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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 [First published in Metal AM Vol. 4 No. 3, Autumn 2018] ... Read more »

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 [First published in Metal AM Vol. 4 No. 3, Autumn 2018] ... Read more »

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 [First published in Metal AM Vol. 4 No. 3, Autumn 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 »

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 »

How process parameters drive successful metal AM part production

A number of factors drive the selection of process parameters in Laser Powder Bed Fusion (LPBF). In this invaluable resource Marc Saunders, Renishaw plc’s Director of Global Solutions Centres, details how these parameters define the ‘operating window’ in which AM users must work, and offers advice on identifying the ideal process parameters for metal AM parts. The sensitivity of the process to changes in part geometry is also considered, along with how this may drive part developers towards application-specific parameter choices [First published in Metal AM Vol. 4 No. 2, Summer 2018] ... Read more »

Sauber Motorsport AG and Additive Industries: Formula 1® engineering meets metal AM

As the new Formula 1 season gets underway, Additive Manufacturing will have played a vital role in the development and manufacture of the cars on track. Metal AM magazine’s Nick Williams recently visited Sauber Motorsport AG at its headquarters near Zürich, Switzerland, and discovered how a partnership with Dutch AM technology supplier Additive Industries has supported both the development of in-house AM applications and an expansion of Sauber Motorsport’s AM services for third parties [First published in Metal AM Vol. 4 No. 1, Spring 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 »

formnext 2017: Business perspectives and expectations of the AM industry

The formnext powered by TCT exhibition, held from November 14-17, 2017, in Frankfurt, Germany, featured a parallel four-day conference that addressed a wide range of issues of relevance to the Additive Manufacturing community. Besides technical and application innovations, a whole day of the conference was devoted to business considerations and expectations relating to the future development of the AM industry. In this exclusive report for Metal AM magazine, Dr Georg Schlieper highlights a number of key business-related considerations for the future of the industry ... 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 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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