#LIGHTWEIGHTING

Materials

Stratasys’ Carbon Fiber Material is Stronger, Stiffer ABS

By: AM Staff

Strong, lightweight, ABS-based material is specifically formulated for applications such as manufacturing tooling, jigs and fixtures.
#lightweighting #composites #polymer

Automotive

Porsche Advances Electrification with Generative Design

By: Gary S. Vasilash, Transportation Editor

The sports car manufacturer achieves weight savings and assembly consolidation using additive manufacturing instead of casting for an electric drive housing.
#assemblyconsolidation #lightweighting #generativedesign

Aerospace

3D Printed Parts on the Mars Perseverance Rover: The Cool Parts Show #23

By: Peter Zelinski, Editor-in-Chief

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

Design

How 3D Printing Enables More Sustainable Designs (Video #2)

By: Stephanie Hendrixson, Senior Editor

The circular economy needs the lightweight, optimized and efficient designs that only 3D printing can provide. More in this video, part of our series on 3D Printing and the Circular Economy. 
#lightweighting #sustainability #video

Automotive

Generative Design Improves Micromobility FUV: The Cool Parts Show S3E3

By: Peter Zelinski, Editor-in-Chief

Arcimoto’s lightweight “Fun Utility Vehicle” gets even lighter thanks to parts that could only come from additive manufacturing. On this episode of The Cool Parts Show, some of the craziest automotive parts you have seen.
#assemblyconsolidation #metal #coolparts

Design

Generative Design to Bring Weight and Cost Savings for Micromobility FUV

By: Peter Zelinski, Editor-in-Chief

The “Fun Utility Vehicle” from Arcimoto is already in production, and already lightweight. But after just 30 days of redesign for additive manufacturing, the company discovered major components could be made lighter still, and production could be made simpler.
#assemblyconsolidation #metal #generativedesign

Materials

Are Crystals the Key to 3D Printing with Silicon Carbide?

By: Peter Zelinski, Editor-in-Chief

If SiC was easier and cheaper to apply, we would find many more uses for this hard, lightweight ceramic. Researchers have found a promising additive manufacturing approach, with crystal growth as the bonding mechanism.
#composites #ceramic #lightweighting

Tooling

Lightweight Sandvik Cutting Tool Employing Topology Optimization Now Available

By: Peter Zelinski, Editor-in-Chief

Additive manufacturing aids “subtractive” CNC machining. We first saw this tool in an early version last year. See the video in this post.
#metal #machining #topologyoptimization

Automotive

GM Seat Bracket Made with Autodesk Generative Design Software

By: AM Staff

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.
#brackets #generativedesign #lightweighting

Design

Altair Releases Inspire2018 Simulation-Driven Design Software

By: AM Staff

The software enables rapid simulation, gives insight into lightweighting, and can be used by businesses with little or no simulation experience.
#lightweighting

Lightweighting with Lattices

By: Timothy W. Simpson, Paul Morrow Professor of Engineering Design & Manufacturing

Building components as a network of unit cells may improve material utilization and performance. 
#metal #lightweighting #supplychain

Xact Metal Launches Industrial-Grade XM300 Metal 3D Printer

By: AM Staff

A lightweight, high-speed gantry is key to the powder-bed fusion system’s speed.
#metal #lightweighting

Meeting the Machining Challenges of Additive Manufacturing

You can 3D print the part, but can you finish it? Here is how to overcome the challenge of part deflection in the machining of lightweight, complex AM parts.
#metal #lightweighting #machining

Production

Windform Composite 3D Printing Materials Enable Lightweight, Flexible Air Inlet

By: Heather Caliendo, Senior Editor

CRP Technology recently developed a new front air inlet for a Moto3 racing customer, which was manufactured in Windform materials by using an SLS additive manufacturing technique.
#composites #lightweighting #prototyping

Aerospace

Airbus Partition Built in Pieces for Weight Savings

By: Peter Zelinski, Editor-in-Chief

The large component was successfully produced within a limited build envelope thanks to connection features designed into the pieces. Advances in powder-bed build size will permit greater efficiency in producing parts such as these.
#metal #lightweighting

Automotive

Design for AM: Diesel Engine Support Optimized for Savings and Performance

A diesel engine support, connecting the powertrain and the vehicle chassis, is optimized for weight savings, performance and manufacturing cost reduction as a result of redesigning the part for AM.
#lightweighting

Consumer Goods

Lightweight Motorcycle Made Through AM to Be Seen at IMTS

By: Peter Zelinski, Editor-in-Chief

Additive manufacturing allowed electric bike’s frame to be optimized for minimal mass and material.
#metal #lightweighting

Design

SLM Achieves Weight Reduction for Robot Actuator

By: Christina M. Fuges, Editorial Director

Selective laser melting made it possible to create a lighter, better performing actuator for a quadruped robot.
#metal #lightweighting #robots

Automotive

Modular, Lightweight Car Design Made Possible through Metal AM

By: Stephanie Hendrixson, Senior Editor

The concept car’s frame is built on load-optimized nodes that could only be made with additive manufacturing.
#metal #lightweighting

Aerospace

Additive Manufacturing and Cost per Kilogram

By: Peter Zelinski, Editor-in-Chief

How much is weight savings worth to you? Additive is being embraced in applications where the answer to that question is high.
#metal #lightweighting