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A copper welding arm printed on a Markforged machine. The company has added copper to its roster of available metals for printing.

IMTS Reflects Additive Advances

August 4, 2020
Over the past decade, IMTS has been a good indicator of the changing status of additive manufacturing. The show’s floor space devoted to 3D printing expanded from 2014 to 2018, reaching pavilion status at the most recent show. It had been scheduled to grow even more at IMTS 2020 before the show’s cancellation.
Bill Koenig
By Bill Koenig Senior Editor, SME Media
According to Markforged, print farms like the one shown here deliver increased production efficiency, higher part throughput, and a wide range of industrial materials for design flexibility.

Forging Solutions for the Future of 3D Printing

July 29, 2020
3D printing is as much about the software as it is about the unique technology of the printers, and a well-designed platform brings the power of agile software engineering to the world of industrial manufacturing.
Tom Muscolo Principal Product Manager Markforged Inc.
By Tom Muscolo Principal Product Manager, Markforged Inc.
The Large Additive and Subtractive Modular Machine development unit, with two giant articulating FANUC robots on rails that perform wire and arc additive deposition, a rotary part rotator and build platform, and a Tricept unit for subtractive machining.

Print, Cut, or Use the Best of Both?

July 22, 2020
Manufacturing Engineering last covered the pluses and minuses of combining additive and subtractive machining in detail in July 2017.
Ed Sinkora
By Ed Sinkora Contributing Editor, SME Media

Scaling Digital Additive Manufacturing for Medical Applications – Opportunities and Challenges

July 22, 2020
The response of the 3D printing community to the specific shortages during the Covid-19 pandemic has helped to quickly raise the level of awareness of 3D printing and created a lot of buzz, but the realistic, scalable response has been somewhat different than what has been in the headlines. Matt Koons/Director of Business Development for Forecast 3D discusses this in this podcast, hosted by Bruce Morey, Senior Technical Editor for Manufacturing Engineering Magazine.
Bruce Morey
By Bruce Morey Senior Technical Editor, SME Media
3MF Consortium Joins Linux Foundation

3MF Consortium Joins Linux Foundation

July 21, 2020
The 3MF Consortium, the organization dedicated to advancing a universal specification for 3D printing, today announced it is becoming a Linux Foundation member.
By 3MF Consortium Press Release
Markforged recently announced its ability to 3D print copper, opening the door to heatsinks, welding electrodes, antennae and other parts that require a high degree of thermal and/or electrical conductivity.

What AM was planned for IMTS?

July 20, 2020
Had IMTS 2020 taken place as scheduled, it would have been clear that making parts as quickly and cost-effectively as possible remains as the primary goal in manufacturing.
Kip Hanson
By Kip Hanson Contributing Editor, SME Media
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