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April 2015 - Gauging Air Bends

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Measuring Bending Angles

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.

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Metals You Can and Can't Print

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.

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Printing Features You Can't Machine

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.

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A Pitch for Plastics

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.

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Simplifying Hard-To-Reach Plasma Cutting and Gouging Operations

Listening and learning customer’s needs were pivotal in developing a new plasma cutting technology.

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