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3D Printed Blow Molds Perfect for Short Run Packaging Production

Plastic packaging is a common part of everyday life: bottles; containers for foods, beverages, medicines and more fill our pantry shelves and recycling bins.  Thin-walled and hollow plastic bottles (later filled with the customer’s product) are made … [Read More...]

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Learn the 5 Ws of 3D Printing Your Own Jigs & Fixtures

If you’re looking to improve manufacturing productivity, efficiency and quality, this webinar is for you.  With additive manufacturing, jigs & fixtures, patterns and other assembly tools can be produced in just hours for a fraction of the cost of CNC … [Read More...]

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Additive Manufacturing Stimulating Japan’s Economic Revival

Long-established product design firm, Swany, based in Nagano, Japan, has responded to the competitive Asian manufacturing environment by moving from focusing on a single product to providing a wide range of industrial design services. A key elemen … [Read More...]

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New Stratasys Triple-Jetting 3D Printers Expand Multi-Material Opportunities for Designers and Manufacturers

Once again Stratasys is giving designers and manufacturers more options to shape the way things are made with the introduction of its new Objet500 Connex1 and Objet500 Connex2 Multi-material 3D Printers. Debuting this we … [Read More...]

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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...]