It’s summer, and we all try to enjoy the warm weather that the season offers, especially us Northerners. I hope everyone is finding ways to relax a little and spend time with your families.
The AMUG Board, which I (and other board members) consider to be my extended family, will be reconnecting soon. And while we will be spending days holed up in a conference room, with no chance to enjoy the summer sunshine, I am looking forward to spending time with “my family” while getting loads of work done.
The board is convening August 10-12 at the site of our 2018 conference, the St. Louis Union Station, for conference planning and prepping. The agenda is lengthy with topics ranging from registration setup to duty delegation. Since the venue is going through an expansion, we also get to decide how to take advantage of the space that didn’t exist when we were last in St. Louis. Coming out of the meeting, there will be a very large to-do list, and it will be “all hands on deck.”
Prior to the board meeting, we don’t have much more to report. So go back to the pool or beach, enjoy your summer, and don’t forget the sunscreen!
What’s New from EOS
From advancements in AM technology to unique expert training opportunities, discover what’s new from EOS, including a 360° tour of our technology center in Krailling, Germany.
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On June 29, we were lucky enough to host 3D Veterans for a tour as a part of a 6-week training boot camp. 3D Veterans is an organization that is training and mentoring veterans in 3D printing technologies to lead innovation and growth in the industry. The tour allowed veterans to learn about different types of 3D printing and to discover how additive manufacturing can offer unique solutions to problems. To learn more about this great organization, visit their web site.
We are happy to announce our new web series about designing for our metal binder jetting, Tech Tips. The first episode was released on July 12th and features advice on methods for accounting for shrinkage in designs. Future episodes include topics such as infiltration, print lines, and finishes. Additional episodes will be available every Wednesday on our YouTube channel.
Renishaw Cutting It with KOMET GROUP
KOMET® GROUP, a global technology leader in high-precision drilling, reaming, milling, threading and process monitoring, is using Renishaw metal AM to produce new ranges of innovative cutting tools. The use of AM enabled the cutters to be produced quicker and more complex shapes to be generated.
The first of the projects was the development of a new range of PCD (Poly-Crystalline Diamond) screw-in milling cutters. The main steel bodies of the cutters are manufactured on a Renishaw metal AM system, with multiple bodies produced during each cycle of the machine, and then fitted with PCD blades and screwed onto their tool holders.
KOMET has changed the arrangement of the blades, and the cutter grooves are shorter than on conventionally milled tools. Additive manufacturing has enabled the number of grooves and blades on a 32mm screw-in head to be increased from six to ten, which can allow a feed rate increase of up to 50%, significantly boosting productivity.
Boom Supersonic Improves Speed of Development for Supersonic Aircraft with Stratasys 3D Printing
Stratasys announced a significant technical partnership with the aerospace company Boom Supersonic, who is looking to bring supersonic travel to the airline industry. The joint effort looks to accelerate the production of advanced tooling and production-grade aircraft parts based on Stratasys FDM additive manufacturing.
Design freedom, production speed and cost reduction are all positive results from 3D printing that will significantly reduce development time of their supersonic aircraft that is set to take flight next year. The company uses the Fortus 450mc and F370 3D printers to produce on-demand parts and advanced manufacturing tools to perform even under the industry’s most challenging conditions.
Boom’s new XB-1 aircraft, their supersonic demonstrator, is set to fly 2.6 times faster than any other aircraft on the market today. Accelerating to 1,451 miles per hour, the plane could reduce typical New York to London flight times from seven hours down to just over three hours.
Multi Jet Fusion 3D Printing Technology Wins ‘Innovation of the Year’
One year and three days after announcing the world’s first production-ready 3D printing solutions, HP’s Multi Jet Fusion technology and its implementation was crowned “Innovation of the Year” at the inaugural 3D Printing Industry Awards ceremony in London.
Nominated and voted on by the industry – in a program that included more than 800 companies nominated and 200,000 votes received – the awards recognize the individuals, companies and technologies that are shaping the digital reinvention of manufacturing.
Airbus Achieves Major Breakthrough with 3D Systems’ Direct Metal Printing
High capacity satellites can carry nearly 500 radio-frequency (RF) filters and more than 600 waveguides, many of which are custom-designed to handle specific frequencies. Building upon research funded by the European Space Agency, Airbus Space and Defence worked with 3D Systems to produce the first metal 3D printed RF filter to be tested and validated for use in commercial telecommunications satellites.
The 3D Systems ProX® DMP 320 used in the Airbus RF filter project enables manufacturers to consolidate parts, improve functionality with shapes and surfaces not possible to manufacture with traditional means, lower production time and costs for customized designs, and reduce weight while maintaining or improving material strength.
Carbon’s Next-Generation Software Enables Digital Manufacturing
Carbon’s next-generation software is enabling manufacturers to rethink how they design parts and go to final production. With Carbon’s software innovations, high-quality parts can be designed and produced in a high-volume production environment using the M-series printers and a wide range of resins.
Carbon’s software includes complex physics and chemistry models with heat and stress simulation already built in. Working closely with a Carbon Technical Partner, product development teams can create complex optimized designs, run simulations to anticipate uneven load on the part, add textures to parts, and automatically generate the appropriate lattice based on the desired part performance. Leveraging Amazon Web Services (AWS), a secure connection to Carbon servers helps customers to manage all printers from a central portal and to include software updates into their production flow at their convenience. The connected printers proactively share performance issues with a Carbon Technical Partner, who can help schedule preventative maintenance and can provide remote troubleshooting as well.
Learn more here.
Rapid Tooling Equals Rapid Production of Automotive Parts
Mirror Controls international (MCi) is the world’s leading manufacturer of glass and power-fold actuators used to move and control electric side-view or wing mirrors on automotive vehicles. MCi supplies tier one automotive part makers such as Magna and Ficosa, who incorporate MCi actuator products into finished units for automotive manufacturers. MCi invented the electric glass actuator in 1964. Today, MCi supplies over 60 million actuators annually. When drivers around the world adjust their side-view mirrors, there is likely to be a MCi actuator moving the mirror.
When MCi was looking to increase the efficiency of their rapid tooling, they found it with the help of Somos® PerFORM. Learn more here.
SLM Solutions Large Volume System Sales
SLM Solutions has recently closed two of its largest agreements with customers around the globe. In Italy, BeamIT signed a long-term cooperation deal to jointly develop and test various material parameter settings, as well as add 15 additional selective laser melting systems to their facility by 2019.
Additionally, in the expanding Asian market, SLM Solutions closed a deal to deliver 10 of its production-oriented SLM 500 platform to a Chinese customer. The multi-laser systems will be delivered in the next 15 months and are valued at up to 12 million EUR.
3D Metal Printing Experience and Tech Tour, August 16-17, Chicago
Plan now to attend this metal additive manufacturing conference in Schaumburg, with presentations from several industry experts to learn about the latest technology developments for 3D metal printing. Included are tours of Renishaw and Sodick, each providing case-study presentations.
Among the impressive list of speakers:
- Todd Grimm, president, T.A. Grimm & Associates
- Sandra DeVincent Wolf, executive director, NextManufacturing Center, Carnegie Mellon University
- Cullen Hilkene, CEO, 3Diligent
- Paul Bates, general manager, UL Additive Manufacturing Competency Center, University of Louisville
- Ryan Lozier, AM engineer, Caterpillar
To learn more and register to attend, visit www.3dmpmag.com/conference/default.asp.
Summer holiday? Take TCT Magazine with You
We’re just in the midst of completing the latest issues of TCT Magazine, which will now span four editions: Europe, North America, China and Germany. The idea is to lower the barriers in accessing information on 3D technologies, and don’t be surprised if we don’t stop at four.
All editions are available for FREE, both digitally and in print. This issue of our European Edition features a TCT Show preview that includes the shortlist for the inaugural TCT Awards. If your subscription has lapsed, or you’ve yet to subscribe, head over www.tctmagazine.com/subscribe for more information.
7 Issues to Look Out for in Metal 3D Printing
Though businesses may begin to feel pressures to adopt metal additive manufacturing in one form or another, metal AM technologies are complex and rely on a wide range of parameters, many of which have yet to be fully understood. As a result, there are a number of issues that arise when using different metal AM systems. Here are just seven of them.
Summer 2017 Issue Out Now!
The largest ever issue of Metal Additive Manufacturing magazine has just been published! The 128-page Summer 2017 issue includes the latest industry news and the following exclusive features:
- Linear AMS: How an AM service provider is embracing the new infrastructure of on-demand manufacturing
- Metal additive manufacturing gains ground in the tire industry
- Desktop Metal: A rising star of metal AM targets speed, cost and high-volume production
- Rapid + TCT 2017: Moving towards affordability and accessibility at North America’s largest AM exhibition
- The inspection and quality control of metal AM parts with X-ray Computed Tomography (micro CT)
- Markforged: Taking a different approach to metal additive manufacturing
- World PM2016: The non-destructive evaluation of internal defects and powder characterization in AM
Download your free PDF copy of the magazine dedicated to the world of metal additive manufacturing.
AM Conference 2017 Agenda Announced
The 2017 agenda is now available for the Additive Manufacturing Conference, an annual event focused on industrial applications of AM technologies. Happening October 10-12 in Knoxville, Tennessee, the AM Conference highlights processes, applications, materials and mindset changes involved in additively manufacturing functional components, particularly end-use production parts. View the Event-at-a-Glance.
Highlights of the program this year include presentations by AM users such as John Deere, NASA, Tangible Solutions, TE Connectivity and Virgin Orbit; and both presentations and facilities tours with Local Motors, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Volunteer Aerospace. Find more information or register for the event.