VIDEOS

Design

AM’s 2020 Advance: How the Crisis Created Conditions for Additive Manufacturing to Leap Ahead

Stories we’ve found within the pandemic period reveal 3D printing’s promise for scalable, flexible production and rapid product development.
#metal #prototyping #polymer

Production

How Test Swabs Became 3D Printing's Production Win: The Cool Parts Show Special Episode

Nasopharyngeal swabs for COVID-19 testing are one of the best production cases for 3D printing we've seen, pandemic or otherwise. Why AM is winning on speed, functionality and collaboration. 
#coolparts #polymer #video

Production

Map Visualizes Service Bureaus Across the U.S.

More than 200 3D printing service bureaus in the United States are listed on this custom Google Map, created to help fill supply chain gaps related to coronavirus. 
#enterprise #supplychain

Design

Drone Engine Replaces 13 Parts With 1: The Cool Parts Show Special Episode

Cobra Aero discovered an opportunity for redesign it might never have found without the COVID-19 interruption providing time for product development via 3D printing. The Cool Parts Show explores how additive manufacturing is advancing during the coronavirus crisis.
#assemblyconsolidation #metal #coolparts

Consumer Goods

From Idea to PPE Product in 10 Days: The Cool Parts Show Special Episode

Fitz Frames' custom 3D printed glasses have turned out to be a launch point for an item of personal protective equipment (PPE) used in the fight against COVID-19.
#polymer #coolparts #video

Aerospace

Support Structures Hold Down Productivity, Says Velo3D

A build example involving an aircraft bracket illustrates the production rate increase resulting from more parts per build plus the elimination of support removal. A new system for quality monitoring aids production as well.
#metal #brackets

Medical & Dental

Implant Maker Increases Production: The Cool Parts Show Special Episode

Tangible Solutions has been 3D printing more implants than ever before as hospitals get ready for the coming surge in elective surgeries. The Cool Parts Show checks in to explore how additive manufacturing is advancing during the coronavirus crisis.
#metal #coolparts #implants

The Cool Parts Show Returns With Special Quarantine-Edition Episodes

Companies we’ve seen on the show are doing amazing work during the coronavirus crisis, plus the COVID-19 response includes a major AM production application. From 6 feet apart, we will tell these stories!
#coolparts #video

Medical & Dental

3D Printing and Coronavirus Check-In - Week of 4/13/2020

In this week's update we discuss how additive manufacturing is supporting injection molding for masks, and ramping up to production quantities of face shields and testing swabs.  
#polymer #metal #moldmaking

Production

3D Printing and Coronavirus Check-In - Week of 4/6/2020

Editors Peter Zelinski and Stephanie Hendrixson discuss the pivot to production for 3D printed PPE, and other AM news in the fight against COVID-19.