Additive Manufacturing Saves Time And Money For ACS

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Additive manufacturing (AM) is another in a series of technological frontiers in which the aerospace industry has been an early adopter.  The aerospace industry continues to develop new applications that more deeply embed AM throughout its complete product lifecycle. For example, AM is used by many … [Read more...]

Additive Manufacturing Trends in Aerospace: Leading the Way

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The aerospace industry has a long history of being an early adopter of leading-edge technologies. So it should come as no surprise that aerospace was one of the first industries to incorporate additive manufacturing (AM) throughout its product development lifecycle. Today, AM is being extensively us … [Read more...]

The Objet-Stratasys Merger: Industry Experts Weigh-In

As our new CEO David Reis has stated, the merger of Stratasys Inc with Objet Ltd. is a merger of equals. It is not a merger of two weak 3D printing companies, nor is it a merger of one strong and one weak company. It is a merger of two strong companies. It is the company’s position that the joining … [Read more...]

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 a neat and orderly work space that places al … [Read more...]

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 now known as an add … [Read more...]

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 fixtures with integrate … [Read more...]

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 jigs a … [Read more...]

Product Licensing: Extreme Award Potential with this Year’s Extreme Redesign

This year’s Extreme Redesign 3D printing Challenge applies the “extreme” label in a new way. It’s not just the redesigns but the potential winnings that are extreme. Upping the ante for finalists in the College Engineering category, Stratasys is partnering with Edison Nation: matchmaker between in … [Read more...]

Excerpt 4: 3D Printing with FDM Technology: How it Works

3D printers make prototypes that ensure major investments like tooling are made only after the design has been proven out. Parts from the FDM process provide additional value because they can be used as manufacturing tooling and even as finished product. Design and manufacturing engineers should be … [Read more...]

Excerpt 3: 3D Printing with FDM Technology: How it Works

The FDM process achieves a high level of accuracy through precise coupling of the extrusion head motion with the material feed rate. The head accelerates and decelerates as it travels across the platen. As the head speed changes the material extrusion drive wheels adjust the material flow rate, prod … [Read more...]