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AXIOM: A New Method from HMT Combines Benefits of 3D Printing and Injection Molding

AXIOM: A New Method from HMT Combines Benefits of 3D Printing and Injection Molding

The AMBIT XTRUDE PE-1 3D printhead was fixed to a CNC milling machine to produce finished parts from polymers and composites that resembled finished injection molded parts.

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The comparison between additive and subtractive manufacturing is usually a shoulder-to-shoulder comparison, with one compared against the other. Additive manufacturing systems allow designers to take advantage of complicated geometry that would be expensive and difficult to manufacture with subtractive manufacturing. Subtractive manufacturing is generally more cost-effective if the geometry of an object can readily be produced by both systems, and especially in higher volumes. The material produced by subtractive manufacturing is generally stronger than additive manufacturing systems, due to the increased possibility of wayward layers causing issues as a 3D printer deposits material in a pancake fashion. However, there are some hybrid systems that combine the two manufacturing […]

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