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Blowing by the Competition with LMD

One shop’s evolution from conventional to additive manufacturing involves using laser metal deposition in blow mold manufacture.

How Additive Manufacturing is Like CNC Machining (and How It's Very Different)

A leading machining business applies the skill of a toolmaker to using additive manufacturing effectively. The manufacturer shares application examples, as well as thoughts on the challenge and promise of this technology.

Interview: GE Aviation and the Morris Technologies Acquisition

The aircraft engine maker recently purchased two sister companies dedicated to additive manufacturing. Technology leader Randy Kappesser discusses the reasons for this move and what it means to GE.

What if Metal Follows the Same Path as Plastic?

It will, says Directed Manufacturing. This company sees metal additive manufacturing becoming as much of an established technology for final part production as plastic additive manufacturing is now. It expects to buy more metal additive machines in...

"Adding" to Your Tooling Options

Understand the benefits and applications of processes for making tooling through additive manufacturing.

Movable Components, No Assembly Required

A medical device maker produces a 13-piece articulating section with zero assembly work, thanks to DMLS’s ability to make the free-moving section as one complete piece.

Precise Military Parts On Demand

EADS Innovation Works combines 3D imaging/reverse engineering software with additive manufacturing technology to demonstrate a quicker, more cost-effective method for providing replacement parts for military vehicles and equipment in the field.

Embracing Both Additive and Subtractive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing can complement your subtractive manufacturing processes, establishing you as modern mold shop.

The Future of Manufacturing

According to engineers with GE Aviation, the challenges of additive metal manufacturing—serious as they are—are small compared to the promise that this technology holds. How else can you make a plane engine 1,000 pounds lighter?

Large-Part Additive Manufacturing

These articles sample possibilities for additive manufacturing of large metal parts.

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