3D Metal Printing magazine was out in full force covering RAPID + TCT, the additive manufacturing (AM) industry's largest North American event held last month in Detroit, MI. Of course, new metal-printing technology was on full display, but so, too, did new materials make a splash, along with simulation and quality control software. 3DMP will offer a comprehensive recap in our Summer 2019 issue, due out in July. In the meantime, read on for a glimpse of what we saw.
Solar Atmospheres provides commercial vacuum heat treating services for 3D metal printing technologies. Our vacuum furnaces can produce the critical temperature uniformity (+2°F) when needed and the vital heating and cooling data by thermocoupling parts directly. Solar operates plants in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and California.
At RAPID + TCT, Velo3D highlighted its Sapphire laser fusion metal AM system, reportedly offering the unique ability to print low angles and overhangs below 10 deg., as well as large diameters and inner tubes to 40 mm without the need for supports. Check out this demonstration.
June 12-13, Mexico Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing Conference, Safi Valle Hotel, Monterrey, Mexico. With Mexico expected to be North America's fastest growing adopter of 3D printing technology—a predicted compound annual growth rate of 27.3 percent from through 2022—we offer a hands-on look. Conference attendees will interact with industry experts and learn about 3D printing equipment and materials, and production applications in aerospace, automotive, medical and other industries. The conference includes a workshop conducted by Francisco Medina, associate professor and director of technology and engagement at the University of Texas at El Paso W.M. Keck Center for 3D Innovation. See what the center is up to regarding AM R&D.
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."
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
Key Considerations for Metal AM Process Parameters
To proceed from a design concept to final part, one must account for optimization of various processes and process parameters along the way. Even when one manages to select an AM technology and material for an application, each system offers a wide variety of processing parameters. Thus, adoption of metal AM requires an understanding of the complete AM process cycle.
Coming in the Summer 2019 Issue
What's New at RAPID + TCT
Another show is in the books, as more than 6000 attendees experienced the latest AM innovations in Detroit, MI, last month. See what 3DMP saw.
Lincoln Electric Enters AM Arena
Wire-Arc AM picks up steam as we take a close look at Lincoln Electric's new business unit.
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