Desktop Metal attracted attention earlier this year with its innovations in metal 3D printing. Observers also took notice of its venture capital funding of $212 million and valuation of over $1 billion, an estimate from data and technology provider PitchBook (Seattle). There are other interesting aspects to the company and its technology, though. For one, although both 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).
While hydrogen-powered cars might seem to be in the far-off future, it might not take as long as previously thought for hydrogen-cell cars to be a viable option. A team of researchers including scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST; Gaithersburg, MD) may have overcome a significant hurdle to manufacturing hydrogen fuel cells by creating a way to Read More
Fabrisonic, Now 6 Years Old, Moves to Develop New Processes, Materials COLUMBUS, OH — Fabrisonic LLC wants to move from startup to established company. The company, established in October 2011, had its own twist on 3D printing. Fabrisonic utilizes a process it calls Ultrasonic Additive Manufacturing (UAM). That refers to using ultrasound waves to weld layers of metal Read More
The strength, and future promise, of manufacturing throughout the Southeast region shone brightly with myriad presentations on additive manufacturing, smart technologies, and student participation at SME’s SOUTH-TEC 2017 held this week at the TD Convention Center in Greenville, SC. SOUTH-TEC, which alternates between the Greenville location and downtown Charlotte, NC, Read More
When Desktop Metal introduced its "office-friendly" Studio metal prototype printer earlier this year, the company renewed attention on the issue of safer materials for binder jetting, an additive manufacturing method. As it turns out, Desktop Metal (Burlington, MA) uses two binder jetting processes that differ from each other and from one typically used. Historically, binder Read More
I remember seeing my first 3D printed "part" in early 2000, back when it was called rapid prototyping. It was a replica of a small part used in a car that a major OEM was designing. The part was made of plastic, with a rough surface finish, used on a packaging buck to see if the part fit physically and aesthetically. At the time, I asked if the process could make production Read More