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Featured image - 5 common mistakes when designing parts for additive manufacturing

Designing for additive manufacturing (AM) can be challenging and it’s easy to make mistakes when designing parts for AM because there’s often conflicting requirements. There are many ways AM designers can improve their skills. They can participate in classes, find inspiration from other designs and practise on example problems. To …

Featured image - AM in 10 - additive manufactruing and sustainability

VIDEO SUMMARY In this “AM in 10” video, we look at improving the sustainability of additive manufacturing (AM) and understand how we as designers can make AM a more sustainable technology. Good knowledge of design (DfAM) can improve the sustainability of AM in so many ways, and excellence among design …

The game-changer of additive manufacturing in the rocket propulsion industry

Additive manufacturing in the rocket propulsion industry is a huge opportunity. The process can achieve optimal design while keeping costs low.  Private enterprises have become heavily involved in the space industry and when it comes to private business, whoever successfully (and safely) launches the largest payload into space with the …

Featured image - AM in 10 - heat exchangers

VIDEO SUMMARY Why are heat exchangers the poster child of additive manufacturing? In this AM in 10 video, we discuss why additive manufacturing is used for heat exchangers, give design advice and discuss the challenges involved with printing these components. A heat exchanger is a device that is used to …

One of the most overlooked factors of additive manufacturing is the business case. In this post, we will look at: The important relationship between AM design and its impact on the AM business case Get under the hood of the iron triangle of cost/quality/time and understand the trade-offs The underlying …

Featured image - AM in 10 - conformal cooling for mould tools

In this episode of “AM in 10,” we’re looking at the “how, what and why” of how additive manufacturing can be used in the mould and dye industry, specifically, the additive manufacturing of conformal cooling channels in injection moulding. Knowing when and where to use additive manufacturing (AM) is a …