Materials

RapidTech + FabCon 3D: Innovations in binder-based AM and advances in conformal cooling

From June 20-22, 2017, the German city of Erfurt became a centre of gravity for Additive Manufacturing, hosting the annual RapidTech technical conference and its accompanying trade exhibition, FabCon 3D. Dr Georg Schlieper visited the event for Metal Additive Manufacturing magazine and highlights a number of innovative trends in metal Additive Manufacturing process technology and applications, including the latest binder-based Additive Manufacturing technologies and innovations in toolmaking [First published in Metal AM Vol. 3 No. 3, Autumn 2017] ... Read more »

AMPM2017: Understanding the impact of powder reuse in metal Additive Manufacturing

An issue of significant current interest to the AM world, which can potentially impact both the quality and cost-effectiveness of built parts, is whether there is a limit on the number of times that metal powders can be cycled around an AM process. In this article, Dr David Whittaker reviews three presentations on the topic from AMPM2017, the fourth annual Additive Manufacturing with Powder Metallurgy Conference, held in Las Vegas, USA, June 13-15, 2017 [First published in Metal AM Vol. 3 No. 3, Autumn 2017] ... Read more »

Desktop Metal: A rising star of metal AM targets speed, cost and high-volume production

Over the past few months it has been hard to avoid hearing about Desktop Metal, Inc. at AM trade shows and in the growing sections of the industrial media. In the following article Terry Wohlers reports on a recent visit to the company’s headquarters. Guided by Ric Fulop, Desktop Metal’s founder and CEO, Wohlers’ initial scepticism is put to rest as he discovers the company’s Studio and Production systems. Together they offer a credible solution to both accessibility to AM technology and the challenges of speed, cost and high-volume production [First published in Metal AM Vol. 3 No. 2, Summer 2017] ... Read more »

Rapid + TCT 2017: Moving towards affordability and accessibility at North America’s largest AM exhibition

North America’s annual Rapid event has for 27 years been the region’s leading exhibition on Rapid Prototyping and Additive Manufacturing technologies. This year’s event, Rapid + TCT 2017, took place in Pittsburgh from May 8-11 and attracted a record 6,000 attendees from more than 45 countries. Metal AM magazine’s Emily-Jo Hopson attended the event and reports on a theme that is becoming ever more important to the industry as it looks towards new markets – affordability and accessibility [First published in Metal AM Vol. 3 No. 2, Summer 2017] ... Read more »

Markforged: Taking a different approach to metal Additive Manufacturing

In January this year Markforged Inc., based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, announced its Atomic Diffusion Additive Manufacturing (ADAM) process along with the Metal X production system. The company is more widely known for its successful development of composite printing technology, introduced in 2014. In the following report Ian Campbell and Terry Wohlers discuss ‘indirect’ metal AM systems and outline the advantages and disadvantages of such systems in relation to commercial production [First published in Metal AM Vol. 3 No. 2, Summer 2017] ... Read more »

Materialise Magics: Advanced part orientation and support solutions to speed up application development

Materialise NV, headquartered in Leuven, Belgium, has more than 25 years of experience in developing industry-leading software for Additive Manufacturing. The company also operates some of the largest AM factories in Europe, including a metal AM facility in Bremen, Germany. Kirsten Van Praet reveals how the latest release of the company’s Materialise Magics suite can help users achieve higher levels of AM production success through advanced part orientation and support solutions. Key advantages of the metal AM process are also reviewed through a case study and a number of application examples [First published in Metal AM Vol. 3 No. 1, Spring 2017] ... Read more »

EOS GmbH: Transforming companies into AM champions with Additive Minds

EOS GmbH, based in Krailling, near Munich, has long been recognised as a leader in powder bed Additive Manufacturing technologies for both metals and plastics. The launch of its Additive Minds training and consultancy service, however, represents a significant expansion of the support that the company can offer to those entering the industry. Nick Williams talks to EOS’s Güngör Kara, Director of Global Application & Consulting, on the evolution of the metal AM industry and the changing approach that customers are taking to implement the technology [First published in Metal AM Vol. 3 No. 1, Spring 2017] ... Read more »

Additive Manufacturing at World PM2016: Opportunities for the use of water atomised metal powders

At the World PM2016 Congress, held in Hamburg, Germany, 9-13 October, 2016, two papers discussed the potential for the replacement of gas-atomised powders with water-atomised powders as the raw material for Selective Laser Melting of different alloy types. Dr David Whittaker reports on the work undertaken to assess the viability of the water atomisation process for these materials which could, in turn, offer significant cost savings [First published in Metal AM Vol. 3 No. 1, Spring 2017] ... Read more »

Selecting atomised aluminium alloy powders for the metal Additive Manufacturing process

As the metal Additive Manufacturing industry continues to grow at a rapid pace, aluminium and aluminium alloy powders are gaining ever more attention. Component and equipment manufacturers are deploying immense efforts in exploring advanced aluminium alloys in order to target more complex applications that demand higher mechanical performance. As they move forward, the selection and optimisation of powders is becoming increasingly important. In this article, Jessu Joys and colleagues from United States Metal Powders, Inc. (USMP), identify the most popular aluminium alloy grades for AM technology and discuss the unique properties of each powder [First published in Metal AM Vol. 2 No. 3, Autumn 2016] ... Read more »

AMPM2016: Developments in binder jetting technology highlighted at Boston conference

For the third consecutive year, the Metal Powder Industries Federation’s Additive Manufacturing with Powder Metallurgy (AMPM) conference was held in parallel with its long established POWDERMET conference. This year’s event took place in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, from June 5-8, 2016. In the first of our reports Dr David Whittaker reviews three presentations that focused on the binder jetting process [First published in Metal AM Vol. 2 No. 3, Autumn 2016] ... Read more »

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As well as an extensive AM industry news section, this 204-page issue includes articles and reports on:

  • Optimised thermal management in semiconductor fabrication using AI-enabled generative design and Additive Manufacturing
  • Forging a process for mass customisation via metal Additive Manufacturing
  • Bringing it all together: How Materialise is integrating manufacturing and software expertise to shape AM’s future
  • Pedal to the metal at the Digital Manufacturing Centre: Redefining what’s possible for AM in hypercars and beyond
  • The future is Additive Manufacturing – if we take a more holistic view of the design opportunities
  • Building a case for radical collaboration plus quality standards: The pathway to growing the AM industry
  • Distributed manufacturing: Old concept, new relevance, new technology?
  • Design for Additive Manufacturing: A workflow for a metal AM heat exchanger using nTopology (BJT)
  • Taking the holistic view:
    Defining the state-of-the-art in the evolving PBF-LB machine marketplace
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