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.

UR cobot uses a vision system to pick up and orient caps before assembling them onto a molded part.

‘Cobot’ Molding Assistants Take on New Challenges

They’re not just for packing boxes anymore. Collaborative robots are proving themselves capable of more sophisticated machine-tending tasks.


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Additive Manufacturing: New Urethanes Product Platform

Chemical company Huntsman will launch three different kinds of urethane-based materials (resins, powders and filaments), which can be printed using a variety of additive manufacturing methods.