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Defining your digital future: The path to industrial digitalisation in Additive Manufacturing and beyond

Terms such as Industry 4.0, the Digital Thread and the Digital Twin have become familiar buzzwords in manufacturing, but many such terms barely make sense to IT experts, let alone AM professionals. In the crowded and jargon-heavy landscape of solutions for digitalisation, articulating future AM software trends can help offer clarity and confidence in IT investments and give insight into the data-driven future of manufacturing, believes Authentise’s Andre Wegner, who shares his vision of the route to developing an effective digital factory with Metal AM’s Emily-Jo Hopson. [First published in Metal AM Vol. 5 No. 2, Summer 2019] ... Read more »

Scalmalloy® is too expensive and design optimisation only makes sense in aerospace. True or false?

Additive Manufacturing is not a cheap production process. The software, machine time, materials and expertise required to make the most of the technology all come at a significant cost. The resulting financial pressures may give rise to the temptation to select a material on its price and view advanced topology optimisation as a luxury. As Jon Meyer, APWORKS, and John Barnes, The Barnes Group Advisors, demonstrate, the unique capabilities of AM mean that basing material choice on cost without considering the impact of material performance on the mass of the part is a false economy, limiting the competitiveness of AM and the potential of an application [First published in Metal AM Vol. 5 No. 1, Spring 2019] ... Read more »

Senvol: How machine learning is helping the U.S. Navy optimise AM process parameters and material performance

In a bid to better understand the impact of process parameters on material performance, the U.S. Navy turned to Senvol to develop data-driven machine learning software for Additive Manufacturing. As Zach Simkin and Annie Wang explain, such an approach allows the user to overcome the time and expense required by a conventional trial-and-error process, whilst delivering remarkably accurate results that have the potential to accelerate application development [First published in Metal AM Vol. 5 No. 1, Spring 2019] ... Read more »

Simple and standardised X-ray CT testing in metal Additive Manufacturing

X-ray Computed Tomography (CT), also widely known as MicroCT, is a proven method for not only checking the structural integrity of additively manufactured (AM) parts – for example for unwanted porosity – but also for checking a build’s dimensional accuracy. The main advantage of the technique is of course the non-destructive nature of the assessment; however, there are also many misunderstandings about the capabilities and complexity of the technology. Prof Anton du Plessis and Dr Jess M Waller review the application of CT testing in relation to metal AM and highlight the advantages of a move towards standardised test methods [First published in Metal AM Vol. 4 No. 4, Winter 2018] ... Read more »

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

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 [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 »

Design for Additive Manufacturing presents opportunities for software developments

Designing a component for AM whilst taking advantage of all the opportunities that the technology presents can result in many variables. Even a group of experienced Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) experts will end up with significantly different build strategies for an identical part. In the following article, Olaf Diegel and Terry Wohlers consider how software innovations could further streamline the AM process, from part positioning and stress management to surface finish considerations and quality control ... Read more »

The 1st Munich Technology Conference: AM is on course for broad industrial use

More than 600 international metal AM professionals gathered in October for the 1st Munich Technology Conference. Organised and sponsored by Oerlikon, the aim of this unique event was to provide a dedicated platform for the discussion and sharing of best practices in AM production and applications, along with the business models needed to drive the industrialisation of AM. We invited Prof Dr-Ing Michael Zäh, Chair of Machine Tools and Production Technology at the Technical University of Munich, to consider the status of metal AM as revealed over the event’s two days of presentations and discussions [First published in Metal AM Vol. 3 No. 4, Winter 2017] ... Read more »

The inspection and quality control of metal AM parts with X-ray Computed Tomography (micro CT)

X-ray Computed Tomography (micro CT) is just one option for the inspection of metal AM parts. Other options include using eddy current, ultrasonic technology, white-light interferometry and non-interferometric optics. However, given recent developments, it is micro CT that has the most potential in view of its unique capability for the inspection of complex internal structures and geometries without destroying the part. The capabilities of this inspection method are presented by Andrew Ramsey and Herminso Villarraga-Gomez of Nikon Metrology Inc. [First published in Metal AM Vol. 3 No. 2, Summer 2017] ... 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 176-page issue includes articles and reports on:

  • Innovation and differentiation: Precious metal Additive Manufacturing in the jewellery sector
  • Unrealised potential: The story and status of Electron Beam Powder Bed Fusion
  • Freemelt AB: Open source technology to explore the potential of Electron Beam Powder Bed Fusion
  • In pursuit of perfection: A case study on how Bugatti and APWORKS leverage the full potential of AM
  • Facing obstacles to profitability in metal AM: An Operational Excellence perspective
  • Mass-production using PBF-LB: How laser beam measurements can help pave the way
  • Link3D’s ‘Additive Manufacturing Maturity Model’: Developing an agile and resilient supply chain
  • Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM): Binder Jetting Technology demystified
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