AM Cuts Injection Molding Cycle Times at Action Mold & Machining

December 18, 2019

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Renishaw AM400 video
WATCH: AM Cuts Injection Molding Cycle Times at Action Mold & Machining
…thanks to a  Renishaw AM400 metal additive manufacturing (AM) system supplied to the Grand Rapids, MI, provider of plastic injection and die cast die tooling and molding. Having built a reputation on delivering quick change and turnaround for plastic injection and die cast molds, the company decided on the AM400 due to its build envelope and the ability to change materials quickly.

ASME’s Advanced Manufacturing & Repair for Gas Turbines Symposium Brings Together the Who’s Who of This Specialty User Group
The Advanced Manufacturing & Repair for Gas Turbines event is dedicated to advanced manufacturing for gas turbines and promises to reveal successful best practices and new technologies to improve efficiencies and reduce maintenance costs. Join us to learn, share and build relationships when the full supply chain of companies involved with advanced manufacturing for gas turbines come together in March.

Register for AMUG, the Signature North American AM Users Event
Registration is open for the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) 2020 Education & Training Conference, March 22–26 in Chicago, IL. The conference, set for its 32nd year, targets owners and operators of industrial AM technologies used for professional purposes, and attracts users all along the experience spectrum.

ExOne video
WATCH: New Large-Area Binder Jetting Printer for Metals and Ceramics
ExOne has debuted the X1 160Pro, the 10th, and largest, metal 3D printer from ExOne. Employing binder jetting technology, the printer offers a build area of 800 by 500 by 400 mm, totaling 160 liters of build volume. Its open material system prints more than six metals, plus ceramics.

CADimensions podcast
LISTEN: How the Aerospace Industry has Been Transformed by 3D Printing
Topics covered in this podcast from CADimensions: Midwest Prototyping’s AS9100 certification; Airbus’ and Sigma Labs’ metal 3D printing qualification; and Elon Musk and SpaceX.

Collaborative Intelligence Elevates AeroDef Manufacturing
Engage with the brightest minds in aerospace and defense manufacturing at AeroDef 2020, March 16-19 in Fort Worth, TX. Whether you’re exploring smart technologies on the show floor or attending the industry’s premier conference, you’ll be immersed in the best that aerospace and defense manufacturing has to offer.
Register Today!

3d Systems DMP image
Seen at formnext…Titanium Hip Cups
To reduce cost per part, a 3D Systems DMP Flex 350 stack-prints hip cups using the company’s LaserForm Ti Gr23 (A), a titanium alloy. Printing in layer thicknesses of 60 microns for the scaffold and 90 for solids, the machine produces 225 parts per build when using the full plate, for an average build time per part of 45 min.

Fabrisonic image
Fabrisonic’s Embedded-in-AM Capability Key to NASA Project
Recently Fabrisonic partnered with Luna Innovations on a project for NASA to gather data in cryogenic fuel pipes for rocket test stands at NASA Stennis Space Center. NASA’s goal was to get data on pressure and temperature gradients inside of their fuel piping closer to the test article to better understand how a particular engine is behaving. Why the partnership? The solid-state nature of Fabrisonic’s ultrasonic AM bond allows for encapsulation of wires, fibers and sensors into a metallic substrate.

Fanuc video
Seen at FABTECH 2019...AM via Cobot
A Fanuc America Corp. CR-15iA for Arc collaborative robot (cobot), equipped with a Lincoln Electric Power Wave R450 robotic power source, built a jet turbine component by employing arc welding in an AM process.

HP video
HP Expands Digital Manufacturing Network
At Formnext 2019, HP Inc. announced expansion of the HP Digital Manufacturing Network with new partners Prototal in Europe and Solize in Japan. The network includes a worldwide community of digital manufacturing service providers with capability for high-quality, high-volume HP Metal Jet and Multi Jet Fusion part production, according to company officials.

SLM image
Seen at formnext…Intricate Inconel Thrust Chamber
Check out the detail on this thrust chamber produced as a single full-build-plate part in an SLM 280 400W from SLM Solutions. Made from Inconel 718 in 30-micron layers, the part had a build time of a little more than 4.5 days.

Industry News
Today’s News
First Home-Built Metal Printer for India
EOS Founder Selected for AMUG Innovators Award
Questek Announces High-Temperature Aluminum Alloy for AM
BMW to Open Additive Manufacturing Unit
Carpenter Technology Opens AM Facility
Xometry Acquires Shift

Fall 2019
In This Issue
Automated Calibration Optimizes
Multi-Laser System Performance
More lasers in a 3D metal printing setup can increase processing speed, but also can introduce complications distinct from those of printing with a single laser. These include scan-field alignment, the thermal state of the AM system, laser utilization and soot management.

AM Parts: From Inception to Inspection
Creating production parts using metal additive manufacturing (AM) requires consideration of the entire process chain during product development. This journey involves several important steps.

Coming in 3DMP's Winter 2020 Issue
Software Roundup—Find out what’s new in software for AM design, simulation, process control, production and more.

Previews Galore—As the 2020 AM-event season takes off, 3DMP provides insight into what you’ll see at AeroDef Manufacturing, March 17-18; AMUG, March 22-26; and RAPID + TCT, April 20-23.

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