Metal 3D printing technology increases yacht racing performance through advanced rapid prototyping capabilities that allow this British yacht racing team to refine custom parts on demand and reduce their costs.
Take a trip into process innovation with guest columnist Wes Hart of Imperial Machine & Tool, who shares some real-world insight about the journey of this 73-year-old machine shop as they incorporated metal additive manufacturing into a traditional machine shop environment.
The labor intensive, time consuming conventional casting of alloys is becoming a thing of the past as new robot-assisted laser systems take the fabrication and repair of sliding bearings to an innovative new level in the gigantic container ships that travel across the world’s seas.
Printing a part of this size in titanium in such a short time was something that could not have been achieved had the part been machined out of a billet.
Reduced gas spending and environmental impact are big with electric cars. But instead of refilling, the need to pull over for recharging has still limited them. What if that changed? Take a closer look at a new concept that is pushing the limits of what is known today.
Producing metal parts in a powder bed fusion process is proving to be a game changer in the energy sector, where it generates new opportunities to produce previously impossible geometries in internal cooling channels or undercuts that are used in all sorts of heat exchangers and turbine generator systems.
Their new state-of-the-art AM facility in Charlotte will offer end-to-end advanced component manufacturing.
This status opens up new automation opportunities for them in appliance, automotive, and aerospace applications.
The new multipurpose facility also includes product development, testing, warehousing and distribution.
The ORLAS CREATOR metal additive manufacturing machine from O.R. Lasertechnology is ideal for small and medium shops competing in the jewelry, dentistry and medical sectors, as well as for smaller engineering firms and laboratories.
This innovative process technology continues to disrupt the business of metalworking and advance metal fabrication to the new levels of competitive advantage in design freedom and manufacturing complexity.
Here is some of the latest 3D printing equipment, automation, software and other advances in metal additive manufacturing.
Agile Metal Technology software from Sculpteo deeply analyzes design compatibility for metal AM, fixes problems, automates complex modeling procedures, finds “best fit” processes and techniques, and predicts and recommends how to optimize design elements, including lattices, supports and post-processing workflows.