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Webinar Explores Ti Powder Degradation in AM

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Carpenter Additive presents a free webinar, Titanium Powder Degradation in Additive Manufacturing, on April 21 from 2 to 3 p.m. EDT.

As metal additive manufacturing (AM) continues to be implemented in production applications, end-users are raising quality control questions about the quality of powder and its ability to be reused for future AM builds, explain company officials in describing the focus of this presentation.

Carpenter Additive carried out a powder degradation study to investigate the oxygen content of various grades of titanium alloy (Ti6Al4V) powder during selective laser melting and material reprocessing against ASTM B348 standards, including the effects of powder blending and topping up strategies. The webinar explores the results of the study. See also:

Beamit, Praxair Surface Technologies Collaborating for AM Aviation Components

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Beamit has announced a collaboration with coating services provider Praxair Surface Technologies designed to better serve the aviation industry through additive manufacturing (AM) component supply. Beamit specializes in production of aviation components via AM, while Praxair Surface Technologies specializes in advanced coating solutions, as well as specialized materials and equipment, all designed to improve component performance and extend life. Through the collaboration, the companies can offer an extended range of services to the aeronautical sector.

This cooperation an ability to offer integrated services allows OEMs and Tier Ones worldwide to reduce their supplier portfolios, note officials from both companies.
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Wohlers Report 2020 AM Material Trends Analysis Now Publicly Available

Monday, March 30, 2020

Together, Senvol and Wohlers Associates have publicly released an expanded historical analysis of additive manufacturing (AM) material trends, which is included in the Wohlers Report 2020, a review and analysis of AM worldwide. Data for part of this analysis were provided by Senvol from its Senvol Database.

From the analysis:

“(In examining metal products available for AM within the past four years,) nickel, steel and titanium products have led the metals market by a large margin, although aluminum products are growing. The “Other” category includes iron, precious metals and refractory metals. Applications for these metals are increasing, but the materials are available from a limited number of suppliers.” See also:

Siemens Releases AM Network and Printers to Global Medical Community

Friday, March 27, 2020

In response to the ongoing global health crisis caused by the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, Siemens is making its Additive Manufacturing (AM) Network along with its 3D printers, available to the global medical community to speed design and production of medical components. The AM Network connects users, designers and 3D-print service providers to enable faster and less complicated production of spare parts for machines such as ventilators, according to company officials. Available globally, the network covers the entire value chain, from upload and simulation to checking the design and to the printing process and associated services.

Doctors, hospitals and organizations in need of medical devices as well as designers and service providers with medically certified printing capacities can register for free access to the Siemens AM Network. 

“Having worked on AM for years, we offer AM solutions along the entire value chain and can print 3D parts quickly according to acute demands,” says Klaus Helmrich, member of the managing board of Siemens AG and CEO of Siemens Digital Industries. “To help fight COVID-19, we have opened our AM Network for hospitals and other health institutions needing spare medical parts to efficiently manage their design and printing requests.”

Siemens’ designers and engineers, part of the AM Network, can answer design requests and help convert designs into printable files. Afterward, these components can be printed via medically certified 3D printers of partner companies that also are part of the network. In addition to numerous 3D printers from partner companies, Siemens’ 3D printing machines also are connected to the network and, if suitable, will be used to locally print components and spare parts for medical devices. Printing capacities from additional service providers easily can be added to the AM Network, according to Siemens officials. See also:

250 AM Applications Detailed in Wohlers Report 2020

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Wohlers Associates, Inc. announced publication of Wohlers Report 2020, the 25th annual installment of the company’s report on additive manufacturing (AM) that provides details on AM applications, software, workflows, materials, systems and post-processing.

The comprehensive, 380-page report gathers and analyzes data from a record 129 service providers, 114 manufacturers of industrial AM systems, and 40 producers of third-party materials and desktop 3D printers to offer specifics on patents, startups, investment, R&D and the future of AM. Also included, courtesy of 79 co-authors and contributors in 33 countries: information on AM industry growth, including more than 250 examples of AM applications in production or development. In addition, Wohlers Report 2020 documents government-sponsored R&D, collaborations and consortia, and the activities of 139 academic and research institutes around the world. 

New and expanded features of the 2020 edition include:

Maturing and emerging applications of AM for series production; review of AM in the dental industry; commentary on 77 early-stage investments valued at $1.1 billion; compilation of 72 industry partnerships from the past 12 months; and expert reports from 35 countries.