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Digging into metal additive manufacturing quickly reveals how expensive it can be, as some parts produced using incumbent technologies, such as laser sintering and binder jetting, can cost thousands of dollars. If there's one lesson Matt Sand, President of 3DEO, a Los Angeles, California-based metal AM parts supplier, has learned over the last few years, it's that cost is everything when it comes to serial production.

“If you're not in the ballpark on cost, you might as well not even play the game because there's no way to get into production without being cost competitive with conventional manufacturing techniques,” Sand says. “If you are not cost competitive, you're not at the table,” So, to get the total cost structure down, 3DEO developed an end-to-end manufacturing process around Intelligent Layering, a very low-cost metal additive manufacturing technology the company’s founders invented. Based on binder jetting technology, Intelligent Layering uses a proprietary spray system to bind the entire layer, and then uses a CNC end mill to cut the perimeter of the part and any internal features. (Read more about 3DEO’s technology and company strategy.)

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By: Heather Wintle 11/27/2019

Noteworthy News: Giving Back

Noteworthy News: Giving Back

A very happy Thanksgiving to all of our readers from the MoldMaking Technology team! It’s a time for giving thanks, so send a shout out to the companies below for giving back to their communities and industry. 

 

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With the ever-increasing popularity of videos in the media, especially in social media, MoldMaking Technology continues to bring the moldmaking industry a variety of eye- and mind-pleasing content. The fruits of our labors can be found online at moldmakingtechnology.com, and we asked our Editorial Advisory Board members to let us know their top picks from videos released in the last year.

The number one video is Mold Maker Solves Skilled Labor Shortage by Changing Company Culture. This video was a collaboration between MMT and sister publication Modern Machine Shop. It was released about eight months ago and has more than 1.1K views! Viewers learn how Westminster Tool (Plainfield, Connecticut) created a unique company culture by using a solid onboarding program, personality profiles and learning styles to quickly and effectively grow its own skilled workforce.

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Now, I’ve only been to Mexico once, and it was to Puerto Vallarta for an AMBA Convention about 10 years ago, so I really had no idea what to expect when I set off to attend Gardner Business Media’s inaugural mold and die event in Querétaro: Meximold.

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By: Heather Wintle 11/25/2019

VIDEO: How to Really Use a 3D Printer

 

Even though we’re several months past Amerimold 2019, there is still so much to be learned from what was going on at this year’s event for mold manufacturing. That includes a demo from HP on 3D printing.

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