Super Hero in Super Threads: Iron Man Flight Suit Made from Titanium

June 19, 2019

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Super Hero in Super Threads: Iron Man Flight Suit Made from Titanium, Courtesy of Colorado School of Mines, EOS Printer
In the first episode of the new TV series Savage Builds, former MythBusters star Adam Savage combines a Marvel Comics Iron Man suit with a jet pack to create a bullet-proof flying super hero. Colorado School of Mines used costume design files from Marvel Studios as the basis for the suit. EOS printed the thin Ti64 costume parts on its M 400-4 four-laser printer, totaling more than 300 costume pieces in 6 weeks. Savage Builds combined the costume with jet-pack technology from Gravity Industries to send Iron Man soaring. Savage Builds debuted last week and airs on Discovery Channel and Science Channel.
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Tour Top AM Tech with 3DMP
...during the 3D Metal Printing Experience and Tech Tour, August 6-7 in Michigan. 3D Metal Printing hosts the additive manufacturing (AM) event, to be held at the Sheraton Detroit Novi Hotel in Novi. In addition to presentations by industry experts, attendees will tour Ford's Advanced Manufacturing Center, which 3DMP profiled earlier this year as well as metal AM leader Linear AMS to see 3D metal printing in action. Register now!
New HP 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing Center in Spain
We were on hand as HP Inc. unveiled its 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing Center of Excellence, an R&D facility bringing together hundreds of AM experts in more than 150,000 sq. ft. of space. The new Center of Excellence boasts professionals in systems engineering, data intelligence, software, materials science, design, and applications in what may be the world's largest population of AM specialists in one location.
AM Drives Hot Stamping Tool Improvements
That's the word from Thomas Bell, executive director of Hitachi Metals, during an interview with our sister publication, MetalForming magazine.

"3D printed inserts enable the creation of effective conformal cooling lines in hot stamping dies," Bell says. "Traditionally, a water line in a hot stamping die runs along the X or Y axis—very linear. It doesn't always reach the surface of the die contour to cool as quickly as needed. AM inserts can be built to do that, which provides a big advantage."

What remains to be seen, according to Bell, is whether AM technology can enable manufacture of inserts large enough to be effective in the very large hot stamping dies.

The interview is part of an August MetalForming preview of the magazine's Hot Stamping Experience and Tech Tour, September 17 in Lapeer, MI, which includes a tour of hot stamping leader and event host Urgent Design & Manufacturing.
Technology Galore at Spring 2019 AMUG and RAPID + TCT Events
3DMP covered both the AMUG Conference and RAPID + TCT. Here's an in-depth recap of AMUG, and we'll offer a comprehensive review of RAPID + TCT in our Summer 2019 issue, heading to press in July.
Markforged Printed Parts
Markforged-Printed Parts Featured on BattleBots
Four Markforged 3D printers were featured on the season premiere of BattleBots, June 7 on the Discovery Channel and June 12 on the Science Channel. As the only 3D printer company hosted by BattleBots during filming, Markforged produced more than 160 parts for 29 teams onsite—all within the 2 weeks of filming. The printers allowed the teams to rapidly repair damaged robots, improve their performance during battles, and optimize their design against competitors in real time.
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Industry News
Today's News
Rolls-Royce Selects SLM Printer
GE Considers AM for Wind Turbines
Burloak Technologies Announces Fully Operational AM Center
Nano Dimension and Hensoldt Enter Strategic Collaboration
Spring 2019
In This Issue
AM Partnership Yields Improved Surgeries, Outcomes
Expertise from Materialise and device provider DePuy Synthes allows surgeons to better plan maxillofacial surgeries and use patient-specific guides and hardware to help ensure success.

Essential Skills
While the much-noted skills gap pervades throughout manufacturing, it is noticeably wider in the additive manufacturing (AM) sector. Notably, however, upskilling of the AM workforce is being addressed around the United States and the rest of the world.
Coming in the Summer 2019 Issue
Aerospace Report
Find out how the AM community provides unique solutions that allow airborne vehicles to fly faster, farther, and more safely and economically than ever before.

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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Industry-Related Terms: CAD, Center, Die, Dimension, Hardware, Lines, Model, Surface
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