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Solving MRO Challenges with Bound Metal Deposition

Three case studies reveal how Desktop Metal’s second-generation Studio System bound metal deposition printer eliminates common safety hazards of metal AM, enhancing the technique’s value for maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) applications.
#lightweighting #metal #topologyoptimization

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3D Printed Tooling Supports Prototype Foam Seating

Automotive manufacturers and other OEMs require mold tooling to build foam components like seat cushions. 3D printed tools could be a faster, more affordable way to prototype and produce these parts.
#sand #prototyping

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Sand 3D Printing Benefits Lightweighting and EV Production

Brooks Crownhill Limited has used Voxeljet’s sand 3D printers to rapidly prototype automobile part molds, with the increased design flexibility enabling lightweighting while strengthening individual components.
#sand #lightweighting #casting

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How Flowable Metal Paste Could Deliver on 3D Printing's Promise for Mold Tooling

A new 3D printing process that shapes extruded metal paste before sintering can produce fine detail and surface finish suitable for injection mold cores and cavities with limited or no additional postprocessing.
#hybrid #metal #moldmaking

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Three Elements of a Micro 3D Printing Platform

Micro 3D printing, aided by advances in optics, machine design and materials, gives companies the capability to print production runs and produce micro mold inserts without micromachining.
#polymer #moldmaking

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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.
#sand #largeformat

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3D Printed Snakes Reveal Unseen Desert Wildlife (Includes Video)

At the University of Texas El Paso, a biology researcher teams up with a manufacturing technology instructor to produce rattlesnake models realistic enough to draw predators.
#polymer

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Stratasys, nTopology’s Fixture Software Simplifies AM Modeling, Design

FDM Assembly Fixture Generator automates design of jigs and fixtures, enabling engineers to quickly turn a part file into a ready-to-print fixture with a simple drag-and-drop function.
#polymer

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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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How 3D Printing Will Change Composites Manufacturing

A Q&A with the editor-in-chief of CompositesWorld explores tooling, continuous fiber, hybrid processes, and the opportunities for smaller and more intricate composite parts.
#lightweighting #composites #brackets

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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. 
#composites #postprocessing #polymer

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BASF Ultrafuse 316L Stainless Steel Qualified for MakerBot Method 3D Printers

Users can explore printing rigid 316L stainless steel parts for industrial applications alongside advanced engineering polymers and composites on Method with the MakerBot Labs Experimental Extruder.
#metal #composites #prototyping

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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. 
#video #polymer #largeformat

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GM Opens Additive Industrialization Center Dedicated to 3D Printing

3D printing will help transform GM operations in product development, motorsports and manufacturing.
#metal #polymer #prototyping

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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.
#machining #metal #postprocessing

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Airtech Opens Luxembourg Facility for Large-Scale 3D Printing

Airtech Advanced Materials Group’s capabilities can take tooling from conception to the shop floor significantly faster than conventional methods.
#polymer #largeformat

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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.

Five Axis Machining

A broad overview of what first time five-axis machine users will need to think about and also what the newest technology offers to existing users.

The Plating Insight Series

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Additive Manufacturing for Production

3D printing may have started out as a rapid prototyping technique, but the machines and materials have matured to the point that production is not only viable, but desirable. Learn the basics of additive manufacturing for production applications.