Metal 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing

Posted by 3DEO on Oct 17, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Top 3 Benefits of MIM 17-4 PH Stainless Steel in Firearms Manufacturing

MIM 17-4 PH is a powder metal alloy containing iron, chromium, and nickel. It’s ideal for firearms manufacturers who demand final product integrity, part complexity, and lower cost per part.

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Topics: Manufacturing, firearms, MIM, heat treatment, stainless steel, 17-4 PH, corrosion, hardening

Posted by 3DEO on Oct 12, 2017 4:50:55 PM

How 3D printing Can Benefit the Firearms Industry

 It's truly interesting times for the firearms industry. The election of Donald Trump to the office of President of the United States has cooled the market somewhat, in a phenomenon known as the 'Trump Slump', though numbers reported via the FBI's National Instant Check System (NICS, aka the 'background check' system) for firearm purchases still show record levels of commerce in the industry. 

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Topics: Manufacturing, Metal 3D Printing, firearms, stainless steel

Posted by 3DEO on Oct 12, 2017 9:00:00 AM

The Big Bet: Why GE Invested Billions (And Counting) in Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing still seems risky for many manufacturers, but GE’s isn’t bluffing as they revolutionize their approach to global operations through an Advanced Manufacturing strategy that includes metal 3D printing at its core.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Metal 3D Printing, industry trends

Posted by 3DEO on Oct 10, 2017 9:00:00 AM

3 Tips to Keep Firearms Design on Target with Metal 3D Printing

Whether you’re designing silencers for muzzle-loading guns or the most efficient AR-15 lower receiver, keep these three ideas in mind to ensure the most profitable approach to firearms manufacturing and design.

1. Design Specifically for the Additive Manufacturing Process

As a designer, you need to have a particular metal additive manufacturing (AM) process in mind when creating your CAD model.

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Topics: Design for 3D Printing, Metal 3D Printing, firearms

Posted by 3DEO on Oct 5, 2017 9:00:00 AM

The Economics of CNC Milling Versus 3D Metal Printing

Cost per part is only one aspect of the economics involved in CNC Milling and metal additive manufacturing technologies. At its core, the decision to choose CNC or AM (or both) comes down to part requirements within a specific application.

If you’ve been researching solutions for metal parts manufacturing, you’ve probably encountered the “either-or” scenario: either metal additive manufacturing (AM) is the best option or CNC milling can’t be beat.

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Topics: Metal 3D Printing, MIM, cost, CNC Milling

Posted by 3DEO on Oct 3, 2017 9:00:00 AM

4 Ways Metal 3D Printed Parts Fit Into the Firearms Manufacturing Supply Chain

More firearms manufacturers realize that additive manufacturing is on target for their supplier sourcing strategies. How? Essentially, they’re banking on reducing costs by collapsing their manufacturing supply chain.

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Topics: Metal 3D Printing, firearms, supply chain, procurement

Posted by 3DEO on Sep 21, 2017 9:04:29 AM

Additive Manufacturing In The Firearms Industry – Analysis

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Tea. Earl Gray. Hot. Someday I want to turn to a space in my kitchen wall and utter those words – and get results. In my barn, however, I someday want to turn a space in the wall and speak “Silencer. 5.56mm. Length six inches. Diameter 1.75 inches. Mount threading 1/2 x 28.” and come back to find a new rifle suppressor made in a few moments. Although this process is unlikely to happen in my lifetime, Additive Manufacturing is posed to make a leap within the firearms industry – specifically within silencer manufacturing.

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Posted by 3DEO on Sep 11, 2017 2:21:05 PM

3DEO in the News: Additive Manufacturing Americas 2017

AM Shows and Disruptive Magazine have decided to join forces in the lead up to Additive Manufacturing Americas 2017 and bring you the Exhibitor Spotlight Q&A series. This is an opportunity for exhibitors to share their views on the future of industrial additive manufacturing and 3D printing as well as a preview of what you'll see on the show floor. If you like what you read, all the more reason to come and meet them December 6-8, in Pasadena, California.

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Topics: Conferences, News

Posted by 3DEO on Sep 10, 2017 10:33:41 AM

Tips & Tricks for Metal 3D Printing

When it comes to low-volume manufacturing of metal parts, 3D metal printing is proving to be a paradigm shifting technology. Without a doubt, metal additive manufacturing will be the single largest boon for low/medium-volume manufacturing the world has ever seen.

There is a lot of buzz around the technology, and rightfully so. However, it has limitations that need to be well-understood by engineers. It's important to have a deep understanding of the process before designing for it. The purpose of this article is to offer a few tips and tricks that can help engineers just starting out on this journey.

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Topics: Design for 3D Printing, Metal 3D Printing

Posted by 3DEO on Sep 10, 2017 10:18:19 AM

Common Misconceptions about Metal 3D Printing

3D Metal Printing Misconceptions

There has been a tremendous amount of hype around 3D printing in general. The mass media would have us believe that soon 3D printers will be the real-life versions of Star Trek Replicators that can make absolutely anything with the touch of a button. Maybe this will be true one day, but it's far from the truth today. 3D metal printing has been billed as a catch-all for designs that cannot be turned into finished products by other manufacturing processes and technologies. But 3D metal printing is not a “rescue operation” and won’t be able to save a flawed design. As a low-volume manufacturer offering 3D metal printing services, 3DEO receives many inquiries specifically because a design did not work with other manufacturing processes. Most designs received cannot be printed “as is” and require significant design changes for metal additive manufacturing. Usually, as with any other manufacturing technique, the parts have to be designed specifically to be printed with a metal 3D printer.

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Topics: Metal 3D Printing


About 3DEO: 3DEO makes high quality metal components with our proprietary metal 3D printers. We specialize in manufacturing low/medium volumes on demand, which means there’s no need to worry about long lead times, minimum order quantities, or high tooling/setup costs.

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