The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) returns to Chicago later this month for its 2019 conference, bringing together owners and operators of industrial additive manufacturing (AM) technologies to share AM expertise, best practices, challenges, and application developments. In addition to new features such as Training Labs and panel sessions, the two-night AMUGexpo also ensures plenty of new developments from some of the industry’s leading vendors and service providers and promises to, quite literally, lift the lid on 3D printing technologies.
Mimaki Europe, a leading manufacturer of inkjet printers and cutting systems, today announces the launch of the new Mimaki 3DFF-222 3D printer, a product co-branded with Sindoh, a manufacturer of 3D printers and multi-function printers based in South Korea. The Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) solution has been developed as an in-house design and production tool, ideal for parts such as jigs used in direct-to-shape printing and tools for producing three-dimensional signage.
GE Additive is to provide consultancy services to General Atomics Aeronautical System, Inc (GA-ASI) via its AddWorks subsidiary.
GA-ASI manufactures Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electrooptic and related mission systems, and is looking to implement additive manufacturing (AM) technologies effectively. The company selected AddWorks after a ‘competitive’ tender, and the consultancy service provider will now begin to help accelerate and strengthen the qualification and integration of metal AM within its production workflows.
Markforged has raised an additional $82 million in venture funding in a round led by Summit Partners and including the venture arms of software maker Microsoft, carmaker Porsche, and German industrial conglomerate Siemens.
The new investment gives Markforged a total of $136.8 million in funding since the company was founded in 2013. Markforged makes 3D printers that use either carbon fiber or metla powders as raw materials. The company's Metal X system can create complex parts out of metals like steel, aluminum, and titanium, without the need to build costly molds.
Under a project funded by national 3D printing development partner America Makes, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is devloping a commercial-grade, metal additive manufacturing system. Designed and built in collaboration with GE Global Research, the aim of the prjoect is to develop a platform that could cut metal processing times in half.
ZF and Venturi teamed up in a technology partnership for the FIA Formula E in 2016. For the current, fifth season of the championship, ZF developed an electric drive for the Venturi team, including an electric motor, a newly developed transmission and power electronics.
Ford Motor Co. is shifting its previously announced investments in its Michigan plants that will produce the next-generation of eletric cars and autonomous driving vehicles, ultimately driving what the carmaker expects will be hundreds of new jobs.
Materials scientists from the National University of Science and Technology “MISIS” (NUST MISIS) developed a unique sandwich steel-vanadium-steel material that is able to withstand temperatures of up to 700°C, hard radiation exposure, mechanical stress and chemical exposure for a long period of time. The material can be used in the shells of nuclear reactor cores.
Why do groups stop innovating well when they grow large? How can large teams or companies or research groups innovate faster and better?
Over the past two decades, scientists have been turning to the science of emergence, the study of surprising collective behaviors, to help us understand a broad range of systems: how birds flock, fish swim, brains work, diseases erupt, ecosystems collapse, and, more recently, how groups of people behave. Now we can use similar principles to help us design teams that are better suited for nurturing radical new ideas—the breakthroughs we desperately need to treat cancer, for example, or reverse climate change.
As senior manager of asset-performance management (APM) product marketing with AspenTech, Robert Golightly knows the importance of machine maintenance and the value in predicting when things will go south. Here he shares his perspective on getting real, reportable results that inform real, preventative actions.
Over the past two decades, auto manufacturers have relied on lighter metals and non-metallic materials to improve fuel efficiency and decrease weight in automobiles. However, steel is making a comeback. Several vehicles debuted in 2018 that sprung from manufacturing processes employing the use of advanced high-strength steel (AHSS).
These vehicles deserve a moment in the spotlight for the work that went into creating them.
SUV, CUV, and truck manufacturers alike saw the opportunities afforded by the utilization of AHSS and went on to create truly impressive automobiles. The companies utilizing these methods and the role that steel played in their manufacturing shouldn't be overlooked.
The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC) of the Army Research Laboratory (ARL), is using customized steel alloy powder to 3D print high-strength spare parts for ground vehicles in a bid to “to revolutionize logistics.”
Industrial robot orders in 2018 grew 24 percent over the previous year in the life sciences, food and consumer goods, plastics and rubber and electronics industries, according to the Robotics Industries Association. The main reasons are lower robot prices, and robot systems that are easier to install, integrate and program.
With the Stage V emissions requirements being introduced in Europe, a number of engine manufacturers have already announced their plans. Leading engine makers such as Cummins, Deutz, John Deere, Perkins and Volvo Pentahave all released information regarding the engines that they will be offering.
Boston-based Digital Composite Manufacturing (DCM) company Fortifyhas partnered with Dutch multinational chemical company Royal DSM to develop composite materials for the 3D printing of structural parts.
The collaboration will utilize Fortifiy’s DCM platform and fiber processing expertise in conjunction with DSM’s 3D printing resin knowledge. Together the companies will develop composite materials distributed through Fortify hardware for various markets including automotive, aerospace and electronics.
On February 20, General Electric (GE) officially opened a new additive manufacturing lab under its strategic partnership with Clemson University.
The industrial conglomerate dedicated 1,000 square feet of space at its GE Power division’s Advanced Manufacturing Works facility in Greenville, South Carolina, to the lab, which houses three GE 3D printers that print both plastic and metal.
One of the three printers uses GE Additive’s direct metal laser melting (DMLM) technology.
3DEO, Inc., a metal 3D printed part provider based in Los Angeles, has announced it is increasing its production capability over twofold for the first quarter of 2019. The expansion for 3DEO comes as a response to greater customer demand, with the company experiencing significant growth in 2018, its second full year of operation.
Google announced today that it has made energy produced by wind farms more viable using the artificial intelligence software of its London-based subsidiary DeepMind. By using DeepMind’s machine learning algorithms to predict the wind output from the farms Google uses for its green energy initiatives, the company says it can now schedule set deliveries of energy output, which are more valuable to the grid than standard, non-time-based deliveries.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and Continental plan to launch a blockchain-based platform for car manufacturers to share and sell vehicle data. The companies say the sharing of vehicle data will help create new services that “improve driver safety and convenience” and, at the same time, it will also help car manufacturers monetise their data.
In every industry, buyer expectations are changing. The consumer expectation of simplicity and smooth digital experiences has seeped into the business world, and manufacturers are working to keep up with the changes. This isn’t an easy task, however—most manufacturing companies sell complex products with variations and processes that make a one-size-fits-all digital solution impossible.
Simulation enables one to predict or estimate how a material will behave under a specific set of constraints or conditions. In engineering and science, this is a necessary tool either to investigate and gain a deeper insight of the physics of a given process or to evaluate the functionality of a component before committing to its manufacture or production.
Last month, we released research that suggests the next phase of workplace automation should be manageable for most workers, with only a quarter of the American workforce facing “high” exposure to automation technologies in the coming decades.
Some startups jump into public view with a big splash. Others simply get in and start quietly swimming. This is the case for Las Vegas-based ADDiTEC, which introduced a comparatively low-cost desktop metal 3D printing system to no fanfare just six weeks ago.
Natan Linder, cofounder and chairman of 3-D printing unicorn Formlabs, founded Tulip five years ago to give factory workers the same access to digital tools as office workers. Now he’s raised $18 million for that firm’s expansion led by Vertex Ventures, which is backed by Singapore state fund Temasek.
Virtually every organization is wrestling and experimenting with automation. But most are missing the benefits that come from deep and systemic change. One of the largest failings, in our estimation, is that organizations aren’t spending the time necessary to deeply understand the work they’re considering automating. They aren’t deconstructing jobs so the specific tasks that can be automated can be identified. And without deconstruction, companies risk significant collateral damage and minimizing their ROI as they attempt to automate entire jobs.
Meet the Solo – a one-seater vehicle made by Electra Meccanica Vehicles Corp. that costs $15,500. By December, 5,000 will be zipping around the streets of Los Angeles, with an additional 70,000 to be delivered over the next two years across the West Coast. Electra Meccanica may have a market value of just $44 million, yet it has $2.4 billion in pre-orders.
Russian-American laser manufacturer Endurance has announced the development of two new, more powerful diode units. Made to upgrade the abilities of standard CNC machines and 3D printers, the FAP800 range is the latest in a long line of lasers developed by the company over the past four years. According to Endurance CEO and co-founder George Fomitchev, “We see a big vacuum that a lot of makers want to expand the abilities of their 3D printer and CNC machines.
Amazon.com Inc and General Motors Co are in talks to invest in Rivian Automotive LLC in a deal that would value the U.S. electric pickup truck manufacturer at between $1 billion and $2 billion, people familiar with the matter told Reuters on Tuesday. The deal would give Amazon and GM minority stakes in Rivian, the sources said. It would be a major boost for the Plymouth, Michigan-based startup, which aspires to be the first carmaker to the U.S. consumer market with an electric pickup.
The automotive industry has always been on the lookout for faster prototyping and solutions for reducing the part's weight while retaining the structural strength. Here's a curated list of some of the best automotive 3D printing applications so far.
A new type of electric vehicle power using “refillable” technology has taken another giant leam in advancing alternative energy with testing that shows it could provide enough energy to run a car for about 3,000 miles. The technology employs a novel type of “flow” battery that is being successfully tested in golf carts and industrial vehicles such a forklifts. It was first showcased in 2017.
Northeastern Connecticut aeroparts maker The Whitcraft group has acquired a New Hampshire company’s three-dimensional, metal printing technology. Eastford-based Whitcraft paid an unspecified sum for closely held Form 3D Solutions of Dover, N.H. Form 3D specializes in additive manufacturing, technology used to form three-dimensional, precision titanium and nickel-alloy parts.
Arcimoto has been working toward an electric 3-wheeled vehicles since 2015. They are now releasing what they are dubbing a Fun Urban Vehicle (FUV) called the Evergreen Edition. “A practical, American-made solution to two of the greatest challenges facing the world today: global warming and getting groceries”
These days, all the talk of the future of transportation seems to center around battery-powered electric cars (BEV). But this year, Canada is going to be introduced to a new form of clean transport in the form of hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles (FCV). Three automakers will offer this new technology in their dealerships – though, just as in the early days of electric cars, don’t expect to see a lot of them on the road for now.
GoEngineer acquired Advanced RP, Inc.’s Stratasys 3D Printing Sales and Support business. The operation was finalized on January 1, 2019. GoEngineer is headquartered in Salt Lake City, UT, where it maintains a branch office and call center providing expanded hours of toll-free, centralized technical support and customer service.
In the future, the success factors that define winners from losers in an increasingly competitive manufacturing landscape will extend far beyond the ability to manufacture products. In its recent Exponential technologies in manufacturing study, Deloitte observes that organizations from every industry face mounting pressure to transform and make the shift from product-centric business models to capture other sources of value, and the manufacturing sector is not immune to this challenge.
Worldwide spend on Internet of Things (IoT) technology could hit US$745 billion in 2019, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC). That would represent a 15.4 percent hike on that spent in 2018, and it’s said that spend could maintain a double-digit growth until 2022 when it could surpass the US$1 trillion mark. The majority of this year’s spend is within the manufacturing industry – more specifically discrete manufacturing (US$119 billion) and process manufacturing (US$78 billion) – where uses of the technology will be focused on supporting operations and production asset management.
Global spending on digital transformation (DX) technologies and services was projected to be $1.1 trillion in 2018, according to
The problems that digitalization solves strike at the very heart of manufacturer’s challenges today. But for a lot of small to medium sized manufacturers struggling to navigate economic and market shifts, DX seems risky and the value unproven. The technology can seem out of reach or even unnecessary.
Borrowing heavily from the principals set forth by Lipson and Kurman, my process engineering background, and recent book research2, and with a bit of tongue in cheek, here is my list of 11 Myths About Additive Manufacturing.
Integrated computational materials engineering (ICME) is an emerging digital field seeking to improve the way things are designed and manufactured. Under PRISM2 (The Partnership for Research in Simulation of Manufacturing and Materials) the University of Birmingham is applying ICME to additive manufacturing and other processes.
One of the world’s largest hybrid manufacturing machines, which features metal additive and subtractive capabilities, is now ready to build, and will be capable of 3D printing large pieces of metal, large parts and structures for construction.
Prodways has announced the second sale of its Promaker RAF 50, which is powered by the Rapid Additive Forging technology the company launched back in 2017.
A tier one research institute has invested in the machine and expects to install it later this year. The metal deposition platform has been developed to enable the 3D printing of large metal parts, potentially up to two metres in size, in a range of metal materials.
The manufacturing industry has a long history of constant innovation. In this “man versus machine” industry, there has always been a precarious balance between innovation and having the right labor force to successfully drive these innovations. A new skills gap study by Deloitte predicts that 4.6 million new manufacturing jobs will be created in the U.S. between 2018 and 2028. More than half (2.4 million) of these new are predicted to be unfilled.
Over the last decade, U.S. manufacturers are moving their controls systems from being air gapped (isolated) to connection with the corporate networks. The industrial IoT framework, significantly boosts agility, cost savings and convenience—but those benefits go hand-in-hand with a vastly increased vulnerability to cyber attacks, from outside and inside of operations.
Aerotech - a Pittsburgh-based motion control devices manufacturer, has released a Galvo Scanner, the AGV-SPO. The latest laser scanner has a better field of vision than 2D scanner and has a wider range of laser wavelengths. This makes the AGV-SPO suitable for 3D printing machines and medical devices.
Additive manufacturing, the ultimate child of the ‘80s, has finally proven itself ready for grown up, high-volume work. We delve into how that happened and where it will take the greater manufacturing industry
California-based Artisan Vehicle Systems, engaged in electric underground mining equipment, was acquired by Swedish Sandvik, which intends to develop and produce electric versions of its mining vehicles.
With its CEO setting a goal of going 100 percent electric, General Motors (GM) is taking a close look at how, if not when, to offer an all-electric SUV, according to the head of the automaker’s GMC truck brand.
For industrial 3D printer manufacturers, business means more than bringing better and faster machines to the market every year. At Formnext, for example, the focus was on holistic solutions, new materials and quality assurance. The manufacturers of industrial 3D printers now have special production knowledge to convince users from all over the world of their products.
Essentium, a 3D printing firm raised $22 million in a Series A round led by BASF Venture Capital, whose investment manager, Sven Thate, will join its board of directors. Materialise and Genesis Park also invested, as did Essentium’s previous seed investors.
Essentium developed a High Speed Extrusion (HSE) 3D printing platform, furthering work on its FlashFuse technology with BASF to enhance the mechanical strength of extrusion-based 3D printing.
The Volkswagen Group is investing US$10 million in the US-based startup Forge Nano Ind with a view to reinforcing its specialist knowledge in the field of battery research. Forge Nano, formerly PneumatiCoat Technologies, is investigating processes for scaling atomic layer deposition (ALD) to create new core-shell materials, especially for battery applications that could further improve the performance of battery materials.
China’s Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL) plans to produce 60 gigawatt hours (GWh) beginning in 2026 from its battery factory in Germany, its first production site in Europe and the grounds of car giants BMW, Volkswagen and Daimler AG. CATL’s battery cell factory in Erfurt, Germany is set to start production in 2021.
The German government will fund a research facility to offer firms in Germany know-how to develop battery cells for electric vehicles (EVs), the science minister said on Wednesday, seeking to compete with Asian producers which dominate the industry.
Engineers at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) are set to contribute to the development of a hybrid 3D printing technology from the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) in Sheffield, UK. Known as THREAD, this method is capable of adding fibrous electrical, optical and structural elements, or “threads,” to the inside of plastic/polymer components.
3D design and printing technology has advanced at an alarming rate. We can now print complex objects from different materials, in different colors, in rapid time — even in the comfort of our own homes. Then there’s the varied commercial applications for 3D printing (3DP).
Numerous large companies have been increasing their state in 3D printing materials manufacturing, but BASF is the largest chemical producer in the space. The German chemical giant has continued to throw its weight around, mostly recently investing a massive $25 million in Materialise, the nearly 30-year-old Belgian 3D printing software developer and service provider.
The MIT’s Self Assembly Lab is inventing entirely new ways to create a new generation of objects, including Rapid Liquid Printing, where an object is printed inside a vat of gel, allowing designers to rapidly print flexible, complex shapes.
BASF is expanding its cooperation with Materialise, a supplier of 3D printing technologies, working together within the framework of an open business model to improve materials and software for various 3D printing technologies. The companies are focusing on applications in the consumer goods, automotive and aviation industries and the partners intend to accelerate the development of innovative applications and new materials.
Defects in 3D printed parts can cause tremendous failures in a finished component. Luckily, new research from Vanderbilt University, Tennessee, has gleaned a new way of detecting faults. By introducing gold nanoparticles into the 3D printer material, researchers can now quickly scan parts to help predict failures before they happen.
Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology (ILT) and RWTH Aachen University have won an award for development of Extreme High-Speed Laser Material Deposition (EHLA). In place since 2000, the Berhold Leibinger Innovationspre is is one of the most prestigious awards in laser technology, and is presented every two years by a panel of experts from science and industry.
When it comes to new materials, thin is most definitely in. Brazilian researchers have created a new two-dimensional material called hematene, which is made up of sheets of iron ore just three atoms thick. And as is often the case with 2D materials, hematene seems to have different properties to its regular form.
The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is the future of the oil and gas industry. As the Internet of Things’ (IoT) network of devices, sensors and software brings about change in consumers’ daily lives, this particular industry is lagging behind. Oil and gas have been facing challenges, largely attributed to the antiquated and inefficient approach that many companies take to maintain assets and collect data. This article looks at five ways that IIoT will revolutionize the oil and gas industry.
Blockchain technology is moving into more and more commercial and enterprise applications — from supply chain to energy production and even potential automotive applications. The ever-expanding Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is going to require solutions for automation and security alongside its solutions for connectivity and blockchain, with its promise of facilitating encrypted, automated and verifiable transactions between systems, looks poised to be the answer.
A new manufacturing technique uses a process similar to newspaper printing to form smoother and more flexible metals for making ultrafast electronic devices. The low-cost process, developed by Purdue University researchers, combines tools already used in industry for manufacturing metals on a large scale, but uses the speed and precision of roll-to-roll newspaper printing to remove a couple of fabrication barriers in making electronics faster than they are today.
3D printing has enabled the creation of complex components with reduced costs and turnaround times in the highly-regulated environment of aerospace. Especially in the field of 3D printing of service parts, the aerospace industry can benefit from the increased asset uptime, reduced costs, lighter components, more durability, and increased customer satisfaction.
As one of the leading industries that was an early adopter of process automation, manufacturing is often ahead of the curve when it comes to seeking ways to improve processes – yet still has work to do in the technology adoption realm. While the trend for cloud adoption is increasing over on-premises solutions overall, some organizations are hesitant to make the transition to the cloud.
German OEM Audi has officially initiated series production of electric motors for e-tron in Gyor, Hungary. For the production of electric motors, the Audi Hungaria facility installed the innovative production equipment and islands within just one year. The departments for the development of electric motors and for production planning cooperated closely with the prototype manufacturing/ production technology center in Gyor to develop the required expertise.
Initially revealed back in early 2016, the Microlino promised a new electric interpretation of the classic 1950s bubble car, the BMW Isetta. After some unexpected design delays they stylish little EV has finally been approved as street legal, with production to commence immediately and first deliveries expected by early 2019.
Going beyond the initial collection of connected device or sensor data to deride actional insights is essential in today’s highly competitive, digital business landscape. In order to optimize operational efficiency, satisfy customer demand and maintain security, manufacturing organizations must continually monitor and understand all of the data their machines are constantly producing.
As the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has evolved, manufacturing organizations have gained access to more information than ever before. At the same time, global supply chains and production processes have become more complex in order to support increasingly sophisticated products.
Manufacturers in several different industries are already using physical robots to assemble, test and package their products. Despite the improvements these robots have made in streamlining the assembly line, the manufacturing industry continues to face significant issues when it comes to automating back-office and operational processes. These include problems in keeping up with new regulations and finding skilled labor, as well as issues surrounding inventory management, procurement, and customer communications.
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