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
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.
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.
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 […]
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 technologies and applying them to production quantities in the medical, aerospace, automotive and consumer product sectors.
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.
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.
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 heat dissipation. It reduces thermal stress in the mould and prolongs service life. The plastic product quality and dimensional accuracy of the parts is also increased as well as reducing warpage. In addition, this also allows for a drastic reduction of cycle times.
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.
â€œOnly additive manufacturing can produce this part at an affordable price, and also offer the freedom to make design changes on the fly,â€ 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…