Automotive

Video: Industrializing Additive Manufacturing for Automotive

A number of components for the Bugatti Chiron sports car spoiler were reimagined for additive manufacturing, unleashing several performance improvements. 

Production

What Your CEO Needs to Know

Additive manufacturing promises to affect far more than manufacturing alone. When evaluating AM, the perspective needed is the view that sees the impacts all across the enterprise.

 

Polymer AM

How to Calculate the Full Cost of Additive Manufacturing Versus Injection Molding

A true evaluation of additive includes a look at materials, speed, quality, scalability and cost. Bruce Bradshaw of Evolve Additive Solutions explains how to evaluate AM in an injection molding environment in terms of these 5 factors.

Aerospace

Additive Technology Delivers Small Satellites to Space

Researchers at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) have developed a reusable rocket engine specifically for the launch of small satellites. The complex injector heads are 3D printed which unlocks additional performance, reduces the parts count, speeds up production time, and reduces weight and costs.

Automotive

Ford in Production with On-Demand AM Polymer Parts

Ford and Carbon presented the first digitally manufactured polymer parts in production for the Ford Motor Company, created with Carbon’s digital light synthesis technology.

Production

Metal 3D Printing in a Machine Shop? Ask the Marines

A hybrid system combining metal 3D printing with machining gives the Marine Corps perhaps its most effective resource yet for obtaining needed hardware in the field. It also offers an extreme version of the experience a machine shop might have in adding metal AM to its capabilities.

Polymer AM

AMUG Conference Highlights Industrialization of Polymer 3D Printers

Exhibits at the conference this year included various examples of 3D printers being rethought and redesigned in pursuit of the speed, economy and reliability of industrial production. Polymer printers are leaving behind their roots in prototyping.

Education

2019 AMUG Conference Introduces Technical Training Lab Sessions

The largest version of the event so far gave technology suppliers a context for interactive deep-dive tutorials on their own products. It seemed to work.

Inspection

Collaboration Develops Image-Based Workflow for 3D-Printed Part Validation

A team from Synopsys, North Star Imaging and ANSYS developed a process using 3D imaging, processing and CAE to examine the performance of as-manufactured components.

Metal AM

Carnegie Mellon University and Argonne National Laboratory Seek to Understand Gas-Driven Micro Defects in Metal AM Parts

Better understanding of "keyhole" formations resulting from boiling metal will lead to better control over laser powder-bed fusion.

Production

Video: Selective Laser Sintering for Production of Large Parts

SLS offers a production option enabling large, precise plastic parts to be made cost-effectively in quantities generally too low for injection molding.

Metal AM

Three Cool Uses for Directed Energy Deposition

Most machining professionals don’t like to admit that they ever make mistakes, but every now and then wouldn’t it be nice to have an “eraser” to go back and repair a gouge or fix a nicked edge? Or maybe you took off a bit too much material on that last machining pass and you’d like to add it back? Well, directed energy deposition (DED) enables you to do that and more.

Basics

AM 101: Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP)

Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP) is the key to Carbon's Digital Light Synthesis. Here's a look at how it works and how it differs from stereolithography.