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VEEM Partners with Aurora Labs

Friday, July 20, 2018

VEEM, the Australian manufacturer of marine propulsion and stabilization systems, and Aurora Labs, an Australian metal-3D-printer manufacturer, have signed a five-year agreement to explore the uses of Aurora Labs’ 3D printing and large-format technology. 

This collaboration will potentially deliver cost and efficiency savings for the manufacture of VEEM’s specialist technology, which includes propellers, fin systems, and gyrostabilizers – a marine device used in reducing the rolling of boats and ships in waves.

“VEEM is at the forefront of technology development and innovation, making them an ideal industry partner for Aurora,” says David Budge, managing director of Aurora Labs.

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EOS and Z3DFAB Partner to Build Korean AM Innovation Center

Friday, July 20, 2018
EOS, a leading German 3D-printer manufacturer, and Z3DFAB, an industrial metal-3D-printing specialist, have signed an agreement to build an additive manufacturing (AM) innovation center in Korea.

 This center will operate to expand Korea’s AM market through 3D printing initiatives, seminars and workshops.

“This agreement between EOS and Z3DFAB is a great chance to provide more optimized 3D printing solutions for customers and promote the benefit of 3D printing in the market,” says Kim Seong-soo, CEO of Z3DFAB.

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Universities Receive Metal 3D Printers from GE

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Five universities have been chosen to each receive an Mlab 200R modular 3D-printing system, thanks to GE’s Additive Education Program (AEP). 

GE announced the AEP last year, a five-year, $10 million, two-part initiative to provide 3D printers to as many schools as possible. Now the 2018/2019 school-selection cycle has concluded, and five more colleges and universities have received metal-3D printers courtesy of the program. 

The five winners chosen: 

• Coburg University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Germany
• University of Limerick, Republic of Ireland
• Calhoun Community College, Alabama
• University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
• West Virginia University

“For additive to fulfill its potential, we need to attract as many engineers and materials scientists as possible to build their careers in our industry,” says Jason Oliver, president & CEO, GE Additive. “Getting machines onto campus and into the hands of undergraduates, researchers and faculty members is a sure fire way of getting them as excited about additive as we are.”

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Process-Monitoring Software for AM

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Renishaw introduces its InfiniAM Spectral, a new additive-manufacturing (AM) process-monitoring software part of a developing family of products that help users capture, evaluate, present and store process data from Renishaw laser powder-bed fusion technologies.

The software, to formally debut at IMTS 2018 this September in Chicago, IL, helps AM users gain a greater understanding of their processes and overcome the difficulties with AM in critical applications, process stability and part quality, according to company officials. The new software offers two measurement functions in the sensor modules. The first module, LaserView, uses a photosensitive diode to measure the intensity of the laser energy. The second module, MeltView, captures emissions from the melt pool in the near-infrared and infrared spectral ranges.

The modules stream data across a conventional computer network on a layer-by-layer basis, allowing manufacturers to analyze process-monitoring data in real-time. As the build progresses, the data are rendered live in 3D for viewing in InfiniAM Spectral. Engineers can compare the data from each sensor to identify any deviations, which may indicate the presence of anomalies that could lead to defects.

“The amount of process data generated during an AM build is immense, which means it can be difficult to make practical use of it without the correct interpretation tools,” explains Robin Weston, marketing manager at Renishaw’s Additive Manufacturing Products division. “InfiniAM Spectral will be beneficial to manufacturers because it allows them to easily translate the data. That will lead to more consistent AM outcomes.”

Metal Powder AM to Surpass $1.1 Billion by 2024

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

According to a new study by Global Market Insights, the market demand for aluminum alloys additively manufactured with metal powders should exceed 27 percent by 2024, to a total of $1.1 billion. More than 20 percent of aerospace engineering companies are using additive manufacturing (AM) technology to make tooling components. 

The industry is constantly putting effort into minimizing aircraft weight by using lightweight metals such as stainless steel, titanium, aluminum and copper. Stainless steel, aluminum, cobalt, nickel and titanium powders are the prominent raw materials used in metal powder AM. 

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