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New Members for Additive Manufacturer Green Trade Association

Thursday, October 22, 2020
 

The Additive Manufacturer Green Trade Association (AMGTA), formed in 2019 to advance sustainability in additive manufacturing (AM), has announced 12 new members from eight countries.

Joining Sintavia LLC as co-founder are Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corp., a supplier of stable industrial gases to a variety of industries; and QC Laboratories, Inc., an industrial and commercial nondestructive testing laboratory focused on AM components. These co-founders will determine the strategic direction of the AMGTA, provide governance oversight and consider future research projects that members may vote to commission.

Joining as Participating Member companies: Amexci AB, an accelerator for the adoption of AM in Nordic industries; Danish AM Hub, Denmark’s focal point for the AM ecosystem; EOS, supplier of technologies and materials for industrial 3D printing; GE Additive, AM technology and manufacturing provider; Materialise, offering a range of 3D-printing software and services; the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland, a group of industry-led manufacturing R&D facilities in Scotland; Siemens Digital Industries Software, provider of the Xcelerator digital-enterprise portfolio; SLM Solutions Inc., producer of industrial metal 3D-printing machines; and Stryker, provider of medical technology.

“I’m delighted to welcome each of these esteemed founding members and Participating Member companies to the AMGTA,” says Sherry Handel, AMGTA executive director. “Their commitment not only to support the mission of our new trade group, but also their passion for sustainability, well positions the AMGTA to serve as a key industry resource in advancing sustainability in the AM industry. I am looking forward to working with each of our member companies as we embark on this exciting and important journey together.”

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EOS, TEES Partnership for AM Professional Development Announces Successful Sessions

Wednesday, October 21, 2020
 

EOS has announced successes in its partnership with the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) in providing a professional development program for industrial additive manufacturing (AM). In concert with EOS’ applied engineering group, Additive Minds, the TEES program offers participants training in the latest powder bed AM processes as well as an understanding of other AM processes, metal and polymer materials for AM, design for AM, case studies, best practices, troubleshooting and more.

The program is delivered by TEES subject-matter experts, including Dr. Alaa Elwany, associate professor of industrial and systems engineering and director of the metal-AM laboratory, as well consultants Maryna Ienina and Dr. David Krzeminski from EOS’ Additive Minds. The partnership recently completed its first successful session with NASA, following other program successes. 

“We have trained many professionals from the U.S. Department of Energy and Department of Defense, in addition to industrial professionals since the program launch in 2018” says Dr. Elwany. “We are committed to be one of the nation’s hubs for training the U.S. advanced-manufacturing workforce.” 

Adds Rob Gorham, executive director of manufacturing initiatives at TEES: “Our partnership with EOS and the Additive Minds team has allowed us to create an industry-leading AM training course that offers practical advice for those with the most basic understanding of AM, and to those with expert-level knowledge interested in keeping up-to-date with the most forward-looking AM methods and materials. We’re thrilled to be offering this program to the North American workforce.”

Elwany’s and Gorham’s thoughts are echoed by Dr. Greg Hayes, senior vice president of applied engineering at EOS North America.

“AM is a highly innovative technology that, if understood and applied correctly, can create countless new opportunities for any industry or organization,” he says. “By partnering with the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station to create a certificate-level training program, we are putting AM’s potential in the hands of our participants.”

 

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3Diligent Expands ProdEx MaaS and Shopsight Shop-Management Digital-Manufacturing Applications

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
 

Digital-manufacturing-platform provider 3Diligent has announced updates to ProdEx, its manufacturing-as-a-service (MaaS) application, and Shopsight, its scalable shop-management application. ProdEx uses proprietary algorithms to assess Requests for Quote (RFQs) submitted by users and issues quotes or connects them with manufacturers worldwide. Shopsight provides users with access to project opportunities from ProdEx and enables remote assessment, quoting and project management. Both systems incorporate 3Diligent’s Connect interface, which enables customers and manufacturers to communicate directly using a secure online portal and Zoom videoconferencing tools.

New updates enable manufacturers to advertise within the Connect interface, with RFQ-driven ad serving allowing manufacturers to create text ads that will display based on a customer’s material and technology requirements. However, unlike traditional search engines, according to 3Diligent officials, Connect is driven by RFQ inputs rather than keywords, so manufacturers can expect higher ROI from Connect advertising. This level of customization also can assist ProdEx Connect users seeking qualified manufacturers for their product requirements. 

ProdEx and Shopsight also have been updated to include a Design Studio portal to help improve new-product development. Users can upload their design files and request a collection of design-for-manufacturing (DFM) studies to be run, thus enabling users to identify ways to improve their designs to accelerate manufacturing and reduce costs. Manufacturing processes included in the Design Studio portal span milling, turning, sheet metal bending and forming, and injection molding, with additional manufacturing processes to be added in the future. 

“3Diligent has introduced two major features to enhance the experience of those looking to get something manufactured through ProdEx or those doing the manufacturing in Shopsight,” says Cullen Hilkene, founder and chief executive officer of 3Diligent. “These enhancements will facilitate faster product development and more fruitful manufacturing connections. 3D metal printing service bureaus now are empowered to use the 3Diligent platform to drive their business forward more than ever before. With Connect advertising, they can present their offering in a targeted way exclusively for 3D-printing RFQs in the materials they offer, if they would like. Additionally, with the new Design Studio DFM tools, designers and bureaus can anticipate post-processing issues in the design stage, rather than incur the cost of an experimental and expensive post-processing attempt that doesn’t work out.”

ProdEx and Shopsight applications in a digital-manufacturing platform, strengthened by the new features, enable users to overcome roadblocks presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to 3Diligent officials.

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Sandvik Partners for Powder Supply in GE Additive Binder Jet Beta Program

Monday, October 19, 2020
 

GE Additive announced that Sandvik Additive Manufacturing has become a strategic partner in its Binder Jet beta partner program, with Sandvik working to become a certified powder supplier for a range of Osprey alloys that complement GE Additive and the materials portfolio of GE Additive’s materials business, AP&C. Sandvik, marketing its significant alloy-powder program under the Osprey brand, also will use GE Additive’s H2 Binder Jet beta machine to support its internal and external customers as part of the partnership.

The beta partner program leverages GE Additive’s strength in industrializing additive manufacturing (AM) technology with technical partners to rapidly grow its technology, according to company officials. The first phase involves developing the beta H2 system into pilot lines, and eventually into a commercially available factory solution in 2021.

“Our approach to Binder Jet is making AM mass production a reality in every industry,” says Jacob Brunsberg, GE Additive Binder Jet product-line leader. “While it would be relatively easier to launch individual machines, we continue to hear from customers, especially in the automotive industry, that they need a complete solution that can scale.”

Adds Kristian Egeberg, president of Sandvik Additive Manufacturing: “Sandvik is a leading expert in gas-atomized AM powders, as well as in optimizing the materials to customers’ specific print processes and applications. The materials collaboration with GE Additive offers great opportunities to qualify our wide range of Osprey metal powders for its new Binder Jet platform, to enhance end customer productivity and product performance.”
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AM Key to Agility and Supply-Chain Growth, New HP Report Reveals

Friday, October 16, 2020
 

Regardless of sector or location, companies are looking to 3D printing to strengthen their supply chains, become more agile, and create more innovative product development and manufacturing strategies. This key finding from a newly released HP Inc. industry report is underscored by a rising investment in 3D printing, support for 3D printing as a viable alternative to traditional manufacturing, and a greater desire for closer ecosystem collaboration to drive adoption.

The HP Digital Manufacturing Report, conducted this summer by SME Media/Research, surveyed 2175 3D printing and digital manufacturing decision makers spanning three continents and nine geographic areas including the United States, Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Singapore and the United Kingdom.

Manufacturing decision makers, as revealed in the report, also see opportunities for accelerated innovation, recognizing that additive manufacturing (AM) is uniquely suited for the mass personalization of new products, and by also reducing waste and promoting a more sustainable economy. 

“The global manufacturing sector is clearly signaling a desire for greater supply-chain resiliency, more manufacturing flexibility, increased speed of innovation and stronger environmental sustainability,” says Ramon Pastor, general manager of HP 3D Printing & Digital Manufacturing, commenting on report findings. “And, they see industrial 3D printing as a way to not only lower costs and go to market faster, but as a unique competitive advantage that accelerates innovation for customers.”

Other report findings:

  • Over the next 12 mo., 71 percent of respondents plan on investing in digital manufacturing technologies, and more than 85 percent indicated that their company plans to increase their AM investment.
  • 75 percent report that AM helps their company be more agile, is a viable alternative to traditional manufacturing and is a backup to traditional manufacturing.
  • More than 90 percent report investigating new production/supply chain models, with 59 percent evaluating hybrid models and 52 percent exploring localized production.
  • The most cited benefit of using AM is the increased ability to innovate.
  • The top new areas of innovation being investigated by companies include mass customization for direct-to-consumer products, production on demand and digital warehousing/virtual inventory.
  • Medical, industrial and automotive were called out as industries most ripe for innovation in 3D printing over the next five years.
  • The top barrier to entry into AM is finding a qualified workforce.
  • To address this skills gap, 64 percent want to offer more professional training services, and 53 percent want companies, governments, institutions and citizens to work together to make investments in educational and job-skilling programs.
  • The top cited ways that AM can reduce waste and promote a circular economy are reducing the amount of materials used, better matching of supply and demand, shortening and simplifying traditional supply chains, and improving service options that can prolong the life of products.
  • 90 percent see the recyclability of AM powders and parts is important.  
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