Should I Print, Mold, or Machine This Part?

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Thursday, September 12 11:00 AM - 11:55 AM Central

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Location: W192-A


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Title: Should I Print, Mold, or Machine This Part?

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There are more options than ever when it comes to manufacturing. Each process has strengths and trade-offs depending on product requirements, especially when considering additive manufacturing (3D printing) options as a production path. In this session, Xometry's Director of Applications Engineering, Greg Paulsen, will shine his perspective on choosing the best path forward when moving a product from initial prototyping concepts into sustained production.

Paulsen will describe the overall manufacturing landscape and provide tangible tips on how to get the most out of each process and when to pivot to alternative options.  Attendees can expect to gain valuable insights into the strengths and limitations of each process, empowering them to make well-informed decisions that enhance cost efficiency, meet precise engineering specifications, and add significant value to their final products.

Topics included in this session are:

  • An overview of popular industrial additive manufacturing options like FDM, SLS, HP MJF, DLS, LSPc, and SLA.
  • Critical-to-function considerations when comparing additive manufactured goods to traditionally machined or molded goods.
  • How each process can affect unit costs at scale.
  • The value of taking parallel paths within product development to utilize the strengths of multiple processes.

Type: IMTS Conference


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