Additive manufacturing is not as easy as just hitting “print.” Like any manufacturing process, it demands attention to considerations that are characteristic of this process alone.
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While this technology for home 3D printers may be functioning on a small scale, the pick-and-place concept could hold potential for larger industrial applications.
Technologies that give moldmakers the ability to test out a couple different designs before investing in the final tool.
At next week’s Amerimold show, Dr. Chad Duty will give complementary showfloor presentations on “Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM).” Dr. Duty, a leading researcher at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will discuss how polymer-based additive manufacturing processes enable the production of large parts—parts as large as a full-sized car body. This technology promises to take time and money out of the tool and mold manufacturing process.
Manufacturers ranging from orbital to underground shared their thoughts on additive manufacturing at the recent Innovation Days event.
In more ways than one, the platform for subtractive manufacturing is also the enabler for additive.