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Metal 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing

Posted by 3DEO on Jan 30, 2019 1:31:09 PM

3D Printing in the Medical Technology Industry: An Economic Case

A close look at the variables that determine final part cost reveals that additive manufacturing can be an efficient solution for many medtech applications—but only if approached correctly.

3D printing has left behind its days as an obscure, fledgling technology of dubious real-world value. In nearly all corners of the modern manufacturing environment, additive manufacturing (AM) is now recognized as a powerful manufacturing technology, particularly when it comes to complex designs and streamlining the supply chain. Still, the perception lingers that 3D printing is impractical for most companies, at least from a cost perspective.

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Topics: Metal 3D Printing, additive manufacturing, medical device

Posted by 3DEO on Jan 16, 2019 3:54:24 PM

3DEO in the News: 3D Printing Jobs and Career Moves Update, 3DEO, Photocentric and More

As our industry continues to expand, and with optimistic forecasts coming from many additive manufacturing experts, competition for talent is also intensifying. Here we report several recent moves in the 3D printing industry.

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Topics: additive manufacturing, Metal 3D Printing, News

Posted by 3DEO on Jan 16, 2019 3:46:09 PM

3DEO in the News: A Counterintuitive Approach to Printing Metal Parts

Hybrid additive/subtractive systems for printing and finishing metal parts have been around for years now. With these systems, a part is completely printed and then is brought to necessary tolerances (i.e., edges, details, surface finish) through machining. It’s always been “first build it, then cut and polish it.”

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Topics: Metal 3D Printing, Automotive, additive manufacturing

Posted by 3DEO on Jan 4, 2019 11:56:27 AM

3DEO in the News: 10 Metal 3D Printing Companies You Should Know

California-based 3DEO manufacturers 3D-printed metal parts using its own proprietary printers. With a heavy focus on reducing the per-part cost of metal 3D printing, the company claims its patent-pending Intelligent Layering technology is able to fabricate parts that meet quality MPIF Standard 35 and reduce the final cost of printing a part by as much as 80 percent. The company primarily works with stainless steel powder but is currently developing technology to print with other metals as well including Inconel, nickel alloy, cobalt chrome, titanium, soft magnetic alloys, Tungsten heavy alloy, and bronze, copper, and brass.

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Topics: Metal 3D Printing, News, additive manufacturing

Posted by 3DEO on Dec 20, 2018 4:48:38 PM

3DEO in the News: Additive Manufacturing Reaches New Heights

Suppliers take note.

Parts consumers are not the only ones benefiting from 3D printing. Metal parts supplier 3DEO makes precision-engineered metal components on demand with its proprietary 3D metal printers featuring patented Intelligent Layering technology. The company specializes in manufacturing low/medium volumes, including complex part designs, and is selectively accepting new high-volume orders.

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Topics: additive manufacturing, News, Manufacturing

Posted by 3DEO on Nov 30, 2018 9:48:00 AM

3DEO In The News: Layering Metal: Additive Manufacturing in MedTech

Even though additive manufacturing and 3D printing (AM/3DP) are still in the early adoption phase by most medical device manufacturers (MDMs), these technologies continue to evolve at a rapid pace. Today, most AM/3DP applications in the medical industry are for prototype development, anatomical models, and “one-off” custom components. 3D-printed surgical instrumentation and cutting guides for procedures such as knee, spinal, and dental implants are on the rise. On the manufacturing side, AM/3DP is used to make components for prototype mold tools, conformal cooling inserts for production tools, and jigs and fixtures for making or inspecting production parts.

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Topics: additive manufacturing, News, Metal 3D Printing

Posted by 3DEO on Nov 5, 2018 11:36:15 AM

3DEO in the News: Report on 3D Metal Printing

"3D printing, with its digital manufacturing, has the potential to completely change the game for manufacturers". - Matt Sand, President of 3DEO

3D metal printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is the process where metal powder is fused together, layer by layer, to make objects derived from digital data. The benefits of 3D metal printing including reduction in material loss, adaptability, and shortened production times. Additive manufacturing has the potential to lead to a 5-27%  reduction in global energy consumption by 2050. Cameron Chateauneuf, CEO of ErgoKiwi, discusses how they use additive manufacturing with 3DEO to keep production cost and energy consumption low. 3D metal printing adoption is rapidly growing and experts project the industry could be worth as much as $10 billion over the next 15 years.

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Topics: Traditional Manufacturing, additive manufacturing, News, Metal 3D Printing

Posted by 3DEO on Oct 17, 2018 9:06:14 AM

3DEO in the News: 3DEO Brings an "Additive Funk" to Manufacturing for Production

“Metal serial production is the holy grail,” says Matt Petros, chief executive officer of Gardena, California-based 3DEO. “We intend to deliver hundreds of thousands of parts, creating additive technology at scale.” 

3DEO is just one of a growing number of manufacturers applying additive manufacturing (AM) to provide end-use parts at production scale. But rather than using a supplier’s 3D-printing technology to produce those parts, 3DEO’s founders elected to develop their own AM process. Today 3DEO manufactures thousands of small, repeatable metal parts using this technology. Its goal is not to compete with other metal AM processes, but to win work that would otherwise be made via machining or metal injection molding (MIM). The speed of the process and its lack of tooling make it possible for 3DEO to compete on price versus these more conventional technologies. 

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Topics: additive manufacturing, News, Metal 3D Printing

Posted by 3DEO on Oct 15, 2018 2:00:00 PM

3DEO in the News: Could this [part, fixture, gauge, tool] be 3-D Printed?

Although additive manufacturing (AM) has been around for decades, it’s much younger than metal fabrication. That’s what makes it appeal to so many metal fabricators, including those who will be stopping by the Additive Manufacturing Pavilion at next month’s FABTECH® show in Atlanta. There’s an excitement to it, a feeling of untapped possibilities. There’s hype, of course, but within that hype are gems of opportunity, and sheet metal fabricators are just starting to find them.

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Topics: additive manufacturing, News, Metal 3D Printing

Posted by 3DEO on Oct 15, 2018 11:00:00 AM

3DEO in the News: When is 3D Printing Cost Effective?

Digging into metal additive manufacturing quickly reveals how expensive it can be, as some parts produced using incumbent technologies, such as laser sintering and binder jetting, can cost thousands of dollars. If there's one lesson Matt Sand, President of 3DEO, a Los Angeles, California-based metal AM parts supplier, has learned over the last few years, it's that cost is everything when it comes to serial production.

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Topics: additive manufacturing, News, Metal 3D Printing