Is 3D printing just another tool in the engineer’s toolbox or a technology that will fundamentally disrupt injection molding? Or is it positioned somewhere¬†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 explores¬†the advantages of 3D printing‚ÄĒdesign freedom, mass customization and personalization‚ÄĒas well¬†as the challenges‚ÄĒconsistently¬†meeting tolerances, achieving acceptable¬†aesthetics without a lot of post-process work¬†and sourcing from a limited portfolio¬†of materials.¬†¬†
Shana Leonard, Vice President of Content & Strategies at UBM, moderated the panel, which included¬†John Budreau of PTI Engineered Plastics, Thomas Davis of Proto Labs and Scott Kraemer of 3D printing technology company Carbon.