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Layer by Layer | MIT Technology Review

Layer by Layer | MIT Technology Review | Additive Manufacturing News | Scoop.it
With 3-D printing, manufacturers can make existing products more efficiently—and create ones that weren’t possible before.

 

This is one of the probably dozens of articles to come after GE Aviation buying Morris Tech. Nothing new for those of us in the AM business for years, but it is certainly the kick off for public concern.

 

Nevertheless this article points out main concerns and issues:

 

*    “There’s not a day we don’t hear from one of the other divisions at GE interested in using this technology.” Of course, it is a horizontal tech enabler.

 

*    "3-D printing techniques won’t just make it more efficient to produce existing part but they will also make it possible to produce things that weren’t even conceivable before": Absolutely.

 

*    "The technology has been adapted to only a limited set of materials, and there have been questions about quality control", although some machine manufacturers claim that every material can be processed. They do not talk about the expensive development of processing conditions for a new material to behave as it being processed by conventional technologies.

 

*    "Aerospace companies are at the forefront of adopting the technology...not critical to fligh" . About 20,000 parts made by laser sintering are already flying in military and commercial aircraft made by Boeing, and EADS is using the technology to make titanium parts in satellites and hopes to use it for parts it makes in higher volume for Airbus planes.

 

*    “Now we can optimize the design of these parts for weight, and we save material and labor”   yes, that's the point.

 

*    "the company hopes to gain design flexibility by using 3-D printing for more parts...", again.

 

*    “3-D printing often ends up being a black art. A part is made out of thousands of layers, and each layer is a potential failure mode. We still don’t understand why a part comes out slightly differently on one machine than it does on another, or even on the same machine on a different day.”

 

*    "the time it takes to produce a part will have to improve as much as a hundredfold if 3-D printing is to compete directly with conventional manufacturing techniques" but just a few paragraphs before we read: "a redesigned version came out of the printer within a week. Before, we would have had to redesign 20 different parts, with all the associated tooling...It might not have even been possible.”

 

So my conclusion is: Additive Manufacturing is god enough, fast enough, reliable enough for certain applications, but if we make it better, faster, and more robust it will have a deeper penetration in industrial sectors. 

 

Nothing new, nothing different. Good news

 

 

 

Thanks to Nick Hardman (Director at Hardmarque) for posting this

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EOS industrial 3D printing flight-certified components

EOS industrial 3D printing flight-certified components | Additive Manufacturing News | Scoop.it
Aerospace: Making Production-Grade, Flight-Certified Hardware Using Industrial 3D Printing


The Bell 429: Parts of the Environmental Control System (ECS) of this commercial helicopter were produced by using EOS technology (courtesy Bell Helicopters)

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Customuse - SLS polyamide AM customisable electric guitars

Customuse - SLS polyamide AM customisable electric guitars | Additive Manufacturing News | Scoop.it

Customisable 3D printed electric guitars at an affordable price for eeveryday musicians, who wish to express their personality through their instrument...

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After Olaf Diegel's amazing creations, an english startup sells these guitars

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FHC Switches to EOS Technology for Manufacturing of Stereotactic Platforms for Neurosurgery

FHC Switches to EOS Technology for Manufacturing of Stereotactic Platforms for Neurosurgery | Additive Manufacturing News | Scoop.it
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Olaf Diegel grows the band: Alto Saxophone attempt

This is a quick sneak preview of my 3D printed alto sax. And an important note: I am not a sax player, so be amazed by what 3D printing is capable, rather th...
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Kepler's Dream - Analog projection device for 3D printed content

Kepler's Dream is an aesthetical investigation, exploring analog projection technology in the combination with computationally created content that is given a physical…
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Aerospace: Advanced Manufacturing Process by EOS Optimizes Satellite Technology

Aerospace: Advanced Manufacturing Process by EOS Optimizes Satellite Technology | Additive Manufacturing News | Scoop.it
Aerospace: Advanced Manufacturing Process by EOS Optimizes Satellite Technology
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Titan 1: Fastest, Tallest Print, High Res SLA 3D Printer

Titan 1: Fastest, Tallest Print, High Res SLA 3D Printer | Additive Manufacturing News | Scoop.it
Up to 2.7 inches per hour print time, 9.5 inches tall print size, and min 37 micron XY resolution - enabled by Patent-Pending PSP Tech
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Another interesting machine, based on DLP

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EOS M 290 - metal laser sintering plant for Additive Manufacturing - EOS

EOS M 290 - metal laser sintering plant for Additive Manufacturing - EOS | Additive Manufacturing News | Scoop.it
EOS M 290 sintering plant for manufacturing high-quality metal parts
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Ceramics with UV curing (DLP or direct laser)

http://www.lithoz.com
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Very nice, but I have serious regards as how to evaluate or predict shrinkage and internal tensions during oven firing in highly complex structures

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TRUMPF is back in AM!!

TRUMPF is back in AM!! | Additive Manufacturing News | Scoop.it

TRUMPF entered the additive manufacturing sector as a pioneer back in the year 2000. The “TrumaForm” – a universal tool for the generative manufacturing of metallic materials – was, however, years ahead of its time because the market for serial production of components had not yet developed. At the start of this year TRUMPF entered the additive manufacturing business once again, and is now benefiting from the results of earlier development work as well as from its ever increasing expertise in the related process of laser deposition welding, which is already being used today in all kinds of sectors for repair and coating applications.

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Disney Printing Teddy Bears: A Technique for 3D Printing of Soft Interactive Objects

Link to project page & press release: http://www.disneyresearch.com/project/printed-teddy-bears/ This paper considers the design, construction, and example u...
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This one is really great. We've had it in front of us for a little more than 200 years since the invention of the sewing machine and it's only now it comes out.

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3D Systems Might Surprise Investors Next Week

3D Systems Might Surprise Investors Next Week | Additive Manufacturing News | Scoop.it
I warned readers last week about the worst case scenario pricing of 3D Systems (DDD) that could drive the share price down to $35. And as we approach the end of April, we should see higher volatility, since 3D Systems is expe
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Google’s project Ara and a partnership with Staples put 3D Systems in a more favorable position to grow its consumer business.We should see heightened volatility before and after the earnings report, and we might see a sustainable bottom in the share price depending on the first quarter results.Delayed customer purchases in Q4 should boost revenue growth in Q1, and help 3D Systems beat estimates.
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Entrevista a Víctor Paluzíe, director de RMS Rapid Manufacturing Systems

Entrevista a Víctor Paluzíe, director de RMS Rapid Manufacturing Systems | Additive Manufacturing News | Scoop.it

Víctor Paluzíe es director de RMS Rapid Manufacturing Systems, una empresa especializada en la comercialización de equipos para rapid manufacturing y prototipado

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Imponente  la M400, la nueva "bestia" de EOS.

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Norge SLS 3d Printers: low cost Selective Laser Sintering

Norge SLS 3d Printers: low cost Selective Laser Sintering | Additive Manufacturing News | Scoop.it
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In December 2005 this was the price range for low cost FDM machines, whith half the building volume, at EUROMOLD.

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GE-AVIO use Electron Beam to build Jet Engine parts

GE-AVIO use Electron Beam to build Jet Engine parts | Additive Manufacturing News | Scoop.it
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GE and AVIO have built a 3KW ARCAM EBM machine  to work with TiAl, a lighter alloy, yet temperature resitant.

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SpaceX Launches Additive Manufatured Part to Space, Creates Engine Chamber for Crewed Spaceflight

SpaceX Launches Additive Manufatured Part to Space, Creates Engine Chamber for Crewed Spaceflight | Additive Manufacturing News | Scoop.it
Through 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, robust and high-performing rocket parts can be created and offer improvements over traditional manufacturing methods. SpaceX is pushing the boundaries of what additive manufacturing can do in the 21st century, ultimately making the Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft more reliable, robust and efficient than ever before.
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Very nice part. I guess it has "secret" cooling chambers inside. This could be manufactured in one thanks to the new EOS M400. Inconel produces great results with EOSINT machines.

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EFESTO keeps buiding great parts, in all senses.

EFESTO keeps buiding great parts, in all senses. | Additive Manufacturing News | Scoop.it
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Another DLP-based machine, on the cheapest side of the road: Sedgwick - 3D DLP Printer

Another DLP-based machine, on the cheapest side of the road: Sedgwick - 3D DLP Printer | Additive Manufacturing News | Scoop.it
Sedgwick™ is a low cost 3D DLP Printer, perfect for the Hobbyist or Educator.
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THIS NEW TECHNOLOGY - Analogue 3D printer

3d printing allows me to create products more swiftly and more efficiently than ever. but these products are not mine. they are merely a product of this new technology.…
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I really love this one: old mechanical things, no electronics, no sensors, just pure old mechanical. Maybe I would just a steampunk style and a steam generator, a bit of copper here and there, just to make it industrial.

Enjoy watching.

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Researchers develop efficient approach to 3D print high-density metal parts

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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers have developed a new and more efficient approach to determine the right parameters in selective laser melting (SLM), an additive manufacturing process to print 3-D high-density metal parts.

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AM Used To Make Woman's Hip Joint.

AM  Used To Make Woman's Hip Joint. | Additive Manufacturing News | Scoop.it
A 3D printer gives a 71-year-old woman the ability to walk unassisted following a "game-changing" procedure.
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Although for us this an everyday job, this time the case includes stem cells from the patient to be seeded  to increase the chance of bone growing into the implant.

 

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Gillette Employs 3D Printing in Razor Cartridge Method Patent

Gillette Employs 3D Printing in Razor Cartridge Method Patent | Additive Manufacturing News | Scoop.it
It's not generally known, but Gillette was one of the earliest consumer products companies to use 3D printing technology. Since the late 90's, Gillette has brought the additive...
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Metal AM simulation software

Simulation of Additive Manufacturing Technologies: Enabling a 3D “Print Preview” Brent Stucker, PhD Founder & CEO 3DSIM, LLC
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The USS Essex Warship Is Taking 3D Printer To Sea permanently installed.

The USS Essex Warship Is Taking 3D Printer To Sea permanently installed. | Additive Manufacturing News | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON: The U.S. Navy has put a 3D printer on a warship for the first time. That’s a small revolution but don’t expect world-changing results any time soon. 

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Would they install huge guns but no ammunition transfer systems, rendering them useless?

Why don't they install the rest of the processes to make "tensile" reach the desired point, i.e. HIP machines?

Why are they mixing AM and 3DP all the time? 

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This time it looks worth the cost: Osteoid Medical cast with attachable ultrasound bone healing stimulator.

This time it looks worth the cost: Osteoid Medical cast with attachable ultrasound bone healing stimulator. | Additive Manufacturing News | Scoop.it
Viewing Osteoid Medical cast, attachable bone stimulator at A' Design Award.
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