Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing (AM) refers to the application of 3D printing to create functional, industrial components including prototypes, tooling and end-use production parts. AM’s advantages include the freedom to produce small batches of intricate parts cost-effectively, as well as the freedom to realize part designs that would not be manufacturable in any other way, and in some cases to use materials that otherwise would be impractical to apply. The range of processes finding industrial applications includes direct metal deposition, electron beam melting, polymer processes such as fused filament fabritcation (FFF), and select laser sintering (SLS) or melting (SLM), among others. Some hybrid machine tools combine additive manufacturing with subtractive CNC machining. Modern Machine Shop has a sister magazine, Additive Manufacturing, that focuses on AM.
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IMTS 2016 Preview: Seeing the Whole of the Show

Potentially disruptive manufacturing concepts and advancements in proven technologies come together at next month’s big show.

Moldmaker Experiments with Hollow Mold Inserts as Alternative to Conformal Cooling

A plastics manufacturer with in-house moldmaking explores a different option for applying additive manufacturing to making mold tooling.
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Five-Axis Laser Cutting, Deposition Machine Improves Efficiency

Trumpf’s TruLaser Cell 3000 is a five-axis laser machine for fine cutting, precision welding and additive manufacturing.

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