Materials

Is a Gel Bath the Key to Scalable, Affordable 3D Printed Ceramics?

By: Stephanie Hendrixson, Senior Editor

3D printed polymer-derived ceramics (PDCs) could find wider application through a process developed at the University of Texas at Dallas that extrudes preceramic material in a self-healing bath for support through printing and curing.
#ceramic

Design

PrintSyst Automates AM Decision Making with AI (Includes Video)

By: Stephanie Hendrixson, Senior Editor

The startup’s cloud-based artificial intelligence tool is designed to help companies adopting additive manufacturing make fast, easy decisions about what and how to 3D print.
#machinelearning #enterprise #video

Call for Speakers Now Open for Additive Manufacturing Conference + Expo 2021

By: AM Staff

Abstracts from potential speakers for the 2021 Additive Manufacturing Conference are now being accepted on subjects relating to applications and advances in additive production.
#AMConference

Design

More Than Meets the Eye to Cobra’s 3D Printed Putter

By: Stephanie Hendrixson, Senior Editor

Cobra Golf drew attention in November 2020 with the launch of a limited-edition putter with metal 3D printed head. What this club says about product development, reshoring manufacturing and the future of consumer goods.
#metal

Tooling

Why Dig a Pit in an Additive Manufacturing Facility?

By: Stephanie Hendrixson, Senior Editor

At the end of 2019, Additive Engineering Solutions moved two of its BAAM 3D printers out of the way and began to dig a hole in the floor. How going lower allows AES to build higher. 
#video #polymer #largeformat

Production

Making a Slow Decision on a Fast Technology: Evaluating the Business Case for Multi-Laser Powder Bed Fusion

A data-driven approach to laser powder bed fusion reveals how companies can get cost out of parts and match productivity to customer requirements. Part Three of a three-part series.
#enterprise #metal

Production

Autonomous Underwater Vehicle With 3D Printed Hull: The Cool Parts Show #24

By: Peter Zelinski, Editor-in-Chief

Our first episode of The Cool Parts Show from inside a 3D printer! Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) produces exterior components of a robot submarine and changes how this AUV is marketed.
#video #composites #coolparts

3D Printed Cooling Bars Will Improve Observability of Antimatter

By: Stephanie Hendrixson, Senior Editor

An experiment resuming in 2022 at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will be better able to detect the paths of particles thanks to efficient cooling delivered by metal 3D printed tubes.
#metal

Design

Beginning the AM Journey: An Uphill Battle

By: Timothy W. Simpson, Paul Morrow Professor of Engineering Design & Manufacturing

Faster machines, cheaper feedstocks, new standards – with all of these advances, why is additive manufacturing still “an uphill battle” for so many?

Production

3D Printing Brings Custom, Affordable Bone Prostheses to Thai Patients

By: Stephanie Hendrixson, Senior Editor

Meticuly was founded to provide custom bone implants for local patients in Thailand and regional countries who otherwise would be dependent on standard, imported devices. The concept could be a model for medical treatment in other emerging economies.
#supplychain #implants #metal

Automotive

Porsche Advances Electrification with Generative Design

By: Gary S. Vasilash, Transportation Editor

The sports car manufacturer achieves weight savings and assembly consolidation using additive manufacturing instead of casting for an electric drive housing.
#assemblyconsolidation #lightweighting #generativedesign

Automotive

Pushing Laser Powder Bed Fusion into New Realms of Productivity

By: Barbara Schulz, European Correspondent

The Betatype technology stack supports businesses looking to expand on the potential of additive manufacturing for series production through design-led thinking and unique optimization algorithms to maximize the capacity of LPBF systems.
#metal

Aerospace

3D Printed Parts on the Mars Perseverance Rover: The Cool Parts Show #23

By: Peter Zelinski, Editor-in-Chief

The Perseverance parts made through additive manufacturing are extreme examples of lightweighting. We have replicas of the 3D printed parts that were sent to Mars.
#lightweighting #metal #video

Materials

Can the U.S. Become Self-Sufficient in Aerospace Alloy Metal Powders?

By: Peter Zelinski, Editor-in-Chief

6K’s technology can upcycle titanium and nickel-alloy parts into additive manufacturing powder. Here is how the circular economy helps national security.
#supplychain #metal #sustainability

Materials

DMLS or Polyjet? A Hands-On Comparison to Produce Prototype Mold Inserts

By: Barbara Schulz, European Correspondent

The development phase of creating injection molded parts and inserts often requires the production of small-quantity prototypes. This moldmaker compared two different AM technologies to produce prototype mold inserts made from tool steel and polypropylene photopolymer.
#metal #polymer #moldmaking

Additive Manufacturing Conference + Expo 2021 Announces Dates, Moves to the Queen City

By: AM Staff

Additive Manufacturing Media’s leading event for industrial 3D printing will be held October 12-14 in Cincinnati, OH.
#AMConference

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