Design for Additive Manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing Conference Speaker: GE Aviation

At the Additive Manufacturing Conference, taking place August 27-29 in Austin, Texas, GE’s Eric Gatlin will dive deep into the company’s latest breakthrough in additive: the GE9X.

 

How Topology Optimization Could Be the Key to Longer-Lasting Hip Implants

Hip stem implants must support the mechanical loads of the patient’s lifestyle, but should also avoid stress shielding. A team from Altair leveraged simulation, topology optimization and 3D printing to design an optimized hip stem that meets both conditions.

3D Printing the "Impossible" Metal Part

Velo3D’s SupportFree additive manufacturing process helps KW Micro Power turn a geometrically complex design concept into reality.

Additive Manufacturing Workshop for Plastics 2019 Recap

The Additive Manufacturing Workshop for Plastics, held during Amerimold 2019, offered a platform for industry experts and mold builders to discuss how AM can complement injection molding and what it takes to transition from prototyping to high-volume production.

Webinar: Dive into Metal 3D Printing and Design

Take an in-depth look into direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) to optimize design for ideal outcome. Register to view the free on-demand webinar here. Hosted by Protolabs, this webinar was originally broadcast on Tuesday, May 21.

What Is the Role for Additive Manufacturing in Aircraft Structural Components?

Spirit AeroSystems recently began installing the Boeing 787’s first titanium structural component to be made through AM. The part is not critical but also not minor. I spoke with manufacturing leaders at Spirit about the meaning of the part and the way forward for additive in aircraft structures.

Video: Additive Manufacturing Will Change How We Design

Geometric freedom is just the start. AM will also change how design happens.

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.

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.

nTopology's nTop Platform Offers a Design and Simulation Solution

Rapid 2019: nTopology’s nTop platform is its newest engineering environment for design, simulation and advanced manufacturing processes.

Niche Manufacturer Discovers How Additive and Amazon Go Together

The economics of 3D printing allow for cost-effective production of niche products, and Amazon Prime offers a way to distribute them. The Periscope Case is one company’s first venture into an all-new model aimed at bringing products to market that would never have been profitable before.

Simulation Supports Custom 3D-Printed Knife

Build simulation revealed that distortion was likely to occur in this custom chef’s knife. Thermal shrouding and an unusual support structure were used to counter it.