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ORNL Research Reveals Capabilities of 3-D Printing for Energy Production Applications

ORNL Research Reveals Capabilities of 3-D Printing for Energy Production Applications | e-Manufacturing Additive & Digital technology | Scoop.it

Ryan Dehoff, staff scientist and metal additive manufacturing lead at the Department of Energy’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at ORNL, presented the research this week in an invited presentation at theMaterials Science & Technology 2014 conference in Pittsburgh.

“We can now control local material properties, which will change the future of how we engineer metallic components,” Dehoff said. “This new manufacturing method takes us from reactive design to proactive design. It will help us make parts that are stronger, lighter and function better for more energy-efficient transportation and energy production applications such as cars and wind turbines.”

 

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Forget about the 3D printer, the wave of the future is digital fabrication - Treehugger

Forget about the 3D printer, the wave of the future is digital fabrication - Treehugger | e-Manufacturing Additive & Digital technology | Scoop.it

3D printing is all the rage, but many consider it to be just one of a range of tools used in what I used to call downloadable designs and now call digital fabrication. It’s hard to pin down exactly what we mean by that phrase; I once defined it as a world where “we will download design on demand. It is like the music for our iPod; dematerialized bits and bytes put together again where we need it, without the waste of a physical intermediary.”

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Need a Chair? Now You Can 3D Print One at Home Thanks to Joris Laarman (video)

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Who says that 3D printers are only for making small objects such as toys, spare parts, and chess pieces? Artist Joris Laarman and several others are changing th

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3D-Printed Drone Flies High

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Considering many engineering articles relate to a new breakthrough in 3-D printing or some new use of a drone, it was only a matter of time before the two topics were merged. Meet the new 3-D printed drone, created by engineers at the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre — with help from ANSYS software. The parts used in building the aircraft are entirely printed and snap together, weighing less than 2 kg.

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GE, Local Motors Partner to Pioneer New Model for Manufacturing Industry

GE, Local Motors Partner to Pioneer New Model for Manufacturing Industry | e-Manufacturing Additive & Digital technology | Scoop.it

New York City, NY. – March 13, 2014 – GE (NYSE:GE) today announced a partnership with Local Motors, the open-source hardware innovator, to launch a new model for the manufacturing industry. The partnership will pair co-creation and micromanufacturing to build and commercialize the next evolution of various GE products. Focused on speeding the time from mind to market, the partnership will leverage advanced manufacturing processes and an open innovation approach to engineering—delivering benefits for consumers and enterprise alike.

The partnership will source collaborative ideas online from a community of engineers, scientists, fabricators, designers and enthusiasts who will focus on identifying market needs and solving deep engineering challenges to unlock breakthrough product innovations. As part of the partnership, a new microfactory – a specialized facility focused on prototyping and producing a small batch of products at a rapid pace – will be established where community ideas will be built, tested and sold.

 

The first set of projects will focus on GE Appliances and the future of cooking, inviting community members to submit and discuss ideas to improve the performance of select major kitchen appliances. The first product is expected to be available to U.S. consumers by late innovative products and industrial solutions to market 2014. Looking to the future, GE will evaluate applications of this business model across the company’s other business units. For more information, please visitwww.firstbuild.com.

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Concept Laser launches laser additive manufacturing R&D center - Optics.org

Concept Laser launches laser additive manufacturing R&D center - Optics.org | e-Manufacturing Additive & Digital technology | Scoop.it
Concept Laser launches laser additive manufacturing R&D center Optics.org The continued and rapid growth in the demand for components produced by the generative part manufacturing process, also known as laser additive manufacturing, has been a key...
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Robots and 3D printers are tireless workers - Helsinki Times

Robots and 3D printers are tireless workers - Helsinki Times | e-Manufacturing Additive & Digital technology | Scoop.it

An orange industrial robot that does not quite reach a height of two metres works around the clock, five or six days a week.

It is just one of the around 100 robots busy at work in AGCO Power’s factory in Nokia, which is the most automated industrial plant in Finland, according to Eero Tomi, the company’s managing director.

The robots churn out nearly 40,000 diesel engines every year, mostly used for farming machinery manufactured by the factory’s American parent company AGCO.

The factory illustrates both the present and the future of the manufacturing sector: the industry is relying on robots to an ever-larger degree. Not only are production lines more automated, but they can also deliver products that are more individualised, thanks to 3D printing technology.

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Finishing Methods for 3D Printed Parts : Modern Machine Shop

Finishing Methods for 3D Printed Parts : Modern Machine Shop | e-Manufacturing Additive & Digital technology | Scoop.it
If additive manufacturing is to account for a respectable share of production in the future, it can’t rely on primitive methods of finishing such as hand sanding. That point has long been apparent to 3D printing contractor RedEye, which recently completed its beta testing of various finishing methods for parts made through fused deposition modeling. Processes including tumbling, vapor smoothing, bead blasting and plating have now been added to its range of services. In place of surfaces with layer lines, these finishing methods can produce a smooth or shiny appearance appropriate to a visible consumer part.
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This Harvard Prof's Printed Batteries Could Revolutionize Our Gadgets - Wired

This Harvard Prof's Printed Batteries Could Revolutionize Our Gadgets Wired Custom syringes, with barrels just microns wide, can be included in a multi-head array of a RepRap style 3-D printer, allowing for the fabrication of relatively complex...
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Autodesk Slaps Manufacturing with Collaboration ... - SolidSmack.com

Autodesk Slaps Manufacturing with Collaboration ... - SolidSmack.com | e-Manufacturing Additive & Digital technology | Scoop.it
Related Posts It's Official, the Free CAM Solution for Autodesk Inventor Is Here Autodesk to keep developing t-splines, HSMWorks products for Rhino and SolidWorks HSMXpress. First Fully-Integrated and Free SolidWorks ...
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Creative new energy sources, human-machine interfaces, 3D printing at ITU ... - CIOL

Creative new energy sources, human-machine interfaces, 3D printing at ITU ... - CIOL | e-Manufacturing Additive & Digital technology | Scoop.it
A new element on the showfloor at the leading event for debate, networking and knowledge-sharing in the global information and communication technology (ICT) community, The Lab brings together an exciting array of projects and applications for event delegates to explore and interact with. The Lab is co-curated by Ars Electronica. "ITU Telecom World is the platform for high-level debate, knowledge-sharing, innovation-showcasing and networking for the global ICT community," said ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun I. Touré. "The event in Bangkok brings together key players from across the ICT sector who drive innovation and lay the foundations for future growth and development." Key projects in The Lab include: Gravity Light - the first public viewing of Gravity Light, a revolutionary way to generate power and light anywhere in the world using gravity alone, with the potential to lift millions out of fuel poverty safely, cheaply and sustainably. Oribotics - a flower-like, interactive installation of robotic origami exploring the connections between nature, art and future technology. 3D printer - the chance to follow the whole process from programming to design and output, and debate the power of digital fabrication to change the world. Visible Light Communications - turning off-the-shelf LEDs into an optical WiFi, enabling data to travel through light. Robotics - from the newest generation of soccer-playing social robots to Paro, the robotic baby seal used as therapy with Alzheimer's patients and cutting-edge robotic prosthetics.
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What Is 4-D Printing? [Video]: Scientific American

What Is 4-D Printing? [Video]: Scientific American | e-Manufacturing Additive & Digital technology | Scoop.it
An M.I.T. lab is tweaking the idea of 3-D printing with the help of smart materials that continue to change even after they leave the printer
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Grant funds development of improved nanoscale additive manufacturing (3D ... - Nanowerk

Grant funds development of improved nanoscale additive manufacturing (3D ... - Nanowerk | e-Manufacturing Additive & Digital technology | Scoop.it
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3D Printing at Croft Additive Manufacturing Brings Change and New Filter ... - 3DPrint.com

3D Printing at Croft Additive Manufacturing Brings Change and New Filter ... - 3DPrint.com | e-Manufacturing Additive & Digital technology | Scoop.it
3D Printing at Croft Additive Manufacturing Brings Change and New Filter ... 3DPrint.com Croft Additive Manufacturing (CAM) has managed to make the world of filters exciting.
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Pilot at BMW Munich plant evaluating use in vehicle assembly of custom orthotic devices produced by 3D printing

Pilot at BMW Munich plant evaluating use in vehicle assembly of custom orthotic devices produced by 3D printing | e-Manufacturing Additive & Digital technology | Scoop.it
A pilot project in BMW’s Munich vehicle assembly plan is exploring the benefits of a new and innovative ergonomic tool—a flexible finger cot, which protects workers against excess strains on the thumb joints while carrying out certain assembly...
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GibbsCAM Simplifies Machining Turbomachinery Components

GibbsCAM Simplifies Machining Turbomachinery Components | e-Manufacturing Additive & Digital technology | Scoop.it
New Software is Optimized for Machining Bladed Parts GibbsCAM's new MultiBlade option is specialized to simplify the programming of turbomachinery parts, such as the impeller shown here. MOORPARK, CA – October 4, ...

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EOS Introduces Two New Metal Materials for Additive Manufacturing ...

EOS Introduces Two New Metal Materials for Additive Manufacturing ... | e-Manufacturing Additive & Digital technology | Scoop.it

Krailling, March 17, 2014 – EOS, the technology and market leader for design-driven and industrial Additive Manufacturing solutions, expands its metal materials portfolio with EOS Titanium Ti64ELI and EOS StainlessSteel ...


Corrosion resistant and biocompatible materials open up new industrial fields of application


Krailling, March 17, 2014 – EOS, the technology and market leader for design-driven and industrial Additive Manufacturing solutions, expands its metal materials portfolio with EOS Titanium Ti64ELI and EOS StainlessSteel 316L. Christiane Krempl, Product Marketing Manager Metals at EOS, adds: “A broader variety of titanium and stainless steel materials mirrors the ever-changing requirements among our customers and opens up new fields of application.”

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How Autodesk Helped Create An Incredible New Technique For 3-D Printing ... - Co.Design

How Autodesk Helped Create An Incredible New Technique For 3-D Printing ... - Co.Design | e-Manufacturing Additive & Digital technology | Scoop.it

How Autodesk Helped Create An Incredible New Technique For 3-D Printing ...

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Nanotechnology primer: graphene - properties, uses and applications - Nanowerk

Nanotechnology primer: graphene - properties, uses and applications - Nanowerk | e-Manufacturing Additive & Digital technology | Scoop.it

Energy

Graphene-based nanomaterials have many promising applications in energy-related areas. Just some recent examples: Graphene improves both energy capacity and charge rate in rechargeable batteries; activated graphene makes superior supercapacitors for energy storage; graphene electrodes may lead to a promising approach for making solar cells that are inexpensive, lightweight and flexible; and multifunctional graphene mats are promising substrates for catalytic systems.These examples highlight the four major energy-related areas where graphene will have an impact: solar cells, supercapacitors, lithium-ion batteries, and catalysis for fuel cells. An excellent review paper ("Chemical Approaches toward Graphene-Based Nanomaterials and their Applications in Energy-Related Areas") gives a brief overview of the recent research concerning chemical and thermal approaches toward the production of well-defined graphene-based nanomaterials and their applications in energy-related areas. The authors note, however, that before graphene-based nanomaterials and devices find widespread commercial use, two important problems have to be solved: one is the preparation of graphene-based nanomaterials with well-defined structures, and the other is the controllable fabrication of these materials into functional devices.Read more about graphene nanotechnology in energy applications.

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Adding and taking away The Economist (blog) The Lasertec 65 Additive Manufacturing machine, though, is the start of an approach that might change the traditionalists' minds.
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EOS M 400 Unveiled at Euromold for Additive Manufacturing - Ten Links

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EOS M 400 Unveiled at Euromold for Additive Manufacturing Ten Links FRANKFURT, Germany, Dec 4, 2013 - EOS, the German market and technology leader for design-driven, integrated e-manufacturing solutions for additive manufacturing is presenting the...
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Energica Ego Is A 3D-Printed Electric Superbike - Gas 2.0

Energica Ego Is A 3D-Printed Electric Superbike - Gas 2.0 | e-Manufacturing Additive & Digital technology | Scoop.it
Energica Ego Is A 3D-Printed Electric Superbike Gas 2.0 The laser selectively fuses powdered material by scanning cross-sections, generated from a 3D digital file's description of the part, on to the surface of a powder bed.
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Additive Manufacturing Gets High Tech: 3D Printing with Graphene - AZoNano.com

Additive Manufacturing Gets High Tech: 3D Printing with Graphene - AZoNano.com | e-Manufacturing Additive & Digital technology | Scoop.it
AZoNano.com Additive Manufacturing Gets High Tech: 3D Printing with Graphene AZoNano.com 3D printing is an additive manufacturing technology where parts are "grown" layer by layer in a controlled chamber when successive layers of a melted material.. While plastic is the most common 3D printed material, composites, metals, sand and even food have all become viable applications of 3D printing. What could 3D printed graphene mean for product development? Today, 3D printing is most commonly utilized to create one-off prototype parts that test for form, fit and function before a product gets the green light for production. However, 3D printed parts with graphene might be cheaper to produce via additive manufacturing than they are by current means. And if 3D printed parts are as strong and durable as graphene parts created by traditional means, then this could be a real game changer. Chances are good that someday soon, 3D printed graphene parts could very well be in appliances and tools for every day use.
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GE Hones Its Additive Manufacturing Edge - Motley Fool

GE Hones Its Additive Manufacturing Edge - Motley Fool | e-Manufacturing Additive & Digital technology | Scoop.it
GE Hones Its Additive Manufacturing Edge Motley Fool In the accompanying video, Motley Fool contributor Asit Sharma discusses GE's use of additive manufacturing technology as a strategic weapon to add value to its industrial parts.
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