Additive Manufacturing

MAR 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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MARCH 2018 Additive Manufacturing FEATURE / Polymer Additive Manufacturing 32 By Brent Donaldson The pain was severe enough by 2010 that Sarah Wheeler finally saw a doctor. By that time Wheeler had been working as an electrical assembler at Liberty Electronics for nearly three years, carefully bending resistors for small electrical circuits, piec- ing together harnesses and cable assemblies, and performing other detailed assembly line tasks. The work was meticulous and repetitive, but Wheeler had formed strong bonds with her coworkers at this high-end wire and layout facility, located just outside of picturesque Franklin, Pennsylvania. The diagnosis from Wheeler's doctor was unexpected and devastating: Wheeler, at only 38 years old, had rheumatoid arthritis—an incurable and often-misunderstood autoimmune disorder in which one's own immune system attacks not only For manufacturers with employees who suffer from mobility issues, additively manufactured custom tools go hand-in-hand with increased productivity. A selection of custom 3D-printed tools for employees with physical disabilities or mobility issues at Liberty Electronics in Franklin, Pennsylvania. Creating and imple- menting these tools has resulted in increased productivity, overall cost savings (versus outsourcing it for conventional tooling), improved morale, increased scopes of work, higher employee retention, and increased precision and accuracy. 3D-Printed Accommodations for the Workforce EMPATHY IN ENGINEERING:

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