainable from casting using sand 3D printing.

Automotive

Printing Solid, Simple Metal Parts in Minutes, Spee3D Process Is Competition for Casting

Kinetic energy additive process bonds metal not through melting, but with the use of compressed shop air.

Comparing Conventional and 3D Printing Processes for Sand Casting

New research shows surprising benefits for 3D-printed molds and cores over traditional casting processes.

Hoosier Pattern's 3D-Printed Sand Enables Complex Castings

Rapid 2018: Hoosier Pattern’s 3D-printed sand helps foundries produce complex castings and enables low-volume production and prototyping in a range of industries.

Tooling

Thermwood 3D Prints Large Boat Hull Pattern

Thermwood’s large-scale additive manufacturing (LSAM) technology enabled the fabrication of a 3,000-lb plug for a boat hull mold. The project illustrates how 3D printing could help reduce fabrication costs for marine composites. 

3D Printing Enables Casting in November Issue

The November 2017 issue of Additive Manufacturing magazine features a foundry augmenting its traditional operations with a robotic sand 3D printing system, among other stories.

Foundry Says Robotic Sand Printing a “Game Changer” for Metal Casting

The Hazleton Casting Company augments its traditional foundry operations with additive manufacturing. A new sand 3D printing system is expanding options for the foundry’s customers in areas including legacy tooling, product development and design complexity.

Production

How Forecast 3D Is Taking 3D Printing into Mass Production

Forecast 3D got its start building silicone molds from 3D-printed master patterns. Now, through the use of Multi Jet Fusion, the company sees a future in manufacturing large quantities of 3D-printed parts.

Aerospace

Aerospace Project Pairs 3D Printing with Investment Casting

A research project conducted by Autodesk reduced the weight of an airplane seat frame using 3D-printed patterns and investment casting in magnesium.

Design

Casting a New Light on Manufacturing

3D printing brings new possibilities to a functional part we might have never thought of as a functional part: the rigid cast used to heal bones.

Materials

Case Studies of Multi-Material Manufacturing

Tools for injection molding, die casting and powder compaction all illustrate the potential to achieve greater part performance and manufacturing efficiency by blending workpiece materials through AM.

Additive Manufacturing Conference Speaker: Steve Murray

The foundry specialist will speak at next week's conference in Knoxville, focusing on industrial applications of additive manufacturing.

Video: Additive Manufacturing Robot for Foundry Molds

In addition to making either metal or plastic parts, one other production application of additive manufacturing is building in sand to create molds for casting without any need for a pattern.

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.

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