Production

5 Lessons About Additive Manufacturing We Can Learn from This Part

A bracket redesign has a lot to say about the successful application of metal AM. One of the takeaways: Support structures are worth the effort!

Polymer AM

NIST Method Measures Polymer Material Properties During 3D Printing

The light-based atomic force microscopy (AFM) technique offers insights into the stereolithography process.

Design for Additive

Renishaw and Altair Collaborate to Bring Metal 3D Printing to Industrial End Users

The two companies will offer joint seminars, workshops and training events centered on metal additive manufacturing for production.

Automotive

The Manufacturing Network as a Source for Internal Custom Tooling

For a tool that includes both machined and 3D-printed components, all the pieces of the tool can be made by separate companies yet arrive together. BMW has used Xometry to obtain tooling in this way.

Technology

MachineWorks Polygonica 2.2 Introduces Point-Cloud, Hole-Filling Functions

Upgrades to the point-cloud-to-mesh processing workflow deliver a smoother mesh surface, better suited to reverse engineering.

Aerospace

Boeing Partners with Thermwood on 3D-Printed Tool for 777X

The tool was printed as a single piece from 20 percent carbon fiber-reinforced ABS using the Vertical Layer Print system.

Metal AM

Sciaky to Deliver Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM) System to Burloak Technologies

The EBAM system will be used to 3D print large metal parts for aerospace, defense and other industries.

Production

Carbon Fiber Bike Frame Made Possible with Robotic 3D Printing

Arevo’s True3D printing process, which deposits carbon fiber towpreg using a robotic arm, enabled the creation of a bike frame design that would not have been possible otherwise.

When Is 3D Printing Cost Effective?

Hype continues to surround additive manufacturing. These three factors can help determine whether a part is worth 3D printing.

Polymer AM

Global Alliance Partners Introduce Materials for Ultimaker

Ultimaker global material alliance partners DSM and Owens Corning are both introducing high-performance filaments for the 5S 3D printer.

Polymer AM

PADT Patents Apparatus for Removing 3D Printing Support Materials

The Support Cleaning Apparatus (SCA) removes support structures from parts 3D-printed using Soluble Support Technology (SST) material.

Metal AM

3 Ways Volkswagen Will Use HP Metal Jet

When HP introduced its Metal Jet platform at IMTS 2018, the launch was assisted by key initial partners including the German automaker. Here are some of the opportunities VW sees with this metal 3D printing technology.