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CGTech Extends Simulation to Thermwood LSAM (Includes Video)

Large-scale additive manufacturing platform is the largest 3D printer yet simulated. Watch video for example of how simulation using program G-code catches an error that would otherwise lead to a failed build.

Aerospace

The Cool Parts Show, Episode 1: This Rocket Fuel Injector Is a Solid Part That Contains a Working Motor

Our new video series debuts with a look at a solid metal part made through additive manufacturing that was built with a motor embedded inside. The motor sealed within the part adjusts the rocket’s fuel mixture while the rocket is in flight.

Medical & Dental

Interlayer Laser Peening Shows Promise for 3D Printed Implants and Beyond

Research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln illustrates how applying secondary processes between 3D-printed layers can have a ripple effect on part properties. Dr. Michael Sealy explains the potential for medical implants using Optomec’s LENS platform.

AM 101: Hybrid Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing offers powerful capabilities alone, but even more opportunities are opened when AM is combined with subtractive processes.

Video: Metal AM Affects Plastics Production via Conformal Cooling

Additive manufacturing allows cooling channels within mold tooling inserts to follow the form of the tool rather than being straight drilled holes. Here’s why this matters.

Additive Manufacturing for Hard Tooling

Hybrid manufacturing is enabling tooling to be made with additive processes.

Mold Builder Learns How to Use Hybrid AM to Build Conformal-Cooled Inserts

It is one thing to understand additive manufacturing technology, but it is another to know when to invest, who to partner with and how to sell its value.

Combining Additive and Subtractive Processes for Hybrid Manufacturing

At this point, we are still learning how to combine the two to optimize hybrid manufacturing.

A European View on AM: Rethinking Injection Molds

Overseas business models and applications of metal additive manufacturing promise to improve or invent functionalities integrated into molds and tools.

Production

Metal 3D Printing in a Machine Shop? Ask the Marines

A hybrid system combining metal 3D printing with machining gives the Marine Corps perhaps its most effective resource yet for obtaining needed hardware in the field. It also offers an extreme version of the experience a machine shop might have in adding metal AM to its capabilities.

CGTech Machine Simulation Software Operates Independently

Rapid 2019: CGTech’s Vericut version 8.2 CNC machine simulation, verification and optimization software simulates CNC machining, additive and hybrid manufacturing processes.

Thermwood Hybrid Machine Produces Near-Net-Shape Parts

Rapid 2019: Thermwood’s Large Scale Additive Manufacturing (LSAM) system uses both 3D printing and machining to produce a near-net-shape product.

Tahoe Boats Collaborates with Thermwood on 3D Printing for Boat Design

Thermwood assisted the building of Tahoe Boats’ T16 boat design, using its Large Scale Additive Manufacturing (LSAM) system to custom print necessary tools and patterns. This is the first time 3D printing has been used on an actual boat production at this scale, according to the company.

Edgecam 2019 Includes Module for Additive Manufacturing

Edgecam 2019 R1 introduces an additive manufacturing module along with 30 other enhancements.

Matsuura Announces Partnership with CMD

Custom Mold and Design (CMD) and Matsuura USA will collaborate in applying  Matsuura’s Lumex technology for the mold industry.

GW Plastics Bets on Metal 3D Printing for Conformal Cooling

An investment in a hybrid metal 3D printer is enabling moldmaker GW Plastics to produce better-performing molds with conformal cooling.

Medical & Dental

Optomec LENS Metal Hybrid Manufactures Dissolvable Medical Implants

The dissolvable metal implants could help eliminate the need for second surgeries, reducing risks, costs and suffering for patients.

DMP Factory 500 Integrates 3D Systems, GF Machining Solutions Expertise

The modular solution is optimized for scalability, repeatable high-quality parts, high throughput and low total cost of operation.

Optomec Introduces LENS 860 Hybrid Controlled Atmosphere (CA) Metal 3D Printer

The large-format metal 3D printer's hermetically sealed build chamber supports hybrid manufacturing with reactive materials.

3D-Hybrid Introduces ATC Solution for Hybrid Manufacturing

IMTS 2018: The Automatic Tool Change (ATC) Solution for hybrid manufacturing equips a machine tool with a high-deposition wire arc 3D printing head.

Okuma Engineer Offers Safety Tips for Hybrid Machine Tools

Shop air should be out of reach, but flood coolant is a friend, he says. The real challenge of hybrid machines right now is not safety procedures but software.

Takumi Machining Center Integrates 3D-Hybrid AM Tool

The addition of a wire-arc additive manufacturing tool integrates 3D printing into a double-column machining center.

Hermle Combines Metal Powder Application Process with Five-Axis Machining

Hermle integrated its MPA technology, a process where metal powder is applied by kinetic compacting to build completely sealed materials, in a Hermle five-axis machining center to create parts with highly complex inner geometries.

Diabase Brings a Machine Tool Perspective to FDM

The company’s H-series Additive and Hybrid systems take inspiration from machining centers to unlock the potential of filament-based 3D printing.

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