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PT Article New system recycles plastic waste into 3D-printed filament for use in space
Tethers’ Positrusion recycler will turn plastic waste on the International Space Station (ISS) into high-quality 3D-printed filament. More (+)
TOOLING: 3D Printed Molds & More Tooling News at NPE
Mold inserts made of plastic, larger mold bases, new pre-machined insulator sheets, and more. More (+)


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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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