Additive Manufacturing Systems

NextGen Spaceframe Combines Lightweight Construction and Flexibility

A functionally integrated, bionically optimized vehicle structure offers new potential for lightweight construction and greater manufacturing flexibility of automobiles.
Additive Manufacturing Systems: Articles

The Additive Manufacturing Factory of Tomorrow

The AM Factory of Tomorrow from Concept Laser uses AM modules with a minimal footprint for smart and robust manufacturing in a flexibly expandable, high-grade automated and centrally controllable metal production system that is fully focused on the production assignments in hand. (Photo courtesy of Concept Laser GmbH)
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.

3D Printing Drones on Demand

The Razor is a 3D printed, hand-launchable, fully autonomous drone developed by University of Virginia professor David Sheffler, in partnership with the Mitre Corporation. The airframe is manufactured by fused deposition modeling that melts a material and dispenses it layer-by-layer to form the structure. The drone’s motor, servos, autopilot and batteries are all off-the-shelf components, and its computational powerhouse is an Android smartphone.
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.

Metal Additive Manufacturing Meets Quality Assurance

Figure 2. In-situ monitoring of the melt pool with QMmeltpool 3D: A photo diode and a camera provide coaxial monitoring of the area and intensity of the melt pool through the laser optic with exact positioning. (Photo courtesy of Concept Laser)
Quality assurance and in-process monitoring are essential to move additive manufacturing from making prototypes into first-class shop production. Here’s how it works.

Bionics and the Future of Flight

The Airbus A350 XWB long-range, twin-engine wide-body jet airliner uses a titanium cabin bracket produced by additive manufacturing. The aircraft manufacturer sees great potential for additively manufactured engine parts and structural components with dimensions of up to one meter. (Photo courtesy of Airbus)
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.

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.  


Additive Manufacturing Systems: Industry News

TRUMPF Celebrates 20 Years in North American Laser Market

They also unveil their new TruPrint 1000 3D metal printing system at an open house event.

SLM Solutions Expands North American Workforce

As the new Northeast regional sales manager for SLM Solutions, Ben Arnold is responsible for educating contacts on the benefits of metal additive manufacturing systems.
Ben Arnold and Rusty McDonald now handle sales of additive manufacturing systems in the Northeast and Southeast regions, respectively, of the U.S.

Automotive Microfactories Set to Launch

Set to revolutionize automotive innovation, BAAM systems from CI will be the centerpiece of Local Motors Automotive Microfactories. BAAM boasts a work envelope of up to 8 ft x 20 ft x 6 ft. The large-scale additive machine uses the chassis, drives and control of CI’s laser cutting system as the base. The system is linear motor-driven and extrudes hot thermoplastic to build parts layer by layer at speeds 200 times to 500 times faster and up to ten times larger than existing additive machines. (view one)
Highway-ready 3D-printed cars, premium off-road vehicles with on-road capability and neighborhood electric vehicles will all be 3D printed on site using BAAM systems from Cincinnati Incorporated.


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.