has announced that, as part of a consortium, it has been awarded a
grant to research, develop and test an innovative hybrid production
process to address a number of the key limitations of additive
manufacturing (AM) for the automotive sector, specifically electric
vehicles (EVs). The
consortium, which received the grant, features three key partners:
Alloyed, Brunel University London's Brunel Centre for Advanced
Solidification Technology (BCAST), and Gestamp and its affiliate
The project aims to build on the consortium's prior alloy and
hybridization research to develop and test new aluminum alloys better
suited to future automotive needs. The focus will be on developing
alloys that can first be cast and then subsequently built on to produce
custom/complex features using AM techniques with a compatible alloy that
maintains mechanical properties and performance.
is a full-stack 3D metal advanced manufacturing solution enabling the
production of mission-critical components for space rockets, jet
engines, fuel delivery systems and energy production.
Our company is focused on giving engineers the ability to print any
design, opening the way for new, higher performing solutions.
latest cold spray system from Impact Innovations, the Impact EvoCSII,
features maintenance-friendly system architecture, intelligent process
control and plug-and-play setup, resulting in consistently high quality
for single-part and series production, according to company officials.
And, the system, with a modular system structure, also can be expanded
as required with interfaces for future developments already integrated.
3D printing builds to near net or finished dimensions, vacuum heat
treating is an absolute necessity. Vacuum levels that approach 1 X 10-6
Torr produce clean and oxide free surface conditions that are
metallurgically stable. Critical temperature control is also a must to
avoid cracking and producing a strong and ductile part.
in its sixth year, the 2021 3D Metal Printing Experience and Tech Tour
returns as an online virtual webinar series, scheduled for June 22 and
24. This premier metal-AM event brings together industry experts, AM
users and suppliers to learn about the latest developments in 3D metal
Conference highlights include:
Keynote: Process Standardization, Data Collection and Transference—Joe Veranese, vice president and CIO, National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM)
Keynote: Making the Business Case for Metal AM—Michael Rosplock, Enerpac
Design for AM—Dr. Tim Simpson, Penn State University
Panel Discussion—Working with Service Bureaus, moderated by Cullen Hilkene, CEO, 3Diligent Corp.
3D Printed Parts in the Rail Industry, Brett Heher, lead mechanical engineer, Wabtec Corp.
development project between ExOne and Ford Motor Co. has resulted in a
process for rapid and reliable binder jet 3D printing and sintering of
6061 aluminum that delivers properties comparable to die casting.
Collaborative and individual patents are expected to be filed by Ford
and ExOne as a result of the project.
“This is a breakthrough in making 3D-printed and sintered parts for the auto industry,” says Harold Sears, Ford AM technical leader. “High-speed aluminum 3D printing paves the way for other opportunities that we’re just now starting to take a look at because of the ability to create complex parts with aluminum that previously weren’t possible.”
public/private partnership provided the infrastructure, including a
reliable micro power grid, argon gas delivery and recycling, and powder
storage, with AM institutions and companies now stepping in to build a
concentrated base of expertise and capabilities to fuel economical
scaling of AM development and production.
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