Additive Manufacturing

NOV 2018

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING is the magazine devoted to industrial applications of 3D printing and digital layering technology. We cover the promise and the challenges of this technology for making functional tooling and end-use production parts.

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NOVEMBER 2018 Additive Manufacturing FEATURE / 3D-Printed Tooling 64 By Stephanie Hendrixson Fast-Tracking the Supply Chain Catalysis Additive Tooling is building a one-stop supply chain for production quantities ranging from one to 1 million. 3D-printed tooling and relationships are key. Imagine a large OEM that needs parts for a new product—maybe an automaker that needs molded dashboard components for a new vehicle line. In a conventional supply chain, the OEM would first need to arrive at a viable design by prototyping, either in- house or by working with a third-party service provider. Then, it would need to find a supplier that could make a tool based on this design. The toolmaker may have additional recommendations to improve the functionality of the tool or manufacturability of the part, adding time and cost to the process. Once the tool is made, the OEM must turn to the supplier—an injection molder, in this case—who can use that tool and make the parts. Procuring the parts through the traditional supply chain is a winding road, with many stops from concept to delivery. There are two challenges to this approach. One is the need to have tooling manufactured, often the most time-consuming and costly step. But second is the need for many disparate suppliers and stakeholders to come together to get the parts made. Ultimately, OEMs don't want to buy designs or prototypes or tools; they want to buy parts. Catalysis Additive Tooling believes it has the answers to both of these prob- lems. The Powell, Ohio, company bills itself as a one-stop shop for part produc- tion, handling design through delivery. By leveraging 3D-printed tooling in combination with a network of strategic partners, the company is able to provide parts often in half the lead time and at half the cost of procuring them through the conventional supply chain. Catalysis Additive Tooling provides end- use parts using 3D-printed tooling; both are often obtained through a network of partnerships. From left to right: Denis Bruncak and Shawn Dodson of D-Terra, a strategic partner; Rick Shibko, co-own- er and director business development; Jessie Shibko, business management and development lead; Jared Crooks, co-own- er and director of engineering; Darrell Stafford, co-owner, CEO and president; Jack Stafford, direct print lead; and Mason Estep of SmokeTech, a customer that provides grease-draining pump systems for restaurants. Estep holds a panel for this pump that was vacuum formed on the sand 3D-printed tool in front.

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