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Metal 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing

What is Metal Additive Manufacturing? An Introduction & Benefits of AM

Posted by 3DEO on Feb 20, 2018 11:27:07 AM

3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing (AM), is one of the most exciting manufacturing technologies talked about today. We are now seeing a second modern wave of interest and enthusiasm for 3D printing with advances appearing in news feeds everyday across markets including consumer, industrial, automotive, aerospace, medical, and many more.

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Topics: Design for 3D Printing, Metal 3D Printing, industry trends, stainless steel, additive manufacturing

Top 4: 3D-Printed Implantable Medical Devices

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

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

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

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

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

Top 3 Benefits of MIM 17-4 PH Stainless Steel in Firearms Manufacturing

Posted by 3DEO on Oct 17, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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.


1. Maintains Firearms Accuracy with Structural Integrity

In the case of firearms, heat is the enemy of accuracy. Gun models that require steady or repeated discharge, as is the case of many automatic weapons produced for the defense industry, produce heat in the barrel. And that heat leads to expansion of the bore, which, in turn, allows the ordnance to spread. Instead of a tight grouping, a shooter will begin to see looser target patterns.

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Topics: Manufacturing, firearms, MIM, heat treatment, stainless steel, 17-4 PH, corrosion, hardening

How 3D printing Can Benefit the Firearms Industry

Posted by 3DEO on Oct 12, 2017 4:50:55 PM

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