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Category: Applications

November 12 2019

Lattices – Why they enhance internal geometries

3D metal printing allows users to create very intricate forms easily. By tinkering with the internal geometries of printed parts they can achieve impressive mechanical properties. One of the best ways to achieve good strength-to-weight ratios, desirable shock and sound absorption and larger surface areas is to print objects with lattice structures. Why Lattices? What […]

November 12 2019

2D vs 3D x-ray digital scanning: a complex choice between two complementary techniques

The continuous increase in complexity and size of 3D printed parts requires a careful analysis of the methodologies used to verify their integrity. Among these, special importance is covered by X-ray inspections. Traditionally, without destructive testing, full metrology has only been performed on the exterior dimensions of components, such as with a coordinate-measuring machine (CMM) […]

July 22 2019

Redesigned for Additive Manufacturing: serial production of a new fuel swirler for Siemens gas turbine

Whilst the principles of Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) may suggest ‘clean-sheet’ components are the best way to reap the benefits of AM technology, many examples of redesigns have brought significant performance and economic benefits. In this article, Ray Huff and Terry Wohlers report on further success at Siemens in the use of AM for […]

May 20 2019

BMW Individual employs metal AM brake callipers

BMW Individual Manufaktur has presented a new one-off vehicle which incorporates metal additively manufactured brake callipers. The BMW Individual M850i Night Sky was designed to mark the Quadrantids meteor shower which took place in January 2019, with the inclusion of illuminated constellations on the centre console and the use of meteoric material, deposited on earth […]

May 10 2019

Bugatti reveals range of metal AM components developed for its high-performance sports cars

The high-performance sports car manufacturer, Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S, headquartered in Molsheim, France, is reported to be using Additive Manufacturing to develop and build a number of functional compo­nents for its iconic range. In addition to a previously announced brake caliper, which entered vehicle trials in the first half of 2018, the company has used AM […]

December 10 2018

Binder Jetting and FDM: a comparison with Laser Powder Bed Fusion and Metal Injection Moulding

In recent years there has been a surge in interest in the use of Binder Jetting and Fused Deposition Modelling for the production of low to medium volumes of metal additively manufactured parts. In the following report, Maximilian Munsch, Matthias Schmidt-Lehr and Eric Wycisk of Ampower GmbH & Co. KG, Hamburg, Germany, review how the […]

November 25 2018

Siemens metal AM gas turbine burner completes successful first year of operation

The first gas turbine burner to be produced by Siemens using Laser Powder Bed Fusion (LPBF) metal Additive Manufacturing has now been in operation for over 8,000 hours, having completed its first full year of active service in an SGT-700 gas turbine at E.ON’s combined cycle power plant in Philippsthal, Germany. To-date, Siemens stated that […]

November 10 2018

Airbus Helicopters begins series production of A350 passenger aircraft components

Airbus Helicopters, Donauwörth, Germany, which manufactures the doors for all Airbus aircraft programmes, has begun production of latch shafts for the doors of the Airbus A350 passenger aircraft using metal Additive Manufacturing. The latch shafts are made in titanium on an EOS M 400-4 system in batches of twenty-eight per build. The resulting parts are […]

August 20 2018

Medtronic launches platform for Additive Manufacturing of complex titanium spinal implants

Medtronic plc, Dublin, Ireland, has launched a titanium Additive Manufacturing platform which it states enables more complex designs and integrated surface technologies for spinal surgical implants. The announcement was made during the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) annual meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. The new platform, titled TiONICTM Technology, is an Additive Manufacturing […]

July 12 2018

Volkswagen identifies key automotive applications

Volkswagen Group, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany, recently reported on the present and future applications it has identified for metal Additive Manufacturing in automotive production. In the report, Volkswagen stated that, like many companies, the primary benefit of AM has so far been in the rapid production of prototypes and one-off parts in very small lot […]