Additive Manufacturing Conference 2018 Returns to IMTS

With a program curated by the editors of Additive Manufacturing, the annual conference highlights 3D printing technology today as well as its promise for the future.

Technology

Fusion3 F410 3D Printer Produces Engineering-Grade Parts

Fusion3’s F410 3D printer has three interchangeable print heads for engineering-grade materials: 0.4, 0.6 and 0.8 mm. 

Technology

GE Additive Introduces Arcam EBM Spectra H

The electron beam melting (EBM) melting system offers a large build volume and is designed to handle high-heat and crack-prone materials.

News

Video: Purdue Team 3D Prints Highly Viscous Materials

A method for 3D printing highly viscous materials through extrusion could improve the manufacture of solid rocket fuel among other applications.

News

Penn State to Install Super-Finishing Lab for Metal 3D-Printed Parts

The funding for the lab is part of a one-year project to explore the uses of metal 3D printing for naval applications. 

Tooling

One-Piece Robot Gripper Actuated by Shop Air

The pneumatic gripper 3D-printed as a complete working unit has demonstrated its effectiveness for continuous operation over time. It is one illustration of the role additive is liable to play in making robotic automation easier.

Materials

Kason 3D-ReKlaimer Recovers Metal 3D Printing Powder

The self-contained metal powder reclamation system uses multi-plane, inertial vibration and ultrasonic frequencies to sift metal powders. 

Metal AM

GKN and Porsche Develop AM Transmission Part Using New Metal Powder

Using a combination of metal powder-bed fusion and metal powder 20MnCr5, GKN Powder Metallurgy and Porsche 3D-printed an intricate differential housing with gear ring unit on a front traverse transmission. 

Technology

Farsoon FS121M Offers Multiple Spot Diameters for Metal Sintering

The Farsoon FS121M, an accessible small-frame metal laser sintering system, enables the operator to select between multiple spot sizes and recoating blades.

Metal AM

Roush Uses Engine Cylinder Head to Prove Out Additive Manufacturing

A 3D-printed cylinder head investigation reveals the possibilities of additive manufacturing.

Videos

Video: Advice to Manufacturers Getting Ready to Start in Additive

“It can be daunting,” says GE’s Greg Morris. “You have to make some tough decisions while things are not going well.” And yet, as he looks to the future of additive manufacturing, he says, “There is probably going to be a shortage of supply, not demand.”

Technology

Autodesk Powermill 2019 CAM Software Supports Hybrid Manufacturing

Autodesk’s PowerMill 2019 CAM software includes developments that are designed to enhance existing functionality for high-efficiency machining and deposition.