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Aerospace

Mars Rover Instrument Is Manufacturing Challenge, 3D Printing Victory

A critical instrument on the Perseverance rover requires five components that could only be made via additive manufacturing. Carpenter Additive overcame obstacles to produce them.

Automotive

Cadillac Utilizes 3D Printing to Bring Back Manual Transmission

New Cadillac V-Series Blackwing models will be first GM production vehicles with functional 3D-printed parts, including two HVAC ducts and an electrical harness bracket.

Medical & Dental

LightForce Orthodontics Announces $14 Million Investment

Additional funding will be used to bring customizable 3D-printed brackets to orthodontic practices and patients.

Production

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.

Automotive

3D Printing for Production at Ford: The Cool Parts Show S2E1

The parking brake bracket on the Mustang Shelby GT500 is now 3D printed instead of stamped. Learn how Ford is thinking about additive manufacturing in this episode of The Cool Parts Show.

Production

8 Times 3D Printing Built a Better Bracket

Brackets may not be the most exciting application for 3D printing, but they are one of the most important. Here are 8 instances where a 3D printed bracket offered advantages over a conventionally produced one.

Video: 3D-Printed Brackets Are Key to Automated Coolant Delivery for Lights-Out Machining

An on-site look at the different elements of the coolant-delivery system developed by a machine shop committed to running unattended.

Aerospace

First Additive Manufactured Part to Be Installed on GE Engines

The FAA has given “change in design” approval for additively manufactured power door opening system (PDOS) brackets.

Production

5 Lessons About Additive Manufacturing We Can Learn from This Part

A bracket redesign has a lot to say about the successful application of metal AM. One of the takeaways: Support structures are worth the effort!

Automotive

GM Seat Bracket Made with Autodesk Generative Design Software

The bracket is the result of a multi-year alliance between the two companies to explore generative design, AM and materials science for vehicle lightweighting.

Aerospace

Airbus Installs 3D-Printed Bracket on Commercial Aircraft

Arconic produced the titanium bracket, which Airbus installed on its A350 XWB series production commercial aircraft.

Make Large Prototypes on a Small 3D Printer

To prove out the designs of brackets that are much larger than its 3D printer, this manufacturer prints the bracket models in pieces and assembles them into prototypes.

Aerospace

Additive Manufactured Components Reach Jupiter

The Juno spacecraft includes titanium waveguide brackets made through AM.

3D Printing for Space Station Freezer Interior

For a freezer to be used in orbit, growing the interior structure in one piece eliminates joining and brackets to maximize the space efficiency of this space-borne appliance.

Production

Additive Manufacturing of Brackets Saves 1 Kilogram per Satellite

Because of complexity, material and quantity, spacecraft and satellite components are good candidates for additive production.

GE Contest Winner: The Most Strength with the Least Weight

GE recently announced the winner of its Jet Engine Bracket Challenge. The challenge involved a bracket to be shifted from CNC machining to additive manufacturing. Machining limits design options, but additive manufacturing offers complexity for free.

How Would You Make This Bracket Better?

When design constraints are taken away, what does the very best design for a given application look like?

Tooling

Additive Manufacturing’s Opportunity in One Word

I want to say just one word to you: brackets.

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