Liquid metals show promise in speeding additive manufacturing

The task of removing support structures for metal 3D printed / additively manufactured parts has always been a challenge. So much so, that it’s often better to design the part so that it doesn’t need support. But when the design must have an overhang that requires support, or support to reduce thermally induced distortion, you […]

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Trumpf to use Siemens software for its additive manufacturing systems

Laser system manufacturer Trumpf and engineering technology leader Siemens announced a new partnership to help industrialize laser metal fusion technology and make the additive manufacturing process for metal parts an integral part of the production process. The two companies – who announced their partnership at the formnext trade fair in Frankfurt – are pooling their […]

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How to make 3D printing fit manufacturing realities

“Control and consistency are concepts firmly entrenched in, and vital to, traditional manufacturing but not widely associated with Additive Manufacturing (AM),” says Tim Van den Bogaert, Materialise Director New Businesses. “Unlike subtractive processes where materials are manipulated without changing their intrinsic properties, AM needs to achieve precision powder and energy ratios – ratios that dictate […]

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Material suits light-weight needs of aircraft design

Another material has been qualified for the development of light-weight parts for aircraft. The Ixef BM-1524 polyarylamide (PARA) meets the Boeing BMS 8-270 standard governing polyamides for aircraft interiors. It is an alternative to conventional plastics such as polyetherimide (PEI). Ixef BM-1524 PARA is a 50% glass-fiber reinforced, semi-crystalline, semi-aromatic polyamide with good surface finish.

Ethernet cabling helps upgrade F-16 aircraft

When upgrading any aircraft, proper connector-cable termination practices are crucial to ensure complete and accurate high-speed data transfer. The F-16 upgrade initiative is using Gore Aerospace Ethernet Cables. The 10-gigabit cables exceed Cat6a electrical requirements. They deliver reliable signal integrity with sufficient margin for high-speed data transmission over longer distances. These cables are qualified according

Detectors power “electronic eyes” aboard OSIRIS-Rex

When the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft was launched on its mission to reach the Bennu asteroid, it went with three high-resolution image detectors that will serve as “retinas” for its mission to explore the asteroid. The CCD retinas are the result of a collaborative development between Teledyne DALSA, a Teledyne Technologies company, and the University of Arizona. Designed,

Lessons in rocket science and 3D printing

Space exploration fuels David Deng’s sense of wonder and his desire to help humanity expand to that final frontier. At the same time, the University of Minnesota aerospace engineering student is well grounded about the challenges he and the student rocketry group he established face in achieving their goal of flying a rocket. Their plan—to launch […]

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Siemens to deliver end-to-end additive manufacturing software

Siemens’ product lifecycle management (PLM) business has been making moves into the additive manufacturing industry for several months now. (Siemens to collaborate with HP Inc. to elevate 3D printing from prototyping to full production; Local Motors 3D printing cars with Siemens PLM Software; Siemens moves into metal 3D printing; and Software optimizes parts for 3D […]

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Can you get injection molded quality parts without post processing from 3D printers?

Two features of 3D printers that can be issues for users are the surface finish quality of the part and the subsequent post processing often needed to finish the part. The developers at Rize created a 3D printer to address these issues. The Rize One 3D printer is small enough to sit on a desktop, […]

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Accurate Screw Machine achieves AS9100 REV C Certification

New Jersey-based manufacturer demonstrates its continual dedication to producing the highest quality, custom hardware, fasteners and machined components for the aerospace market. CHICAGO, IL – Accurate Screw Machine (ASM), a division of MW Industries, Inc., is pleased to announce its achievement of AS9100 Rev. C certification for its Fairfield, New Jersey manufacturing plant. AS9100 registration

More control over additive builds with Concept Laser Parameter Editor

Certain parts of the additive manufacturing process can be a challenge, especially for the process engineer setting up the additive machine for a build. Different parameters work better for different geometries. But, depending on the additive machine and the software you use, you may not be able to control these parameters, at least not without […]

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3D Systems’ new focus on additive manufacturing

With a new president and CEO, 3D Systems used the IMTS Show to announce it is taking its 3D printing businesses in a new direction—focusing on additive manufacturing for production. To an audience of investors, customers, media, and others, CEO Vyomesh Joshi (VJ) said, “Rapid prototyping was the original application for 3D printing and will […]

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Optomec launches line of 3D printing metal machine tools

Optomec, a leading global supplier of production-grade additive manufacturing systems for 3D printed metals, launched a new tool series for low-cost, high-value metal additive manufacturing. The new LENS Machine Tool Series integrates Optomec’s LENS metal additive manufacturing technology into conventional CNC Vertical Milling platforms, resulting in a Hybrid VMC Controlled-Atmosphere System. The LENS Machine Tool […]

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Additive shows off its manufacturing capabilities

3Dprinting /additive manufacturing (3DP/AM) has had a bit of an identity problem for the past few years. Is it a somewhat useful tool for makers, artists, and hobbyists? It is a tool for professional engineers to use for form, fit, and proof of concept needs? Is it a machine that will replace CNCs and other […]

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3D Platform unveils new systems for additive production

At this year’s IMTS show, the trend for additive manufacturing is production manufacturing. Several companies either introduced or focused on their manufacturing capable systems. 3D Platform introduced two new additive systems targeted at production applications in its Excel Series Platform. The Excel series includes a parallel gantry configuration that can support multiple simultaneous processes including […]

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GE looks to acquire Arcam AB and SLM Solutions Group

Many analysts and investors thought the big acquisition news would come from HP.  Looks like GE is taking the lead. GE (NYSE: GE) announced plans to acquire two suppliers of additive manufacturing equipment, Arcam AB and SLM Solutions Group AG for $1.4 billion. Both companies will report into David Joyce, President & CEO of GE […]

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EOS claims bigger, faster DMLS additive system

EOS will introduce its EOS M 400-4 system for Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) at the IMTS show in Chicago (Sept. 12-17). Designed for industrial applications, the quad-laser system has a wider building platform, along with a new handling system. The additive system’s building volume is 400 x 400 x 400 mm (15.75 x 15.75 […]

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How to use FDM to build long, long, long 3D printed parts

Stratasys eliminates the Z axis limit in FDM 3D printing Who would have thought that you could get 7 ft, 20 ft, and longer parts from an extrusion 3D printing process? The Z axis handles height, and for certain builds, not only would the build time be agonizingly slow, you would need quite a support […]

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Innova Engineering announces establishment of new research and development facility

Innova Engineering recently opened a new Research and Development facility in Santa Ana, California. The new facility allows for an expansion of capabilities and services offered by the engineering firm. With over 22 years of experience in the product development industry, Innova Engineering supports manufacturers in the medical, aerospace, automotive and consumer product industries, utilizing computer simulation

Robotic Composite 3D Demonstrator tackles automated manufacturing

When you combine the freedom of motion of a robot with a 3D printing extrusion nozzle, you can build amazing objects. One of the key benefits is that big, really big, items are easy to build this way. Over the years, researchers have combined robots and 3D printing extrusion nozzles to build houses, bridges, furniture, […]

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With two product introductions, Stratasys takes FDM to a new level

Extrusion, or Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq:SSYS) version known as Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM®), is the additive technology used in more than 90% of 3D printers in industry. You may think it’s a well-known technology. Hold on, Stratasys plans to take FDM to a new level of speed, accuracy, and repeatability. Today, the company introduces its next […]

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rp+m adds metal additive manufacturing to its offerings

rp+m, a leading service provider of rapid prototyping and manufacturing services, has selected Concept Laser’s M2 cusing metal additive machine to strengthen its research and development competencies. The M2 cusing will allow rp+m to develop innovative applications for clients, due to its open architecture, which enables alloy development and parameter editing. rp+m will be the […]

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Optomec claims breakthrough in 3D Printing enables micron-scale smart structures

Optomec’s Aerosol Jet Technology can enable 3D polymer and composite structures to be printed at the micron scale with embedded electronics. This breakthrough could potentially reduce the cost and size of next-generation products used in the electronics and bio-medical industries. This new capability is the result of the Aerosol Jet’s ability to print fine features […]

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The Michelin Group and Fives enter the metal 3D printing market

Michelin and Fives announced the creation of a joint venture, Fives Michelin Additive Solutions, aimed at developing and marketing industrial machines and production shops through “metal additive manufacturing” technology. The new venture will be 50% owned by Fives and 50% by Michelin and will benefit from a financial contribution of at least €25 million in […]

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Ring drive handles high torque and speed

The Compact Ring Drive (CRD) system, with precision grade bearing and drive mechanism in a sealed housing, is easily programmed. The three-drive design allows the CRD to handle high speed, high torque or both, depending on the application. With a 250 or 350 mm dial plate bolt circle diameter and a large open center, users