PT ZONE: Additive Manufacturing

Video: MMT Visits Linear Mold to See Additive Manufacturing in Action
Linear Mold & Engineering opened its doors to us to talk about how they’re using additive manufacturingI to grow conformal cooling channels inside mold inserts and to make production parts for the aerospace and medical industries. More (+)
Get Ready for an Explosion in Additive Manufacturing
If you want very small production runs, or to do more of your own mold building, ‘AM’ might be for you. More (+)

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GE Brings Production-Volume Additive Manufacturing to Alabama
Modern Machine Shop

Company says the site could ultimately have 50 additive manufacturing machines. Nozzles made here will be shipped to an even newer manufacturing site in Indiana.

Video: Additive Manufacturing at Linear Mold
Modern Machine Shop

The company uses 3D printing to create conformal-cooling mold inserts in addition to production parts.

Can Additive Manufacturing Supply Keep Up With Demand?

A leading market watcher believes a massive order for 3D-printing equipment will push the global supply chain of additive manufacturing machinery, parts and materials out of balance.

Video: 3D Printing of Injection Molds at Whale
Modern Machine Shop

Can plastic be used to mold plastic? This pump maker with in-house injection molding machines talks about how it now makes molds for these machines by printing the molds in plastic.

Pros and Cons of Making Foundry Patterns Via 3D Printing
Modern Machine Shop

A new method of pattern making brings various advantages, not the least of which is expanded design freedom. But 3D printing of patterns is not without trade-offs.

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OVERVIEW:
Additive Manufacturing

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Additive Manufacturing, also known as 3-D printing, is a process for making parts by joining materials layer by layer. While formerly reserved mainly for producing sample or prototype parts, the technology has evolved over the years to enable manufacturers to make fully-functional production parts for automotive, aerospace, medical and a wide range of other markets. Additive Manufacturing encompasses a wide range of technologies, among them laser sintering, fused deposition modeling, stereolithography and more. Processors—injection molders in particular—are using this technology more of late both for low-volume production part made out of specialized plastics, and for moldmaking.


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