Additive Manufacturing One of Top Emerging Trends to Watch at IMTS 2018
The demand for additive technology has grown as more and more shops are using it as a fast and cost-efficient way to produce tooling, fixtures and more. Here’s where to see additive in action at IMTS 2018.
Additive manufacturing has become an increasingly popular application for several reasons. For one, it’s changing the way machinists look at some of the most complex part challenges, opening up new and lucrative business opportunities. But more concretely, it can offer serious cost advantages.
Since the world’s first additive manufactured vehicle, the Strati, was built at IMTS 2014, innovations in additive have continued to headline IMTS and does so this year with AMT’s Emerging Technology Center dedicated to Additive Manufacturing, located in the West Building, Level 3; Booth #431609.
IMTS visitors will encounter demonstrations of the newest breakthroughs in materials, speeds and technologies recently developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratories (ORNL), public-private collaborations and exhibiting additive manufacturers…READ MORE.
Examining the level of acceptance and use of additive fabrication technology in the development of injection molded components.
Featured project from Phillips Plastics. The design for the DMLS conformal cooling tool insert incorporated channels that were designed to quickly and evenly cool individual cavities within the piece, which would not have been possible with conventional mold technologies. Expectations were reduced cycle time and higher quality parts.
Rapid prototyping allows the mold builder to produce a functional model to validate part design, fit and function before the mold is produced.