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Additive Manufacturing of Brackets Saves 1 Kilogram per Satellite
Because of complexity, material and quantity, spacecraft and satellite components are good candidates for additive production. More (+)
Intro to 3D Printing
With many moldmakers still unsure of the applications and value of 3D printing, I thought this news of a beginner 3D printing course that explores the technology's history, established applications, forward-looking trends and potential social and economic impacts would be interesting. More (+)

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The Man behind the Strati 3D-Printed Car to Be Keynote Speaker
Modern Machine Shop

Jay Rogers, CEO and co-founder of Local Motors, will deliver the keynote address at The MFG Meeting next March in Orlando, Florida. Rogers led the team that produced the "Strati," called the world's first 3D printed electric car. It was a showstopper at IMTS 2014.

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING: 3D PLA Filaments Are Reinforced With Natural Fibers

FKuR and Helian Polymers have developed PLA filmaments reinforced with natural fibers for FDM.

Additive Manufacturing Is the New ‘Normal’

One of the first companies founded on the principle of individualized manufacturing puts AM to work right out front in its retail lobby.

Material Strength Affects Part Weight in Additive Manufacturing
Modern Machine Shop

Material properties will have even more significance in additive manufacturing than in previous part-making processes. Taking advantage of the strength of one material over another can permit an internal redesign that reduces the weight and cost of the part.

Video: Additive Manufacturing Robot for Foundry Molds
Modern Machine Shop

In addition to making either metal or plastic parts, one other production application of additive manufacturing is building in sand to create molds for casting without any need for a pattern.

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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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