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Metal 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing

How Gunsmiths and Small Local Gun Shops are Surviving (and Thriving) through the “Retail Apocalypse”

Posted by 3DEO on Oct 17, 2017 9:45:52 AM

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.”

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Topics: Manufacturing, Design for 3D Printing, Metal 3D Printing, Firearms, Stainless Steel

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

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

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

Tips & Tricks for Metal 3D Printing

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

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 boom 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