Unshackled by the limitations associated with traditional production processes, AM has made the leap from prototype to end part production and continues to open up exciting opportunities around localised production, digital inventories and on-demand manufacturing.
3D Printing and Printed Materials in 2020: A Challenging Year But Fascinating Times Ahead, Reports IDTechEx
Although the COVID-19 pandemic has interrupted the 3D printing sector and its end users (such as printing bureaus), new directions of travel have nonetheless emerged. Some opportunities have even been directly prompted by the pandemic.
To limit the chances of mill overheating in CNC processes, different manufacturing techniques have been developed to control the heat produced all while limiting costs. This article will present the most important developments in overheating mitigation for CNC milling.
The legacy of 3D printing starts in 2021 with three key trends: going back to the drawing board to rethink manufacturing; enabling the personalization of not only products, but also 3D printers themselves; and creating new solutions, fast.
In this article, we'll discuss the main similarities and differences between two of the most established processes in 3D printing - stereolithography (SLA) and selective laser sintering (SLS).
The discipline starts with the premise that nature has the answers, and that as our scientific understanding advances, so too does our ability to understand more and more that nature has to reveal.
Until now, manufacturers have been dipping their toes and getting familiar with the technology, using it to create prototypes rather than final products. But that is changing. It's only a matter of time before AM makes the leap from prototyping to manufacturing.
DfMM has a massive impact on the tool build; this will therefore have a disproportionate effect on product development time, cost, and indeed the quality of final product.
Additive Manufacturing is not intended to replace conventional or traditional manufacturing, but rather compliment it. When implemented correctly, AM offers manufacturers real flexibility and design freedom while enabling more resilient and robust value chains.
In an additive manufacturing ecosystem that is both constantly evolving yet still fragmented, Lee-Bath Nelson, Co-founder and VP Business at LEO Lane, looks at why the need for companies to play well together is critical to realizing strategic objectives.
Today a growing number of robust plastic and metal 3D printing technologies exist with the accuracy and repeatability required for use in end-use part and component production, and the palette of materials is extensive.
Plastic injection moulding is a difficult application for machine vision. The highly reflective surface of plastics is hard to illuminate, and the fact that the same production line can create items of different colours and shapes is problematic for traditional solutions.
Facts and reality have often been a grey area in the world of 3D printing. Let's not forget that this technology in various guises has been around for well over 30 years. That long and it is still described as a disruptive technology?
3D Printing, Innovation, and Supply Chain Resiliency More Important Than Ever, Say Manufacturing Decision Makers
Global HP study finds that digital manufacturing can drive economic growth, faster innovation, and more sustainable production
For the past three years, the NCAM's DRAMA research project has helped build a stronger additive supply chain for the UK's aerospace sector - an industry which has the largest number of small and medium sized enterprise (SME) companies in Europe.
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