Pittsburgh, PA, and its airport are staking their claim as a global cluster for additive manufacturing (AM), reports Forbes.com. “This spring,” the article reads, ‘Neighborhood 91,’ designed as a campus for firms and factories, will begin construction on land owned by Pittsburgh International Airport. Ground already has been cleared. Eventually, the industrial community–sharing ideas and resources, including power supplied by natural gas sourced onsite–will break ground in 3D printing.”
AlphaSTAR’s additive manufacturing simulation software, GENOA 3DP, couples advanced physics-based simulation technology with Integrated Computation Materials Engineering, providing users the power to virtually print their parts before dedicating time and material resulting in a drastic reduction in the trial & error associated with failed prints. See them at Booth #53 at AMUG 2020.
Reserve your spot at 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.
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Those tasked with supplying completed metal parts via AM know the complexity, time and costs surrounding that word ‘completed.’ Post-processing demands much from the part provider. Advancements in design software, materials and printing capabilities, along with knowledge gained by industry professionals in designing for AM allow for part creation that removes some post-processing challenges. And, fine-resolution printing, in increasingly thin layers with higher-quality powders, is an option for relieving post-processing work, but doing so adds time up front. On the other hand, excessive finishing needs add time and headaches on the back end. To sum up: It’s a balancing act. Read on for more on post-processing, along with some recently introduced technologies for meeting the challenges.
Greg Paulsen heads application engineering at Xometry, an on-demand manufacturing provider. Paulson explores various manufacturing issues with podcast host Dean Phillips, and offers his views on the near-term future of manufacturing. His key takeaway on this topic: trust in manufacturing through transparency. Look for Destiny of Manufacturing podcasts, sponsored by the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) and PMA’s Educational Foundation, to appear soon on www.metalformingmagazine.com.