PT ZONE: Additive Manufacturing

PT Article UC Berkeley Creates 3D-Printed Cap That Checks Food Safety
The proposed “smart cap” features 3D-printed plastic with embedded sensors to measure the freshness of liquid food. More (+)
Arburg Opens New U.S. Headquarters
Rocky Hill facility includes lab areas dedicated to the Freeformer 3D printer. More (+)


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Second Contraction in Three Months

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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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