Additive Manufacturing November Issue Highlights AM2016
Read the digital edition for insights from the 2016 Additive Manufacturing Conference and more.
The November issue includes insights from the 2016 Additive Manufacturing Conference (AM2016). Click here to read the digital edition.
The 2016 Additive Manufacturing Conference (AM2016), which took place at this year's International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), featured 20 speakers on topics ranging from surface finishing options for additive manufactured tooling to the right reasons for an organization to pursue 3D printing. It would be impossible to summarize all that the conference's 500 attendees witnessed, but the editors of Additive Manufacturing have done our best to highlight the most salient points in the November issue. Go directly to the conference coverage, or access the full issue here.
Also in this issue:
- A diesel engine support was redesigned to be additively manufactured for weight savings and other benefits;
- Selective laser melting created a complex nozzle in one piece, bypassing previously needed brazing and assembly operations; and
- An equipment builder offers insights for integrating additive manufacturing on a machine tool without inhibiting machining.
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When Precision Metal Products purchased its first 3D printer last year, the company hoped to collapse both tooling costs and lead times. But the technology’s impact is reaching core business operations, enabling the shop to focus on higher-margin, lower-volume production.
A dedicated AM facility is helping the company discover the technology’s potential for design as well as production.
A hybrid system combining metal 3D printing with machining gives the Marine Corps perhaps its most effective resource yet for obtaining needed hardware in the field. It also offers an extreme version of the experience a machine shop might have in adding metal AM to its capabilities.