Category: Additive Manufacturing

How to Future-proof and Qualify Legacy Parts Redesigned for AM Materials and Processes

By Greg Vialle  So now you’ve figured out that the best way out of your technical debt on a legacy aerospace product is to future proof the design for additive manufacturing (AM).  How do you recertify those parts, now that the manufacturing process has changed? If you’re still determining whether AM is the right way to go, please read this article Legacy Part Refresh: When tool life end, market demand, and …

Certifying additive manufactured parts for aerospace how difficult is it?

You may want to start qualification process to your printed components of your additive manufacturing operations. The good news is that the procedure is similar to what you are used to certifying your machined and formed parts.  In order to develop a high-level understanding of the qualification process it is important to discern the differences between typical certification processes and additive manufacturing certification processes as they pertain to parts, materials, and process.  …

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Environmental Sustainability in Manufacturing

By: Justin Hollenbeck Impact of Traditional ManufacturingFor decades, traditional manufacturing (TM) methods have grown towards higher production rates, higher precision capabilities, and abilities to produce parts of greater geometric complexity and wider material selection. Despite these improvements, the environmental sustainability burden of TM has been exacerbated. Two predominant categories of monolithic TM exist: subtractive manufacturing …

Generative Slicing Design

Generative Slicing: The Future of Additive Manufacturing?

By: Greg Vialle The design-manufacture paradigm is undergoing a change. For most of my 25-year engineering career, there has been a pretty clear line between engineering design and manufacturing. That is not to say that the best engineers don’t know a thing or two about machining (and other manufacturing methods) and that the best CNC …

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Additive manufacturing in every consumer household

By: Bryce HirschfeldAug. 13, 2020 The late Harvard business academic, Clayton Christensen, insisted that all technology companies follow similar patterns. When measured correctly and often, data from tech companies of the past can be dissected and analyzed to reveal patterns, stories, setbacks, and breakthroughs that can inform young industries of what is to come. The …

Supply Chain Management

How does AM impact supply chain complexity?

By: Justin Hollenbeck  July 30, 2020 In bringing a product to market, 3D printing has long been suited as an ideal prototyping technology. 3D printing can quickly create relatively complex parts without breaking the bank. Recent improvements to its technology allowed 3D printing to compete with traditional methods in manufacturing end-use products, giving rise to a new 3D printing term, “additive manufacturing” (AM).  The benefits of …