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.

Bearing block held above the 3D-printed CMM fixture
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CMM Inspection Aided by 3D-Printed Fixtures

Cincinnati Inc. has found that 3D-printed fixtures save money and effort in the inspection process for intermediate to complex machined parts.

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Additive Manufacturing Expands its Footprint at IMTS 2018

The September trade show includes exhibits, conferences and more related to 3D printing and additive manufacturing.
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Machining Simulation Software Provides Updated Features

IMTS 2018: Version 9 of Roboris’s Eureka Virtual Machining includes enhancements to many of the previous version’s functions, plus added modules. 



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