Metal 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing

Posted by 3DEO on Mar 5, 2018 11:20:30 AM

Metal Additive Manufacturing (AM) Processes - Binder Jetting

Overview of Binder Jetting

Binder Jetting is a powder bed process that utilizes inkjet technology and a binding agent. The liquid binder is used to “glue” the metal powder together within and between layers. A layer of metal powder is first rolled onto the build tray, and then an inkjet print head moves along the x and y axes and deposits binder in the shape of the part for each respective layer. After each layer is created, the build platform is lowered incrementally to make room for the next layer. The part being printed is supported within the powder bed by the unbound powder, which is then removed to complete the process. The result is a “green part” which then needs to be placed in a sintering furnace to achieve final part density.

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Topics: Metal AM Processes, additive manufacturing, industry trends, Metal 3D Printing, Manufacturing

Posted by 3DEO on Feb 27, 2018 11:17:35 AM

Intro to Metal 3D Printing Processes - Powder Bed Fusion (DMLS, SLS, SLM, LMF, DMP, EBM)


Overview of Powder Bed Fusion - Metal 3D Printing

Powder Bed Fusion is a popular technique for metal additive manufacturing and includes two main technologies: Laser Sintering and Electron Beam. These techniques are grouped together since they each begin with a layer of metal powder being rolled onto the build tray, and then an energy source (laser or electron beam) fuses or melts the powder into deliberate 2D designs. These 2D layers are fused on top of each other to create the 3D object. Electron beams produce more energy than lasers and are chosen to fuse the highest temperature metal superalloys for parts used in extreme conditions such as jet engines and gas turbines.

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Topics: additive manufacturing, Metal 3D Printing, Manufacturing, Metal AM Processes

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 4, 2018 10:17:21 AM

Why 67% of 3D Printing Customers are WAITING to Invest in AM

As the research from Dimension clearly demonstrates, most prospective 3D printing customers are waiting for big success stories prior to adopting the technology. The burden is on us, 3D printing companies, to showcase fantastic new applications of the technology.

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Topics: Metal 3D Printing, Manufacturing, Strategy, additive manufacturing, industry trends

Posted by 3DEO on Nov 7, 2017 11:12:53 AM

3DEO in the News: EBN Online Article

Future-Proof On-Demand Supply Chain with 3D Printing

How do supply chain managers keep up with the Industry 4.0 revolution that’s decentralizing production through on-demand products and technologies like 3D printing?
 
3DEO president Matt Sand gives his thoughts in an article for EBN Online where he highlights the main value proposition for 3D printing in the supply chain -- on-demand manufacturing. 
 
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Topics: supply chain, Metal 3D Printing, industry trends, Manufacturing

Posted by 3DEO on Nov 7, 2017 9:00:00 AM

3 Tips for Meeting Consumer Demand for Mass Customization

Manufacturers are making headway in mass customization thanks to lean manufacturing, just-in-time inventory, and digital technologies like additive manufacturing.


Customizable consumer products can create production choke points in traditional manufacturing models. Additive manufacturing is one way to “unchoke” production for mass customization.

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Topics: mass customization, Manufacturing, additive manufacturing, Design for 3D Printing

Posted by 3DEO on Oct 24, 2017 9:59:52 AM

PPAP = Production Part Approval Process

If you supply production parts for the aerospace or automotive industries, PPAP is an acronym that you will hear about a lot.  PPAP stands for Production Part Approval Process, and it’s the mechanism buyers in the supply chain use to gain confidence in component supplier’s production processes.  This happens by establishing a reliable and repeatable production process, certified by the customer, that identifies and mitigates risks of failures or defects in the end product.

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Topics: Automotive, Manufacturing, Metal 3D Printing, industry trends

Posted by 3DEO on Oct 24, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Top 4: 3D-Printed Implantable Medical Devices

The medical device market is booming and is expected to reach a value of $543.9 billion by 2020, and an increasing number of those devices are the result of 3D printing.


3D printing’s big advantage is its ability to produce implantable medical devices customized specifically for a patient  –  more quickly and cost-effectively than in traditional manufacturing methods.

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Topics: Design for 3D Printing, medical device, Manufacturing, Metal 3D Printing, stainless steel

Posted by 3DEO on Oct 19, 2017 9:00:00 AM

New Powder Metal Alloys Added to MPIF Standard 35

The MPIF Standard 35 for powder metallurgy now includes two aluminum alloys in the 2xxx designation series.

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Topics: Design for 3D Printing, Manufacturing, Metal 3D Printing, News, MIM, hardening, aluminum, powder metal

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