Additive Manufacturing

MAR 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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MARCH 2018 Additive Manufacturing RAPID 2018 ON DISPLAY 46 3D Printer Enables Users to Qualify Materials Arburg, Booth 2429 Arburg's Freeformer 3D printer process- es qualified standard granulates into functional parts. The open system of the Arburg Plastic Freeforming process en- ables users to qualify original materials and optimize programmable process pa- rameters for the application. The system saves and analyzes process data, and can optimize designs to quickly produce cost-effective prototypes and func- tional parts. In addition to amorphous standard granulates such as ABS, PA and PC, its material range includes elas- tic TPE, the high- temperature plastic PEI, medical PLA, aviation industry-ap- proved PC and semi-crystalline PP. arburg.com/en Compact Machine Supports Directed Energy Deposition BeAM Machines Inc., Booth 1730 The Modulo 400 machine from BeAM offers directed energy depo- sition (DED) within a compact space. According to the company, traditional DED systems require a large amount of floor space to incorporate secondary equipment as well as the machine base outside the envelope. With all required peripherals fully integrated into the machine cabinet, the Modulo 400 can easily fit into a ship- ping container or traditional box truck, enabling transportation and operation in remote locations such as an offshore oil rig or military conflict zone, the company says. The system features a deposition model mounted on the Z axis of a dedicated DED full five-axis machine tool, with traditional CNC controls and ISO G code. The Modulo 400 has a maximum build volume of 650 × 400 × 400 mm. Options include a 2-kW fiber laser, one or two deposition heads, a fully controlled atmosphere system, and a powder distributor with as many as five 1.5-L hoppers. beam-machines.com Hosted by SME and Rapid News Publications Ltd., Rapid + TCT 2018 takes place April 23-26 at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas. This section previews some of the additive manufacturing equipment, services and technology showcased by the more than 300 exhibitors.

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