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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Mission Critical: An Additive Manufacturing Breakthrough in Commercial Aviation

The GE9X is the first commercial aircraft engine to reach production with significant additive content. The story of GE’s accomplishment and why it matters.

Additive Manufacturing and Metal Casting

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SonicLayer 1200 Machine Features Hybrid Additive and Subtractive Processes

Fabrisonic’s SonicLayer 1200 features Ultrasonic Additive Manufacturing (UAM) technology and a build envelop of 10" × 10" × 10" (X, Y, Z).



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Software Checks Part Data for 3D Printing Feasibility

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Additive Manufacturing Teaches Designers New Tricks

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