Rapid Prototyping

Additive manufacturing adding new potential for conformal cooling

July 3, 2014 10:15 am ET

Conformal cooling — molds with water lines that curve to direct cooling water to targeted areas of the tool — is getting a facelift thanks to additive manufacturing, according to Lou Young, director of new business development for Linear Mold and Engineering Inc.

Rotational molding adopting 3-D printing

June 23, 2014 3:18 pm ET

3-D printing is coming to rotational molding, used to develop new product ideas.


Finished with your Coke? Turn the empty bottle into a phone case.

June 20, 2014 9:22 am ET

Coca-Cola Co. has teamed with 3D Systems Corp. and its chief creative director, the musician Will.i.am, to develop a 3-D printing system that uses PET from recycled Coke bottles.


3-D printed molds used for short-run injection molding

June 18, 2014 2:00 pm ET

Gaining steam as a time-saving alternative to aluminum and steel molds, plastic injection molds created on a 3-D printer can replace traditional tools for some short-run items and prototypes.


Additive manufacturing a natural step for Thogus

June 17, 2014 3:38 pm ET

A third-generation CEO — his grandfather founded the company as a tool-and-die business in the 1950s — Matt Hlavin expanded Thogus Products Co. into a family of companies with a range of specialties including medical and additive...


Arburg looking to add more materials, sizes to Freeformer

June 5, 2014 3:19 pm ET

A year after unveiling its Freeformer 3-D printing technology, Arburg GmbH & Co. KG is working to broaden the size and materials range of the equipment.


Pursuing the dream of 3-D printing an entire car chassis

June 4, 2014 1:52 pm ET

Oak Ridge National Laboratory is pushing the bounds of 3-D printing — working with an Ohio machinery company to print a full-size car chassis from carbon-fiber reinforced plastics this fall at the International Manufacturing Technology Show.

How hot is 3-D printing? Hot enough to get Wal-Mart's attention.

June 2, 2014 12:45 pm ET

You know you've reached a level of public acceptance of new technology when Wal-Mart Stores Inc. gets involved.


Prototyping specialist adds liquid silicone rubber to product line

May 29, 2014 11:00 am ET

Proto Labs Inc., a quick-turn maker of prototype and short-run goods, now allows customers to order liquid silicone rubber and metal injection molded parts as a standard option.

FDA official announces coming communication about 3-D printing

May 12, 2014 2:26 pm ET

CLEVELAND — The Food and Drug Administration is preparing a statement spelling out the agency’s position on 3-D printing for developing medical devices, a top FDA materials scientist said at the Plastics in Medical Devices conference in Cleveland.

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