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GE’s Industry in 3D: It’s time to pay attention to Additive Manufacturing

In May this year, GE held its first ‘Industry in 3D’ event, gathering several hundred international participants from the world of business to discover the current status of Additive Manufacturing and the opportunities that it presents to industry. Whilst the technology has come on rapidly in recent years, GE recognises that there is still a long way to go to convince many business leaders that ‘the time is now’ for its wider adoption. As Metal Additive Manufacturing magazine’s Nick Williams reports, this event sought, through GE’s story and those of its partners and customers, to make the case for AM [First published in Metal AM Vol. 4 No. 2, Summer 2018] ... Read more »

Poly-Shape: Metal Additive Manufacturing for the high-performance motorsport industry

In a little over ten years, France’s Poly-Shape has grown into one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of AM components. With more than thirty metal AM systems installed across four plants, the company is a key supplier to top-tier motorsports, from Formula 1 and IndyCar to World Rallycross and the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. In the following article, the company presents a series of case studies highlighting the use of metal AM in this sector, and reveals its approach to the technology and plans for the future [First published in Metal AM Vol. 4 No. 2, Summer 2018] ... Read more »

LPW Technology: AM materials specialist expands into metal powder production

LPW Technology, a provider of ultra-clean metal powders for Additive Manufacturing, recently celebrated the official opening of its new purpose-built metal powder manufacturing facility in Widnes, Cheshire, UK. The result of a £20 million investment, the company expects that this new plant will be capable of producing around 1,000 tonnes of gas atomised alloy powders per annum, with complete digital integration of manufacturing control processes. Bernard Williams, Consulting Editor at Metal AM magazine, reports on his visit to the official opening of the 9,700 m2 plant and tour of the new facility. [First published in Metal AM Vol. 4 No. 2, Summer 2018] ... Read more »

An introduction to metal powders for AM: Manufacturing processes and properties

As the AM industry grows, so does the number of metal powder suppliers and the range of different powder types that are available. In the following article Toby Tingskog presents a beginners’ guide to understanding metal powders for AM. Topics include powder manufacturing processes, spherocity, chemistry and measurement technologies, as well as considerations in relation to heats, lots and batches. As such, it is hoped that this review will allow for a clearer understanding of powder properties and reduce confusion among end users [First published in Metal AM Vol. 4 No. 2, Summer 2018] ... Read more »

Digital Metal: High-precision Additive Manufacturing technology from a metal powder giant

Sweden’s Digital Metal® has enjoyed a significant increase in its profile over the last year. This was achieved, in part, by a major brand relaunch, but more significant was the move to begin selling its machines to third parties, rather than offering AM component manufacturing solely in-house. Metal AM magazine’s Emily-Jo Hopson reports on the evolution of the company, its unique approach to developing its technology and the benefits of being owned by the world’s largest producer of metal powders [First published in Metal AM Vol. 4 No. 1, Spring 2018] ... Read more »

The challenges of metal powder removal: Managing risk, productivity and quality

One of the goals for the metal Additive Manufacturing industry is the automated series production of components through a streamlined manufacturing process. Such an ambitious goal faces a major obstacle: the challenge of powder removal. Joseph Kowen reviews some of the significant risks facing AM producers at this stage of the process, from health and safety considerations to the impact on quality and productivity, and highlights some of the technologies being developed to address them [First published in Metal AM Vol. 4 No. 1, Spring 2018] ... Read more »

Oerlikon: Swiss industrial group positions itself as a leading developer of AM components and materials

Over a period of just twelve months, Switzerland’s Oerlikon Corporation AG has made a major move into the world of Additive Manufacturing. Through a combination of acquisitions and new facility investments, the company has established itself as a leading international developer of both AM materials and components, offering its customers the complete process chain, from new alloy development to component post-processing and testing. Metal AM magazine’s Nick Williams reviews the company’s progress to-date [First published in Metal AM Vol. 3 No. 4, Winter 2017] ... Read more »

Costs and considerations when investing in a metal Additive Manufacturing system

Making the investment in a metal Additive Manufacturing machine is, for many, the first step on a journey to truly understanding how the technology can transform a business. There are, however, many considerations when planning such an investment; from essential ancillary equipment and devices, such as sieving stations, to facility changes, software and support. In this exclusive report, Terry Wohlers and Olaf Diegel highlight some of the commonly overlooked costs and considerations when making the move to establish an in-house AM capability [First published in Metal AM Vol. 3 No. 4, Winter 2017] ... Read more »

Beyond particle size: Exploring the influence of particle shape on metal powder performance

In recent years much effort has been put into developing powders that are optimised for AM processes. As a result, a far greater understanding of the complex requirements for powders now exists. Particle size is widely recognised as a key property, but there is also an appreciation that particle shape has an important role to play. As Malvern Panalytical’s Debbie Huck-Jones and Cathryn Langley, explain, finer particles are advantageous from the perspective of packing behaviour, but are typically associated with poor flowability, compromising processing efficiency. Controlling particle shape can help to alleviate this problem [First published in Metal AM Vol. 3 No. 4, Winter 2017] ... Read more »

POWDERMET2017: Developments in powder production methods for AM

In addition to the parallel Metal Powder Industries Federation’s AMPM2017 conference, the programme for the POWDERMET2017 International Conference on Powder Metallurgy & Particulate Materials, Las Vegas, June 13-16, 2017, included technical sessions on AM. Two of these sessions were devoted to powder production methods for AM feedstocks and this report from Dr David Whittaker reviews three selected papers in this subject category [First published in Metal AM Vol. 3 No. 4, Winter 2017] ... Read more »

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As well as an extensive AM industry news section, this 168-page issue includes articles and reports on:

  • Metal Additive Manufacturing and the new Space Race: The inside track with Launcher and AMCM
  • Falcontech: The journey from materials engineering to large-scale metal Additive Manufacturing
  • Strategies for advancing the automation of metal Additive Manufacturing
  • Machine Learning and Additive Manufacturing: What does the future hold?
  • System 3R: Bridging critical gaps in the Additive Manufacturing workflow to enable serial production
  • Metal AM in South Africa: Research and commercial initiatives bring the benefit of AM to the African continent
  • CFD simulation for metal Additive Manufacturing: Applications in laser- and sinter-based processes
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