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April 2017

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
 
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Deloitte's Manufacturing Outlook
Highlights AM Technology

A new white paper from Deloitte University Press titled, "The Future of Manufacturing—Making Things in a Changing World," places the spotlight on the fundamental shift in the way companies do business. Such are the results of changes in consumer demand, the nature of products, and the economics of production and of the supply chain. The landscape is now full of distributed small-scale local manufacturing centers, and the emphasis is shifting toward increasing speed to market and focusing on customer engagement.

Additive manufacturing gets plenty of play, including a graph designed to offer a breakeven analysis, based on cost per unit manufactured and the number of units manufactured, comparing conventional and additive-manufacturing processes. "Complexity is free," the authors note. "In the coming years we expect the range and scale of AM deployments to extend to lower-value, high-value items."

Download this white paper as a .pdf—it's 50 pages of wisdom offering a great look at what's coming for manufacturing, and in many ways what's already here.

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Industry News
Karl Lindblom Appointed General Manager of Arcam EBM
BeAM North American Solutions Center Takes Delivery of DED Machine
SoCal Service Provider Adds Metal-AM Trio
RFQ Report Shows Metal-Printing Market on the Rise
New Renishaw Digs to Feature AM Solutions Center
 
You Ought to Know

Nearly Half of AM Service Providers Print Metal
…according to the recently released Wohlers Report 2017, from Wohlers Associates, Inc. Of the companies surveyed, 19.8 percent print metals, another 29.2 percent print metals and polymers, and 51 percent print polymers. The report also notes that 97 manufacturers produced and sold industrial additive-manufacturing systems in 2016, up from 62 companies in 2015 and 49 in 2014.

Overall, the AM industry grew by 17.4 percent in worldwide revenues in 2016, down from 25.9 percent growth the year before. Input was collected from 100 service providers, 61 industrial-system manufacturers, and 19 producers of third-party materials and low-cost desktop 3D printers.

The 344-pg. report includes 28 charts and graphs, 26 tables and 232 photographs and illustrations.

Army's RAMBO Project—
Printed Grenades and Launcher

Researchers at the U.S. Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center recently fired the first 3D-printed metal grenade, from a printed-metal launcher nicknamed RAMBO (Rapid Additively Manufactured Ballistics Ordnance). The project culminates six months of collaborative effort by the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM), the U.S. Army Manufacturing Technology (ManTech) Program and America Makes.

Among the printed components in the grenade launcher, the barrel and receiver were fabricated in aluminum using direct metal laser sintering. Other components, including the trigger and firing pin, were printed in Type 4340 steel. In all, the launcher comprises 50 components; all except springs and fasteners were 3D printed. Here's more details on the printing and finishing processes used.

Here's a 1-min. video showing the launcher in action.

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