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Metal 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing and Industry 4.0

Posted by 3DEO on Jun 8, 2017 6:18:34 PM

Industry 4.0. The fourth industrial revolution. 


Experts seem clear that a significant step forward is happening in factories around the world. The Internet of Things (IoT) has made its way onto the plant floor and now entire factories are becoming "smart" with an explosion of sensors and internet connected equipment. Mountains of data are beginning to flow seamlessly from machine-to-machine and from machine-to-man. As the cyber universe grows within factories, a logical addition is the ability to pull an object from the virtual world of data and create its physical counterpart on demand. Manufacturing new parts by changing a file rather than creating a costly and time-intensive mold is what makes 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, so interesting in production. Additive manufacturing has firmly planted its flag in Industry 4.0 and continues its rapid pace of development as emerging additive manufacturing technologies are finding applications across the ever-changing industrial manufacturing landscape.

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Topics: Metal 3D Printing, News, Metal Additive Manufacturing, Stainless Steel Parts

Additive Manufacturing Sees More Corporate Focus

Posted by 3DEO on Jun 7, 2017 7:24:58 PM

Excitement swirls around additive manufacturing as top industrial companies continue to pour significant dollars into R&D and other additive manufacturing initiatives. The investments in additive manufacturing are aimed at understanding the full capabilities of the technology and integrating additive manufacturing into their own product development and production processes.

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Topics: Metal 3D Printing, News, Metal Additive Manufacturing, Stainless Steel Parts

Additive Manufacturing Delivers Economies of Scale AND Scope

Posted by 3DEO on Jun 7, 2017 12:06:41 PM

In traditional manufacturing, economies of scale and scope are potent competitive advantages.  Scale is achieved by minimizing fixed costs (such as tooling) and by manufacturing an extremely high volume of products.  At 100 pieces, a tool that costs $100,000 contributes $1,000 cost to each piece.  At 1,000,000 pieces, the tool cost is a tiny fraction of the final part cost.  Clearly, with tooling and high fixed costs, the competitive advantage is awarded to the manufacturer with scale operations.

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Topics: Strategy, Metal 3D Printing, Metal Additive Manufacturing, Stainless Steel Parts

3DEO in the News: RAPID Highlights from RPES

Posted by 3DEO on May 15, 2017 3:20:07 PM

Rachel Park: I was really interested to get deeper insight into the 3DEO offering. There is some cross-over with the Desktop Metal narrative here, specifically it is a new, low-cost metal 3D printing process, it uses MIM materials and it is innovative and disruptive in nature. There is plenty to differentiate it though, because the extremely clever team behind it is offering this process as a service, demonstrating good results and does not appear to be over-promising anything. The process itself is intriguing — it is, at first glance, a powder bed binding process. However, the nature of the binder delivery is absolutely key and there is a hybrid approach included in the process in that a subtractive tool precisely cuts away at the defined geometry every few layers. Moreover, the team is open about the limitations of MIM materials, particularly in terms of shrinkage and densities. But, like, I said they are demonstrating some impressive results.

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Topics: Conferences, Metal 3D Printing, Metal Additive Manufacturing, Stainless Steel Parts

3DEO in the News: 3D-Printing Highlights and Surprises from RAPID + TCT 2017

Posted by 3DEO on May 15, 2017 1:50:10 PM

Another new player in the metals field is 3DEO. This group sees the need for low-cost, high volume, on-time-delivery of parts and is producing them with a unique, in-house binder/powder process termed Intelligent Layering. Offered as a cost-effective manufacturing service, 3DEO’s approach combines expertise in powder metallurgy, CNC machining, sintering, materials science and AM. Intelligent Layering eliminates the classic stair-stepping effect with on-the-fly adjustment of the deposited powder layer, applying a delicate binder-spray that avoids particle agglomeration and using micro-end-mills to precisely machine part-perimeters. Sintering then creates 97% totally dense parts with no infill required. 3DEO includes complete mechanical testing facilities, yet its approach yields 60 to 80% lower part costs.

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Topics: Conferences, Metal 3D Printing, News, Metal Additive Manufacturing, Stainless Steel Parts

3DEO Featured at Exponential Manufacturing Summit

Posted by 3DEO on May 15, 2017 1:39:19 PM

Singularity University will be hosting its annual Exponential Manufacturing Summit May 17-19 in Boston.  The Exponential Manufacturing Summit will bring together over 600 global executives, entrepreneurs and investors to take part in a three-day program to prepare them for the changes brought forth by the rapid technological progress in manufacturing.

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Topics: Conferences, Metal 3D Printing, Metal Additive Manufacturing, Stainless Steel Parts