In addition to making either metal or plastic parts, one other production application of additive manufacturing is building in sand to create molds for casting without any need for a pattern.
GE engineers started with a radio-controlled engine and redesigned it for additive manufacturing. This model manufacturing exercise illustrates important real points about additive manufacturing as a production option.
Combining a ductile phase with a hard phase in a single build generates hard ferrous parts without cracking. Possibilities now include additive manufacturing of cutting tools, dies, bearings and downhole hardware.
The company uses 3D printing to create conformal-cooling mold inserts in addition to production parts.
Can plastic be used to mold plastic? This pump maker with in-house injection molding machines talks about how it now makes molds for these machines by printing the molds in plastic.
Metal laser sintering hybrid milling combines metal powder 3D laser sintering with high speed milling finishing into one machining system.
Learn how innovative concepts in plastic manufacturing, such as conformal cooling and simulation technology are being used today in real mold shops.
Make parts as strong as metal on a desktop machine, the company says.
NASA’s test of a rocket engine fuel injector made through selective laser melting illustrates an additively produced part’s capacity to perform at high temperature and pressure.
DMG Mori produced the part seen in this video to demonstrate the capabilities of its new hybrid machine, which is capable of both CNC machining and additive manufacturing through laser metal deposition.