Joe Hiemenz

Additive Manufacturing Saves Time And Money For ACS

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 lif…

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…

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 ne…

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…

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 applicat…

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. Desig…

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 wh…