Blog posts tagged with Additive Manufacturing

3 Factors Needed for Additive Manufacturing

November 30, 2017 by Sam Wasylyshyn

Right Application – “Find the Niches, Find the Riches” Right Material – “BUT, it’s gotta be this material!!” Right Machine – “Compromise is for politicians” Has your company ever brought up the topic of additive manufacturing (3D Printing)? Or discussed how you could use additive manufacturing at your company? I asked MAGNET’s Dave Pierson this question to better understand why some companies have been able to successfully utilize additive manufacturing and why others have failed. According to Dave, there are only 3 things “foundations” needed for successful use of additive manufacturing; Application, Material, and Machine. The Right Application: Must include Mass Personalization and/or Mass Customization 3D Printing Red Lego Blocks = NOT a good application 3D Printing Red Lego Blocks with personalized names on each block = A good application The difference between the two examples is the mass personalization aspect. If you are looking to produce large volumes of the same product (Red Lego Blocks) use existing blow and/or injection molded technologies, but if you are looking to add a certain customization feature (names, sayings, or logos), maybe additive manufacturing might be right for you. The Right Material: Function of the material is what matters Humans are creatures of

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Back to Life! Bringing back old motorcycles using Additive Manufacturing

November 09, 2017 by Sam Wasylyshyn

Birmingham Alabama is home to the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, also known as, the worlds “best and largest” motorcycle collection. The museum opened its doors to public in 1995 with the goal of showcasing the engineering, balance, and unique design of each motorcycle under its roof. To-date the museum is home to over 1,400 motorcycles that spans over 100 years of production. Bikes from over 200 different manufacturers are represented in the museum’s collection. The museum staff takes pride in conserving and restoring motorcycles to running condition, and in some cases, to competition-ready shape. Their motto is to make the museum a “living museum”. Turing the museum into a “living museum” sometimes isn’t always that easy. When vintage bikes come into the museum (like a 1903 Harley Davidson), and need restored, the parts for the bikes are no longer being produced by the manufacturer and the museum might not be able to locate the needed parts in the market. When situations like this happen, what does it do? The answer is simple, it calls on additive manufacturing expert Dave Pierson for help. Dave has the knowledge and resources to reverse engineer the parts that no longer exist and directly print

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The True Benefits of Additive Manufacturing

April 07, 2016 by Liz Fox

From stereolithography to 21st-century 3D printing, additive manufacturing has traveled a long way to provide a cool, cost-effective way to create assorted goods and components. Though the medium boasts several decades of history, the average manufacturer has only recently become receptive to the innovations additive has to offer, namely in the areas of engineering, economics, and supply-and-demand. But what benefits can companies reap from the switch? Fail flexibly. Redesigns, edits, and modifications are staples of the product development process, and being able to roll with the changes is essential to success. The ability to quickly produce prototypes (known as “rapid prototyping”) boosts the convenience factor and allows engineers to explore different possibilities without sacrificing too much material or cost. Because the CAD workflow is also used during this process, it takes less time for an idea to sprout from your head and find its way into your hands. Decrease cost and labor. Keeping up with high demand is tough with old-school subtractive techniques. Thankfully, the technologies of AM can be utilized to produce consistent, quality products at a fraction of the cost and manpower required of other methods. An example of this shift lies in MAGNET’s work with Heat Seal,

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Fail Fast, Fail Cheap: The Wonders of Additive Manufacturing

June 11, 2015 by MAGNET Ohio

There’s been much talk about 3D printing lately, and rightly so: 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is changing the world’s approach to product development. Innovation in this field is growing and the benefits are inarguable. MAGNET engineer and additive manufacturing expert Dave Pierson often refers to the additive manufacturing process as rapid prototyping, meaning the ability to quickly produce product prototypes. Pierson points out that this is convenient for quickly preparing prototypes for investors. But, he continues, additive manufacturing offers so much more than that. Here are Pierson’s five favorite characteristics of additive manufacturing: 1. 100% Customizable The process of additive manufacturing is almost completely automated- all you have to do is enter the design into the computer, and it does the rest. You are then able to add to, subtract from, write on, color in, and otherwise fashion your prototype until it is to your satisfaction. The result is what Pierson terms the IFR (Ideal Final Result), or "your perfect solution." 2. Decreased Waste, Increased Savings The counterpart to additive manufacturing is subtractive manufacturing. Subtractive manufacturing is the process of creating a product by chipping away at a block of material. Additive manufacturing, on the other hand, is the

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3D Printing: Adding More to Manufacturing

June 02, 2015 by Liz Fox

  The state of manufacturing is constantly evolving in conjunction with new technology. Throughout this evolution, MAGNET works to promote advanced industry and offer growth opportunities to inventive businesses and individuals. In this realm, one key service we provide is additive manufacturing - a process which includes rapid prototyping, 3D printing, and similar methods. Additive manufacturing is an essential process which fuels manufacturing potential in Northeast Ohio. Often synonymous with 3D printing, additive manufacturing has made leaps and bounds in recent years. It involves a production technique that is distinct from typical manufacturing, which functions on a subtractive model. In AM, pieces are not sculpted by removing material from a solid block, but instead are produced by layering components using computer-aided design (CAD) data. These components, which are typically available in powder form, can be combined with plastics, metals, and other composite elements to create more interesting mediums. An impressive variety of products have been manufactured using this approach, including chess sets, economy airplane seating, prosthetic limbs, and a full-size electric car. It’s also important to note how additive methods are transforming the face of manufacturing. While the sector has often been perceived as offering little more than manual assembly

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Manufacturing with a Cool Factor

April 27, 2015 by MAGNET Ohio

Dirty, dark, dangerous, dull... these are some "D words" that used to be associated with manufacturing. "The industry is no longer a dull, oily, greasy environment where things gets made, like it was 20 years ago" says MAGNET senior design engineer, Dave Pierson. Dave was featured in this article from Freshwater Cleveland about the meteoric rise of additive manufacturing. MAGNET (Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network) is partnering with Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) in its three-dimensional venture. Pierson is excited about a process that can build everything from robotic hands to economy-class airplane seats. The cost and time savings for quality printed steel rather than ordinary stamped steel is upwards of 90 percent. Though printed steel may not have the same sex appeal as robots and comfy plane chairs, it nicely illustrates the limitless possibilities presented by 3D design, Pierson says. "To be competitive we have to look at the resources available in additive manufacturing and plug them into local area manufacturers," says Pierson. "If companies don't have their finger on the pulse of the industry, they're going to fall behind very quickly." The tech has come a ways from decades-old stereolithography practices, when Pierson would send files by snail mail

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