AM Radio talks about what's really going on in additive manufacturing. Produced by Additive Manufacturing Media, editors Stephanie Hendrixson, Julia Hider, and Peter Zelinski discuss the places they've been, the applications they've seen, and the trends in additive manufacturing they think they are seeing. And sometimes, they'll even pull back the curtain and bring you the story behind the story.
Copper, New Metal Printing Processes, Upgrades Based on Software and More from Formnext 2023
The world's largest trade show for additive manufacturing technology featured more than 800 exhibitors across the entire AM value chain. Additive Manufacturing editors Peter Zelinski and Stephanie Hendrixson discuss what they learned and discovered at the event in this episode, including the rise of copper, the introduction of new processes for 3D printing in metals, equipment upgrades that don't rely on hardware, reduced barriers to entry for AM and much more.
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Mentioned in this episode:
Formnext Coverage of the 2022 show Reinforce3D's postprocess reinforcing technique Horizon Microtechnologies' functional coatings Machine Improvements That Don’t Rely on Hardware Renishaw's Tempus system for simultaneous laser scanning and recoating EOS's Smart Fusion for controlling the melt pool temperature AI Build's toolpath and slicing software for robot-based systems Dyndrite's LPBF Pro New Metal Processes Additec's Liquid Metal Jetting Process, now part of a hybrid machine also offering laser wire DED and machining Valcun's Minerva machine for Molten Metal Deposition Cold Metal Fusion Headmade Materials MIMPlus Nexa3D The Rise of Copper 6K Additive's Unimelt process Metal Powder Works' method for producing metal powder from solid stock Lithoz's CeraFab Multi 2M30 for multimaterial parts Lowering the Barriers to Entry Evolve Additive Solutions STEP Parts Now (more about how STEP works) Nanodimension Giga machines 3D Systems SLS 300 Formlabs Fuse Blast for automated SLS depowdering Freemelt eMelt production platform for EBM AM Navigator from Siemens, Dyemansion, HP, ForwardAM, BASF, EOS Castor software for identifying AM parts Resurgence of Tooling Focus Demo part formed on 3D printed tooling with material from Airtech, printed on a Hans Weber machine Machine tool builder and now LFAM printer supplier Breton Markforged FX10 3D printer HP's partnership with INDO-MIM Tool Changing in AM Stratasys F3300 with four extruder heads nLight programmable laser Prolay FFF printer for Progressive Layer Thickness Manufacturing (PLTM)
Additive Manufacturing for Production Can Thrive in a Purpose-Built Space (But It Doesn't Need One)
Additive manufacturing "factories" and other facilities that have been built from the ground up to serve this process are becoming increasingly common, but a purpose-built space is not a necessity for successfully applying AM. Stephanie Hendrixson and Fiona Lawler discuss Fiona's recent trip to visit a newly established Protolabs facility dedicated to laser powder bed fusion, and swap stories of other AM spaces--from a 3D printer tucked under the stairs to a rented office space all the way to buildings acquired or built just for production additive manufacturing.
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Mentioned in this episode:
Fiona Lawler's article on her visit to Protolabs’ new Raleigh, North Carolina, metal additive manufacturing facility Slice Mfg, medical implant manufacturer in Akron, Ohio OMG Additive, Cincinnati-based startup founded by JP Kinerk CATCH, the Charlotte Advanced Technology Collaboration Hub located within Siemens Energy A tour through Stratasys Direct Manufacturing’s Belton, Texas, facility Würth Additive Group (feature article forthcoming—subscribe to The BuildUp to see it first!) Sintavia's Hollywood, Florida, facility designed for equipment upgrades More from Formnext Forum Austin, including what we learned touring Cumberland Additive and EOS Pittsburgh's Neighborhood 91 campus for additive manufacturing
44 - Lightning Round: Sporting Goods, Integration with Conventional Processes and More
Sporting goods, tooling, integration with conventional processes, multi materials — in this episode of AM Radio, Jodee McElfresh and Pete Zelinski discuss the topics that have been popular on the Additive Manufacturing Media website and social media recently.
Mentioned in Episode:
Snarr3D's 3D printed golf putter shafts article and LinkedIn post ActivArmor's 3D printed casts The Cool Parts Show episode and LinkedIn post Jodee's post with the EOS 3D printed top Pete's post about the America Makes MMX event InssTek's rocket nozzle made through DED Three major phases in the advance of additive manufacturing Airtech's 3D printed automotive tool Humtown's sand 3D printed dinosaur egg video and article Bauer Hockey’s personalized equipment RePliForm's electroplating of polymer 3D printed parts article and LinkedIn post Subscribe to The BuildUp, our twice weekly newsletter about all things additive.
The AM Ecosystem, User Journeys and More from Formnext Forum Austin
Formnext Forum Austin, the first Formnext event to be held in the United States, concluded August 30 after two full days of conference programming dedicated to industrial additive manufacturing. The event is jointly organized by Mesago Messe Frankfurt, AMT—The Association For Manufacturing Technology, and Gardner Business Media, the publisher of Additive Manufacturing Media. Along with sessions on additive end markets, production applications, AM technology and design for additive manufacturing (DFAM), Formnext Forum included a lively expo featuring nearly 80 exhibitors plus The Cool Parts Showcase. Attendees also had access to several facility tours and networking opportunities. The event drew more than 900 attendees, including the editors of Additive Manufacturing. Pete Zelinski, Fiona Lawler and Stephanie Hendrixson recorded this conversation for AM Radio shortly after the event.
Find photos and the transcript of this episode in this blog post.
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Mentioned in this episode:
Formnext Forum Austin Formnext Chicago, coming in spring 2025 The Cool Parts Show bonus episode on Wilson's airless basketball 6K's lifecycle assessment of its Unimelt process for creating metal powders Seurat's business model based on developing and using high-throughput laser powder bed fusion The Cool Parts Showcase finalists and the 2023 winning parts Designfusion's work with startup Rekkie, an example of a small company taking advantage of 3D printing's flexibility for product launches Carolyn Seepersad's research on customizable, 3D printable medical devices Eaton Aerospace and the additive work being undertaken in South Carolina Tangible Solutions (now Marle Tangible) and their journey to AM production Elementum 3D's metal matrix composite and A6061 aluminum 3DXTECH's Gearbox HT2 3D printer Other examples of Fabrisonic's successes with ultrasonic additive manufacturing Additive Engineering Solution's production of 3D printed submarine fairings for Dive Technologies A past podcast episode including our discussion of LFAM
How to Organize for Additive Production
Succeeding with additive manufacturing from a technical perspective has to be followed by succeeding with AM from an organizational perspective. Additive is a different production process entailing different enterprise, workflow and costing considerations, not to mention different personnel, communication and cultural considerations as well. Dr. Tim Simpson and Peter Zelinski talk about all of this: how to organize for success when additive manufacturing is the production process.
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Mentioned in this episode:
Additive manufacturing provider Keselowski Advanced Manufacturing New major Zeda additive manufacturing facility opening in Ohio Our coverage of the new AM factories VulcanForms’ approach to digital production CIMP-3D, the facility Tim Simpson co-leads at Penn State Collins Aerospace’s use of AM to protect intellectual property Episode of AM Radio all about bridge production Eaton AM facility, including its strategy for adapting to technology advance Aniwaa graphic categorizing known makers of 3D printers Previous AM Radio episodes featuring Tim Simpson on the topics of cybersecurity | misperceptions of AM | supply chain | sustainability | the AM workforce Subscribe to THE BUILDUP, our newsletter on 3D printing for industrial production
Data: The Dark (and Light) Side of Additive Manufacturing
As a “born digital” technology, additive manufacturing intrinsically relies on data, more so than any other manufacturing process. That data reliance potentially exposes AM users to data security and cybersecurity issues; efforts are underway to help these users protect designs, print parameters, machines and even 3D printed parts. But beyond the dark side of data, figuring out secure ways of storing and sharing data also opens the door to more freely distributing manufacturing, sharing material and print profiles, and flexible, secure supply chains. Stephanie Hendrixson and Dr. Tim Simpson discuss all things AM data on AM Radio.
This episode of AM Radio is brought to you by Formnext Forum: Austin.
Mentioned in this episode:
Episode 37 on sustainability CyManII and its efforts to protect an additive manufacturing company NIST introduces a new “dictionary” for data definitions in AM VeriTX’s Fortis platform for data assurance Senvol industrial AM machine and material database TRACEam program from Mike Vasquez 3DOS decentralized manufacturing marketplace model Xometry distributed manufacturing network | episode from sister podcast Made in the USA featuring Randy Altschuler, CEO Dr0wned hacked drone video Chris Williams and the Design, Research, and Education for Additive Manufacturing Systems (DREAMS) Lab at Virginia Tech (VT is now also a managing member of CyManII) ANSI manufacturing standards for anticounterfeiting Work with InfraTrac and Sharon Flank to embed different materials via DED for authentication Shape Matrix system created by Shape Operating Systems The Cool Parts Showcase 2021 featuring a 3D printed barcode in the Bespoke category (Meet the 2023 finalists and VOTE) Subscribe to The BuildUp, Additive Manufacturing Media’s newsletter on 3D printing for industrial production