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March 2016

Friday, March 18, 2016
 
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March 18, 2016
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Johns Hopkins Establishes Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) Laurel, MD, has established a center of excellence. The center will engage in the following activities:

  • Additive-manufacturing design and fabrication services for prototypes and limited volume runs, in support of sponsor programs;
  • Research on new design and fabrication methods, and new materials for additive manufacturing;
  • Research on the characterization, testing and evaluation of additive-manufacturing processes;
  • Exploring the innovative applications of embedded electronic circuits;
  • Serving as a trusted agent for additive-manufacturing test and evaluation; and
  • Serving as a trusted advisor on application of additive manufacturing in Department of Defense and intelligence-community projects.

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Industry News
Arcam Subsidiary AP&C Boosts Powder-Manufacturing Capacity
Baker Aerospace Tooling & Machining, Inc. Adds Two 3D Metal-Printing Machines
Colorado School of Mines Program to Focus on Printer and Parts Qualification
DoE Supercomputing Projects to Advance 3DMP
Höganäs boosts Digital Metal Capacity
Concept Laser Wins International Additive Manufacturing Award

You Ought To Know

Automakers Flocking to Metal Printing—for Prototypes, Parts and More
Automotive OEMs have begun to realize the commercial benefits of additive manufacturing beyond prototyping, significantly altering how they approach model designing, development and manufacturing. The result is shortened development times and reduced prototype costs.

While at one time OEMs outsourced prototyping to machine shops, adding cost and often taking weeks before parts were produced, using 3D printing allows them to try out multiple designs at once, relatively quickly and efficiently. They’re no longer limited to one design and, if it failed to meet expectations, having to and then restart with another. This boosts quality and eliminates wasted time applying modifications to designs, and then testing them.

This Automotive World article offers examples, such as GM use of selective laser sintering and stereolithography across its design, engineering and manufacturing processes--rapid prototypes all the way to production runs of 20,000 parts. Chrysler uses 3D printing for prototyping side-view mirror designs, and Ford runs five 3D prototyping centers—one of which prints t 20,000 prototyped parts/yr. BMW 3D prints a metal water-wheel pump for its DTM racing car, and Johnsons Controls Automotive Seating uses 3D printers to print metal parts that have complex shapes and are difficult to produce using traditional welding.


In This Issue

Aerospace Metal 3D Printing: Materials, Machines and Methods
Metal 3D printing has become a game changer for aerospace OEMs, by drastically reducing the time and cost to develop prototypes and tooling, and powering through the development cycle. The thrust to print metal parts has spread quickly throughout the sector.

Future is Sky High for AM in Aerospace
That's the message 3D Metal Printing heard at the 3rd Additive/Aerospace Summit. Institutional and commercial buy-in has propelled additive manufacturing in the aerospace sector, but more work, such as the need for standardization and proper quality testing, is needed.


In The Next Issue

Focus on 3D Metal Printing in the Automotive Industry

3D Printing: Feasibility is Getting Closer for Dies


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