Materials Enable Production in September 2019 Issue
The latest issue of Additive Manufacturing Magazine takes a deep dive into the development, selection and use of 3D printing materials in production.
The latest issue of Additive Manufacturing magazine illustrates how materials will enable production. Read it here.
Repeatability has been an ongoing challenge for additive manufacturing (AM). To get to true production scale, AM has to be dependable enough to produce a given part consistently every time. Good design for additive manufacturing (DFAM) is part of that. Reliable machines and dialed-in parameters are other factors. But perhaps the key to bringing 3D printing into full-scale production? Materials.
The latest issue of Additive Manufacturing Magazine explores this idea. Our cover story looks at one way aerospace, arguably the most high-profile industry doing production AM today, is coping with material challenges. The National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) is serving these manufacturers in part with a new materials and process database for additive manufacturing. The goal? Enable additive manufacturing machines to maintain tolerances repeatably, no matter the location or operator.
This sentiment is echoed in another feature focused on Jabil. It, too, is after repeatability, with the goal of being able to manufacture anywhere in the world provided that the right combination of 3D printer and material is available.
Also in this issue:
- How crystals may be the key to 3D printing with silicon carbide.
- Choosing between PEI, PEEK and PEKK 3D printing polymers.
- Metal AM for direct part replacement.
- Evidence that 3D printed polymer parts can outperform molded ones for a common requirement.
- A hybrid manufacturing strategy that combines an unusual material, topology optimization and interlayer laser peening.
- Recommendations for improving operator safety in the face of 3D printing emissions.
A research organization in Germany is developing a laser beam source that operates with a green light, enabling selective laser melting of a copper alloy.
Mighty Buildings wants to change the construction industry with prefabricated houses 3D printed on demand from thermoset polymer composite. Two such buildings have already been installed.
A new partnership between XG Sciences and Terrafilum aims to accelerate industrial innovations using the strongest, thinnest, most electrically conductive material on Earth.