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MIND OF METAL: SURVEY TIME!

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MIND OF METAL: MARAGING STEELS

What…is a maraging steel? Maraging steel properties Grades of maraging steel Maraging steel uses Additive manufacturing and maraging steel Design considerations for 3D printing maraging steel ABOUT MARAGING STEEL If you are like most people, you’ve probably never heard of them.  Stainless steel?  Sure.  Aluminum? Absolutely.  Low carbon steel, very likely.  But maraging…? The term…

MIND OF METAL: INCONEL®

If you’ve searched the periodic table and found no reference to ‘Inconel’, you aren’t alone.  Inconel® is a “superalloy”, very deserving of the descriptor and ideally suited to 3D printing!   About Inconel Properties of Inconel Cool, But What’s It For? Additive Manufacturing and Inconel Design Considerations for 3D Printing Inconel Please note: the length…

MIND OF METAL: ALUMINUM

Aluminum. Common! But NOT boring. We’ll intro this blog post with some of the basics about this amazing metal and its alloys, and then move on to what we suspect will really grab you — its utility in 3D printing and design considerations you should have in mind when using it. This article is divided…

THE STATE OF AM STANDARDS

In light of the series of ASTM F42 committee dedicated to updating and continuing their work on AM standards, this article has been updated and re-released. This article is fairly length and discusses: Why Standards Matter How Standards Can Benefit AM Production Partial List of Existing Standards You can click on any of the links…

POLYPROPYLENE: THERMOPLASTIC WORKHORSE

Pill containers. Plastic furniture. Containers for cleaning fluids. Rubbermaid storage bins. Since its origins in 1951, polypropylene (PPE) has become one of the most common thermoplastics, accounting for over 22% of global plastic production (73.7 million tonnes of 330 million tonnes) in 2016. PPE is similar to polyethylene in many ways, but is stiffer and…

The News in 3D

It is spring and around the globe, more and more are sprouting, and it’s easy to understand why people would choose to have one. After all, they are inexpensive, fast-growing, attractive — and green. No, you haven’t clicked on the wrong link; this is not a gardening blog and we’re not talking about herb gardens…

THE DEVIL’S IN THE DIFFERENCES: ‘TRADITIONAL VS ADDITIVE’ MANUFACTURING

This is an account of two industrial machine-tooling and sales companies and how they each choose to produce the same new product. Both make intelligent and strategic choices. Yet those choices are very different — because the two companies and their respective access to the market are different. While the companies named here are fictitious,…

MIND OF METAL: POST-PROCESSING

MIND OF METAL: POST PROCESSING (This article was produced in collaboration with Eplus3D and is the second article in our Mind of Metal series.  If you missed it, the article that introduced this series is here.) pre-processing … processing … POST PROCESSING Perhaps you’ve designed an optimized titanium hip replacement.  Or a mold with conformal…

MIND OF METAL

MIND OF METAL: LIGHTWEIGHTING Four Additive Design Benefits When Lightweighting Metal 3D Printed Parts Design freedom. Of the vast benefits offered by additive manufacturing, this is one of the most often cited. The incremental ‘layered’ building process allows for inclusion of component variations and complexities that would be impossible in traditional manufacturing. The application and…

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