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Oerlikon and Lufthansa Technik Join to Accelerate AM

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Oerlikon, a Swiss technology and engineering group, and Lufthansa Technik, a Hamburg, Germany-based provider of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for civil aircraft, engines and components, recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding to establish robust and repeatable processes for additive manufacturing (AM) in the aircraft MRO industry.

The processes will be shared with relevant industry bodies to support defining standards for the qualification and approval of aircraft components. 

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World's First Family to Live in a 3D-Printed Home

Monday, July 16, 2018
A family in Nantes, France, has become the world's first family to move in to a 3D-printed home.

Their four-bedroom property is a prototype for bigger 3D-printed housing projects aimed at making housebuilding cheaper and faster.

"It's a big honor to be a part of this project,” says Nordine Ramdani. Nordine, Nouria, and their three children are the family who were chosen to live in the home. 

The four-bedroom house was made collaboratively by the city council, a housing association, and the University of Nantes. Frank Trichet, the council's tech and innovation lead, says the purpose of the project is to test the waters before trying to employ such technology for mainstream commercial housing projects and larger community buildings.

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Pitt Receives Grant to Study 3D Printing

Monday, July 16, 2018

The University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering has been awarded $1 million to study and advance the design and manufacture of 3D-printed nuclear components. The award is part of the United States Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy’s Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET) program. 

The research will involve the development of dissolvable supports, as well as greater topology optimization (the way in which parts are interrelated or arranged) and improved microstructure design to fabricate nuclear components with minimal distortion and greater structural integrity at lower costs. 

The research will be directed by Albert To, associate professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science (MEMS) at the Swanson School. Co-investigators include Wei Xiong, assistant professor of MEMS at Pitt, and Owen Hildreth, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. Corporate collaborators in Pittsburgh include Curtiss-Wright, a mechanical contracting corporation and Jason Goldsmith at Kennametal Inc., a supplier of tooling and industrial materials.

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Toolcraft Reveals Five-Axis AM Future

Friday, July 13, 2018

Toolcraft GmbH, a German manufacturing company, is planning to apply full five-axis additive manufacturing (AM) technologies in the future after a successful initial adoption of 3D-printing processes and Siemens PLM software. 

“With Siemens NX, we work with only one file along the process chain,” says Ralf Domider, additive engineering part designer, Toolcraft. “There is less complexity. With Siemens NX, we can supply all of these systems and all of these machines – Trumpf, EOS, and Concept Laser.” 

Toolcraft says five-axis AM hybrid machines will replace the powder bed machines it currently uses in the future.

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On-Demand Manufacturing: Xometry Acquires MakeTime

Friday, July 13, 2018

Xometry has acquired MakeTime, bringing together two on-demand-manufacturing platforms. The combined company will operate under the Xometry brand name with offices in Maryland and Kentucky. Drura Parrish, MakeTime founder and CEO, will join Xometry as executive vice president for platform.

The acquisition allows Xometry to grow its national partner network of manufacturers from 1100 to more than 2300 while gaining MakeTime's enterprise-product expertise and features that include the Autodesk Fusion add-in and Shop Advantage program, according to Xometry officials.

In addition, Foundry Group, one of MakeTime's investors, will lead a new $25-million round of funding for the newly combined company. Almaz Capital, BMW i Ventures, GE Ventures, Highland Capital Partners and Maryland Venture Fund also will contribute to the round. This brings the to-date total of funding raised by Xometry to $63 million.

Xometry recently has eclipsed 10,000 customers spanning multiple vertical industries, including aerospace, automotive, consumer, medical devices and industrials. Also, the company recently launched a new version of the Xometry Instant Quoting Engine, which provides instant quotes on uploaded CAD files.