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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RAPID 2018 / On Display 61 thermwood Visit us at booth # 430 Thermwood Corporation P.O. Box 436, Dale, IN 47523 - 800.533.6901 Material Verification for AM Offered NSL Analytical Services Inc., Booth 934 NSL Analytical helps customers verify materials quality as well as product performance and safety. The company offers materials testing in applications spanning aerospace, automotive, energy and biomedical. NSL Analytical re-characterizes AM material to fit the needs of the customer's operations, to ensure that a product meets specifications and will perform as expected, every time. The firm also offers powder characterization testing to confirm powder material quality and make sure that specifications for particle size, chemistry or density are met from the beginning. Additive Module Simulates Hybrid Manufacturing CGTech, Booth 843 The Additive module available in CGTech's Vericut software sim- ulates both additive and traditional CNC machining capabilities applied in any order. Simulating both operations identifies potential problems that can occur when integrating additive methods, the company says. Users have access to detailed history stored with Vericut's droplet tech- nology, which is said to save programmers time by quickly identifying the source of errors. This additive capability shows realistic laser cladding and material deposition; detects collisions between the machine and additive part; and finds errors, voids and misplaced material. Vericut simulates the postprocessed NC code that controls the CNC machine, ensuring proper usage of additive functions and laser parameters. Users can experiment with combining additive and metal removal processes to determine optimal safe hybrid manufacturing methods.

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