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3D Printed Battery Electrodes Could Drive Electric Vehicles Forward

By: Stephanie Hendrixson

Precise control of battery electrode architecture through photopolymerization opens the door to new cell geometries and lighter battery packs for EVs and more, Photocentric says.
#polymer #sustainability

Production

3D Printed Speaker Cabinet Delivers Big Sound in a Small Footprint

By: Stephanie Hendrixson

Node Audio’s Hylixa high-fidelity speaker takes advantage of selective laser sintering (SLS) 3D printing to achieve a compact construction with an uncompromised sound range.
#composites #polymer

Production

How 3D Printing Answers Supply Chain Disruptions

By: Peter Zelinski

Essentium CEO: Production-speed additive manufacturing is “a time machine and an insurance policy.” It addresses lead time demands while providing buffer against volatility. Look for 3D printing to support injection molding in this way.
#supplychain #polymer

Materials

Lightweight Combustion Chamber for 3D Printed Rocket Engine: The Cool Parts Show #30

By: Peter Zelinski

An engine for repeated trips to the moon is 3D printed in just three pieces from a metal matrix composite combining aluminum for weight saving with ceramic for high-temperature performance.
#assemblyconsolidation #lightweighting #ceramic

Plotting a Pathway to Profitable AM

By: Timothy W. Simpson

The cost per pound for a metal AM part may shock you, but that knowledge is essential to help you plan your journey to success with Additive Manufacturing.

Materials

3D Printed Snakes Reveal Unseen Desert Wildlife (Includes Video)

By: Peter Zelinski

At the University of Texas El Paso, a biology researcher teams up with a manufacturing technology instructor to produce rattlesnake models realistic enough to draw predators.
#polymer

Automotive

Farsoon's 403P System Lowers Mann+Hummel's Prototyping Costs

By: Evan Doran

Farsoon’s 403P AM system enabled Mann+Hummel to solve cycle and cost challenges stemming from recent evolutions in the Chinese automobile industry.
#polymer #prototyping

Gardner Business Media Unveils New Trade Show for Plastics Market

By: AM Staff

The Plastics Technology Expo (PTXPO) to launch in greater Chicago in March 2022, filling a void with an event in a vital market for plastics.
#polymer

Directed Energy Deposition (DED) Error Turns Nozzle Into Chess Piece — AM: Why the Failure? Episode 3

By: Peter Zelinski

Chess pieces are often 3D printed as demo parts, but this one was an accident! What happened? The answer involves heat transfer.
#AMWTF #metal #video

Materials

Finally a Polypropylene You Can 3D Print

A new portfolio of polypropylene products from Braskem has finally solved the problem of excessive warpage in 3D printing applications. Finally, you can get the benefits of PP without the processing headaches.

Renishaw Metal AM Enables Domin to Create CO2-Reducing Valve

By: Evan Doran

By using Renishaw’s RenAM 500Q AM system, Domin has created a servo valve that saves one ton of CO2 per year compared to competing products.
#metal #sustainability

Production

Hi-Fi 3D Printed Speaker Cabinet: The Cool Parts Show #29

By: Stephanie Hendrixson

The Hylixa high-fidelity speaker has an internal geometry and footprint designed for optimal sound that could only be realized through 3D printing. How Node Audio developed and produces this product.
#video #composites #coolparts