Additive Manufacturing Systems

Bionics and the Future of Flight

Of all the advances taking place in the aerospace industry, none holds more promise than additive manufacturing, a disruptive mother lode of quicker throughput, more cost-effective components, and unimaginable freedom of design in lightweight construction and function integration.
Additive Manufacturing Systems: Articles

The Pace of Innovation and the Speed of Business

This titanium cabin bracket for the Airbus A350 XWB is 3D printed for Airbus using the LaserCUSING additive laser melting process.
Fabricators must recognize how metal additive manufacturing is rapidly changing the manufacturing landscape. Some have already been leapfrogged by their competition – and are completely unaware of what has happened.  

How to 3D Print Precision Drills

The new QTD insert drill from Mapal is manufactured by additive laser melting in diameters from 8 mm to 32.75 mm with a new steel tool body design that has spiral cooling channels not usually used for small diameters. The tool shank is machined conventionally and the drill is additive laser melted. (Photo courtesy of Mapal) (first view)
The days when precision tools and additive manufacturing strategies could not co-exist are history.

Make This to Print

The scope of additive applications is growing, which means the range of materials being printed is expanding as well. This requires the printing system to be repeatedly adjusted to accommodate new materials while, at the same time, design requirements for components are also becoming more demanding, ranging from lightweight construction and largely foam structures to functional integration, such as cooling technology. (Photo courtesy of Concept Laser GmbH) 
How the technology and trends in additive manufacturing are changing the production methods of the future.

Human Powered Submarine Team Produces 3D-Printed Propeller

Testing of the 3D-printed propeller was successfully performed on the test stand at the University of Michigan’s Engineering Department. 
Take a look at how metrology and 3D printing distributor Burton Precision applies 3D printing technology to solve a variety of CAD issues and challenges for producing a unique plastic propeller design for a human powered submarine.

3D Printing Combines with Medical Implant Design Software

Finger implants can be made out of cobalt chrome or titanium using DMLS. These can be designed to allow varying levels of porosity to encourage bone in-growth into the implant structure.
Targeting medical, surgical, and orthopedic designers and manufacturers, C&A Tool and WITHIN have launched a patient-specific, metal-implant design and manufacturing program using EOS Direct Metal Laser-Sintering software to facilitate the creation of highly customized products that improve osseointegration or bone growth.


Additive Manufacturing Systems: Industry News

Printing Titanium Aircraft Components Takes Off

New parts printed by the RPD process could save Airbus $2-$3 million per aircraft.

Norsk Titanium Adds to Board of Directors

They elect Federal Reserve director Dawne S. Hickton of ITA.

BAAM Receives Award

Lonnie Love, a senior research scientist for ORNL (left), and Carey Chen, the chief executive officer and president of Cincinnati Incorporated, accept the award.
The large-scale additive manufacturing system from CI and ORNL introduces significant new capabilities to the U.S. machine tool sector.


Additive Manufacturing Systems: Products

Large-Scale Additive Manufacturing

Booth N-9000: The large-scale Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) machine from Cincinnati Incorporated has a 6 ft x 12 ft x 3 ft work envelope and uses the chassis, drives and control of CI’s laser cutting system as the base to extrude hot thermoplastic to build parts layer-by-layer for automotive, aerospace, marine, furniture and other applications.
Cincinnati Incorporated will display the Big Area Additive Manufacturing machine that uses the chassis, drives and control of CI’s laser cutting system as the base to extrude hot thermoplastic to build parts layer-by-layer.

Large-Scale Additive Manufacturing: Bigger Is Better

The Oak Ridge Manufacturing Demonstration Facility and Cincinnati Incorporated are jointly developing the BAAM system. Cincinnati expects to have BAAM for sale before the end of the year to build thermoplastic parts many times faster than conventional additive manufacturing systems. (Photo courtesy of Cincinnati Incorporated)
The sky is the limit as partnerships between private manufacturers and scientific research laboratories expand the boundaries of size and accelerate the development of new industrial 3D printing systems that can create polymer parts up to 10 times larger than those currently producible.

Application-Oriented Laser Melting

The automatic sieving station continuously safeguards the powder quality and thus the component quality too.