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Published: 8/1/2018

Additive Manufacturing Teaches Designers New Tricks
Considering what is required to design additive parts can illuminate the value of understanding all manufacturing processes, including subtractive ones. 

Published: 8/1/2018

Machinability of Additively Manufactured Support Structures
What happens when you cut away thin-walled supports on your AM part?

Published: 12/1/2017

The Move to Data-Driven Manufacturing Is a Positive Transformation
It will not be easy, but the transformation will be manageable and rewarding. The first step is machine monitoring.

Published: 7/1/2017

The Arrival of Low-Cost Metal AM?
Systems just introduced promise to lower the price of entry for 3D printing metal parts.

Published: 5/15/2017

Trade-offs with AM
Current design tools and process workflow are inadequate to meet our needs.

Published: 5/1/2017

Why Are Holes Circular?
Geometries that are easy to machine may not be easy to fabricate additively.

Published: 4/3/2017

Manufacturing Events and Shows to See in 2017
These four events this year are worth taking time away from the shop to see, even though they're not as big as IMTS.

Published: 3/16/2017

Wanted: Flexible Shops and Open-Minded Pros
AM is more complicated than the hype implies. It needs creative people to advance its adoption in this industry.

Published: 3/1/2017

EDM and Additive Manufacturing Similarities
Like electrical discharge machining, additive offers manufacturers an alternate part-production option. However, conventional machining won’t go away.

Published: 3/1/2017

Answering, “It’s Not What We Do”
Every choice is a step toward a destination. Do you know where you want to go?