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Cloud-based machine design software adds automatic plastic panels ordering

Published 02 May 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: manufacturing, cloud, 3d design, vention

Vention’s cloud-based machine design platform is taking further steps to close the production process by equipping its MachineBuilder with the ability to automatically create custom plastic panels based on surrounding geometries.

Partnering with Groups PolyAlto, the software will be able to design and order cut-to-size plastic panels for delivery within 48 hours of order confirmation - removing all of the traditional steps of 3D design, manual quoting, CAD file exchange and order processing.

It’s a small part of the workflow, but the portfolio of products offered in this way is expected to grow - already Groupe PolyAlto supports nine different plastic materials through this digitally integrated workflow.

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3D Systems Figure 4 jets in to USAF R&D program

Published 27 April 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, 3d systems, additive manufacturing, aerospace, military

US Air Force legacy aircraft, like the B-52 bomber, could be the beneficiary of the latest stage of research into 3D printing for maintenance

Aircraft maintenance and legacy parts is high on the agenda for the United States Air Force (USAF), so the announcement of 3D Systems’ Figure 4 Production system being drafted into an Air Force-sponsored research program is big news for advancing the technology.

Overseen by America Makes, the US national additive manufacturing innovation institute, and led by the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI), the initiative is bringing together 3D printing and aerospace manufacturing leaders, including 3D Systems, Lockheed Martin, Orbital ATK and Northrop Grumman.

The USAF will explore how the Figure 4 Production system can be used to reproduce aircraft components for decades old planes that may no longer have reliable sources of replacement parts - the the goal to rapidly deliver replacement parts ‘just-in-time’ without minimum order quantities – eliminating the need for parts warehousing and reducing time of aircraft on ground.

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GE’s new Spectra H AM system a crack option for specialist materials like TiAl

Published 25 April 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, materials, additive manufacturing, ge, arcam, ge additive

GE Additive has unveiled the Arcam EBM Spectra H, a new metal additive manufacturing system designed to handle high heat and crack prone materials, such as Titanium Aluminide (TiAl).

Initially, the Arcam EBM Spectra H will support both TiAl and Alloy 718 and additional Ni-super alloys will be supported from 2019 onwards. Once GE Additive‘s materials science team finishes exploring all the future opportunities for high heat materials, new capabilities will be introduced, potentially including; nickel superalloys, tungsten, CoCr, stainless steel and metal matrix composites.

A 200 x 200 x 380mm build area will be home to a 6kW HV-unit, which will handle all the pre- and post-heating steps, something GE Additive’s Arcam engineers say will take half the time compared with current EBM machines.

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Identify3D signs metals 3D Printing partnership with SLM Solutions

Published 25 April 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, additive manufacturing, ip, identify3d, slm solutions, industry 4.0


Having already agreed a partnership with Renishaw, Identify3D will now provide a solution for data protection coupled with contractual and manufacturing licensing from design to production for SLM Solutions’ laser melting machines.

By securing all digital data in the engineering phase, the technology should enable SLM Solutions to secure digital IP, enforce production rules and provide traceability in the digital supply chain to the industry’s highest standard.

The integration of Identify3D’s EnforceTM software tools with SLM’s MCS machine control software should offer secure parts delivery to SLM 125, 280, 500, and SLM 800 additive machines, with control over quantities to be produced, over a defined period of time with selected parameters.

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