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April 28, 2017Built for speed

In a sport where fractions of a second count, motor racing teams are turning to additive manufacturing to make their cars faster. Beth Harlen investigates

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March 13, 2017TransFIORmers Moto2™ team benefits from metal 3D printing technology

In the world of MotoGP™ motorcycle racing, technical enhancements can have a big impact.   Moto2 team TransFIORmers is using cutting edge metal additive manufacturing (3D printing) technology in an unconventional front suspension system to gain a significant competitive advantage.

March 8, 2017AUDI: Lunar Rover gets the green light for launch next year

Because terrestrial roads apparently aren't challenging enough, Audi has partnered with a group called Part-Time Scientists to launch a lunar rover. The partners previously discussed a 2017 launch, and now it looks like that might actually happen.

March 8, 2017Additive Manufacturing – Concept to Production by SIMULIA

Changing the Design Process Additive manufacturing has not only changed the way things are being built, but how they are designed. SIMULIA CTO Bruce Engelmann believes that additive techniques have the potential to revolutionize the manufacturing industry, such as Henry Ford did with the automotive industry back in the early 1900s. “Before Henry Ford the […]

March 3, 2017Airbus partition built in pieces for weight savings

The large component was successfully produced within a limited build envelope thanks to connection features designed into the pieces. Advances in powder-bed build size will permit greater efficiency in producing parts such as these. Though consolidating assemblies into one piece is one of the potential benefits of AM, this success with additive went in the […]

March 3, 2017Laser Sintering vs Laser Melting

As I introduce people to metal additive manufacturing, I have to disabuse them of the idea of laser sintering. The metal additive process that most people are thinking of is melting, not sintering.   Sintering is the process of compacting and forming a solid mass of material by heat and/or pressure without melting it to […]

February 12, 2017Terry Wohlers talks about the evolution of the 3D printing industry

Industry stalwart, Terry Wohlers, Founder and President at Wohlers Associates, talks to TCT Group Editor, Daniel O'Connor following his Formnext powered by TCT conference keynote, about how the additive manufacturing industry has evolved, particularly over the last few years, from a tool for prototyping to a production technology. Terry talks about how GE's recent investment in two major AM companies has played a significant role in validating the technology and how the next frontier for the industry is about taking these [...]

February 8, 2017Metal AM for lighter and more compact engines

A team of Renault Trucks engineers and designers is working on an additive manufacturing process - metal 3D printing - that is set to boost the performance of engines. Technology of the future is fast becoming a reality, as can be seen from the complex parts that have already been successfully tested inside a Euro 6 engine.

November 8, 2016DXV luxury bathroom faucets

The first commercially-available residential faucets created with additive manufacturing, better known as 3D printing. Masterful designs offer an exclusive, luxury faucet experience and collection with industry-leading and innovative approach to manufacturing. Pushing the boundaries of what's possible. Elevating the experience of everyday living.

November 3, 2016Testing the reusability of titanium powder

Researchers ran the same batch of powder through build after build, evaluating it each time. The results support the viability of AM for ongoing production.

September 20, 2016Metal AM for conformal cooling

In injection moulding, the cooling time of a finished product can constitute up to 70%  of the cycle time in series production. Metal AM gives mould tool designers the freedom to design complex cooling channels that closely follow the component surface, while maximising laminar flow and eliminating dead-spots that might otherwise clog up over time. Using  Metal AM technologies it's possible to integrate optimised conformal cooling channels into the mould during the production process. This ensures faster and more even [...]

September 3, 2016SLM achieves weight reduction for robot actuator

Selective Laser Melting (SLM) allowed the part to be grown in titanium TI6Al4V as one piece, reducing manufacturing operations and improving performance through design features such as curved flow tubes that eliminate right-angle drilling, all while realizing the weight reduction.

July 7, 2016Knee surgery’s next step

“Only additive manufacturing can produce this part at an affordable price, and also offer the freedom to make design changes on the fly,” says Jim Duncan, Dr. Piasecki's business partner and CEO of DanaMed Inc., the medical device company founded to develop and produce the Pathfnder System...

June 8, 2016Concept Laser on automating the Factory of Tomorrow at RAPID 2016

Concept Laser showcased its vision for the Factory of Tomorrow and M2 additive manufacturing platform at RAPID 2016 in Orlando.

March 20, 2016Concept Laser M2 cusing Multilaser

The M2 cusing Multilaser is designed in line with ATEX guidelines and thus make it possible to reactive materials safely. Like all machine solutions from Concept Laser, the M2 cusing Multilaser also boasts physical separation of the process chamber and handling area to make them user-friendly and safe to operate. The machine is robust and […]

March 8, 2016AIRBUS: innovation revolution using 3D printing technology

Airbus is at the start of an innovation revolution using 3D printing technology. 3D plastic parts are already flying on a commercial A310 and an A350 XWB test aircraft. Metal parts for wing slats, a section of the tail wing and door hinges have also been made with 3D printing. In the coming years the technology will allow manufacturing costs to fall while lighter parts will mean less fuel burn for airlines.

February 17, 2016Disruptive solution in 3D printing metal powder production technique

3D Metal printing powders need to have different properties for different applications such as particle shape & size, good flow, low oxygen content, and high oxidation resistance. Some of these problems are easy to solve while some are a tough nut to crack for the industry. Below we have discussed the top three challenges and […]