Metal 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing

Posted by 3DEO on Sep 21, 2017 9:04:29 AM

Additive Manufacturing In The Firearms Industry – Analysis

As seen on www.thefirearmblog.com/

Tea. Earl Gray. Hot. Someday I want to turn to a space in my kitchen wall and utter those words – and get results. In my barn, however, I someday want to turn a space in the wall and speak “Silencer. 5.56mm. Length six inches. Diameter 1.75 inches. Mount threading 1/2 x 28.” and come back to find a new rifle suppressor made in a few moments. Although this process is unlikely to happen in my lifetime, Additive Manufacturing is posed to make a leap within the firearms industry – specifically within silencer manufacturing.

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Topics: firearms, Metal 3D Printing, metal am, firearms parts manufacturers, firearms parts, small metal parts

Posted by 3DEO on Aug 14, 2017 11:25:35 AM

3DEO in the News: GE Reports

After 20 years of iteration on the same basic additive-manufacturing technologies for metal, a new wave of innovation is emerging. Lower-cost, safer processes are replacing the old ways of doing things, offering vastly different material properties through resolution, surface quality and design freedom.

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Topics: News, additive manufacturing, metal am, small metal parts, stainless steel parts, Metal 3D Printing

Posted by 3DEO on Jul 28, 2017 4:42:09 PM

Metal 3D Printing vs. CNC Machining

How Does Metal 3D Printing Compare to CNC Machining?

CNC machining has been a staple of metal manufacturing since it evolved from NC machining in the middle of the 20th century. CNC is a subtractive process and is particularly effective at creating complex parts while achieving the tightest tolerances of any technology. Metal 3D printing, also known as metal additive manufacturing, has developed rapidly over the last few years and is now beginning to challenge CNC machining in some applications.

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Topics: Strategy, Traditional Manufacturing, small metal parts, metal am, additive manufacturing, Metal 3D Printing

Posted by 3DEO on Jul 28, 2017 11:42:15 AM

America Makes and ANSI Launch Phase 2 of Additive Manufacturing Standardization Collaborative

NEW YORKJuly 27, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- America Makes and the American National Standards Institute(ANSI) today announced the launch of phase 2 of the America Makes & ANSI Additive Manufacturing Standardization Collaborative (AMSC) with a kick-off meeting scheduled for September 7th in Philadelphia. Major goals of phase 2 include expanding the discussion of standards needs for polymers and other materials besides metals and engaging experts from other industry sectors such as automotive, heavy equipment, energy, consumer products, and tooling. A free webinar to provide an overview of the AMSC and how to prepare for the September 7th meeting will be held on August 17th from 2:00 – 3:00 pm EDT.

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Topics: News, additive manufacturing, small metal parts, metal am

Posted by 3DEO on Jul 17, 2017 10:34:55 AM

Additive Manufacturing Standards Get a Big Boost

3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is continuing its rapid advance across all fronts. It is beginning to touch every industry and new applications are being found every day. The fast growth is great for the industry, but a tipping point is being reached where the vast number of independent companies and technologies need to come together in a meaningful way for the creation of standards. One of the biggest challenges today for widespread adoption of additive manufacturing in actual production parts is the need for reliable qualification standards. Many of the additive manufacturing processes differ quite a bit and making sense of them can be a challenge, even for those in the industry.

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Topics: Strategy, small metal parts, metal am, additive manufacturing, Metal 3D Printing

Posted by 3DEO on Jul 9, 2017 1:09:26 PM

Digital Additive Manufacturing and the Cloud

There are 6.3 billion connections to the internet around the globe. According to Cisco, this figure will grow 60% by 2020. This enormous system of interconnections creates a ‘cloud’ of information and data that permeates cities around the globe. These clouds are now merging together and creating data sets of unprecedented scale.

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Topics: Strategy, small metal parts, metal am, Metal 3D Printing, additive manufacturing

Posted by 3DEO on Jun 28, 2017 4:52:08 PM

3DEO in the News: Engineering.com Article

3D printing is currently in the midst of an evolution, demonstrated by the development of rapid systems capable of unique materials that may be able to ultimately reduce the cost per part of additive manufacturing (AM) technology. Among the categories of AM being affected is metal 3D printing, which has seen a number of companies—including Markforged, Desktop Metal and Admatec—unveil new processes that may reduce the typically costly technology.

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Topics: News, Metal 3D Printing, small metal parts, additive manufacturing, metal am

Posted by 3DEO on Jun 27, 2017 3:07:51 PM

How to Make Metal Parts

There are hundreds of methods to make metal parts.  The list of technologies and techniques can be overwhelming.  To make matters worse, each approach technology comes with a variety of strengths and weaknesses.  The purpose of this article is to give a quick overview of the predominant metal part fabrication techniques and discuss their strengths and weaknesses.

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Topics: Manufacturing, stainless steel parts, small metal parts, metal am, Metal 3D Printing, additive manufacturing

Posted by 3DEO on Jun 19, 2017 12:58:52 PM

Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) for Parts Consolidation

3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, affords numerous benefits to design engineers.  The primary advantages include the ability to consolidate components, reduce part weight, and design parts with complex internal geometries.  Creating parts with additive manufacturing in mind is usually referred to as Design For Additive Manufacturing (DFAM).  Consolidating components is especially advantageous because it reduces the number of parts that need to be designed and manufactured into the final assembly.  Beyond just lowering the overall cost of production, parts consolidation also has a dramatic impact on the speed of production and also functional performance.

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Topics: Strategy, small metal parts, metal am, Metal 3D Printing

Posted by 3DEO on Jun 9, 2017 10:16:43 AM

3DEO in the News: PIM International

Prototyping for Metal Injection Moulding: 3DEO’s AM solution matches the density and chemistry of MIM parts

The nature of Metal Injection Moulding technology means that creating functional prototypes that match the density and chemistry of the final parts can be both expensive and time consuming, whilst machined or AM alternatives simply do not allow for a realistic assessment of how a component will function. In the following article 3DEO’s Matt Sand presents a new service that promises to deliver prototype and low to medium volume runs of components that match the performance of MIM parts.

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Topics: News, small metal parts, metal am, Metal 3D Printing