Boeing investment adds to interest in Digital Alloys metals 3D Printing

Published 09 August 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, additive manufacturing, aerospace, boeing, digital alloys

Branding itself as ‘the fastest way to make the hardest parts’, Digital Alloys has stepped into the spotlight with its metals Joule Printing technology, backed by Boeing HorizonX Ventures.

With the Digital Alloys Joule Printing process metal can be deposited at over 5kg per hour at a comparatively low power output to traditional SLS technologies, and is wire-fed rather than using more expensive specialist powders, lending itself to a large boost in productivity and reduction in raw material costs.

Additionally, the technology can rapidly combine multiple metals into each part, which can enhance thermal, electrical, magnetic and mechanical properties - allowing metals like titanium and high-temperature alloys to be 3D-printed for parts that could be used on Boeing products.

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Yxlon adds newly developed line detector to its CT scanner range

Published 06 August 2018

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Article tagged with: manufacturing, automotive, aerospace, composites, ct scan

The Yxlon CT Compact computer tomography system will now be equipped with a newly developed line detector Yxlon CTScan 3 as a standard component.

The CT Compact system is a fan-beam CT system for medium to large castings designed for the automotive and aerospace industries, but it is also suited for the non-destructive analysis of dense art-historical and archaeological objects and large-scale geological samples.

The new components should result in improved image quality, and significantly reduce susceptibility to noise, while the specially developed photodiodes ensure a uniform signal.

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Tailored Fibre Placement poses new options for designers

Published 02 August 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: manufacturing, automotive, materials, tech, carbon fibre, composites, germany, zsk

ZSK expects its new Tailored Fibre Placement to increase the use of composites in industry verticals such as automotive

German supplier ZSK has launched a series of innovations for Tailored Fibre Placement (TFP), an interesting carbon composite manufacturing technique, which offers to dramatically cuts costs and offer new possibilities for improved component design.

Unlike the conventional approach of weaving the fibres of a composite into a perpendicular arrangement then cutting the fabric to the required shape, TFP arranges the functional fibres in bundles exactly where they are most needed for structural performance and stitches them into position on a compatible base layer.

ZSK commits that this gives ‘absolute freedom of positioning’, allowing fibres to be placed in the optimum directions to carry the loads, ensures that they do not move during processing, and cuts fibre wastage to just three per cent instead of the usual 30-70 per cent on a typical automotive component.

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New AI platform launched to detect ‘3D printed gun’ designs

Published 01 August 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, london, 3d design, firearms, 3d printed gun

Flagg3D is a platform designed to detect and flag unsuitable and prohibited 3D content on sites, platforms, networks and databases, powered by proprietary shape recognition technology

A new AI tool, Flagg3D, has launched, claiming to trace and flag the digital files of 3D printable gun blueprints for administrators of 3D content sharing and collaboration sites, as well as online 3D printing platforms and bureaux.

Powered by proprietary 3D shape recognition algorithms, the Flagg3D platform states it is able to scan large 3D databases and networks at scale, whilst also analysing inbound 3D designs in real time.

The machine-learning based platform matches against existing known gun parts, as well as similar and related designs, thus identifying and flagging unsuitable content.

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Other Reading // Goodyear celebrates 120 years with vision of the future

Published 31 July 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: art, goodyear, future transport

To mark its 120th anniversary, Goodyear has collaborated with artist Edward Carvalho-Monaghan, renowned for his bright, block colour illustrations, to bring together a vision of what the world could look like in just over a century’s time.

Embarking on its very own voyage of discovery, Goodyear asked what the public think our world will look like in 120 years - including both children and adults - before enlisting artist Edward Monaghan to draw up a representation of the two viewpoints in his signature bold, psychedelic style.

Based on the findings Monaghan created a triptych that provided him with the space to showcase the disparity and similarity between the two viewpoints separately:

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Automotive industry sheds weight for amazing Altair Enlighten Awards

Published 31 July 2018

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: engineering, design, 3d printing, automotive, materials, additive manufacturing, cae, bmw, altair, chevrolet

The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado is over 200kg lighter than its predecessor thanks to some thoughtful design and engineering that have also garnered this ‘slimmer of the year’ with a trophy from the Full Vehicle category at the annual Altair Enlighten Awards.

Honouring the greatest achievements in vehicle weight savings each year, the awards incentivise automotive lightweighting advancements and provides a global platform to recognise and share technological achievements, with six winners from a field of 57 finalists this year.

BMW Group claimed the Module category with the first 3D printed metal component used in a production series vehicle, which captured a 44 per cent component weight savings on the 2018 BMW i8 Roadster.

 

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Netfabb 2019 adds powerful updates for simulation and latticing

Published 31 July 2018

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Article tagged with: simulation, 3d printing, autodesk, cloud, additive manufacturing, lattice optimisation, netfabb, lattice

Autodesk Netfabb 2019 adds more updates to its most powerful tools

The latest release of Autodesk’s 3D printing-focussed software Netfabb has added updates to two of its most powerful features: simulation and latticing, in addition to new features focused on improved productivity.

Cloud based, multi-scale, metal powder bed process simulation is now available on the Cloud for Netfabb subscribers beginning at the Premium tier.

The cloud credit cost for a PRM file is fixed, but part-scale simulation is dependent upon the complexity of the user’s parts; when a simulation is submitted the user receives a quote price for the simulation cloud credit cost and have the ability to proceed or stop.

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