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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Samsung unveils 970 series NVMe SSDs and narrows gap between PRO and EVO lineups

Published 25 April 2018

Posted by greg corke

Article tagged with: simulation, visualisation, workstations, workstation, tech, ssd, samsung

Samsung has updated its enthusiast- and pro-focused SSD lineup with the introduction of the Samsung 970 EVO and PRO.

The M.2 form factor NVMe SSDs, which are compatible with most desktop and mobile workstations bought in the last year or so, offer groundbreaking performance, superior reliability and best-in-class capacity, according to Samsung’s Un-Soo Kim.

Samsung appears to be narrowing the gap between its PRO and EVO lineups. Both SSDs offers the same five-year warranty (previously, the warranty on the EVO was only three years) or up to 1,200 terabytes written - 50 per cent higher than the previous generation, though the latter is dependent on capacity.

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Dell adopts Intel processor with Radeon Pro graphics for incredibly thin 2-in-1 mobile workstation

Published 24 April 2018

Posted by greg corke

Article tagged with: amd, gpu, dell, workstation, intel, mobile workstation, radeon pro, vega

The Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1 is the first mobile workstation to feature the Intel 8th Generation processor with Radeon Pro WX Vega M GL graphics

Dell has unveiled its first 2-in-1 mobile workstation, the Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1, a slimline 15-inch machine featuring a flexible 360-degree hinge for multiple modes of interaction and can be used with the Dell Premium Pen, a digital pen with 4,096 levels of pressure and tilt functionality.

Like the HP ZBook Studio x360, announced earlier this month, it allows product designers and architects to start with a concept sketch, then take their designs all the way into 3D on a single device.

HP may have been first, but the Dell Precision 5530 2-in-1 is significantly smaller. It has a slighter frame in general, thanks in part to the next-generation InfinityEdge 4K Ultra HD display, but is also notably thinner (9 -16 mm compared to 20.4mm).

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LulzBot launch Mini 2 with design advanced for desktop 3D Printing

Published 24 April 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, manufacturing, education, lulzbot

‘Whisper-quiet’ operation and a build volume increase of approximately 20 per cent over the previous model with no increase in footprint should see the LulzBot Mini 2 find some admirers among those after desktop FDM 3D Printing.

The Mini 2 features a belt-driven Z-axis and included as standard equipment are three accessories previously offered as add-ons to the original LulzBot Mini: A next generation Aerostruder Tool Head designed around the E3D Titan Aero hot end and extruder; the LulzBot modular bed system with reversible heated glass/PEI surface, and a Graphical LCD Controller for tetherless operation.

Announced at this year’s Rapid event, it highlights the role of desktop 3D printing to the industry at large, and LulzBot’s own renewed focus on the company’s core markets in product and process engineering, manufacturing, and education.

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Ultimaker’s larger platform S5 & new materials

Published 24 April 2018

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: design, materials, ultimaker, filament, additive, s5

Of the large number of manufacturers that jumped into the desktop, entry level, FDM market a couple of years ago, Ultimaker has been one of the few breakout success stories.

With the release of the Ultimaker 3 (our write up is here), the company took one of its first steps to breaking away from its maker roots and starting to provide tools built for a more professional environment where consistency and repeatability are paramount.

This week, Ultimaker has shown off its next step: the Ultimaker S5.

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