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3D Printing Using Powder Metals: Choose the Right Process for the Right Application
2/19/2014

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Some companies combine additive manufacturing (AM) and subtractive methods to take advantage of what each process does best. For example, the time needed to build this stainless-steel electronic housing was reduced from 52 weeks for an entirely cast part to 3 weeks by machining the base housing and building up the vertical details directly on the housing using AM.   (Source: Sandia National Labs)
Some companies combine additive manufacturing (AM) and subtractive methods to take advantage of what each process does best. For example, the time needed to build this stainless-steel electronic housing was reduced from 52 weeks for an entirely cast part to 3 weeks by machining the base housing and building up the vertical details directly on the housing using AM.
(Source: Sandia National Labs)

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Cabe Atwell
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Re: 3D Printing Selections
Cabe Atwell   5/2/2014 11:40:24 PM
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Eventually, there will be 3D printers that can employ multiple methods of additive/subtractive fabrication along with different materials. Some home-based desktop printers can already use multiple materials (i.e.: ceramics and thermoplastics) and it surely won't be long before multiple printing methods will be incorporated.

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3D Printing Selections
Greg M. Jung   2/25/2014 8:48:40 PM
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Thanks for the informative article and the selection criteria that allows users to choose the best type of technology for their needs and applications.

Ann R. Thryft
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Hybrid method especially interesting
Ann R. Thryft   2/20/2014 1:33:48 PM
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I think the hybrid manufacturing method is especially interesting, combining subtractive with additive techniques.

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