New Metal 3D Printing Projects for Golf Club Maker, Military Branch

June 17, 2020

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New Metal 3D Printing Projects for Golf Club Maker, Military Branch
HP Inc. has announced new production-part customers for its Metal Jet technology, including Cobra Golf and the U.S. Marine Corps.  A club designer and manufacturer, Cobra Golf has selected the HP Metal Jet for its entry into 3D printing for product prototyping and parts production, with the first production parts expected this fall. Benefits of this technology experienced by Cobra Golf thus far: design freedom, rapid design iteration and high-quality parts that meet its economic demands.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Marine Corps, report HP officials, is readying for production of stainless-steel spare parts for its Amphibious Assault Vehicle (AAV) via the Metal Jet. The ability to 3D print required parts typically unavailable in the traditional supply chain helps keep the nearly 40-yr.-old vehicle operational--the replacement window for the AAV fleet remains at least a decade away.

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SLM Solutions Partners for Metal-AM Faceshield Injection Molds
As part of its Additive Alliance Against Corona initiative, SLM Solutions has, via metal additive manufacturing (AM), produced plastic injection tooling molds used in making faceshield headbands for the Manufacturing & Advocacy Growth Network (Magnet), a manufacturing-consulting firm in Ohio. SLM Solutions 3D printed the molds in its Wixom, MI, facility, using Type 316 stainless steel.

"Responding quickly to Magnet’s project was important for SLM Solutions," says Jill Christner, president of SLM Solutions Americas. "It’s an honor to be a small part of the solution to protect the health and safety of those who serve, as well as to utilize the value of our additive technology to quickly produce new products and designs―reducing the lead time of traditionally casted methods."

Virtual Conference on 3D Metal Printing Offers Three Solid Days of Programming
We have a great lineup of speakers slated for the 3D Metal Printing Experience and Tech Tour, scheduled for July 21-23.   Agenda topics include an overview of industry and technology trends, by 3Diligent CEO Cullen Hilkene; a methodology for identifying suitable parts for metal AM, by Francisco Medina, associate professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at El Paso; metal AM in the medial field, by Shannon Van Deren, president of Layered Manufacturing and Consulting; and a three-part series on design for metal AM, by Dr. Tim Simpson, professor of Engineering Design & Manufacturing at Penn State University.

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Industry News
Additive Manufacturer Green Trade Association Commissions First Research Project
Protolabs Launches Production of Cobalt-Chrome Parts via DMLS
Falcontech in China to Install 50 Farsoon Metal-AM Machines for Aerospace Work
ASTM International, America Makes Collaborate on AM-Data Strategic Guide
White Paper Reports on the Impact of COVID-19 on Advanced Manufacturing

Spring 2020
In This Issue
AM Material Development--Full Speed Ahead
The availability of powders and other source materials for AM has risen dramatically, with more in the pipeline. Here's a look at recent developments in the AM-material pipeline.

Diffusion Bonding Builds Complex Metal Parts with Internal Passageways
Machine shops can leverage the capabilities of 3D metal printing to create complex parts by using diffusion bonding to join thin sheets of similar or dissimilar metal alloys. Applications for the process, called laminated-object manufacturing, include conformal cooling and heat exchangers.

Industry-Related Terms: Alloys, Lead Time
View Glossary of Metalforming Terms



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