April 2015

Measuring Bending Angles

Springback is the bane of air bending, and it gets worse as workpiece materials become stronger. Here’s an update on how major press brake builders are coping with it.

Printing Features You Can’t Machine

Linear Mold & Engineering (Livonia, MI) builds sophisticated injection molds and other tools using additive manufacturing (AM). They’re using direct laser melting with nine different metals, but their big one for high-performance tools is maraging steel. “It’s a good steel for making tools,” says Lou Young, “It can be hardened similarly to H13 or S7,… Continued

A Pitch for Plastic

When a major truck manufacturer starts using ABS plastic to make jigs and fixtures, it’s time for an attitude adjustment about using plastics in additive manufacturing for fabricating tasks.