In the years leading up to World War II, the US military had the opinion that it was technologically equal to any adversary in the world. On December 7, 1941, and for years afterward, US military discovered it was not. America did have the advantage of the strongest manufacturing base but it took time to retool to military products. America mainly won the day because of Read More
3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing
This is a channel about 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing (AM) for manufacturing professionals. AM is a fast-moving area of manufacturing technology and there are a wide variety of technologies use to 3D print or build objects, such as stereolithography (SLA), fused deposition modeling (FDM), digital light processing (DLP), direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) and more. At Advanced Manufacturing Media, we partner with RAPID - the leading conference and exposition for 3D printing -- and cover all AM methods, including emerging ones, such as Ultrasonic Additive Manufacturing (UAM).
One of the early applications for 3D printing/additive manufacturing (AM) was in the medical industry. As the machines and materials have improved, the use of these technologies expanded into almost every application. In medical, there are unique challenges as patient safety is paramount and government regulation and insurance issues structure what can and will be done. But Read More
Impossible Objects LLC, a Chicago-based company, has brought to market a new composites material manufacturing technology known as Composite-Based Additive Manufacturing (CBAM) 3D technology which produces Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) or Polymer Matrix Composite (PMC) parts. Robert Swartz, founder of the CBAM process, derived the concept from the 2D printing industry. Read More
Additive manufacturing, aka 3D printing, has taken off from its origins and grown now to be a serious business concern in manufacturing. Twenty years ago it was a $234-million market. Today it is $8 billion and is projected to be $20 billion by 2020. The technology is sexy and can do things that you just can’t do in traditional manufacturing. However, the hype isn’t always as Read More
End users are realizing the benefits of having both additive and subtractive functionality in a single, self-contained system. As one of the few manufacturers that introduced a hybrid machine last September at IMTS 2016, we are among those creating this fresh path with tweaks and trends surrounding this combined technology, and the advancements continue to unfold quickly. One Read More
PITTSBURGH -- The pace of 3D printing adoption will accelerate, a General Electric Co. executive said during an address at RAPID + TCT today. "We really believe it will be a revolution, not an evolution," said Philippe Cochet, chief productivity officer for GE (Boston). "We think it's going to take place faster than everybody thinks." GE last year announced the Read More