Just a few months ago, Gander Mountain filed for bankruptcy—shutting down some of the largest firearms superstores in the country and proving that practically no industry is safe from what commentators are calling the “Retail Apocalypse.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.