held last month in Frankfurt, Germany, welcomed 34,532 visitors
representing the aerospace, automotive, energy, medical and other
additive manufacturing (AM) markets, and 852 exhibitors from more than
30 nations. The numbers represent a 28-percent jump in attendance and a
35-percent gain in exhibitors over last year, and position the 2019
edition as the largest formnext yet.
“In its fifth year, formnext continues its impressive success story,” says Sascha F. Wenzler, vice president-formnext at event organizer Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH. “AM definitely has arrived, and together with our enormously dynamic industry, we will continue to accompany, support and advance this development as a trade-fair organizer.”
Formnext 2020 will take place November 10-13, 2020, in Frankfurt.
from 3D printing is expected to nearly double by 2020. That means
employers and managers are looking for a well-trained and skilled
workforce to integrate this technology into their workplace. With the
help of ASME, that will be you. Enter code: DFAMINTRO
Demonstrating at formnext the efficacy of metal AM, Dr. Klaus Parey, managing director of Trumpf Additive Manufacturing, holds a metal AM part previously produced via assembly of 10 separate parts—that component is on the table. Besides cutting component cost by 30 percent, design-and-build capabilities inherent in AM yielded optimal cooling channels that improve the part's cooling efficiency by 20 percent.
Registration is open for 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.
Courtesy of BeAM, take a close look at directed energy deposition,
and how this AM technology can build and fix. The video shows what was
in store for visitors to formnext, where BeAM exhibited along with
right metal powders help keep your operation productive. So, don't
compromise when choosing a supplier. Look for expertise, capacity and
quality that match your vision for a growing operation. This free AM Metal Powder Buyers Guide has key questions to guide your conversations with metal powder suppliers.
Nieka Systems, courtesy of the Markforged Metal X,
now conducts small-batch Inconel manufacturing inhouse. No longer
relying on a direct metal laser sintering print service, the company was
able to reduce the manufacturing cost of this clip from $311 to $23,
and cut lead time from 28 to 3 days.
a 1-kg copper sledgehammer in 10 minutes, 2 seconds, live on the show
floor at formnext. Spee3D printers use supersonic deposition in which a
rocket nozzle accelerates air to three times the speed of sound.
Injected powders deposit onto a substrate attached to a six-axis robotic
arm. In this process, the sheer kinetic energy of the particles causes
the powders to bind together to form a high-density part with normal
metallurgical properties, according to company officials, who claim that
this process enables metal parts to be printed 100 to 1000 times faster
than other printing methods.
“We want to see development in the industry, and we look forward to pushing our technology even faster,” explains Byron Kennedy, co-founder and CEO of Spee3D.
TRUMPF’s TruPrint 3000 powder bed fusion system
is designed for production. Utilization is increased with external part
and powder handling, with time between build jobs reduced and operator
safety improved. The large build volume, variable spot size, high
preheat temperatures and dual supply cylinders provide advantages that
At formnext, Materialise highlighted
its AM design-to-production capabilities, including redevelopment of a
suction gripper. Materialise engineers created a part using less
material, eliminating machining steps and integrating internal channels.
The resulting part improvements: 94 percent lighter, half the
production cost and better suction. During 3DMP’s visit, Jurgen
Laudus, vice president of Materialise's manufacturing segment, reported
October groundbreaking for a new facility in Bremen, Germany, for AM of
metal industrial parts. Expected completion: early 2021.
metal AM continues to expand as a viable production process, many
companies are assessing the viability of producing parts via the
selective laser melting. In 3D Metal Printing’s free webinar, Selecting Parts for Additive Manufacturing,
the SLM Solutions North America application-engineering team discusses
what types of parts, features and geometries are best suited to be
optimized for AM, and provides tips on what may make the process
unfeasible. Attendees gain an overview of how to assess their components
in order to implement a metal AM strategy.
The Advanced Manufacturing & Repair for Gas Turbines event is
dedicated to advanced manufacturing for gas turbines and promises to
reveal successful best practices and new technologies to improve
efficiencies and reduce maintenance costs. Join us to learn, share and
build relationships when the full supply chain of companies involved
with advanced manufacturing for gas turbines come together in March.
Built in a Lasertec 125 3D hybrid machine
from DMG Mori, this stainless steel manifold, measuring 130 by 300 by
400 mm, was produced in 28 hours. The machine combines laser metal
deposition with five-axis milling to build and repair parts in diameters
to 1250 mm, heights to 745 mm and weights to 2000 kg.