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3D Printing Advances in Additive Manufacturing (AM) equipment offer the prospect of making industrial quality components and even whole products. AM machine makers claim they can make industrial quality products from a variety of new materials. Design tool providers claim their tools can design, simulate, and optimize every stage of the process. Still, there are many challenges despite some real advances. In this blog post, I will expose what's missing and discuss some of the biggest challenges, then offer suggestions about what...

3D Printing Modern AM machines can produce end-use quality production parts in materials such as thermoplastics, polyamides, polystyrenes, composites and metals, and even combinations of materials in a single part. Modern software tools such as Generative Design and Topology Optimization help define shapes beyond what a person might envision or create using a CAD system, yet can easily be produced using AM techniques. So, what’s stopping more companies converting from traditional expensive dedicated tooling methods of manufacture, to AM? There are many...

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