Is the Future of Additive Manufacturing With Very Large Producers?

The growing demand for metal part production via 3D printing will be met by producers that start small and massively scale, says the CEO of a major AM technology provider. This is a different path than other part-making technologies have followed. Read »

The First Choice Was Right: How RP+M Succeeded With Production FDM

This additive manufacturing company narrowed its focus onto the 3D printing capability it knew best and the industry sector best able to benefit from FDM production parts. Read »

10 Ways Additive Manufacturing Reshapes a Production Facility (Forget What You Know About Factories)

A facility purpose-built for making aircraft components via additive manufacturing illustrates fundamental ways the plant is different when 3D printing is the means of production. Read »

Faith Like a Mustard Seed: Is the Mountain What We Move?

How should we really read the mountain-and-mustard-seed passage?

There is a moment in the gospels in which Jesus seems to promise a sort of omega-level telekinesis. In Matthew 17:20, he says,

You Are Being Transformed: Philippians in About 200 Words

Paul was an essayist. That vital point gets lost in the way his work is often presented. The chapter-and-verse divisions of modern bibles work to pixelate these writings,

Binder Jetting Is Also a Tooling Technology

A portfolio of 3D printing solutions involving infiltrated sand and metal covers tooling needs for casting, thermoforming, molding and composites. Read »

10 Topics in Machining We Plan to Cover in 2022

Here are the some the issues that are timely for machining businesses now. Read » 

Production 3D Printer Making Composite Parts (Video)

Seen at the Formnext exhibition in Frankfurt, Germany, this coextrusion machine 3D prints carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer composite components able to replace metal. Read »

10 Trends From Formnext 2021

The largest trade show for additive manufacturing technology returned with an in-person format this year. Observations from the event in Frankfurt, Germany. Read »

Software Capabilities Simplify Robot Programming for 3D Printing (Includes Video)

New tools from major robot maker mean no specialized knowledge is needed to apply a robot to work of 3D printing complex forms. Read »

Sustainability in Manufacturing Is Footprint and Handprint — and Additive Aids Both

The scope of additive manufacturing’s impact changes the terms of the argument around resource re-use and conservation. Read »

10 Characteristics of a Valuable Machine Shop

What is a machining business worth? A recent event focusing on machine shop ownership change revealed what machine shop buyers look for in making this evaluation. Read »

Multiprocess Machine Tools Hint at Machine Shop Changes

The acceptance of complex machine tools has measurably increased. Read » 

The Way Ahead for Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing

Parts that today are made through casting offer a particularly promising application for 3D printing via robotic welding. Read »

What Is Laser Powder Bed Fusion? (Video)

An introductory video describing a widely used process for additive manufacturing in metal. Watch »

We Are Back on the Shop Floor, But There Are Differences

Modern Machine Shop editors visiting machining facilities are more mindful than ever that the chance for this visit is a privilege. Meanwhile, what we are there to report has changed. Read » 

What Should We Call a 3D Printing Manufacturing Facility? (Podcast)

“Service bureau” no longer fits as additive manufacturing increasingly advances into production, and “shop” is not quite right. AM is so new that we are still deciding on terminology. Listen »

In Manufacturing, AI Is Clumsy Until It Is Invisible

Artificial intelligence is finding wide use in advancing additive manufacturing. We have seen a hint at how far this might go. Read »

Supply Chain Disruption Is What Inflation Looks Like in the Internet Age

Digital visibility into supply chains means that cost increases can now take the form of long delays. Read »