Additive Manufacturing

MAY 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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MAY 2018 Additive Manufacturing NEWS 6 Stephanie Hendrixson / Senior Editor Registration is open for Amerimold, the annual event for the plastic injection mold manufacturing industry. More than 200 suppliers of equipment and services for mold manufacturing are expected to ex- hibit at Amerimold 2018, including 3D printing equipment providers and AM service bureaus. The program also includes a number of Tech Talks, short presen- tations hosted on the show floor. This year's Tech Talks are spon- sored by Autodesk, and highlight topics vetted by Christina Fuges, editor-in-chief of MoldMaking Tech- nology and a contributor to AM. A panel on "Avenues to Additive Manufacturing" is among the offered sessions this year. On Wednesday, June 13, at 11 a.m., representatives from Proper Group International, Avante, Linear AMS and Forecast 3D will share strategies and in- sights for mold shops interested in 3D printing of injection molds and production parts. The presentation will cover 3D printing materials for moldmaking; applications for hybrid Amerimold 2018 to Highlight "Avenues to Additive Manufacturing" Tech Talks are returning to Amerimold in 2018. These presentations begin at the top of each hour and cover moldmaking topics ranging from mold performance issues to additive manufacturing. Register at amerimoldexpo.com. laser sintering and milling equip- ment; the design and 3D printing of conformal-cooled inserts; and the uses and limitations of polymer 3D printing as an alternative to injection molding. Hosted by MoldMaking Technolo- gy, Plastics Technology and Modern Machine Shop (all sister publica- tions of Additive Manufacturing), the show takes place June 13-14, 2018, at the Suburban Collection Show- place in Novi, Michigan. amerimoldexpo.com Wohlers Report 2018 Shows Rise in Metal AM The Wohlers Report 2018, released by Wohlers Associates, indicates overall AM sector growth of 21 percent, and an expansion of more than $1.25 billion in 2017. According to the new report, an estimated 1,768 metal AM systems were sold in 2017, compared to 983 systems in 2016, an increase of nearly 80 percent. This rise in system installations accompanies improved process monitoring and quality assurance measures in metal AM, the organization says. Wohlers Associates found that 135 companies around the world produced and sold industrial AM systems (defined as machines that sell for more than $5,000) in 2017, up from 97 companies in 2016. Seventy-six co-authors and con- tributors from 32 countries shared data and expertise to form the basis of analysis in Wohlers Report 2018. wohlersassociates.com Stratasys Announces Spin-Offs Stratasys has announced two spin-off companies, Evolve Additive Solutions and Vulcan Labs Inc. Evolve, which has been an incu- bation project for nearly 10 years, will focus on bringing Selective Thermoplastic Electrophotographic Process (STEP) technology to mar- ket. (Read more on page 10.) Vulcan Labs, which originates from the 2014 acquisition of Harvest Tech- nologies, is focused on advancing the quality, repeatability and efficiency of powder-bed fusion for end-use production applications, initially in metals. stratasys.com Senvol Developing Machine Learning Software for U.S. Navy Senvol is developing data- driven machine learning software to analyze relationships between AM process parameters and material

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