April 2015 - Gauging Air Bends
- Measuring Bending Angles
- Metals You Can and Can't Print
- Printing Features You Can't Machine
- A Pitch for Plastics
- Simplifying Hard-To-Reach Plasma Cutting and Gouging Operations
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.
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.
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.
Listening and learning customer’s needs were pivotal in developing a new plasma cutting technology.