PT ZONE: Additive Manufacturing

Stratasys Enhances FDM 3D Printers
Stratasys introduces four new enhancements to its FDM-based 3D printers, optimizing select models for creating functional product prototypes, production tools and end-use parts. More (+)
March 2016 Index: 52.8
Processing business index registers growth for first time in 10 months. More (+)


MOST RECENT CONTENT: Additive Manufacturing

Reshoring Trend: Fading or Going Strong?

One study says it’s over, another source says it still has legs.

AM’s Getting ‘Bigger’ In More Than Just Cars

Large-scale additive manufacturing is disrupting the (already disruptive) 3D printing field.

February’s Index—49.6

Processing market at highest level since last April.

Orion Space Capsule Will be 3D-Printed Onsite at RAPID 2016

We’ve seen 3D-printed cars, kayaks, even a house. So naturally a spacecraft is next on the agenda.

DRYING: Compressed-Air Micro Dryers

Said to be suited for smaller extrusion, micro molding, and AM applications.

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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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