PT ZONE: Additive Manufacturing

PT Article 3D-Printed Plastic Molds: K Exhibit Would Make You a Believer
Perhaps you have heard that additive manufacturing—a.k.a. 3D printing—can be used to make injection tooling inserts out of plastics—relatively quickly, at relatively low cost, and with little human labor involved. More (+)
PT Article Large-Scale 3-D Printed Structure Featured at Entry of Design Miami Show
Techmer ES partnered with ORNL to create this structure which utilizes a bamboo fiber-reinforced PLA. More (+)


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The combination of Sinterline technology and MMI Technyl Design is shaping the future of 3D printed functional automotive parts.

K Reporter’s Notebook Materials: New 3D Printer Uses COCs for Microfluidic Devices; ABS Terpolymer for 3D Printing

Specially designed 3D printer uses COCs for microfluidics; new ABS player promotes terpolymer for additive manufacturing.

Spotlight On 3D Printing at K 2016

During K 2013, Arburg captured everyone’s attention with its novel Freeformer machine for additive manufacturing. We’ll find out soon what will be the next showstopper, but in the meantime, here’s a preview of some cool and innovative 3D printing technologies that you’ll see in Dusseldorf.

K2016 Reporter’s Notebook: Materials News

Celanese to offer PEEK, TPE; SABIC eyes new Gulf Coast facility; Covestro displays automotive, electronics innovations; and Baerlocher launches heat stabilizer for recycled resins.

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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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Military Additive Manufacturing Summit
February 7-8, 2017

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