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.

This mold was 3D printed in carbon-reinforced polymer by Avante Technology
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10 Ways 3D Printing is Advancing Plastics Manufacturing

3D printing expands possibilities for plastic parts, short-run molds and production mold tooling. Here are just 10 of the ways 3D printing is advancing:

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Engineering Resins Maker Focuses on 3D Printing Materials

SABIC develops arsenal of specialty products based on its engineering resins for a new range of processes.

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