Excerpt 4: Justifying Additive Manufacturing through Jigs & Fixtures

Rp+m is a strategic partner of Thogus, a custom plastic injectin molder. Rp+m uses additive manufacturing a.k.a 3D printing to produce 3D-printed 5S production aids that are crucial in Thogus’ push for operational efficiency. 5S is a method of maintaining…

Excerpt 3: Justifying Additive Manufacturing through Jigs & Fixtures

Oreck, a manufacturer of commercial and consumer vacuums, was an early adopter of direct digital manufacturing or rapid manufacturing by building jigs and fixtures with what was then called a rapid prototype machine. Whether used for prototyping or manufacturing, the equipment is…

Excerpt 2: Justifying Additive Manufacturing through Jigs & Fixtures

Digi, the wireless networking device manufacturer, originally justified the purchase of an additive manufacturing (AM) machine based on savings from rapid prototyping. Within a year of purchasing a FDM machine, however, Digi expanded its use into applications such as building…

Excerpt 1: Justifying Additive Manufacturing through Jigs & Fixtures

Most people associate additive manufacturing (AM) or 3D printing with concept models and prototypes that are used to improve product design and speed product development. Makers of AM equipment have also shown dramatic reductions in time and cost when using AM to make manufacturing tools like…

3D Printing Milestone – Print Your Own Replacement Parts

I learned recently that a Swedish company called Teenage Engineering has started offering its customers 3D CAD files as blueprints to make their own replacement parts. It’s the first company I’m aware of that has taken this step, so I see it…

3D Printing Question of the Week: What’s your toughest test?

Last week, I visited Minimizer, a Minnesota company that designs and manufactures fenders for heavy trucks. These folks pride themselves on the tough testing they perform throughout product development, including rapid prototyping with Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) parts. I…