Reliability concerns drive UAV propulsion technologies

by Leland Teschler, Executive Editor Makers of unmanned vehicles are leaning on technology to field drones that can fly longer with fewer worries about maintenance. Eyeball the radio-controlled model planes at your local hobby store and you’ll likely see some of the same components now found on the unmanned aerial vehicles used in missions over

Aerospace regulations can prove challenging for successful design projects

Edited by: Paul J. Heney, Editorial Director There’s a rough rule of thumb that’s widely observed in aircraft system design and development: It usually takes at least five years to go from the original concept of a new system to the point at which the FAA issues a Type Certificate, so that an actual aircraft

Lubricants play critical role in space applications

Satellites must operate around the clock in a harsh and extreme environment. While they seem to glide gracefully through space, reaction wheels inside are constantly spinning at high speed to provide small but precise adjustments for the position and altitude. Essentially, the reaction wheel is a flywheel, where torque is applied to a single axis

Using 3D printing to repair metal parts

Not only can 3D printing build parts, layer by layer, some metal additive systems repair already built parts. Optomec is one company with such a capability. BeAM Machines, Inc. is a new entrant into the U.S. market. BeAM is a spin-off of 30-year-old French Laser research center. It is working with the support of Fives […]

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Improving conductive 3D printing ink

Nano Dimension Ltd., a leader in the field of 3D printed electronics (NASDAQ, TASE: NNDM),  announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Nano Dimension Technologies, filed a patent application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the development of a new nanometric conductive ink based on a unique synthesis. The new nanoparticle synthesis minimizes the […]

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Sciaky’s EBAM metal 3D printing system reduces time, waste and costs

Sciaky, Inc., a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries, Inc. announced that its Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing  technology helped aerospace giant Lockheed Martin Space Systems reduce production time, material waste and overall costs for producing titanium propellant tanks for satellites. Lockheed Martin Space Systems approached Sciaky back in September 2012 with a materials research and development […]

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Latest 3D printing technology manipulates liquid metal through magnetism for faster build speed

The latest 3D printing technology to emerge for working with metal materials is MagnetoJet technology from new startup, Vader Systems. This patent pending MagnetoJet technology is based on Magneto Hydro Dynamics (MHD) or the manipulation of liquid metal through magnetism, and Liquid Metal Jet Printing (LMJP). In a MagnetoJet machine, such as the Mk 1, […]

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Top 10 design tips for direct metal laser sintering

Each additive manufacturing technology has a number of best design practices to take advantage of that technology’s capabilities. Here are top design practices for Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS). (This information is based on a Design World webinar, Designing for the Direct Metal Lasers Sintering Process, presented by Jonathan Bissmeyer, Senior Quality Engineer for 3D […]

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FAQ: Can I use Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) for prototyping?

Yes, you can. Depending on part size and quantity, the DMLS additive manufacturing technology may be a good option for prototyping components that will go to production using other manufacturing methods. With large bulkier parts, it may not make sense, but it can be a quick and cost effective method of design optimization. You can […]

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Alcoa opens 3D printing metal powder plant

Alcoa has opened its state-of-the-art, 3D printing metal powder production facility. Located at the Alcoa Technology Center, the Company will produce proprietary titanium, nickel and aluminum powders optimized for 3D printed aerospace parts. Alcoa also has invested in a range of technologies to further develop additive processes, product design and qualification. Metal powders used for […]

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Lubricants in space – new literature for Nye

Nye Lubricants, Inc. announces that they will be revealing a new aerospace brochure at the 2016 Space Tech Expo. Lubricants for aerospace applications have been formulated at Nye for over 65 years. The new Lubricants in Space brochure is a demonstration of Nye’s space heritage. The brochure includes examples of lubricants designed specifically for applications

7 news ways you’ll 3D print parts in 2017

At the two major 3D printing conferences this year, AMUG and RAPID, companies introduced new ways to additively make parts. Some of these new 3D printing technologies are…

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A new way to 3D print parts

3D printing developers are definitely thinking outside of the box. Here’s another example. EnvisionTEC introduced its SLCOM 1, an industrial composite 3D printer.  It uses a patent pending…

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Stratasys adds new capabilities to FDM 3D printers

Stratasys Ltd., introduced new enhancements to its Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM®)-based 3D printers. These enhancements optimize select models for the creation of functional product prototypes, production tools and…

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Optomec shows its hybrid CNC/additive manufacturing system

Optomec showcased its production grade additive manufacturing systems at the RAPID conference in Orlando, Florida. One included an affordable hybrid CNC system that combines Optomec LENS technology for…

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Additive Industries introduces its first industrial 3D metal printing system at RAPID

At RAPID 2016, Additive Industries shows its industrial 3D metal printing system, MetalFAB1. This is the first time across the Atlantic and the official launch for the US…

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Stratasys launches universal design-to-3D print application–GrabCAD Print

Software that makes it easier to get your CAD design 3D printed has been on the want list of engineers for some time. One issue is that 3D…

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Arcam introduces two new additive manufacturing machines

Arcam has introduced two new additive manufacturing machines. The Arcam Q10plus is the new generation EBM machine specifically for cost efficient production of orthopedic implants. The size of…

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Optomec and Delcam push the boundaries of 3D printing electronics

Optomec and Delcam have entered into a global sales partnership whereby Optomec will sell and support Delcam products in conjunction with sales of its Aerosol Jet systems for…

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Gallery: Hot technologies at Xponential 2016
unmanned systems exhibition

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International wrapped up its Xponential 2016 exhibition last week where some 600 exhibitors displayed technologies available for drones, autonomous vehicles, and remotely piloted systems of all kinds. One of the themes in evidence was unmanned system technology is maturing. Many of the initial forays in the field relied on

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IRISS ensures quality build for metal additive manufacturing

In metal additive manufacturing, more companies are offering a way to see inside the build of a part for quality control. The latest company to offer such a…

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Materials chemistry moves electronics 3D printing forward

Materials will always be key to the 3D printing industry’s success, and the chemistry behind materials development will be a major growth area. The latest company to put…

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Additive manufacturing takes center stage

When Avi Reichental departed 3D Systems, you could argue that this move shifted the focus of the 3D printing market. Investors and vendors appear to have turned away from consumer oriented, desktop 3D printers and are looking instead to additive manufacturing systems. The emphasis now is on how can these systems be used in a

Additive manufacturing—after the hype

How has the all the hype around 3D printing /additive manufacturing (3DP/AM) prototyping and manufacturing endeavors affected you? If you follow the Gartner hype curve, we are probably…

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A safer metal additive 3D printing system

Another new method to additively build parts discussed at the recent AMUG Conference was NanoParticle Jetting from XJet. XJet takes stochastic metal-nanoparticles and engulfs them in a proprietary…

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