Hello and Welcome to the Blog! Let me first give a brief explanation about why this site was created what it will try to be about.
First hats off to Bob Warfield and his site www.cnccookbook.com his site focuses mainly on subtractive manufacturing or “machining” and is home to a wealth of amazing information for diy hobbyists and professionals alike. Bob has an excellent skill explaining the complexities of speeds and feeds through a combination of graphs, charts and figures that when combined with some elegant text helped me learn more about machining and it’s quirks than the couple of college classes I have taken. His site is the reason why I have created this one to act as a twin to his. Next I would like to mention John Saunders and his you tube channel NYC CNC. John is a great source of practical knowledge on topics from fixturing, tooling selection, and ranging to entrepreneurship. There are many more channels that have inspired this site as well, AvE, TurnWright Machine Works, Abom79, This Old Tony, Clickspring, and many more.
This site will attempt to explain the physics of Additive Manufacturing. Hopefully in a simple easy to understand way. Many of the current sources of additive manufacturing tips and tricks are spread out across the internet and are either horribly outdated, random guessing, or in some cases completely wrong. the few gems of information are few and far between and I feel really miss the core mechanics of what is going on. I will attempt to make it clear when I am using empirical data or a combination of theories to support my statements.
The most important reason I am creating this website is that I have found that most people seem to think that additive is either the magic bullet, the best process for creating a part, that it will make injection molding, machining, and all other forms of manufacturing technology obsolete. These people seem to think that additive manufacturing works like the “food synthesizer” from Star Trek. The other group consists of people who have had poor success with additive manufacturing either because of a cheap kit or an expensive machine that was expensive to run and had high failure rates and have become frustrated at a lack information to help them diagnose the problems that may be occurring. These people have disavowed additive manufacturing believing that it is incapable of even the most simple tasks. Personally I think that how the market has been flooded with failed Kickstarter campaigns and Makerbot’s quality control problems has been a large source of this feeling. I would like to keep people somewhere in the middle of these two sides. additive manufacturing has it’s strength’s and weakness’s, but when used appropriately with the proper design for manufacturing skills can be a great asset that can be a game changer.
Well I hope this article has peaked your interest and that you will stop by again as further content is released.