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February 2017

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Research Focused on Simulating
Microstructure Evolution During Metal AM

A proposal from additive-manufacturing (AM) researchers at the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering and simulation-software company ANSYS, Inc. is among 13 university-led proposals to capture an Early Stage Innovations (ESI) grant from NASA's Space Technology Research Grants Program. The Pitt team's 3-yr., $500,000 award supports its project, "Prediction of Microstructure Evolution in DMLM (Direct Material Laser Melting) Processed Inconel 718 with Part Scale Simulation."

"Additive manufacturing allows us to produce complex metal components that are strong enough to replace machined parts in mechanical applications," says principal investigator Albert To, associate professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and director of the ANSYS Additive Manufacturing Research Laboratory. "However, because of the process parameters and materials used in AM, the microstructure within a part or between different parts can vary widely. Thanks to NASA, our research will focus on developing a new simulation tool to predict the microstructure evolution and stability of Inconel 718, a common nickel superalloy used in laser-based AM in industry."

Learn more here.

Industry News
Sigma Labs Announces Pratt & Whitney Contract
SLM Solutions Building Global Production Facility, Expands North American Office
Concept Laser Contributes to the Largest AM Research Center in the U.S. Southwest
Integrated: Siemens PLM Software and Materialise AM Software
GE to Develop Competitive Financing to Stimulate Growth in 3DMP
You Ought To Know

GE Pledges $10 mil to Support AM Education
GE has begun accepting applications from schools for its Additive Education Program, a pledge to invest $10 million over the next 5 yr. in educational programs to develop pipelines of future talent in AM.

"We want to build an ecosystem for additive manufacturing across multiple industries," said Mohammad Ehteshami, vice president of GE Additive.

Here's additional information, including a timeline for the 2017 application and selection process.

Michelin Sets Up 3D Printing JV
to Strengthen Expertise in Mold Design

Group Michelin has partnered with French machinery supplier Fives Group S.A. to develop industrial machines and production shops for 3D metal printing. The new company, Addup Solutions, will develop technology aimed to improve tire performance, by using 3D printing to make molds having highly complex features, such as tread that can regenerate throughout the life of the tire.

Here's more.

In This Issue

A Unique Take on 3D Metal Printing: Custom Materials Engineering
Ultrasonically bonding thin layers of metal foil allows users to essentially create new metal alloys with unique combinations of mechanical properties. Imagine a "superalloy" with an optimum combination of coefficient of thermal expansion, ballistic response, strength and weight.

There's a Dearth of Operators
Trained in 3D Metal Printing

...but not for long, thanks in part to the efforts of the recently opened training facility on the campus of the University of Louisville. There, students learn the process from soup to nuts, including design, setup, build and post-processing.


In The Next Issue
  • An Inside Look at the NextManufacturing Center
    at Carnegie Mellon University
  • Additive and Finishing—
    A Visit to Service Bureau Forecast 3D
  • Design for AM, Part II—Guidelines for Designing Support Structures and for Specifying Part Layout
    and Orientation On the Build Plate
  • AMUG User Conference Preview
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