Vending machines have long been convenient and low-cost devices for offering a variety of food and drink choices for those on the go or in need of some quick fuel. As with most technologies, the vending machine industry has undergone significant changes over the past few years. As with most industries, the Internet and digitization… Continued
There’s a growing list of metals that can be melted and “3D printed.” But where are the tool steels? There is a pattern here, and it has consequences.
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
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.
Interconnectivity was a dominating theme at Fabtech, and it is evolving into a new concept with a new buzzword, ‘Industry 4.0.’ Its meaning is broad and it will take some time to tame it into something useful, but it’s coming fast and it will affect us all.
Understanding the physics of additive manufacturing of metal parts has helped unearth the causes of a minute problem that can lead to huge problems.
Additive manufacturing has had its drawbacks, but production, material integrity and speed is rapidly improving the technology
3-D scanning systems save time, increase throughputÂ
Think a sheet metal shop is no place for a 3-D printer? Think again
Thanks to small startups and industry stalwarts alike, the concept of Industry 4.0 is taking holdÂ