PT ZONE: Additive Manufacturing

3D Printer Shortens Injection Mold Lead Times
The Objet350 Connex multi-material 3D printer from Stratasys can be used to produce injection molds for prototype parts, and one manufacturer said doing so has enabled it to slash its overall tooling production lead times by as much as 97 percent. More (+)
What Does the Future of Manufacturing Hold?
Over the next 35 years, manufacturing will become more local, more connected and more sustainable. More (+)

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3D Printing of “Porous” Tools Awarded Walmart Research Grant

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Now Available: Additive Manufacturing September 2014 Digital Edition
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Stories describe possibilities for mold insert repair, plus a look at how 3D printing contributes to the success and figures into the philosophy of a forward-looking machining business.

Metal Additive Manufacturing for Parts up to 7 Feet Tall
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Sample part in Inconel 625 challenges the size constraint usually associated with powder-based metal additive manufacturing.

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To compete in today’s market, you need good technology, but you also need to know what you stand for and what you’re good at.

Video: Racing Engine Oil Pump Gear Produced through Additive Manufacturing
Modern Machine Shop

High complexity and low quantity made this critical part a candidate for 3D printing.

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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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