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Will 3D printing of cores & cavities be disruptive to moldmaking?

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 9th, 2014

I just finished another article on a manufacturing company that molds the plastics components for its products in-house, and is using additive manufacturing to make the cores and cavities for its molds - in less than 24 hours. That's the second article I've written recently about using 3D printing, aka additive manufacturing (AM), to build cores and cavities to enable the injection molding of the actual parts.

Key steps for metal-to-plastic conversion

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 9th, 2014

The ability to replace a metal component with one molded out of plastic means that extremely complex shapes and geometries can be achieved easily. That also means greater design freedom and more optimum design for manufacturability.

Converting metal components to plastic takes on new importance

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 9th, 2014

As OEMs in the transportation industry seek out ways to reduce weight for greater fuel savings and, in the case of the automotive industry, meet CAFE standards, suppliers in the plastics industry are asked to help find new solutions. Thermoplastic composites are making a big gain in the aerospace industry as OEMs replace not only metal but thermoset components with thermoplastic composite materials.

Milano Recycle City conference showcases the city’s successful organic waste collection model

By Karen Laird
Published: June 9th, 2014

The importance of diverting organic waste  - the bulk of all waste that is generated - from landfill is now finally starting to be recognized. Not only is there a heightened awareness of the impact of landfill-generated methane emissions, the realization is growing that organic waste is a resource that can be put to work in a host of beneficial ways. Organic waste management, in short, is suddenly on the agenda, and cities around the world are trying to figure out the best way to approach the problem.

Linear announced plans to double 3D metal printing capacity

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 9th, 2014

Linear Mold & Engineering announced at RAPID 2014 and Amerimold the company's plans to expand its 24,000 sq-ft Livonia, MI headquarters by 17,000 sq-ft. This expansion will make room for eight more DMLM machines, a dedicated training center plus expanded finishing and tooling operations. Two of the DMLM machines are to be delivered in two weeks. 

Linear's expansion will include the following enhancements to their current capabilities:

Whale pumps 3D prints molds; cuts lead times by up to 97%

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 9th, 2014

Additive manufacturing for the building of mold cores and cavities has been slow to catch on, however, it is seeing some forward movement as 3D printing technology advances. Stratasys Ltd., a global solutions provider in 3D printing and additive manufacturing, announced that Whale, a leading manufacturer of water and heating systems for mobile applications, has slashed its lead times for the production of injection mold tools for prototype parts by up to 97% since introducing Stratasys printing into its tooling process.

3D printing: Nissan Skyline transforming into Aston Martin DB4

By Stephen Moore
Published: June 8th, 2014

The accessibility of 3D printing continues to drive a backyard that is making the most of engineering ingenuity. The latest example I’ve come across is a fellow kiwi back in my hometown of Auckland, New Zealand, who is, in between moving houses, slowly but surely building up his dream car, an Aston Martin DB4.

Direct 3D-printed silicone parts get face time

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: June 8th, 2014

Design bureau Fripp Design and Research (Sheffield, UK) has developed a 3D printer that directly prints silicone, the first of its kind, according to company co-founder Steve Roberts. The technology has the potential to dramatically expand the frontier of prosthetics fabrication, and that's just for starters.

Global competitiveness through local value

By Patrick Gerard
Published: June 6th, 2014

"The year 2030: The long-standing division of the world in the three markets of Europe, America and Asia is dissolved. There is a fully integrated world market with globalized product segments."

PendaForm expanding Bluffton, IN thermoforming plant

By Clare Goldsberry
Published: June 6th, 2014

PendaForm Co., formerly Fabri-Form, is expanding its Bluffton, IN, facility that is anticipated to add 50 new jobs and potentially up to $4 million new investments to the Wells County, IN economy. Work began earlier this year and is expected to be in full production later this year.

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