Additive Manufacturing

JAN 2018

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING is the magazine devoted to industrial applications of 3D printing and digital layering technology. We cover the promise and the challenges of this technology for making functional tooling and end-use production parts.

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JANUARY 2018 Additive Manufacturing NEWS 10 Arconic and Airbus Team Up to Advance AM for Aerospace In a multi-year cooperative research agreement, Arconic and Airbus will develop customized processes and parameters to produce and qualify large, structural 3D-printed aerospace components, such as pylon spars and rib structures. The deal combines Arconic's expertise in metal additive manufacturing and metallurgy with Airbus's design and qualification capabilities, building on its experience with regulatory agencies for certification. Farsoon Technologies Opens North American Offices Farsoon Americas has begun direct sales, training, integration and support operations in North Amer- ica with the opening of its office in Round Rock, Texas. The company plans to introduce manufacturing, R&D and advanced solution cen- ters in North America over the next few years. Desktop Metal Accepts International Pre-Orders Desktop Metal is accepting inter- national pre-orders of its Studio System 3D-printing platform from companies throughout Europe, Asia-Pacific, Canada and Mexico to be delivered beginning mid-2108. The BMW Group will be the first in- ternational early partner to receive a Studio System. LPW Moves U.S. Operation LPW Technology has relocated its U.S. operation to a larger facility in Imperial, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh. The 12,000-square- foot (1,115-square-meter) factory houses powder inventory, a larger laboratory with a scanning electron microscope (SEM), and two parallel reconditioning lines of sieves, blenders and packaging equipment to process powders and recertify them to the original specifications. NASA Tests Bimetallic Rocket Engine Prototype Engineers at NASA's Marshall Space Flight tested NASA's first 3D-printed rocket engine prototype part made of two different metal alloys. A copper alloy and Inconel were joined together using blown powder laser deposition on a DMG MORI hybrid machine. Engineers low-pressure hot-fire tested the prototype more than 30 times to demonstrate its functionality. The prototype, built by a commercial vendor, was then cut up by Uni- versity of Alabama in Huntsville researchers who examined images of the bimetallic interface through a microscope. The results showed the two metals had inter-diffused, helping create a strong bond. Cimquest to Distribute Rize 3D Printers Rize Inc. has announced that Cimquest Inc. is now an authorized reseller of its additive manufactur- ing product line, including the Rize One 3D printer The Rize One uses Augmented Polymer Deposition (APD). The process simultaneously extrudes thermoplastic while jetting functional inks that change the material properties to allow for easy support removal and detailed text and images in and on parts. PADT Joins Carbon's Production Partner Program Phoenix Analysis and Design Technologies (PADT) has joined Carbon's production partner program to offer production part manufacturing to the southwestern United States. Three Carbon M2 printers at its headquarters in Tem- pe, Arizona, enable PADT to print plastic components using digital light synthesis (DLS). Renishaw Collaborates with Identify3D Renishaw is collaborating with Identify3D, a developer of digital supply chain software, on a secure, end-to-end digital manufacturing process. Identify3D will provide data protection coupled with contractual and manufacturing licensing from design to production on Renishaw AM systems. SLM Solutions Signs Agreement with Authentise SLM Solutions Group AG has signed a cooperation agreement with Authentise. The cooperation aims to integrate real-time pro- duction data from SLM Solutions machines into Authentise's 3Diax software platform, enabling users to evaluate data and automate process flows.

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