PT ZONE: Additive Manufacturing

Video: Additive Manufacturing at Linear Mold
The company uses 3D printing to create conformal-cooling mold inserts in addition to production parts. More (+)
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. More (+)

MOST RECENT CONTENT: Additive Manufacturing

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.

Video: World’s Largest Additive Metal Manufacturing Plant
Modern Machine Shop

GE Aviation facility in Italy will have capacity for 60 machines making metal production parts through additive manufacturing.

Join Me at the Additive Manufacturing Workshop
Modern Machine Shop

At IMTS, learn from manufacturers who are applying 3D printing in production.

Let’s Call It Additive Marketing
Modern Machine Shop

I like the way this manufacturing company is building and promoting its “brand.” The many right things it is doing are evident in this report from the recent RAPID show in Detroit, which focused on new developments in additive manufacturing processes.

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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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