3D Printing Disrupts Maritime Industry

May 1, 2019

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Nora Toure video
How 3D Printing Is Disrupting the Maritime Industry
In this TED Talk, Women in 3D Printing founder Nora Toure uses examples to explain how the ability to print parts as needed affects the maritime industry in a variety of ways.
UPS Leads $48-Million Funding Round for 3D Printing Startup
United Parcel Service (UPS), Atlanta, GA, recently led a $48-million series B funding round for 3D printing startup Fast Radius, Chicago, IL. UPS has been working with Fast Radius since early 2016 to link the companies' resources, having participated in two previous rounds of funding for Fast Radius via the UPS Strategic Enterprise Fund.
Meet Our Dedicated Team of AM Metal Powder Experts at RAPID + TCT
In 2018, Praxair Surface Technologies' TruForm Advance Team created over 200 new custom alloys for customer applications in our TruForm Center for AM Advancement. Visit us in booth #1152, May 21-23, and discover the latest AM metal powder trends.
Advances in Pure-Copper Laser Sintering Revealed at AMUG
At AMUG 2019, Farsoon Technologies showcased the development of its pure-copper laser-sintering process. The difficulty in additive manufacturing (AM) with pure copper: It has a high laser-reflectance rate—more than 90 percent.
FiberBots video
Gaining Traction: Swarm Robots for Additive Manufacturing
Swarm robots for AM, attacking from multiple axes and focusing on specific, complex tasks, can be used as timesaving devices to build structures. Research at MIT has yielded one example, the FiberBots platform, shown in the video. Also, the University of Arkansas AM Lab, founded and directed by Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) 2019 Randy Stevens Scholarship winner Dr. Wenchao Zhou, swarms 3D printing and assembly.  Zhou's company, Ambots Inc., seeks to commercialize the patent-pending technology. Currently, swarm-AM technology focuses on nonmetal challenges such as working in controlled atmospheres. For now, the tricky nature of printing metals and other factors make swarm metal printing an extremely difficult proposition.  
Orbex Builds World's Largest Single-Piece Rocket Engine 3D Printed on the SLM®800 Selective Laser Melting Machine
Chris Larmour, CEO of Orbex, reveals Europe's most modern, environmentally friendly and reusable launch vehicle. Of partnering with SLM Solutions to 3D print the world's largest single-piece rocket engine Larmour stated, "This allows us to build reliably in a repeatable manner at a reduced cost."
Aluminum Association Introduces Material Designation System for 3D Printing
The Aluminum Association, Arlington, VA, released what it says is the first-ever material- designation system for AM, providing clear chemical designations for aluminum powder used in 3D printing.
ASTM Issues Call for AM Papers
Papers are invited for the Fourth ASTM Symposium on Structural Integrity of AM Materials and Parts, Oct. 8-10 in Washington, D.C. The event provides a forum for the exchange of ideas regarding the structural integrity of material and components fabricated using AM, with a focus on the lack of industry standards, design principles, as well as qualification and certification criteria.
High-Performance Vacuum Debind and Sintering Furnaces
Centorr Vacuum Industries is a manufacturer of high performance vacuum debind and sintering furnaces for the 3D Additive Manufacturing furnace market, as well as units for Metal and Ceramic Injection Molding. Available with either metal or graphite hot zones, these units can process all of the most common metals including Fe-Ni, 316-L, 17-4PH, and Inconel powders and feedstocks as well as a variety of other materials including titanium, tungsten carbide, tool steels, and superalloys. The new Sintervac AM™ operates at pressures of 0-15 torr as well as positive pressures of argon, nitrogen, or forming gas for increased flexibility of processing binder-jetted parts, while the Workhorse AM™ is used for the heat treat, annealing, and tempering of laser-sintered parts. For more information, contact the sales department at 603-595-7233, sales@centorr.com or www.centorr.com.
TCT Conference @ Formnext Issues Call for Papers
The TCT Conference @ Formnext, November 19-22 at Messe Frankfurt, Germany, has announced its call for papers on a range of topics.
Plan Now
May 20-23, RAPID + TCT 2019, Cobo Center, Detroit, MI. Make plans now to witness some of the year's biggest product announcements, discover the latest applications, and hear from industry experts on where the industry is headed.

June 12-13, Mexico Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing Conference, Safi Valle Hotel, Monterrey, Mexico. The North American market for 3D printing is exploding, and—according to Allied Market Research—Mexico is expected to be the continent's fastest growing adopter of 3D printing technology, with a compound annual growth rate of 27.3 percent from through 2022. Conference attendees will interact with industry experts and learn about 3D printing equipment and materials, and production applications in aerospace, automotive, medical and other industries.

August 6-7, 3D Metal Printing Experience and Tech Tour, Sheraton Detroit Novi Hotel, Novi, MI. Attendees of this special event will interact with industry experts, learn about the latest technology developments and hear case-study applications. They also will participate in exclusive plant tours and see 3D metal-printing machines in action. It's not too early to register.
AMPM 2019
Learn the Latest Metal AM R&D at AMPM2019
Discover the latest metal additive manufacturing (AM) R&D at AMPM2019: the Additive Manufacturing with Powder Metallurgy conference in Phoenix, June 23–26, 2019. Explore the metal powder industry for three days of technical sessions, networking opportunities, and over 100 metal AM and powder metallurgy equipment, powder, and processing suppliers.
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AM Partnership Yields Improved Surgical Plans, Operations and Results—Expertise from Materialise and device provider DePuy Synthes allows surgeons to better plan maxillofacial surgeries and use patient-specific guides and hardware to help ensure success.
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