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In addition to the latest industry news, this 196-page issue of Metal Additive Manufacturing magazine includes the following exclusive features:
Siemens: Digitalisation enables the industrialisation of metal Additive Manufacturing at Finspång
As one of the world’s largest industrial companies, Siemens has experienced first hand the process of taking metal AM from the R&D laboratory to the series production of critical components for its power generation business.
Today, it is supporting the global industrialisation of the technology through its Siemens NX Additive Manufacturing software. In the following report the company’s Aaron Frankel and Ashley Eckhoff explain their belief that, whilst the potential of AM is massive, digitalisation will play a critical role in enabling its transition from a prototyping tool to a serial production technology.
GKN Powder Metallurgy: Moving metal Additive Manufacturing towards mass production with HP
With the launch of HP’s new Metal Jet system, Binder Jetting looks like the technology that will help move metal Additive Manufacturing into the realms of mainstream high-volume manufacturing.
GKN Powder Metallurgy is set to be the first global parts manufacturer to move into mass production with this technology and, in the following report, the company outlines the evolution of its AM operations to-date and its expectations for the future.
Conformal cooling: How AM is increasing efficiency and quality in the injection moulding industry
Much of the early success for metal Additive Manufacturing came from tool and die applications and this sector continues to offer significant growth potential for the industry.
In this report, Jarod Rauch, from tool and die manufacturer B&J Speciality Inc, and David Lindemann, 3D Systems, share their thoughts on the current status and future potential of AM conformal cooling solutions with Metal AM magazine’s Nick Williams.
EOS: Developing metal Additive Manufacturing for a truly digital factory
In July 2018, Metal Additive Manufacturing magazine’s Emily-Jo Hopson attended the company’s exclusive EOS Technology Days for an advance preview of its new metal Additive Manufacturing system, the EOS M 300, and a look at its vision for AM and the technology’s place in the digital factory of the future.
Held at the company’s attractive rural headquarters in Krailling, Germany, the event offered attendees insight into areas that are key to EOS’s current development strategy.
Metal Additive Manufacturing in China: An overview of systems manufacturers
What’s happening in metal Additive Manufacturing in China? Quite a lot it seems; however, the extent and nature of this activity, and what can be expected from Chinese systems manufacturers in the coming years, can be unclear to Western observers.
In the following report, Joseph Kowen offers a brief look into the current state of the metal AM industry in China. As well as presenting an overview of machine-related activity in this fast growing part of the world, he considers to what extent we can expect to see an increased presence of Chinese suppliers in western countries.
Binder Jetting and FDM: A comparison with Laser Powder Bed Fusion and Metal Injection Moulding
In recent years there has been a surge in interest in the use of Binder Jetting and Fused Deposition Modelling for the production of low to medium volumes of metal additively manufactured parts.
In the following report, Maximilian Munsch, Matthias Schmidt-Lehr and Eric Wycisk of Ampower GmbH & Co KG, Hamburg, Germany, review how the success of Metal Injection Moulding has enabled these technological innovations. They also compare some of key properties and costs to enable designers to better understand the readiness of these technologies for commercial production.
Additive Manufacturing: Myths, misconceptions and untruths
The past decade has seen tremendous growth in metal Additive Manufacturing. To a certain degree, the field has become a victim of its own success, resulting in a number of myths, misconceptions and untruths. Some of these are even becoming detrimental to the further adoption of AM around the world.
Olaf Diegel and Terry Wohlers draw on their combined industry experience to address the ten most common misunderstandings and myths relating to AM and present the reality of the technology at its current stage.
Metal Additive Manufacturing: A simulation provider’s perspective
Over the past few years, metal Additive Manufacturing has received a lot of attention, and with good reason: the technology has the potential to radically alter the design and production of components and products in many industries. Yet in spite of the excitement that surrounds AM, the prospect of wider industrial adoption continues to face significant challenges.
Ansys Inc’s Dave Conover explains how simulation, traditionally the domain of product design instead of manufacturing, has swiftly gained recognition as a key technology which can be used to ease the transition from conventional to Additive Manufacturing.
AMPM2018: Process parameter control, corrosion resistance and feedstock extrusion highlighted
AMPM2018, the fifth annual Additive Manufacturing with Powder Metallurgy Conference, was held in San Antonio, Texas, USA, from June 17-20, 2018. The event continues to enjoy impressive growth as the breadth and depth of its technically focused progamme expands.
In this report, Dr David Whittaker reviews three presentations that cover the characterisation of hard-to-weld nickel-base superalloys, the corrosion behaviour of 420 stainless steel and the extrusion of feedstock containing water atomised 17-4 PH stainless steel powder