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A Resonant Harmony for Bell Casting and 3D Printing

When a 180-year-old bell foundry sought an alternate solution for expensive metal mold patterns, it turned to a 125-year-old company for a modern solution: large-format additive manufacturing.
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Massivit 5000 Expedites Large-Scale 3D Printing

The Massivit 5000 is designed to dramatically expedite large-scale manufacturing, prototyping and tooling for the automotive, marine and rail industries.
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Thermwood Adds Larger Printers to LSAM Product Line

The large, dual-gantry print and trim machines are now available in a 15-ft. width in addition to the current 10-ft. width tables.
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Siemens Automation Supports CEAD, Belotti Large-Format Hybrid Machine

The machines will be equipped with Siemens Sinumerik CNC for precise printing and milling.
#hybrid #polymer #largeformat

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Purdue University to Establish Thermwood LSAM Research Laboratory

Collaborative efforts like this can bring together diverse organizations that specialize in different aspects of an emerging technology and often produce results that none of the participants could possibly achieve on their own.
#composites #polymer #largeformat

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ExOne Acquires Freshmade 3D Assets

ExOne believes Freshmade 3D’s patented approach offers additional unique benefits and can help accelerate adoption of 3D printed sand tooling solutions.
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Safran, SLM Solutions Test Technology for Large Airplane Component

In a joint project, Safran Landing Systems and SLM Solutions tested selective laser melting to produce a component of a nose landing gear for a bizjet, marking a world first for a part of this size.
#lightweighting #metal #largeformat

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Thermwood Technology Ensures Complete Fusion for Large-Scale 3D Printing

LSAM also makes print temperature control completely automatic.
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10 Examples of 3D-Printed Tooling

Additive manufacturing can aid conventional manufacturing through the production of tooling. This article showcases 10 clever uses of 3D-printed tooling.
#polymer #sand #assemblyconsolidation

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Bell Textron, Ingersoll Machine Tools Produce 3D Printed Rotor Blade Trim Tool

Collaborative effort successfully manufactured a 22-foot-long vacuum trim tool for production of main rotor blade components.
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Why Dig a Pit in an Additive Manufacturing Facility?

At the end of 2019, Additive Engineering Solutions moved two of its BAAM 3D printers out of the way and began to dig a hole in the floor. How going lower allows AES to build higher. 
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Autonomous Underwater Vehicle With 3D Printed Hull: The Cool Parts Show #24

Our first episode of The Cool Parts Show from inside a 3D printer! Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) produces exterior components of a robot submarine and changes how this AUV is marketed.
#video #composites #coolparts

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University of Maine Awarded $2.8 Million Grant for AM Wind Blade Research

Researchers will use the world's largest polymer 3D printer to develop recyclable wind blade molds that reduce lead times and costs.
#composites #largeformat #sustainability

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Video: Programming for Additive Turning of Cylindrical Parts

Directed energy deposition while the part is spinning enables a means of 3D printing axially symmetric parts. The operation is like CNC turning with material added instead of machined. Open Mind discusses programming the machine paths for this type of build.
#machining #metal #video

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Titan, Jabil Customize Formulations for Pellet Extrusion 3D Printing

Partnership qualifies and integrates customized materials for use on Titan’s pellet-based Atlas 3D printers to produce stronger, lighter and more flexible parts.
#composites #polymer #largeformat

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Titan Robotics Launches Large-Format Atlas 3D Printer

Industrial printer features extrusion technology and an actively heated enclosure, enabling customers to print large parts using high-performance materials.
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Practical Approaches to Automation

Automation isn't just useful for large volumes of the same part. Today, it is increasingly being used in machine shops for high-mix, low-volume jobs.

Top Shops

The Gardner Business Intelligence and Modern Machine Shop Top Shops Program is both an honor for the shops chosen annually, and a benchmarking tool for all who participate. See how your business stacks up.

The Plating Insight Series

Products Finishing Editor Scott Francis hosts the IMTS Spark Plating Insights Series Wednesdays through Dec. 2.

Trends in Parts Cleaning

The latest cleaning trends point toward environmentally friendly ways to clean effectively, involving the replacement of harmful chemical solvents within a cleaning process or switching to a mostly aqueous method.