State of the PM Industry in North America—2017

The powder metallurgy (PM) industry continued its moderate growth track in 2016, and most indicators signal a repeat performance for North America in 2017. The year opened on a positive trend, as expected with the changes in Washington, but business levels are returning to a modest growth level as forecast by most informed observers. Conventional

Award-Winning Powder Metal Parts

The winners in the 2017 Powder Metallurgy (PM) Design Excellence Awards competition, sponsored by the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF), demonstrate outstanding examples of PM’s diversity. These component fabricators use PM’s flexibility to push forward new concepts and process controls and demonstrate the inexhaustible well of capabilities PM can marshal in the service of component

Image gallery: The engineering eye candy at NIWeek 2017

National Instruments Corp. held its NIWeek event in Austin, Tex. last week. The get-together of LabVIEW programmers and instrumentation users always includes interesting new products and clever applications for the LabVIEW system design software and instrumentation hardware. Here are a few of the developments highlighted there that had eye appeal. NEXT PAGE: Stacking cups with

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ELEXCON Announces the 2017 Design & Innovation Forums Highlighted By Global Growth Markets

The high-profile Chinese electronics exhibition, ELEXCON, will once again be held in the global electronics industry hub – Shenzhen from December 21 – 23, 2017. Combined with the 6th annual Embedded Expo, Elexcon 2017 will host 800 global suppliers and more than 50,000 industry professionals in nearly 60,000 square meters of display area. Dedicated to

Sightings of cool technology at SAE’s WCX2017 World Congress

The recently renamed SAE show in Detroit featured displays of interesting automotive technology. On the pages that follow are a few of the more noteworthy examples we found while cruising the aisles. NEXT PAGE: How to boost fuel economy in AWD systems

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Morf3D adds three EOS additive systems to its lineup

Morf3D, a fully integrated additive manufacturing (AM) and engineering service provider, announced the latest addition to its Innovation Center with the acquisition of two EOS M 290 systems and an EOS M 400. These systems will support Morf3D’s anticipated production and new development contracts. They also expand Morf3D’s metal AM capacity at its 6,800 sq-ft […]

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Model Solution delivers prototypes in 7 days

Model Solution is a precision prototyping, tooling and low volume manufacturing service provider with an edge—the company likes to handle challenges, those unusual, custom parts that require out-of-the-box thinking. As part of the Laird group, Model Solution is building a facility in Milpitas, CA. In addition to its custom services, it also offers design validation […]

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Working with metal materials for additive manufacturing

Perhaps more than any other manufacturing process, additive manufacturing works best when you match the material to the right additive process. Some of the challenges, though, are: –many additive processes suggest proprietary versions of materials — plus these materials often do not have sufficiently available documentation on their performance after undergoing an additive process –the […]

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Bringing additive manufacturing to Formula 1 racing

McLaren Racing and Stratasys (Nasdaq: SSYS) announce a four-year partnership where Stratasys will supply McLaren Racing with a suite of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, as the Official Supplier of 3D Printing Solutions to the McLaren-Honda Formula 1 team. Stratasys will work closely with the Grand Prix outfit as it ramps up its rapid […]

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Xcentric Mold & Engineering Receives Growth Investment for Continued Expansion

Xcentric Mold & Engineering announced today that it has received an investment from The Riverside Company, a global private equity investment firm focused on high growth businesses in a variety of sectors. Xcentric provides technology-enabled custom injection molding, rapid prototyping, and CNC machining services for clients across numerous industries including medical devices, aerospace, automotive, consumer

Gallery: New automotive component tech at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show

The recent North American International Auto Show — the Detroit Auto Show for short — is known for highlighting the debuts of new production vehicles and concept cars. But a lot of automotive suppliers also use NAIAS to highlight new developments in component and subsystem technology. We have put a few of the more interesting

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Engineering students build a better steering mount

Michael SÜß, a Research Fellow at the Technische Universität in Dresden, is currently working on his PHD, which focuses on design guidelines for additive manufacturing/electron beam melting. When looking for a demonstrator to design as a portion of his research, SÜß thought back to his time working on a Formula Student team. “I wanted to […]

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Get 100% metal parts from filament metal 3D printing

The Additive Manufacturing Users Group reports that BASF scientists have found a way to use the additive technique of extrusion to create 100% metal parts.  This could be an interesting breakthrough, as most additive processes that use metal materials to make parts are powder-based and use an additive sintering or melting process. Another technique uses […]

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How to ensure your part build is right the first time

Renishaw is releasing a new version of its QuantAM software. This version is based on a collaboration with Spatial Corp, a provider of 3D software development toolkits for design, manufacturing, and engineering solutions, and a subsidiary of Dassault Systèmes. The new version includes spatial software development tools such as 3D ACIS® Modeler with CGM Polyhedra […]

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New additive manufacturing system from Stratasys

Stratasys Ltd. introduces the next generation of the Stratasys Fortus 900mc, a robust FDM Production 3D Printer built for functional prototyping, manufacturing aids, tooling and short-run direct digital manufacturing. With additional key features and certifications, the 3D printer allows for improved use along with a rapid installation process that saves time for the users. The […]

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Stratasys and Siemens plan to take additive manufacturing to volume production

Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq:SSYS) and Siemens announced a formal partnership to integrate Siemens’ Digital Factory solutions with Stratasys’ additive manufacturing solutions. The partnership is intended to lay the foundation for the two companies to fulfill their shared vision of incorporating additive manufacturing (AM) into the traditional manufacturing workflow, helping AM become a universally recognized production practice […]

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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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3D printed car also launches drones

A car that launches a drone—where’s Q? This feels a bit like a James Bond movie. The car is a 3D printed collaboration between Mouser Electronics Inc. and Local Motors for the Mouser Empowering Innovation Together program. The video shows the final vehicle build, complete with “Fly Mode” drone interoperability. Fly Mode features a drone […]

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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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Sciaky’s AM technology helps automotive cut time and costs of tooling and stamping dies

Sciaky, Inc., a subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries, Inc. (PSI), and leading provider of metal 3D printing solutions, announced that its Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM) technology helped a major automotive manufacturer cut significant time and costs with the creation and repair of several tooling and stamping dies. The manufacturer leveraged Sciaky’s EBAM to deposit complicated […]

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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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