To invest or not to invest: Understanding the business cases for entering the Additive Manufacturing arena

With such intense levels of interest in Additive Manufacturing, the pressure for businesses to adopt the technology can be high. Expectations, however, need to be managed and the business opportunities and challenges need to be understood. As Onno Ponfoort and Chris Krampitz explain, the dilemmas for any company looking to move into this arena range from fully understanding the advantages that the technology presents to ensuring that those tasked with the project, as well as potential customers, have the necessary technical training [First published in Metal AM Vol. 1 No. 3, Autumn 2015] ... Read more »

Hoeganaes Corporation: A global leader in metal powder production targets Additive Manufacturing

The growth in metal Additive Manufacturing has attracted a wide range of companies to enter the market to supply metal powders, however few have the track record of Hoeganaes Corporation in the production of powders for industrial parts production. In the following article, the company reports on the development of gas atomised titanium powders for metal AM, along with its ambitions to introduce more cost-effective water atomised powders that have the potential to help the industry move towards higher volume production [First published in Metal AM Vol. 1 No. 3, Autumn 2015] ... Read more »

Size and shape optimisation of metal powders for Additive Manufacturing

The consistency of metal powder particle size, shape and flow is essential for those companies looking to move to serial production of high quality components. The correct characterisation of powders enables the necessary quality control to ensure powder behaviour is predictable and repeatable from batch to batch. Dr Paul Kippax, Product Group Manager, Malvern Instruments, and Dr Robert Deffley, Research & Development Manager, LPW Technology, report on the process undertaken at LPW to ensure its powders meet customer expectations [First published in Metal AM Vol. 1 No. 3, Autumn 2015] ... Read more »

Additive Industries: Moving towards automation and integration in metal Additive Manufacturing

Additive Industries b.v., based in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, announced at the RAPID 2015 event in Long Beach, USA, that its new metal Additive Manufacturing system, MetalFAB1, will be launched later this year. Dr Georg Schlieper visited the company for Metal Additive Manufacturing magazine and reports on the vision behind the development of its new machine, as well as the AddLab ‘open innovation’ consortium that has proved to be so successful in The Netherlands [First published in Metal AM Vol. 1 No. 2, Summer 2015] ... Read more »

Advances in aerospace applications: MTU produces Airbus A320neo borescope bosses with Additive Manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing technology is rapidly making gains in the aerospace sector, particularly in the field of aero engine construction. Munich-based MTU Aero Engines is the first company to use this technology for the serial production of borescope bosses used in the new PurePower® PW1100G-JM engine from Pratt & Whitney and fitted to the Airbus A320neo aircraft. In this report Metal AM magazine reviews the development of the technology at MTU and the close collaboration with EOS that helped to ensure the success of the project [First published in Metal AM Vol. 1 No. 2, Summer 2015] ... Read more »

Rapid.Tech 2015: Germany’s conference and exhibition on AM targets an international audience

The Rapid.Tech Conference and Exhibition was first held in Erfurt, Germany, eleven years ago and since then this annual event has attracted ever more visitors. Originally a German language event, the organisers have in recent years worked hard to increase its international appeal and this year the conference was held both in German and English with simultaneous translation. Dr Georg Schlieper reports for Metal Additive Manufacturing magazine [First published in Metal AM Vol. 1 No. 2, Summer 2015] ... Read more »

Concept Laser’s QMmeltpool 3D: In-situ quality assurance with real-time monitoring down to the micron level

Concept Laser, based in Lichtenfels, Germany, is a leading provider of manufacturing equipment for metal Additive Manufacturing using its patented LaserCUSING® technology. In this article the company reports on the development of the next generation of its quality assurance monitoring system, QMmeltpool 3D, which will be available on its M1 and M2 cusing machines from 2016. The system, states Concept Laser, promises to make a significant contribution to detecting process defects at an early stage as well being an indispensable tool for process optimisation [First published in Metal AM Vol. 1 No. 2, Summer 2015] ... Read more »

Metal Additive Manufacturing: Component design for successful commercial production

With Additive Manufacturing, the next generation of component fabrication technologies has arrived. No other technology, explains Tim Richter, of RSC Engineering GmbH, Germany, has the potential to change the design process and the appearance of new products so fundamentally. In this report for Metal Additive Manufacturing magazine, Richter shares his experiences in designing metal AM components for powder bed fusion based AM systems, explaining both the potential and the limitations of the process [First published in Metal AM Vol. 1 No. 1, Spring 2015] ... Read more »

Materials Solutions: Expertise in metal Additive Manufacturing for the aerospace and motorsport industries

Materials Solutions Limited, located in Worcester, UK, is a world-class specialist in the Additive Manufacturing of functional parts using the Selective Laser Melting process. Dr David Whittaker reports for Metal Additive Manufacturing magazine on a visit to the company, where he spoke with founder and Managing Director, Carl Brancher [First published in Metal AM Vol. 1 No. 1, Spring 2015] ... Read more »

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Our latest issue is now available to view online or download in PDF format.

As well as an extensive AM industry news section, this 176-page issue includes articles and reports on:

  • Innovation and differentiation: Precious metal Additive Manufacturing in the jewellery sector
  • Unrealised potential: The story and status of Electron Beam Powder Bed Fusion
  • Freemelt AB: Open source technology to explore the potential of Electron Beam Powder Bed Fusion
  • In pursuit of perfection: A case study on how Bugatti and APWORKS leverage the full potential of AM
  • Facing obstacles to profitability in metal AM: An Operational Excellence perspective
  • Mass-production using PBF-LB: How laser beam measurements can help pave the way
  • Link3D’s ‘Additive Manufacturing Maturity Model’: Developing an agile and resilient supply chain
  • Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM): Binder Jetting Technology demystified
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