Molding Conference 2016 Announces Complete Technical Program

Plastics Technology announces agenda for 26th annual event on injection molding includes presentations on injection molding, automation, 3D printing, materials and process maintenance

Special Tradeshow Coverage for FABTECH 2015

FABTECH 2015 will be held from November 9th - 12th in Chicago, Illinois. This RoboticsTomorrow.com Special Tradeshow report aims to bring you news, articles and products from this years event.

DESIGN COMPETITION DEMONSTRATES PROMISING FUTURE FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING IN SATELLITE DESIGN

Engineers from around the world leave jury of aerospace experts impressed with submissions

Why being able to 3-D print glass objects is such a big deal

By Dominic Basulto for the Washington Post:  Researchers at MIT have just unveiled the ability to 3-D-print beautiful glass objects. While humanity has been forming, blowing and molding glass objects for more than 4,500 years, this is the first time that a 3-D printer has been used to process glass from a molten state to an annealed product.

Obviously, there are some purely aesthetic applications here, as in the potential for epic blown glass art. Think museum-worthy glass objects worthy of Dale Chihuly. In fact, the MIT team — a collaborative team of researchers that includes the MIT Media Lab’s Mediated Matter group, the MIT Glass Lab and MIT’s Mechanical Engineering Department — plan to display a few of their beautiful objects at an upcoming exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in 2016. 

But the applications go beyond just beautiful new designs that might be created via 3-D printers one day. As the MIT research team points out in a forthcoming paper for the journal 3-D Printing and Additive Manufacturing, “As designers learn to utilize this new freedom in glass manufacturing it is expected that a whole range of novel applications will be discovered.” That’s the real future potential of glass 3-D printing — the ability to create objects and applications that do not exist today.  Cont'd...

Additive Manufacturing Users Group Announces Conference Location

St. Louis Union Station to host April 2016 conference.

Nano Dimension Expands Network with Additional Global 500 Company Collaboration to Test Adoption of 3D Printed Electronics Technology

Nano Dimension will gain valuable exposure to the global semiconductor sector and will introduce its revolutionary 3D printing technology to early adopters.

Thermwood Announces 3D Additive Manufacturing Program

Thermwood has announced a program to develop a 3D Additive Manufacturing System, capable of making large carbon graphite reinforced composite thermoplastic components. These new systems will be based on Thermwood's Model 77, semi-enclosed, high wall gantry machine structures and American Kuhne, the preferred provider of engineered solutions for plastic, rubber & silicone extrusion, who developed a custom system, which integrates tightly, both mechanically and electronically.

It All AddSub for Star Prototype

World's first Additive / Subtractive manufacturing service launched

Proto Labs Launches Rapid Magnesium Injection Molding Service

Low-volume magnesium molding bridges manufacturing gap between prototyping and production.

Cobourg's Custom Plastics International Ltd. Advances with 3D Mold Printing Technology

Expands rapid prototyping services with support from Northumberland CFDC and the Eastern Ontario Development Program

Proto Labs Expands Its Additive Manufacturing Footprint

The acquisition of a new facility significantly increases Proto Labs' additive manufacturing space and overall capacity.

Norsk Titanium Receives Investment From RTI International Metals, Inc. To Expand Market Reach Of Its Advanced 3D Printing Technology

Investment to Increase Capacity to Meet Growing Demand for Complex Titanium Components

Triptech Plastics Announces Unmatched Resin for 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing

Amphora offers 3D printers the strength and durability they need.

Beckwood Press Company Partners with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to Develop Advanced Composite Materials & Manufacturing Processes

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), a world leader in the research and development of advanced materials and economical green energy solutions, has awarded Beckwood Press Company a contract to manufacture a custom hydraulic press for the compression molding of various composite materials. The research and development efforts made on the press will ultimately contribute to automotive and aerospace industry lightweighting efforts, intended to produce higher performance products with improved fuel efficiency.

NEI Introduces Custom-Produced Solid Electrolyte Materials

Use of a solid electrolyte eliminates the flammability issue associated with currently used liquid electrolytes.

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