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 Minesused 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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...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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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