Is 3D printing just another tool in the engineer’s toolbox or a technology that will fundamentally disrupt injection molding? Or is it positioned somewhereÂ in between? Experts from the injection molding and additive manufacturing spaces debated this topic during a panel discussion at the Advanced Design & Manufacturing (ADM) Expo in Cleveland last week. In case you missed it, you can listen to the entire conversation by clicking on the audio file below.
The lively exchange exploresÂ the advantages of 3D printingâ€”design freedom, mass customization and personalizationâ€”as wellÂ as the challengesâ€”consistentlyÂ meeting tolerances, achieving acceptableÂ aesthetics without a lot of post-process workÂ and sourcing from a limited portfolioÂ of materials.Â Â
Shana Leonard, Vice President of Content & Strategies at UBM, moderated the panel, which includedÂ John Budreau of PTI Engineered Plastics, Thomas Davis of Proto Labs and Scott Kraemer of 3D printing technology company Carbon.