New at the Additive Manufacturing Laboratory (AML) of the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City (FL) Division (NSWC PCD), an EOS M290 direct metal laser sintering machine for timely production of parts and prototypes, enabling the center to rapidly deliver solutions to ensure warfighting dominance, according to Chuck Self, the AML head.
"NSWC PCD's goal is to produce efficient and quality products to the warfighter," he says, "and this printer will allow our engineers and scientists to create strong and complex products in a shorter time frame."
The M290 employs a 400-W fiber laser in a nitrogen atmosphere to produce parts in a 250 by 250 by 325-mm build envelope.
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"Ultimately, this will drive the create-on-demand market of the future," reads the article, which details the made-to-order nature of AM for shoe retailers and others. "One where customers buy branded goods online tailored to their own specifications, and manufacturers then 3D print the product and ship. It's a win for buyers because they get custom-made products. And it's a win for sellers because it means no factories, no inventory and bigger profits."
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."
3D Metal Printing hosts the 3D Metal Printing Experience and Tech Tour, August 6-7 at the Sheraton Detroit Novi Hotel in Novi, MI. In addition to presentations by industry experts, attendees will tour Ford's Advanced Manufacturing Center as well as metal AM leader Linear AMS to see 3D metal printing in action. Register now, as time is running out!
Connect with leading additive manufacturers at WESTEC 2019, Sept. 24-26 at the Long Beach Convention Center. New this year is an Additive Manufacturing Exhibit Pavilion, a dedicated space for evaluating additive manufacturing and 3D printing as well as a full-day Additive Manufacturing Seminar (registration required)!
Sintavia, LLC, a Tier-One metal AM manufacturer for the aerospace and defense industries, has agreed to form a joint venture with Howco Group in support of AM development in the oil and gas industry. Howco, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sumitomo Corp., distributes raw materials and manufactures turnkey components for downhole, subsea and surface oil-and-gas equipment. The joint venture, announced at RAPID + TCT in May and expected to commence later in 2019, will be branded under the Howco Group name and co-located at Howco's North American headquarters in Houston, TX.
AM delivers a large Inconel 718 prototype part that cuts weight by 60 percent and reduces lead time by half--crucial in development of the Vulcan Centaur rocket.
Meeting Multigenerational-Workforce Challenges via Technology
Employees in their 20s and 30s, and those expected to fill employee rolls as older workers retire, are much on the minds of AM producers as well as software and equipment providers. The constant introduction of innovative AM technologies not only offer the means to excel, but carry features specifically designed to appeal to, and benefit from the strengths of, younger workers.
Coming in the Summer 2019 Issue
New Facility, New Initiatives for HP
HP Inc. made a splash last year with its entrance into the metal printing market via its Metal Jet technology that promised faster production rates and higher-volume capabilities, and in May, the company opened an AM center at its Barcelona, Spain, campus. 3DMP takes a closer look at HP's technology and initiatives.
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