PT ZONE: Additive Manufacturing

PT Article Mercedes-Benz Turns to 3D Printing for Plastic Spare Parts
Marks the first time the company is offering 3D-printed spare parts. More (+)
PT Article NASA 3D Prints Plastic Design Tool in Space
NASA challenges students to upload and print a part astronauts can use on the 3D printer that's orbiting earth in International Space Station. More (+)

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Get Involved in Manufacturing Day

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More stories are emerging that take 3D printing beyond just the prototyping phase to factory tooling and even short-run production, exploiting the technology for mass customization of consumer products.

May’s Index: 52.1

Large and mid-sized processors doing particularly well.

Random Color-Infused Masterbatch Boosts Demand For Molded Mini Discs

Zing Mini’s colorful new lineup allows mini-disc golfers to have unique discs.

Startup Turns Recycled Plastic into 3D Printing Filament

Plenty of companies are taking advantage 3D printing’s disruptive nature in the manufacturing space, but I came across an Amsterdam-based startup that is taking the disruptive concept even further.

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Additive Manufacturing


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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