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.
This video first debuted during IMTS 2014. It takes a deeper look into the trend of additive manufacturing.
This video made its debut at the Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMC) during the 2014 International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS). Watch to discover ways that additive manufacturing can move your manufacturing forward.
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.
Learn how innovative concepts in plastic manufacturing, such as conformal cooling and simulation technology are being used today in real mold shops.
Metal laser sintering hybrid milling combines metal powder 3D laser sintering with high speed milling finishing into one machining system.
Make parts as strong as metal on a desktop machine, the company says.