October’s 3rd Additive Aerospace Summit provided a comprehensive view on the latest in additive manufacturing, as well problems emerging in the landscape as AM technology continues to advance. Featuring presentations on everything from 3D-printed drones, cars and sternums to increasingly lighter-weight alloys optimized for aviation, the event provided a unique insight into the diversity of applications covered by the AM industry.
Inside a suburban Los Angeles industrial building that once served as an R&D facility for Japanese automotive giant Nissan, natural midday light spills through the windows.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Air Force awarded the Johns Hopkins University’s Whiting School of Engineering a $545,000 contract to study additive manufacturing techniques to make cooling chambers for liquid rocket engines, according to a Nov. 4 press release from the Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center.
Materialise has made two big announcements at this year’s Formnext, which in its first day has already proven to be a hotbed of industry innovation. First, the company has announced that it will be manufacturing 3D printed, flight-ready plastic parts for Airbus through its certified Factory for 3D Printing; and second, its latest software release, Magics20, is now available, offering a new user interface and support for all current file formats, including voxels and .3MF.
Prodways has just announced that they are acquiring polymer materials manufacturers Exceltec The news is sure to be one of many 3D printing news stories coming out of form next 2015 in Frankfort, Germany.
The roots of 3D printing have been traced back to 1980, but only within the last couple of years has the technolgy flowered in a thousand different directions. In the latest development, engineers at GE Global Research are exploring a low cost way to desalinate water with a miniature 3D-printed turbine, similar to the giant steam turbines used to generate electricity at power plants.