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: firearms, defense, Metal 3D Printing, Manufacturing

Posted by 3DEO on Jan 18, 2018 3:04:00 PM

Metal 3D Printing in Firearms: Real-World Case Studies

While 2017 saw massive strides in metal 3D printing technology, 2018 has been shaping up to be the year metal 3D printing makes commercial breakthroughs, especially in the firearms sector. With the huge advantage presented by metal 3D printing in terms of strength and durability, the firearms world embracing this additive manufacturing technique is only natural. There have been a few success stories so far in this space, from suppressors to 1911-style pistols, and 2018 will undoubtedly see many more. 

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Topics: firearms, Metal 3D Printing, additive manufacturing, 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: Metal 3D Printing, Design for 3D Printing, stainless steel, firearms, 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: firearms, MIM, stainless steel, 17-4 PH, corrosion, heat treatment, hardening, Manufacturing

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

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