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US researchers find a way to 3D print ‘the ultimate polymer’

Published 19 November 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, materials, aerospace, university

An interdisciplinary team of researchers at Virginia Tech’s Macromolecules Innovation Institute (MII) have developed a new process to 3D print one of the most-desired materials in the electronics and aerospace industries.

Kapton was previously available only in thin 2D sheets and is known as the basis for the “gold foil” that wraps around satellites to insulate them.

A polyimide with exceptional thermal and electrical properties, Kapton has a degradation temperature of around 550°C, doesn’t dissolve in solvents, acts as an electrical insulator, and is resistant to ultraviolet irradiation.

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EOS and GKN Powder Metallurgy partner for ‘high-productivity’ laser metal 3D Printing

Published 16 November 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, automotive, eos, additive manufacturing, materials, gkn

In order to expand its footprint in the automotive industry, established SLS experts EOS has partnered with GKN Powder Metallurgy to create a new high-productivity process for laser metal 3D Printing.

The combination of GKN’s metal powder, EOS StainlessSteel 316L VPro, and EOS’s additive manufacturing expertise make it possible to create a high-performance parts designed for end-use at scale, reportedly reducing production time by 70 per cent and overall cost by up to 50 per cent.

We were looking for a strong partner with a high level of expertise in the field of steels and typical industry grade materials combined with a proven track record of further industrialising technologies together with customer applications,” said EOS CEO Dr. Adrian Keppler.

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ESI Group develops new metals AM simulation module with AddUp

Published 16 November 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: simulation, 3d printing, manufacturing, additive manufacturing, esi, addup

AddUp and simulation experts ESI Group have announced their collaborative Distortion Simulation AddOn, they jointly designed specifically for metal additive manufacturing.

AddUp’s metals 3D printers were founded as a joint venture between French companies Fives and Michelin (of the tyres fame) and its range spans both SLS and EBM technologies.

By integrating simulation directly in the preparatory stages of additive manufacturing, the module brings continuity to the production process using the AddUp Manager user interface, as the working environment for defining simulation parameters, particularly for staff who are not experts in this field.

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Japanese electric sports car maker GLM aims for mass-production with Dassault Systèmes

Published 16 November 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, design, dassault systemes, automotive, dassault systèmes, japan

The TommyKaira ZZ built on GLM’s electric vehicle platform

Aiming to solve the problems for the companies that enter the electric vehicle business, GLM - the Japanese EV company behind the platform for the ZZ sports car - is taking the next steps towards mass production.

Growing demand for its expertise and its own technical platform of electric vehicle development solutions - including chassis, power systems, and vehicle control units - means it is moving its design and engineering capabilities to the ‘Electro Mobility Accelerator’ industry solution from Dassault Systèmes.

GLM will be able to integrate design and development processes, improve efficiency, leverage its knowledge and know-how to expand its range of products and services, and accelerate their delivery to OEMs, suppliers, and other companies involved in electric vehicle development.

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