Metal AM

Can 3D Printed Metal Hold a Vacuum…for Quantum Physics Research?

A feasibility study shows that laser sintered AlSi10Mg can build an ultrahigh vacuum chamber capable of holding a cloud of rubidium atoms. The promise? Lighter, more portable designs to bring research out of the lab.

AM Helping AM: 3D Printed Build Plate Detects Build Failures

Ultrasonic additive manufacturing produces a build plate with embedded sensing, allowing for real-time measurement of the condition of the build. If a failure occurs during selective laser melting, this plate will reveal it immediately.

Support Structures Hold Down Productivity, Says Velo3D

A build example involving an aircraft bracket illustrates the production rate increase resulting from more parts per build plus the elimination of support removal. A new system for quality monitoring aids production as well.

New Opportunities for Quantum Physics: The Cool Parts Show S2E5

What does 3D printing have to do with quantum physics? We'll look at how the technology is enabling quantum physics research in this episode of The Cool Parts Show.

A $1.5 Million Dive into the Melt Pool

A new, customized digital radiology vault and specialized additive manufacturing system at Auburn University aims to understand and control the complex heat and mass transport phenomena taking place during the laser sintering process.

ExOne X1 160Pro Turns Powder to Parts

RAPID 2020: ExOne X1 160Pro, said to be the industry’s largest metal binder jet 3D printer, offers an 800 × 500 × 400 mm build envelope for turning powder to parts.

Is Recycled Metal Scrap the Future Feedstock of Choice for Metal 3D Printing?

MolyWorks is future-proofing the circular economy for metals with small-footprint atomization technology that converts metal scrap into additive manufacturing powder on the spot. But that's not the end of the story.

3D Printing Changes a Drone Engine: The Cool Parts Show S2E3

Cobra Aero made the engine cylinder of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) both more powerful and easier to manufacture. Learn what additive manufacturing is doing for drones in this episode of The Cool Parts Show.

PVD Coatings Solve Common 3D-Printed Mold and Part Problems

The right surface modification solution can alleviate a few common additive manufacturing pain points that typically require creating new molds or parts.

Leveraging Additive Manufacturing to Improve Joint Replacement Surgery

A German medical device company has turned to metal additive manufacturing to manufacture its acetabular cup cutter for hip and knee replacement surgeries. The cutter’s 3D-printed blades are more reliable and cost-effective, and have improved the surgical experience for both patient and physician.

How PrinterPrezz Aims to Realize a Manufacturing Model Tailored to Medical Devices

3D printing for orthopedic implants enables innovation and better patient outcomes, but a new type of manufacturer may be needed to realize this promise. A startup focused on implant development, approval and production via additive manufacturing includes surgeons among its founders.

EOS Offers Production-Ready Shared Modules

Consisting of various hardware and software modules, EOS Shared Modules is said to simplify and parallelize workflow both upstream and downstream of the metal AM build process.

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