Huaxiang Group, a provider of 3D-printed medical components, and Dr. Wang Wenjun’s Spinal Surgery team from First Affiliated Hospital of University of South China, recently received Category 3 medical-device clearance from China’s National Medical Products Administration for their porous spine-fusion cages, produced on metal-additive manufacturing (AM) systems from Farsoon Technologies. This reportedly marks the first approved orthopedic implants built via metal laser powder-bed fusion technology in China.
Dr. Wenjun’s team along with Huaxiang Group can create a unique lattice design featuring customizable pore size, porosity and elastic modulus that resemble that of human bones. This helps to reduce stress tension, promote bone growth and achieve long-term stability.
Atmospheres of California and Kittyhawk announce a strategic
partnership for heat treating and hot isostatic pressing services. Solar
Atmospheres provides quality vacuum heat treating services with bright,
clean results and minimal distortion, and Kittyhawk provides excellent,
timely and economical hot isostatic pressing (HIP) services.
University researchers are receiving funding from the U.S. Army Combat
Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory to create new
technology aimed at helping speed development of 3D-printed components
for future ground vehicles, air platforms and munitions. The research
will leverage a unique nine-laser metal-AM system featuring a 1 m by 1 m
by 600-mm build chamber developed by 3D Systems.
The idea behind the platform is to help production engineers more
quickly and inexpensively design, analyze and fabricate a range of large
and complex geometry components with embedded multi-functionalities,
such as ground- and air-vehicle structures with power transmission,
energy storage, sensing and self-monitoring functions, for achieving
overall size, weight, power and cost efficiencies.
The principal investigator on the project is Srikanth Pilla, the Robert Patrick Jenkins Endowed Professor within the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences and founding director of the Clemson Composites Center. “As part of the new project,” he says, “we will develop a database of raw materials, including metals, plastics and composite materials, that then could be used to train artificial intelligence and create digital models of potential new feedstock materials.”
is an all-encompassing technology users group dedicated to the
advancement of additive manufacturing technology. The AMUG Conference
brings together engineers, designers, managers, and educators from
around the world to share expertise, best practices, challenges, and
application developments in additive manufacturing
in its sixth year, the 3D Metal Printing Experience and Tech Tour is
returning to Pittsburgh in June. This premier metal-AM event brings
together industry experts, AM users and suppliers to learn about the
latest developments in 3D metal printing.
Conference highlights include:
Keynote: Process Standardization, Data Collection and Transference—Ashley Toti, NCDMM
Keynote: Making the Business Case for Metal AM—Michael Rosplock, Enerpac
Design for AM—Dr. Tim Simpson, Penn State University
Tour of a local AM facility
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Machine Systems (DMS), a designer and manufacturer of three- and
five-axis CNC routers and other machining products out of its Colorado
Springs, CO, location, brings AM into the fold by employing its
subtractive expertise to produce hybrid machines. Its hybrid roster
includes the small-footprint Hybrid 2 Cubed, with five-axis capabilities
added to expand on the original three-axis format.
In one case study forwarded by DMS officials, using the Hybrid 2 Cubed
significantly improved the manufacturing of propellers and impellers,
where low-volume production runs make casting cost-prohibitive, and
yielded a propeller ready for finish machining in a build time of 15 hr.
OEM Wabtec calls AM a "technology pillar" as it plans use AM in the
production of more than 25,000 parts by 2025. This spring the firm will
open a new AM facility in Pittsburgh to produce large-scale lightweight
parts, promising to reduce lead times to customers by as much as 80
Perfect Power for Perfect Builds Brownouts, power dips and surges―all of these events can render an otherwise perfect build worthless. But have no fear, an uninterruptible power supply will prevent power disruptions from ruining your builds, avoiding costly waste and production delays.
Coming in 3DMP's Spring 2021 Issue
Industry Outlook—a contributed op-ed from Markforged