5 Facts About Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF)

Have you heard of fused filament fabrication (FFF)? Also known as filament freeform fabrication, it’s a popular 3D printing process that’s characterized by the use of a continuous plastic filament. It involves the use of a 3D printer that guides … Read More

3D Printing vs Additive Manufacturing: What’s the Difference?

Many people assume that the terms “3D printing” and “additive manufacturing” refer to the same manufacturing process of building objects by depositing layers of material. The two terms, in fact, have become synonymous with this manufacturing process. So, what’s the … Read More

Why Zinc Is Used in So Many Alloys

Featuring the atomic number 30, zinc is a bluish-silver metal that’s somewhat brittle at room temperature. While most people recognize zinc as an essential mineral — it boots the immune system and regulates metabolism — it’s also used in the … Read More

Will Covid-19 Kill Kanban?

Most Americans are not familiar with the business model that delivers their groceries. In fact, “supermarkets” were the source for most of the good practices that have evolved into “just in time manufacturing”. The term “Kanban” evolved from grocery stores … Read More

The Pros and Cons of Die Casting

From cylinder heads and engine blocks to garden furniture and bicycle frames, die casting is used to create a wide variety of products. It involves the use of pressurized molten metal to fill a mold cavity. The raw metal is … Read More

The Unique Benefits of Magnetic Pulse Welding

Welding is a fabrication process that’s used to join two or more workpieces. It’s typically performed using a device, known as a welder, that heats the respective workpieces, thereby fusing them together at the surface. Magnetic pulse welding, however, uses … Read More

What Is a Mechanical Joint?

Joints are found in all types of machines, produces and workpieces. When two or more surfaces are joined together, they form a joint. There are several different types of joints, however, one of which is a mechanical joint. Some mechanical … Read More