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In addition to over 40 pages of the latest industry news, this issue of Metal Additive Manufacturing magazine includes the following exclusive features:
Standards for metal Additive Manufacturing: A global perspective
As the metal Additive Manufacturing industry moves towards industrial production, the need for international standards covering all aspects of the technology becomes ever more pressing. In the following exclusive report for Metal Additive Manufacturing magazine, Fraunhofer IFAM’s Claus Aumund-Kopp and Frank Petzoldt review international progress to-date, summarise existing standards for metal AM and consider the challenges that lie ahead.
GKN Sinter Metals: Global Tier 1 automotive supplier anticipates opportunities for Additive Manufacturing
GKN Sinter Metals, with more than 6,000 employees at 30 locations worldwide, is the world’s leading Powder Metallurgy group. The company produces 11 million PM parts per day, with around 80% going into the automotive industry. The company started its metal Additive Manufacturing activities at its Innovation Centre in Radevormwald, Germany, in 2013.
Dr Georg Schlieper visited the centre on behalf of Metal AM magazine and reports on the company’s AM activities and ambitions.
Metal AM in the automotive industry: New vehicle structures, series components for the luxury market and beyond
The automotive industry has successfully embraced metal Additive Manufacturing as a prototyping technology for a number of years. As the technology advances, however, the possibilities for the use of metal AM for series component production are now starting to be explored. In the following review the challenges and opportunities for metal AM in the automotive industry are presented, including a radical concept to use AM parts as key structural elements in the next generation of automotive spaceframes.
Material selection for the production of injection moulding tooling by Additive Manufacturing
As one of the first major markets for metal additively manufactured products, the importance of the tooling industry has long been recognised. There is still, however, limited information available on what mechanical properties can be expected for the various materials used. This report by Harish Irrinki, Brenton Barmore, Kunal H Kate and Sundar V Atre reviews the published data on various steel powders and processing conditions as well as the mechanical properties that have been obtained using the Selective Laser Melting process.
Additive Manufacturing of a honeycomb structured Ti-6Al-4V oil-gas separation rotor for aero-engine applications
The aerospace sector has been a key driver in the commercial development of metal Additive Manufacturing. Whilst some of the major application announcements of recent years can be looked back upon as milestones for the industry, numerous lower profile developments continue to demonstrate how metal AM has the capability to increase efficiency and add value in a multitude of application areas. We review a paper published in the Journal of the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society highlighting the potential for an innovative oil-gas separation rotor for aero-engine applications.