Metal 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing

Posted by 3DEO on Feb 27, 2018 10:43:22 AM

Metal 3D Printing Ammunition

In the firearms community, 3D printing is a topic of hot conversation. Firearms enthusiasts frequently pitch the benefits of additive manufacturing, which allows firms both large and small to rapidly prototype new components and pieces, and bring them to market faster. Hobbyists have been watching the pricing of AM equipment fall, some hoping that they can one day print complete firearms at home. As the saying goes, they want to "be able to produce AR-15s at home using 3D printers they paid for in Bitcoin..."

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Topics: Manufacturing, Metal 3D Printing, firearms, defense

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

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

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

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 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 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

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