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Materials

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

By: Stephanie Hendrixson

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

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

Consumer Goods

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

By: Stephanie Hendrixson

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

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

By: JOHN E. BARNES, THE BARNES GLOBAL ADVISORS

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

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

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

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

Medical & Dental

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

By: Stephanie Hendrixson

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

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

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

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