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.
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."
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
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