ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

A Multi-Metal Additive Approach to Optical Quality Molds

Researchers propose a new approach to producing mold inserts with optical surface quality and no degradation using electroforming, thermal spray, and selective laser melting.
#conformalcooling #3dprinting

Open Software Technology Refines 3D Printing and Scanning Workflows

Siemen’s Parasolid geometric modeling software now offers tools for Convergent Modeling and lattice structures.
#3dprinting

Additive Manufacturing User Group awards ten DINOs

Every year, AMUG’s DINO awards recognize those that have contributed to the AM industry with the intent to advance other individuals or the industry as a whole. 
#leadership #3dprinting

2020 Sourcing & Technology Guide: Additive Manufacturing

MoldMaking Technology’s annual Technology Review and Sourcing Guide is a comprehensive guide for researching today’s technology, equipment, products and services with 11 sections, including Additive Manufacturing.
#3dprinting #supplychain

How to Improve 3D-Printed Conformal-Cooled Mold Insert Performance

Coated conformal cooling channels can prevent scaling and corrosion in injection molds, increasing heat transfer, improving performance, and reducing outages.
#tips

Adapting to New Ways of Working During COVID-19

Mold material suppliers are in the fight against COVID-19 just like their mold-building customers, and learning similar lessons too such as the benefits of going paperless and working remotely.
#covid-19 #education #basics

Cutter Considerations for Hybrid Additive Manufacturing

Four tips for applying the right cutting tools in hybrid additive manufacturing.
#tips #vmc #3dprinting

How to Use Additive Tooling in Difficult-to-Cool Areas of a Mold

Difficult-to-cool areas of a mold cost cycle time, making the perfect application for additive tooling, including retrofitting an existing tool with lifters, slides and high wear areas.

Hybrid Milling Machine Effectively Vents Gas

Matsuura Machinery USA Inc.’s Lumex technology makes effective mold/gas venting possible and improves the quality of molds.

Software Add-On Streamlines Design for Additive Manufacturing Cycle

3D Systems launches its latest software solution 3DXpert for SolidWorks 15, which prepares and optimizes users’ designs for additive manufacturing.

VIDEOS

VIDEO: What Is Freeform Injection Molding?

FIM or freeform injection molding combines the proven injection molding process with the freedom of part design. Check out this video describing how this advanced technology works. 

VIDEO: How to Really Use a 3D Printer

Learn how color 3D applications are enabled with a 3D printing system that allows the production of functional parts in full color in a fraction of the time.

VIDEO: Custom Mold & Design Talks Hybrid Additive Manufacturing

Lester Jones, VP of Custom Mold & Design discusses the shop's use of its Matsuura Lumex Avance-25 hybrid AM machine for creating conformal-cooled inserts with MoldMaking Technology Editorial Director Christina Fuges.  

The Cool Parts Show Finds Additive Manufacturing Advancing During Pandemic Crisis

The Cool Parts Show, the series from Additive Manufacturing Media about 3D printing for industrial production, has produced special episodes about 3D printing during the COVID-19 crisis.
#3dprinting

Combining Injection Molding with 3D Printing Creates Freedom from Conventional Moldmaking Techniques

Rich Oles of Alba Enterprises and Carsten Jarfelt of Addifab discuss how free form injection molding provides freedom from conventional moldmaking methods.

Community Addresses Coronavirus PPE Backlog with 3D Printing

As the COVID-19 crisis has deepened, Rocklin Manufacturing has been addressing the need to fulfill the growing PPE backlog by not only turning to 3D printing, but by also connecting with its local community.
#covid-19 #safety

How to Maintain Additive Tooling

Implementing additive tooling into a mold can be a daunting task, but maintaining it over the life of the tool can be straight-up scary. Here are three steps to include in your maintenance plan.

Direct Rapid Soft Molds Open Up New Applications in Micro Injection Molding

Nanofabrica's Direct Rapid Soft Tooling (DRST) process enables lead times of two hours from file to injected part. With up to 1000 injection-molded parts per tool, the technology unlocks potential applications in small or medium-batch manufacturing.

PVD Coatings Solve Common 3D-Printed Mold and Part Problems

The right surface modification solution can alleviate a few common additive manufacturing pain points that typically require creating new molds or parts.