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Production

Solukon Upgrades Automated Powder Removal Units for Large Parts

Systems are now reinforced to handle larger parts and feature a joystick to improve and individualize controlling, and an optional impactor system for breaking up clogged powder bulks.  

Tooling

The Link Between 3D Printing, Surface Finish and Mold Tools

Surface finish for 3D printed mold tooling has a direct effect on the pull-out force needed to remove the final part. Why molders should consider tool roughness along with geometry and materials. 

Xuron Hand Tools Cut Filament Flat, Remove Supports

Ergonomic hand tools for fused filament fabrication-style 3D printers include micro-shear to cut filament for feeding and pliers for removing postprinting supports.

Aerospace

3D Printed Parts on the Mars Perseverance Rover: The Cool Parts Show #23

The Perseverance parts made through additive manufacturing are extreme examples of lightweighting. We have replicas of the 3D printed parts that were sent to Mars.

Gardner Business Media Organizes Manufacturing Cleaning Association

Group to address growing industry demand for stricter parts cleaning standards.

Production

Mars Rover Instrument Is Manufacturing Challenge, 3D Printing Victory

A critical instrument on the Perseverance rover requires five components that could only be made via additive manufacturing. Carpenter Additive overcame obstacles to produce them.

Future-Proof Additive Manufacturing Debinding Through Sustainable Methods

Sustainable manufacturing can increase operational efficiency while responding to environmental requirements, but must consider the entire production chain including postprocessing. For binder jetting, this means selecting a sustainable debinding method. 

Makino, Additive Industries Partner to Develop Hybrid Process Chains

Collaboration to focus on creation of integrated, cohesive process for additive manufacturing and postprocessing of metal parts.

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

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.

Production

3D Automatic Unpacking System Enables Continuous Workflow

HP and AM Solutions collaborate on the HP Jet Fusion 5200 Series 3D Automatic Unpacking Station, which offers consistent, repeatable unpacking and a high powder reclaim rate.

Design

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

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

AM Solutions Updates S1 Postprocessing for Depowdering

System ensures postprocessing tasks are handled more efficiently, safer and more consistently.

PostProcess’ Demi 4000 Optimizes Automated SLA Resin Removal

Demi 4000 utilizes PostProcess’ submersible technology for consistent, hands-free resin removal on large part sizes or large builds with many smaller sized stereolithography parts.

Design

2020 Formnext Start-Up Challenge Winners Announced

Young additive manufacturing companies impress with automated designs, new materials and optimized postprocessing.

Nexa3D’s xCure Provides Optimal Curing of Photoplastics

Intelligent postprocessing system is designed to enable consistent part performance at production scale.

Automated Postprocessing Speeds Resin-Based Additive Manufacturing Workflows

Two manufacturers utilizing resin 3D printing techniques have found time and cost savings via automated resin removal and part cleaning equipment.

Medical & Dental

PVD Coatings Solve Common 3D-Printed Mold and Part Problems

The right surface modification solution can alleviate a few common additive manufacturing pain points that typically require creating new molds or parts.

Rena Acquires Hirtenberger Engineered Surfaces

Acquisition will be integrated into Rena Technologies Austria (Rena AT) for the additive manufacturing market.

Production

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

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.

Choosing the Best Abrasive Finishing Process for 3D Printed Parts

Studies have shown that abrasive finishing is flexible enough to finish 3D printed parts with complex geometries and difficult-to-machine materials, although the best process depends on a number of factors.

Clemco Blast Cabinet Line Reduces Build Lines

RAPID 2020: Clemco Industries’ Pulsar 3D suction blast cabinet, part of Clemco’s Zero brand line, reduces build lines and removes excess powders from additive-manufactured prototypes and production parts.

Hirtenberger H600 Simultaneously Finishes Parts with Two Different Materials

RAPID 2020: Hirtenberger’s compact finishing module H6000 is built for the postprocessing of 3D printed metal parts.

Tooling

Formnext 2019 Emphasizes Complete Additive Manufacturing Process Chain — Well Beyond 3D Printing

The biggest AM event gets bigger. The sophistication of attendees advances. Materials, digital tools and postprocessing are prominent. Here are 10 impressions of this year’s show.

GF Machining Solutions Thinks Additive and Beyond

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.

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