Here are five important aspects of the design and manufacturing process that everyone should understand to properly and successfully implement metal additive manufacturing within your company.
Because metal additive manufacturing processes are complex and require extensive material and process knowledge, it can be difficult for a metal fabricator to see how or when 3D printing might fit. To help make sense of it all, let’s consider the basics of additive manufacturing and 3D printing and how it all relates to metal fabrication.
The durability and strength of metal, coupled with a nimble approach to product development and reduced lead times, are driving the widespread adoption of metal additive manufacturing for orthopedic care and prosthetics. Here is one example where 3D metal printing recently proved to be a truly lifesaving process.
A functionally integrated, bionically optimized vehicle structure offers new potential for lightweight construction and greater manufacturing flexibility of automobiles.
This modular integration of machine technology and plant architecture is an Internet 4.0 promise of new levels of quality, flexibility and increased performance in additive manufacturing, as well as a radical new approach to the design of process components that could ultimately create faster and more economic industrial production solutions.
With 3D printers available commercially and becoming less expensive every year, the development of additive manufactured drones for both commercial and military capabilities is growing in importance. Welcome to the Age of the Jetsons.
BeAM is partnering with Fives Machining Systems on large-part LMD machine sales and maintenance, with plans to manufacture their machines in the U.S.
Their Markforged printer is the world’s to print continuous carbon fiber, Kevlar and fiberglass.
They also unveil their new TruPrint 1000 3D metal printing system at an open house event.
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.
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.
The automatic sieving station continuously safeguards the powder quality and thus the component quality too.