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.
Editor-in-Chief, Additive Manufacturing
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Senior Editor, Additive Manufacturing Media
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.
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.
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.
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.
Additive manufacturing aids “subtractive” CNC machining. We first saw this tool in an early version last year. See the video in this post.
An on-site look at the different elements of the coolant-delivery system developed by a machine shop committed to running unattended.
Holding the part is a challenge of machining for additive manufacturing. This medical manufacturer prints fixture tooling tailored to its additive parts.
Editor-in-Chief, Additive Manufacturing
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.
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.
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.
Rapid 2019: CGTech’s Vericut version 8.2 CNC machine simulation, verification and optimization software simulates CNC machining, additive and hybrid manufacturing processes.
Most machining professionals don’t like to admit that they ever make mistakes, but every now and then wouldn’t it be nice to have an “eraser” to go back and repair a gouge or fix a nicked edge? Or maybe you took off a bit too much material on that last machining pass and you’d like to add it back? Well, directed energy deposition (DED) enables you to do that and more.
Analyzing directed energy deposition and powder-bed fusion provides a thorough understanding of the extra machining necessary for a “near-net shape” versus a “net shape” manufacturing process.
New presentation series, available through IMTS spark, focuses on the Top Shops benchmarking program and the machine shops that participate.
Rapid 2019: Thermwood’s Large Scale Additive Manufacturing (LSAM) system uses both 3D printing and machining to produce a near-net-shape product.
There is a host of technologies available for finishing and postprocessing your AM parts. This column identifies options beyond machining.
Topology optimization plus a material change realize an 80 percent reduction in mass.
Additive manufacturing systems are not replacing lathes, but the two processes can work together and complement one another.
Machining excess material to finish hybrid parts requires in-process validation to verify that the part is reaching desired profiles and tolerances.
The modular solution is optimized for scalability, repeatable high-quality parts, high throughput and low total cost of operation.