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The 3D Printing Materials Market is Expected to Expand Significantly in the Next Four Years

The 3D Printing Materials Market is Expected to Expand Significantly in the Next Four Years | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

Conventional wisdom would suggest that the 3D printing materials market is going to be directly tied to the 3D printing hardware market. As the rate of 3D printers sold every year continues to increase, so too should the materials used by those printers grow at a similar rate. However, in actuality the rate of growth for the materials sector will grow exponentially faster than the hardware market. Materials are consumables, so they will need to be repurchased regularly provided the 3D printer is being used regularly. While the materials market has been growing in the past few years at a similar rate to the hardware market, that was primarily because consumables were being purchased by the smaller desktop market, where usage is often less frequent than industrial or commercial markets.

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Laser treatment, bonding potential road to success for carbon fiber

Laser treatment, bonding potential road to success for carbon fiber | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

Joining carbon fiber composites and aluminum for lightweight cars and other multi-material high-end products could become less expensive and the joints more robust because of a new method that harnesses a laser's power and precision.

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HAECO Parts Manufacturing And Boeing Tianjin Composites Sign Long-Term Structural Parts Manufacturing Agreement 

HAECO Parts Manufacturing (“HAECO PM”) announced today that it has signed a long-term supplier agreement with Boeing Tianjin Composites Co., Ltd. (“BTC”) for structural parts manufacturing on Boeing commercial aircraft, extending the scope of its existing business relationship.

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Surface Generation focuses on aerospace, auto composites

Three GKN Aerospace aerostructures operations, in Bristol and Cowes in the UK and Munich in Germany, received the SQIP (supply chain and quality improvement) awards from Airbus.

The Filton site achieved ‘Accredited Supplier’ status for the second year running and has now been an award winner for four consecutive years while the Cowes site gained the ‘Best Performing Supplier’ award and the Munich site gained ‘Best Improved Supplier.’

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New GE Oil & Gas Composites Make Pipes Lighter and Cheaper

New GE Oil & Gas Composites Make Pipes Lighter and Cheaper | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

GE Oil & Gas has introduced a series of innovative offshore solutions to lower cost, improve reliability and reduce downtime of offshore operations. One of those solutions includes what the company calls its “next-generation Wellstream flexible risers” – also known as flexible pipe – made with carbon fiber thermoplastic composites. Risers are what transfer materials from the seafloor to production and drilling facilities atop the water’s surface.

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In the future, will everyone be a plastics processor? 

In the future, will everyone be a plastics processor?  | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

3-D printing may “rock the world,” but how will it impact the plastics industry?

That was the main question I had when I read an interesting book last week, “3D Printing Will Rock the World,” by John Hornick, a Washington-based lawyer who specializes in intellectual property issues.

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Exel Composites Uses Clean Technology to Limit Styrene Emissions

Exel Composites Uses Clean Technology to Limit Styrene Emissions | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

Finland-based Exel Composites has completed a four-year project called Next Air Biotreat that explored biotrickling filtration as a way to limit styrene emissions.

One of the most widely-discussed concerns among the composites industry is how to control styrene – a volatile component of polyester resin. In the past, researchers have tried to clean the styrene-contaminated air inside and outside production facilities, but those methods have often been very energy-intensive. To combat this problem, Exel Composites collaborated with the University of Valencia in Spain and Pure Air Solutions from the Netherlands to explore biotrickling filtration.

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Siemens, Local Motors Partner to Speed Development of 3D Printed Cars

Siemens, Local Motors Partner to Speed Development of 3D Printed Cars | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

It’s an entertaining exercise to think about what cars may look like in 10, 20, 50 years. Science fiction writers love to speculate about the vehicles of the future – right now, I’m reading a book set in the not-too-distant future in which autonomous cars are more common than manually driven ones, and all signs point to that future being a reality before too long, thanks to 3D technology. Both in the book and in reality, there are pressing concerns about safety and surveillance, but the technology is coming.

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GE Global Research Uses 3D Printing to Create Mini Turbine That Can Power 10,000 Homes

‘Bigger isn’t always better’ is a maxim the truth of which is increasingly convincing to people in the modern world. We’ve seen computers go from the size of a room to the size of a fingernail, telephones move from bulky, murder-weapon-size devices to sliding into your front pocket, and even houses are trending toward the not-so-big.

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Aircraft composites repair moves toward maturity

Given the myriad subsystems for which aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) operations must offer service to air carriers — engines, wheels and brakes, avionics, landing gear, interiors and operations (e.g., auxiliary power, hydraulic power, electrical, environmental control, in-flight entertainment, waste and water systems) — the repair of composite aerostructures has been a relatively minor concern. However, the extent of composites use in aircraft has continued to grow. Indeed, as the
Boeing 787 and, more recently, the Airbus
A350 XWB, entered service, the use of composites extended far beyond flaps, ailerons and other control surfaces, engine nacelles, fairings and the vertical tail, to the entire forward wing structure and fuselage.

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US Machine Tool Orders Decline Again in February

U.S. machine shops and other manufacturers ordered $270.9 million worth of new machine tools during February, a decline of 5.1% from the January total and of 12.8% from February 2015. The new result brings year-to-date new orders to $556.43 million, or 16.3% less than the comparable result for January-February 2015.

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The Ambiguity of 3D Printing Liability, or Who Is to Blame if a 3D Printed Part Fails

The Ambiguity of 3D Printing Liability, or Who Is to Blame if a 3D Printed Part Fails | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

On the surface there are a lot of similarities between gig-economy companies like Uber and AirBnB and the future of 3D printing. The technology will soon offer people the ability to manufacture a wide variety of products in their own homes, but it will also, basically, transform consumer product companies into software companies. As we are seeing now with Uber and AirBnB, that is going to completely alter the legal responsibilities that these new “software companies” will be required to bear, and it will potentially shift them onto the consumer themselves.

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Natural fibre composites for automotive use

Natural fibre composites for automotive use | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

Textile chemicals business BASF has announced the development of a water-based and 100 per cent natural composite binding agent for use in automobile roof frames, which the company says offers an alternative to formaldehyde-containing or solvent-based resins to help offer safer, simpler and environmentally conscious materials in the automotive industry.

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Now We Can 3D Print with PVC Too—Thanks to the Aussies!

Now We Can 3D Print with PVC Too—Thanks to the Aussies! | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

While we learn something here regularly, pretty much on the half hour, regarding new 3D printing processes that are usually also accompanied by mind-boggling innovation, I’m continually surprised at the education I’m also receiving in materials science. Most makers probably are as well, as the industry, marketplace, and offerings—on every level—have expanded in a way most probably never expected. We’ve reported on everything from eco-friendly ABS filaments to materials that allow us to 3D print with cork, molten glass,ceramic and porcelain, and so much more.

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Teijin Composites Innovation Center obtains ISO/TS 16949 accreditation

Teijin Limited, a leading technology-driven group, has announced that its Teijin Composites Innovation Center (TCIC) has obtained ISO/TS 16949 accreditation, of particular requirements for the application of ISO 9001:2008 for automotive production and relevant service part organizations. 

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Honeywell eyes CMC materials for helicopter engines

CMCs – which combine light weight with high heat resistance – are being deployed by GE in the combustor liners, shrouds and high-pressure turbine nozzles on its GE9X engine for the Boeing 777X, and shrouds on the Leap-series powerplants produced by its CFM International joint venture with Safran.

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GKN Aerospace receives Airbus supplier awards

Three GKN Aerospace aerostructures operations, in Bristol and Cowes in the UK and Munich in Germany, received the SQIP (supply chain and quality improvement) awards from Airbus.

The Filton site achieved ‘Accredited Supplier’ status for the second year running and has now been an award winner for four consecutive years while the Cowes site gained the ‘Best Performing Supplier’ award and the Munich site gained ‘Best Improved Supplier.’

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IoT And Manufacturing: Can We Have One Without The Other?

IoT And Manufacturing: Can We Have One Without The Other? | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

The marriage of Manufacturing and IoT: It has been called Industrial Internet, Digitization of Manufacturing, and Manufacturing 4.0. It has been hailed as a revolution and declared as win-win. With all this talk of marrying the two, we would be remiss not to heed the warnings that half of all marriages end in divorce.

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New ORNL Method Could Reduce Cost of Carbon Fiber

New ORNL Method Could Reduce Cost of Carbon Fiber | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have demonstrated a production method they estimate will reduce the cost of carbon fiber by as much as 50 percent and the energy used to produce it by more than 60 percent. According to the ORNL, cost has been “the single largest roadblock to widespread use of carbon fiber as a strong, stiff reinforcement for advanced composites.” Additionally, more than 90 percent of the energy needed to manufacture CFRP comes from manufacturing the carbon fiber itself.

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GE Aviation Tests the Largest Jet Engine in the World, Featuring 3D Printed Fuel Nozzles

GE Aviation Tests the Largest Jet Engine in the World, Featuring 3D Printed Fuel Nozzles | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

A year ago, GE Aviation began incorporating 3D printed components into their jet engines for the first time ever, retrofitting hundreds of their GE90 engines with 3D printed sensor housings. At that time, the GE90 was the largest jet engine in the world, but today it must relinquish that title with the introduction of the GE9X, a gigantic beast of an engine developed for the new Boeing 777X airplane. Recently, GE fired the engine up and began testing it out in the woods near Peebles, Ohio, the company’s dedicated testing site.

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NASA awards UTARI researcher $1 million to develop better models for rotor spar fatigue, composite materials - News Center

The University of Texas at Arlington and the UTA Research Institute will develop state-of-the-art computational methodologies to predict the strength and life of rotor blade assemblies, known as rotor spars, through a new $1 million agreement. 

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Developing 3D Printing Technology

Developing 3D Printing Technology | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

At the 2015 Sydney Resources Round-up, Far East Capital executive chairman Warick Grigor said, “Graphene presents us with a generational change in technology, taking the field of nanoscience one step further. Nanoscience has given us the ability to identify and seperate the materials which can be combined with other materials for performance levels not otherwise thought possible.”

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Schaeffler UK’s world class manufacturing plant in Llanelli

Schaeffler UK’s world class manufacturing plant in Llanelli | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

Following a series of energy audits, automotive and industrial supplier, Schaeffler UK’s automotive engine component plant in Llanelli, South Wales, has achieved ISO 50001 certification. The ISO 50001 Energy Management standard aims to help organisations continually reduce their energy use and therefore their energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions. 

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CFM delivers first LEAP-1A production shipset to Airbus

CFM delivers first LEAP-1A production shipset to Airbus | Industrial subcontracting | Scoop.it

CFM International has delivered the first shipset of LEAP-1A production engines to Airbus to power the A320neo.

CFM said in a statement that the two engines were delivered on April 2. “This delivery paves the way for installation on the first customer aircraft and for entry into service by mid-year,” CFM said. Airbus and CFM have not disclosed which airline will be the first to operate a LEAP-1A-powered A320neo.


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Will Additive Manufacturing Subtract from Machining?

Will additive manufacturing (AM) overtake machining and traditional processes? This was one of the questions posed during an AM panel discussion hosted by Mazak and moderated by Senior Editor Peter Zelinski.

Panelists said that the use of AM will grow as engineers begin to design for the technology, but for now tolerances prevent additive from taking the place of machining. The video above contains the entire 5-minute segment of the discussion.

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