Metal 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing

Posted by 3DEO on Jun 6, 2018 10:36:07 AM

The Economics of MIM Versus 3D Metal Printing

Metal 3D Printing is becoming a great complement to Metal Injection Molding (MIM) and the decision to use one or the other largely comes down to the volumes required. The added bonus with metal 3D printing is that you can update a part without needing to invest in a brand new mold.


Manufacturers today who are searching for a cost-effective way to make small and complex metal parts for production by and large only have two options: metal injection molding (MIM) or investment casting. Casting has been around for thousands of years, and MIM was created ~40 years ago.  Metal 3D printing is the new entrant to the scene, and for the first time in a long while adds another option to the engineer's toolkit.  New low-cost, high volume metal 3D printing technologies (like 3DEO) are beginning to change conventional manufacturing wisdom.

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Topics: Metal 3D Printing, cost, MIM, CNC Milling

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 9:00:00 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 5, 2017 9:00:00 AM

The Economics of CNC Milling Versus 3D Metal Printing

Cost per part is only one aspect of the economics involved in CNC Milling and metal additive manufacturing technologies. At its core, the decision to choose CNC or AM (or both) comes down to part requirements within a specific application.


If you’ve been researching solutions for metal parts manufacturing, you’ve probably encountered the “either-or” scenario: either metal additive manufacturing (AM) is the best option or CNC milling can’t be beat.

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Topics: Metal 3D Printing, cost, MIM, CNC Milling