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Sandretto’s 3D Printer Highlights MilanPlast Show

A second injection press supplier throws its hat into the 3D ring. Meantime, several Italian suppliers’ growth plans target North America.

Arburg Cuts Ribbon On New U.S. Headquarters

And commemorates 25th year in business in America with discount program on Golden Edition series of hydraulic presses.

Airwolf 3D Introduces New 3D Printer Line, The AXIOM

The 3D printer reportedly offers customers high-resolution, speed and ease-of-use.

New 3D Printer Looks To Compete With Injection Molding

The new machines are expected to enter the market starting in 2017.

Stratasys, Creaform Form Joint Marketing Partnership

This brings together 3D printing and 3D scanning, enabling customers to leverage both technologies for 3D file input and output.

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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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