Preparations for the 2019 AMUG Conference in Chicago are nearly complete. If you have not looked at the preliminary agenda yet, download it here. I encourage you to consider the new Training Lab part of the conference. In the Training Lab, you will get a chance to work directly with the equipment and software vendors to get a real hands-on experience.
I’ve said it often, but it is worth repeating: AMUG is “For Users, By Users”. Nowhere else will you find a conference exclusively comprised of owners and operators of commercially available additive manufacturing equipment that is used in professional applications. AMUG is the only conference of its kind where you share your AM experiences with other conference participants as well as interact with the technical experts from equipment manufacturers. You’ll find our AMUG members to be inclusive and welcoming, while being very enthusiastic (in a somewhat geeky way) about their AM applications.
We are launching a new and ever-improving mobile app to help guide you through the conference even better this year. Using this tool and the agenda, you should start to plan your conference time carefully for maximum benefit. Take advantage of this online planner to develop your strategy.
It’s up to you to make your AMUG Conference experience a success, and that requires engagement. Get prepared, and be ready to share, inquire and participate. I look forward to meeting you in Chicago!
AMUG Conference registration is just $995 through March 2, 2019. After that, the rate increases to $1,495. So don’t delay; register today.
Your registration includes the four-day conference, two-night AMUGexpo, Tuesday off-site event, evening activities, meals and beverages, and so much more.
Third Keynote Speaker Announced
We can finally reveal that Brad Keselowski, a NASCAR driver and owner/founder of Keselowski Advanced Manufacturing (KAM), will be the Tuesday keynote speaker at the AMUG Conference.
As a championship driver across two racing series, Keselowski understands the important role manufacturing plays across multiple industries, including motorsports and automotive. That understanding, coupled with his passion for technological innovations, led him to build KAM. In his keynote, he will share his experiences where technology, like AM, can help companies win the race and its impact not only within automotive, but across multiple sectors.
Brad Keselowski, a NASCAR driver and owner/founder of Keselowski Advanced Manufacturing (KAM), will be the Tuesday keynote presenter.
For the first time, AMUG is accepting nominations for DINO (Distinguished Innovator Operator) Awards. You may nominate yourself or another deserving candidate, if you have attended at least one of AMUG’s prior conferences. The DINO Selection Committee has said that it is looking for breadth of AM experience, depth of expertise and willingness to share those insights to help others.
Up to 10 individuals will receive this prestigious award on Tuesday, April 2, in the 8:30 am presentation.
For details and access to the online nomination form, please visit the DINO Selection page.
Agenda and Online Planner
With over two hundred sessions, workshops and panels taking place throughout the week, we encourage you to use the AMUG Online Planner to schedule your time at the conference. If you haven’t reviewed the AMUG Agenda, it’s time to take a look. We have sessions in aerospace, automotive/transportation, medical and dental, metal and plastic technologies, software, casting, and materials, not to mention all of the great sessions provided by our Diamond and Platinum Sponsors.
- View the AMUGexpo and map out your time to visit the exhibitors and sponsors. There are 121 booths to visit, which includes 19 Diamond and 24 Platinum Sponsors.
- Plan your time; with over 200 presenters, there are panel sessions, workshops, software training demos and networking events not to miss.
- Create your schedule so you don’t miss anything. Just know, if you use the “My Schedule” use the email address you used to registered for the conference—when the mobile app goes online and you receive your conference access key, you can retain your schedule.
Online Planner: https://www.eventscribe.com/2019/AMUG/
Please note: One week before the 2019 AMUG Conference, the site will be closed to the public. All paid attendees will receive an email with an access code to My AMUG Plan and the AMUG Mobile App where you will have access to your information. Information regarding the mobile app will be sent to all paid conference attendees the beginning of March.
Agenda (PDF): access here
First Time Attendees
For those of you who are new AMUG members (as a conference attendee, you are an AMUG member), you’re probably still trying to figure out how AMUG 2019 will be different from any of the countless conferences, tradeshows, or events you’ve attended. That’s good because if you are not, you will enter the conference thinking it is like any other. It is not like any other, but it is hard to describe how it is different.
The fact is that you’ll just have to experience it for yourself to appreciate the difference. I invite you to experience it with the anticipation, and even the hesitation, you may be experiencing. Bring that to AMUG 2019—not just on the first day, but every day of the conference—and use it to achieve more. Meet other new members to learn how they’re growing and what they’re learning at the event. Connect with the dedicated members from the AM community who have worked year after year to make AMUG 2019 an experience you’ll want to attend for years to come.
And rest assured, you won’t be experiencing the AMUG difference alone. I and the entire AMUG team will be ready to help and are anxious to meet you. That help starts with our New Member Welcome on Sunday, March 31 at 4:00 pm. Please don’t miss it.
If you have any questions before or during AMUG 2019, please feel free to ask me.
Deputy Vice President, Member Relations
Deputy Vice President, Member Relations
Take a tour of Renishaw’s facility in West Dundee, Illinois, on Sunday, March 31. This visit is offered free of charge; transportation is provided; and you will return to the conference venue before the First Timer’s Gathering and AMUGexpo.
You will depart the Chicago Hilton at 10:30 am on Sunday, March 31. At Renishaw’s facility, you will then get a tour of it’s impressive operations and be treated to some discussions on design and material parameter development.
Sign up for the Sunday offsite tour at Renishaw.
AMUG Itinerary Considerations
Our Event Manager, Tom Sorovetz, has worked diligently to make your AMUG 2019 experience pleasurable – before, during and after the conference. Following are some important items that he wants you to know.
Bringing a guest?
If you are planning on bringing your spouse or a guest to Chicago, we have an outing planned for them on Monday, April 1 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. This free activity (thanks to financial support from Charlie Norton of NCP Leasing) will expose our non-conference-goers to the sights, sounds, and tastes of Chicago. The itinerary is still in development, but you will be transported around Chicago (multiple destinations) and will be treated to food and beverages.
Space is limited so please send Tom the name(s) of your guest(s) that are interested in joining the outing. As a bonus, Tom will plan a similar activity for Wednesday, April 3, if the interest level in Monday’s excursion is high enough.
Family recipes needed
On Thursday, April 4, we will have our “family dinner”. We still need some tasty family recipes for Tom and the Hilton chef to consider. So please send your recipes to Tom before the end of February.
Stay for the duration
As a reminder, the AMUG Conference concludes on Thursday, April 4 at 10:00 pm following our Thursday-night dinner. Don’t treat this like any other conference where you exit midway through the last day. You will want to schedule a departure on or after Friday, April 5 to benefit from the information exchanges that will continue through the Thursday dinner.
Please make your hotel reservation at Hilton Chicago, if you have not already done so. If we exceed the capacity, we have a backup hotel (the Hilton Drake) for the same room rate. But you will be regretting your procrastination – past attendees will tell you that you want to stay at the primary conference hotel where all the activities take place.
If you run into any issues with a reservation, or making one, please contact Tom.
Extended stay? Check out Tao Chicago
Tao Chicago is home to the most dramatic dining room in the city (soaring, glamorous venue featuring high-end Asian cuisine & cocktails, plus a posh nightclub). Tom spoke with the restaurant’s management and arranged for you to receive a free drink if you mention AMUG. So if you are looking for a pre- or post-conference dining experience, consider making a reservation at Tao Chicago. If imbibing is your aim, Tao also has a night club. For reservations and information, check out Tao’s website.
To contact Tom for any of these items, please address your emails to email@example.com.
Scholarship Recipients Selected
AMUG is pleased to announce the recipients of the Guy E. Bourdeau and Randy Stevens scholarships. Following a selection of finalists by the AMUG Scholarship Committee, Renee Bourdeau, who founded and supports the scholarship in the name of her late husband (and huge AMUG supporter), selected Victoria Sears. From the committee’s finalists, In’Tech Industries, founder of the scholarship in the name of its former employee, selected Dr. Wenchao Zhou.
Victoria Sears is a graduate student majoring in bioengineering at the University of Michigan. She first developed a passion for AM through her various internships. Working in AM research and development at 3D Systems and Ford Motor Company, she acquired firsthand experience with several AM processes – compounding her own filaments and developing post processing techniques to improve color and surface finish of power-bed fusion generated parts. Victoria also became actively involved in the AM community during her internship at SME where she supported the Medical Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing Work Group. Currently, her research at the University of Michigan is focused on developing a bioink for AM with the goal of optimizing bioprintability.
Dr. Wenchao Zhou is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Arkansas, where he also directs the AM3 Lab. His AM course was selected as a winner for the AM Curricula Challenge sponsored by America Makes. In the AM3 Lab, Dr. Zhou advised students and led the development of several new scalable AM technologies, including Swarm 3D Printing and Assembly, Microheater Array Powder Sintering (MAPS), and high-frequency inkjet printing. He co-founded AMBOTS (www.ambots.net) to commercialize the Swarm 3D Printing technology. The MAPS technology was recognized with the Highly Commended Award in Manufacturing Technology and Model-based Engineering categories for the 2018 IET Innovation Awards. Dr. Zhou’s research has also been recognized with several national and international awards.
Congratulations, Victoria and Wenchao. We look forward to seeing you at the AMUG Conference.
Scholarship winners, Victoria Sears and Dr. Wenchao Zhou.
Carbon® Unveils Larger L1 Printer, Teams Up with Riddell
Carbon recently unveiled its L1 printer, the newest hardware addition to the Carbon Platform, designed specifically for immediate, high-volume production with 10x the build area of its M1 printer. For customers that have high-volume production needs, the L1 is a new solution that combines software, hardware and materials to make production more economical.
One of the first companies using the L1 is Riddell, which has teamed up with Carbon to bring customized, digital design innovation to head protection through Riddell’s new Diamond helmet platform. Powered by Carbon, the new platform features a 3D-printed lattice liner that is digitally manufactured using Carbon’s proprietary Digital Light Synthesis™ technology. The result is next-generation head protection for today’s athletes—a customized, 3D printed helmet liner precisely contoured to the athlete’s head.
To learn more about Carbon’s leading Digital Manufacturing Platform, visit www.carbon3d.com.
Riddell uses the Carbon L1 printer to produce precise-fit head protection.
ExOne and Catalysis Announce Collaboration That Delivers a Revolutionary Rapid Tooling Process
ExOne recently announced its collaboration with Catalysis Additive Tooling in the development of a new process for 3D printed tooling for low- to medium-volume production parts.
The collaboration between the two companies has resulted in the development of a revolutionary new rapid tooling process. The process starts with an ExOne sand mold that is 3D printed using its binder jetting technology. The mold then receives proprietary coatings and becomes a re-usable tool to make a plastic, fiberglass, foam or other composite part by way of a more traditional injection, vacuum formed or cast process.
“We are pleased to add ExOne’s binder jetting technology to our family of 3D printing offerings. We offer a number of different 3D printing technologies and select the best technology to meet customers’ needs. Given its speed and volume capabilities, we are especially interested in binder jetting for production parts. ExOne offers the best solution to satisfy this need,” said Darrell Stafford, CEO and president of Catalysis.
“This collaboration with Catalysis represents yet another avenue for us to deliver the benefits of our 3D printing binder jetting technology to the market,” said Rick Lucas, ExOne’s chief technology officer.
Read the press release.
A New AM Platform, Interactive Education & More from EOS at AMUG 2019
We’re just a little more than a month away until AMUG kicks off!
This year, we are excited to introduce you to our brand new polymer additive manufacturing platform—the Integra P 400. Developed specifically for AM users like you, we couldn’t have picked a better event than AMUG to launch the first EOS platform designed, engineered, and manufactured right here in North America! Don’t miss our live demonstrations of the new Integra P 400 platform at our Diamond Sponsor Suite D1, also featuring the latest in AM applications, new custom polymer material developments from our ALM team, and much more.
In addition, we’ll also be participating in a number of events throughout the conference, including:
- Diamond Presentation – Scan, Print, Ship – Combining Unique Technology with Additive Manufacturing to Create a Revolutionary Product, co-presented by Aetrex and EOS
- Diamond Presentation – Enabling Your Polymer Production Ecosystem: Introducing the Integra P 400, presented by new EOS North America COO, David Leigh
- Training Labs – AM Innovation Challenge – Application Sprint, led by our Additive Minds applied engineering team
- Panel Discussion – Additive Manufacturing Process Validation, featuring EOS Global Medical Business Development Manager, Laura Gilmour
Visit AMUG’s website to see the schedule in the preliminary conference agenda.
See the New Integra P 400 LIVE!
Formlabs at AMUG 2019 Presents Vision for What’s Next for the 3D Printing Industry
Formlabs has set the standard for professional desktop 3D printers since it introduced the Form 1 in 2012. This year at AMUG 2019, the Formlabs’ sessions and Training Labs will dive deep and share insights into the evolution and current state of SLA 3D printing. Speakers will include Formlabs’ CEO and co-founder Max Lobovsky, Materials Lead Sharon Soong, Manufacturing, Engineering, and Product Development Industry Manager Andrew Edman and Senior Pro Services Expert Nick King. These Formlabs experts will share what it takes—from material, to product, to strategy—to meaningfully scale the use of 3D printing across organizations of any size. In addition, the tracks will provide updates on the latest Formlabs hardware, materials, and software products.
Can’t wait for more insights? Check out these resources:
Anatomical model highlights one material in Formlabs’ line up.
The All New BigRep PRO Makes its North American Debut at AMUG 2019
Announced at Formnext, BigRep’s newest machine, the PRO, is making its North American debut at AMUG 2019. Powered by BigRep’s new, proprietary MXT® and state-of-the-art Bosch Rexroth CNC control systems and drives, the PRO delivers unprecedented speed, precision and quality—with the full connectivity to integrate additive manufacturing with Industry 4.0.
BigRep will be conducting a demonstration of the PRO during the new AMUG Training Labs, in which attendees can learn more about its software, hardware, materials and state-of-the-art technology powering this one-metered-cubed industrial printer. Plus, they can better understand how the PRO will achieve printing speeds of >600 mm/s, when using with its finest 0.6 mm nozzle, making it five times faster than any FFF printer on the market.
Add a demo to your schedule and plan to join BigRep in C3-3.
- Monday, April 1 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm
- Wednesday, April 3 from 1:30 to 2:30 pm
Don’t want to wait? Schedule your demo today! bigrep.com/demo/
BigRep PRO will be covered in Training Lab at AMUG 2019.
The Future with Farsoon
Farsoon Technologies is a Diamond Sponsor for the AMUG Conference 2019. We invite you to join us at the “Open for Industry” booth (D10) to explore the “Future with Farsoon” in additive manufacturing.
On display will be the Farsoon HT403P polymer laser sintering production system, videos of new products such as the HT1001P polymer laser sintering production system, and FS421M metal laser sintering production system, as well as videos of future products, sample parts from all systems, materials, and various case studies and collaborative projects with Farsoon product partners.
Farsoon will also be conducting Training Lab sessions and presentations on topics including additive manufacturing tooling demonstrations, performance material discussions with Farsoon, orientation/nesting/optimization programs with Autodesk Software in conjunction with Farsoon, and a glimpse into the future of Farsoon’s vision and products presentation.
See you at the “Open for Industry” booth at AMUG 2019 (booth D10) and RAPID + TCT (booth 1264)!
See What’s New at Stratasys
At Stratasys, we’re always thinking of new ways to help our customers use 3D printing to do what they do better. It’s in our DNA. A new year means new products and new launches and that’s precisely what we’ll show you at the upcoming AMUG Conference.
What you’ll see are new tools designed to help schools and businesses succeed. A better solution helps dental labs differentiate their business while offering them greater capacity to work faster and be more productive. New FDM offerings will give design firms and schools greater access to the capabilities and benefits this proven technology offers.
Be sure to stop by the Stratasys booth at AMUG 2019!
For the latest in 3D printing news and highlights, visit the Stratasys blog.
New design tools to help schools succeed will be one of the product launches at AMUG 2019.
Experience a Day Discussing All Things Additive
Join Renishaw for an onsite tour and presentations on Sunday, March 31. We are one of the world’s leading engineering and scientific technology companies, with expertise in precision measurement and healthcare. We supply products and services used in applications as diverse as jet engine and wind turbine manufacture, through to dentistry and brain surgery. And we are a world leader in the field of metal additive manufacturing.
This tour will introduce our most recent 3D metal printer (the RenAM500Q quad-laser system), our metal AM Solutions Center, and provide an overview of how our range of industrial metrology products practically deliver lean manufacturing through automation and process control.
Attend two presentations:
- A Practical Guide to Designing Parts for 3D Metal Printing (Kevin Brigden, Design Expert, Renishaw Inc)
- Developing Material Parameters for 3D Metal Printing (John Laureto, Materials Expert, Renishaw Inc)
During the AMUG Conference, come see us at Booth #D14 to check out our additive technologies! Learn more about additive manufacturing at www.renishaw.com/additive.
Sign up for the Sunday tour at Renishaw’s facility.
Additive Industries Presents Two Sessions in AMUG’s Hands-On Training Lab
During the “Controlling Powder Evolution in Laser Powder Bed Fusion” Training Lab session you will be able to better understand how to maintain repeatability and reproducibility in LB-PBF process through powder control. You will learn the whole chain of this process that ensures powder evolution is minimized. Controlling powder exposure to atmosphere is crucial to the quality and the repeatability of parts having to meet performance and safety critical applications. You will learn how Additive Industries achieves the highest level of powder control in the industry through their powder load tool and in-situ powder handling systems.
Frequently used LB-PBF build set-up software and the machine control software often provide the user with a limited level of process control. Another Training Lab session “Achieving Greater Control in Build Setup and Scan Strategies” will give insight on how the MetalFAB1 system has the most robust build setup and selection of scan strategies in the industry. This training session shows how to solve the most difficult build programming requirements using all the available software tools and open source code to tweak build strategies that work to your advantage for extremely complex parts.
These sessions will be held on Monday, April 1 and Wednesday, April 2. See the AMUG agenda for times.
Two Training Lab sessions at AMUG 2019 will show how to take control of LB-PBF.
Curious About the Secrets of an Agile MES?
Since December, 3YOURMIND has been running its early access program for our Agile Machine Execution System with EOS and other AM power users in the US and Europe. Our Training Lab session on Wednesday, April 3 will be led by CEO Stephan Kühr who will present “lessons learned” about the biggest congestion points on the production floor and how they could be relieved using software and agile processes. The results of which have become our Agile MES.
The AM industry has arrived at a maturity that is on the cusp of serial additive manufacturing. But to get reproducible processes and quality will require standardization, transparency and tracking—which can only scale when systems are connected from order intake to machines to post-processing.
This will be a chance to dig into the dirt of hurdles that need to be overcome and what processes have already moved into semi- or full-automation.
Training Lab session to dive deep into Agile MES.
DSM Developed Two Breakthrough High-Performance Materials for 3D Printing Structural Parts
DSM has introduced two new 3D printing materials, Somos® PerFORM Reflect and Novamid® ID1030 CF10.
With Somos PerFORM Reflect, DSM once again demonstrates its leadership in high-performing materials for additive manufacturing. Based on DSM’s industry-leading Somos PerFORM, the new PerFORM Reflect will again set new standards for 3D printing materials for Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) applications allowing you to go from SLA machine directly to the PIV test. By eliminating the need to apply PIV coatings to the printed parts, Somos PerFORM Reflect saves more than 30% in post treatment.
DSM also introduced a new carbon-fiber-filled grade PA6/66 filament, Novamid ID1030 CF10, for 3D printing. Despite the low carbon fiber loading of 10%—much lower than other carbon-filled materials—it produces functional prototyping and industrial parts with properties close to what is usually achievable only by injection molding while matching the easy and fast printing of unreinforced plastics.
More information can be found here.
Two new materials: Somos PerFORM Reflect (left) and Novamid ID1030 CF10.
TRUMPF Strengthens Position as World’s Leading Laser Manufacturer
The high-tech company TRUMPF is acquiring 100 percent of Photonics GmbH from Philips, headquartered in Ulm, Germany. This opens up a new market segment for TRUMPF with technology used for smartphones, in digital data transmission, and in sensors for autonomous driving. “With this acquisition, we want to open up new product fields and expand our existing portfolio,” said Nicola Leibinger-Kammüller, TRUMPF CEO. Through this acquisition, TRUMPF will expand into fast-growing markets in the photonics and digital product industries.
Read the press release here.
Automatic optical inspection in laser diode production at Photonics GmbH
Electron Beam Melting: Powering AM Into the Future
Electron Beam Melting (EBM) is an innovative additive manufacturing (AM) process in which metal powder or filament is completely melted by a concentrated beam of electrons. Production in a vacuum chamber ensures that oxidation will not compromise highly reactive materials like titanium. Vacuum production is also required so electrons don’t collide with gas molecules. The hot process created in the chamber allows you to build bulkier parts with less residual stress.
Today, the potential of EBM technology is realized, and GE Additive’s Arcam EBM machines allow you to take advantage of this technology and differentiate your products and boost productivity. We’re the pioneers of EBM technology, specializing in the aerospace and orthopedic market. Our machines offer total design freedom, easier customization, and higher build volumes that help power your business into the future.
Learn how EBM technology can transform your business today.
Q20, one of the EBM machines in GE Additive’s EBM line up.
3D Systems Helping Customers Scale AM at AMUG 2019
AMUG 2019 is approaching quickly, and we’re looking forward to a great week with you in Chicago! We hope you’ll join our application engineers in the Training Lab as they share their expertise on designing and printing eggshell molds, discuss effective in-process quality analysis for metal 3D printing, and demonstrate how to optimize additive manufacturing for serial production of large parts.
Join 3D Systems’ President and CEO, Vyomesh Joshi, as he talks with Chuck Hull, our co-founder and CTO, about how AM is transforming manufacturing (Monday, April 1, 4:30-5:30 pm). Kevin McAlea will moderate a panel of key opinion leaders as they share insights on scaling of metal AM (Wednesday, April 3, 3:00-4:00 pm). We also invite you to a Q&A with Karl Meyer, founder of 3D Systems’ Gentle Giant, as he looks back on his pioneering work to integrate 3D printing into the entertainment industry (Wednesday, April 3, 6:30-7:30 pm). And don’t forget to stop by booth D16 to see our portfolio of end-to-end solutions that are helping customers transform their manufacturing workflows.
Learn how to optimize metal parts production in 3D Systems’ Training Lab sessions at AMUG 2019.
It’s Time! Going Industrial with Additive Manufacturing
As you get ready for AMUG 2019, we urge you to take some time to attend BASF’s two general track sessions as well as our four Training Lab sessions. Our 3D-printing experts from Europe and the US will be sharing their insights and know-how as we all, together, shape the future of the 3D-printing Industry.
Our general track sessions include:
- “It’s time for going Industrial with AM” by Volker Hammes (CEO of BASF 3D Printing Solutions) and Francois Minec (newest member of our executive managements team).
- “Start to Finish AM Solutions – Design & Simulation, Novel Materials and Finishing” by Kara Noack (Head of BASF 3D Printing Solutions in North America) and Andreas Wüst, (Head of Dynamic Structural, Analysis, BASF 3D Printing Solutions).
Our Training Lab sessions include:
- Benchmarking of PA6 & Powder Materials for Industrial Applications: Laser Sintering vs. Injection Molding
- BASF’s Ultracur3D Photopolymers – The Next Level of Additive Manufacturing
- Application-Driven Material Development for FFF
- 316L Tooling Design and Fabrication via FFF (co-presentation with John Deere)
Watch a recap of AMUG 2018. See you in Chicago!
For more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HP Multi Jet Fusion Customer Applications Continue to Grow
From functional prototyping and manufacturing aids to final part production—HP Multi Jet Fusion is transforming how products are designed and manufactured.
“Multi Jet Fusion has moved beyond being a solution for prototyping and small-run 3D production to become a viable technology for large-scale, full-production 3D manufacturing,” says Michelle Bockman, HP’s vice president of 3D Printing & Digital Manufacturing – Automotive and Value-Add Applications. “The genie has left the bottle on the adoption of industrial-scale 3D production, and it keeps accelerating.”
Check out HP Multi Jet Fusion applications from a variety of industries here and watch the very latest application videos to learn how HP customers are unlocking the full potential of additive manufacturing.
The HP team will be at this year’s AMUG Conference showing a wide range of these applications as well as offering a variety of trainings – from DfAM, to driving AM transformation, to color workflows and more!
Visit the HP booth D15 to see the latest HP MJF applications on show. Share and learn with training sessions with HP MJF experts–and…most important, drop in for a drink with us at our Diamond Reception, Sunday, March 31st at 1:00 pm (Wilford A).
We look forward to seeing you there!
Experience HP 3D materials and applications at AMUG 2019.
Orbex Builds World’s Largest Single-Piece, 3D-Printed Rocket Engine
Chris Larmour, CEO of Orbex, reveals Europe’s most modern, environmentally friendly and reusable launch vehicle. Orbex partnered with SLM Solutions to 3D print the world’s largest single-piece rocket engine on the SLM®800 Selective Laser Melting Machine. At the grand opening of Orbex’s new rocket design facility in Scotland, Larmour stated, “This allows us to build reliably in a repeatable manner at a reduced cost.”
The novel Orbex launcher uses 100% renewable fuel to cut carbon emissions by 90% and a novel zero-shock staging and payload separation resulting in zero orbital debris. It was also design-optimized for selective laser melting, helping to create a structure 30% lighter and 20% more efficient than any other launch vehicle in its category.
Read the press release for more information.
Read the Winter 2018 Issue of Metal AM Magazine Now!
Get your free copy of Metal Additive Manufacturing magazine today. The 164-page Winter 2018 issue has just been published and includes the latest industry news as well as the following exclusive features:
- Binder Jet metal AM: Process chain considerations when moving towards series production
- Simple and standardised X-ray CT testing in metal AM
- Formnext 2018: The global AM industry addresses ‘the bigger picture’ for true industrialisation
- Formnext 2018: International forum reviews standards for AM
- Formnext 2018: How the growth of metal AM is driving changes to the metal powder landscape
- How residual stress can cause major build failures, and what you can do to prevent it
- Arcast: Applying advanced melting and atomisation expertise to the production of a new generation of metal powders
- AM in Aerospace: Highlights from the AMA 2018 international conference in Bremen
- Euro PM2018: The influence of powder characteristics on processability in metal AM
View online or download your free copy today.
164-page Winter 2018 issue now available.
DE News Roundup: SolidWorks World 2019 Recap
Digital Engineering’s Senior Editor Kenneth Wong narrates the top video news from this week at SolidWorks World 2019, including the latest release of 3D Systems’ scan-to-CAD software, Rize striking up a partnership with a SolidWorks reseller, and Autodesk launching a new space to foster generative design applications in partnership with DMDII’s UI Labs. Watch the brief video here.
Academics Give Insights in Additive Manufacturing Year Ahead
This month 3D Printing Industry took a closer look at how some of the leading academics and researchers are advancing the science of AM. Experts from institutions including UC Berkeley, Cranfield University and the University of Birmingham discuss their current work and how they expect AM to develop in 2019.
We are now reaching the end of the first phase of the 2019 3D Printing Industry Awards. Our nomination form will remain open until the end of February. Let us know about the enterprises, applications, and individuals leading the 3D printing industry.
See you in Chicago!
A titanium model heated for diamond coating. Photo via RMIT University.
Share Your AM insights at TCT Show 2019
Inspired by the upcoming AMUG agenda to impart your own AM expertise? The TCT Group is now accepting presentation proposals for the TCT Show Conference, the leading design-to-manufacturing innovation summit, which will take place during TCT Show from September 24 – 26, 2019, at the NEC Birmingham, UK.
Last year, the TCT Conference brought together expert analysts, researchers and executives from the likes of Airbus, BMW Group, PepsiCo and University of Nottingham to deliver insights on the role of 3D technologies in the design-to-manufacturing process chain.
The conference team is now welcoming abstracts presenting technological advancements, applications, business-critical insights and new academic research on the role of 3D technologies in healthcare, aerospace, automotive, product design, materials, standards and beyond.
Your presentation title, abstract (maximum 200 words), speaker biography (maximum 200 words) and a high-resolution headshot photograph can be submitted here. All abstracts will be reviewed on a rolling basis until Friday, March 29, 2019.
TCT Show’s main stage at the 2018 event.
RAPID + TCT 2019 to Feature Medical Manufacturing Innovations Program
RAPID + TCT 2019 will once again feature the Medical Manufacturing Innovations (MMI) program to showcase the fast-growing applications of medical additive manufacturing.
Additive Manufacturing: Leveraging Design Capabilities for Production of Devices that Make Healthcare Better
Wednesday, May 22 | 8:30 am – 9:55 am
Dr. Naomi Murray, Director, Advanced Operations for Additive Technology Solutions, Stryker
Monday, May 20 | 8:30 am – 2:00 pm
- 3D Printing in Hospitals: What You Need to Know
- Regulatory & Quality System Considerations for 3D Printed Medical Devices
- Biomaterials and Bioprinting Fundamentals & Applications
Five medical conference sessions to choose from, including:
- Point-of-care Manufacturing Workflow & Value
- Point-of-care Applications
- Structural Implants & Scaffolds
- Tissue Repair & Regeneration
- New Ways to Use Processes & Materials
All RAPID + TCT 2019 exhibitors that serve the medical industry will be tagged with an MMI floor sticker.
Learn more at rapid3Devent.com/mmi.
3D-Printed Headphones Help Keep Ears Clean
Every year more than 12 million Americans visit their physicians for impacted earwax removal. This condition occurs when enough earwax accumulates to cause symptoms such as pain, fullness, itching, odor, tinnitus, discharge, cough, or hearing loss. The usual solution is to use the Ear & Bladder Syringe, which has been the standard of care since 1821. But it can be a frustrating tool for physicians and a painful experience for patients.
The founders of Tucson-based SafKan, brothers Sahil and Aadil Diwan, saw a market opportunity. They designed and developed the first automated ear-cleaning device, OtoSet, for clinical use. OtoSet looks like a pair of headphones, but it can professionally clean a patient’s ear in just 35 seconds.
Safkan automated ear-cleaning device.
Automotive Detailed in Winter 3DMP
The Winter 2019 issue of 3D Metal Printing has plenty for those wondering how 3D printing, and metal AM in particular, is progressing in the automotive industry. Our cover story focuses on Ford’s significant investment in the technology for tools, prototypes and production parts. And, we get the scoop on Keselowski Advanced Manufacturing (KAM), as motorsports veteran and NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski opens a North Carolina hybrid-manufacturing operation with a focus on metal 3D printing.
You’ll find the Winter 2019 3DMP, and our editors, at the AMUG Conference, where Keselowski is slated to deliver a keynote address.
The Winter 2019 issue details Ford Motor Co.’s AM efforts, and goes in-depth on how KAM looks to make a big splash in 3D metal printing.
Inside the AM Master’s Program at Penn State
Additive manufacturing has reached a juncture where a higher education degree program makes sense. The breadth of knowledge is there, though it is still growing. The demand is there, too. Manufacturers are recognizing AM’s role in their futures, and they need people who understand not just specific machines or processes, but the full AM supply chain.
Additive Manufacturing visited Penn State University to learn how this school is preparing students for an additive future and what that future might look like. Find the story and related videos on our site.