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Webinar, White Paper Explore Support-Free AM

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

In metal additive manufacturing (AM), when is support-free printing a viable option, and how can that impact part designs, productivity and costs?

Those topics are discussed via a webinar and white paper from Velo3D Inc., The Business Impact of a Support-Less Process for Metal Additive Manufacturing. Led by industry expert Todd Grimm, the webinar features a panel discussion on the topic, and Grimm explores the issue as author of the white paper.

The negative impact of support structures for metal 3D printing is far greater than most understand, offers Grimm and the assembled panel, and cost and time benefits relate directly to the elimination of supports and their removal. The discussion examines how support-free printing can drive improvements in all aspects of the product life cycle.

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Hexagon Smart-Factory Conference Set for Michigan in May

Monday, February 17, 2020

Featuring smart-factory technology, services and information for those involved with automotive manufacturing, Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence presents HxGN Live Smart Manufacturing Detroit 2020, May 19-20. Part of the HxGN Live series, Hexagon’s annual digital-solutions conference, the two-day event will be held at the company's headquarters in Novi, MI, and offers solutions for improving productivity and quality across design, production and metrology.

Attendees get first-hand experience with smart-factory technologies and gain perspectives from industry experts in educational keynotes and sessions. The event also offers interactive training and networking opportunities.
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Velo3D, Honeywell Aerospace Partner to Qualify Printer for Aircraft Components

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Velo3D Inc. and Honeywell Aerospace have announced a partnership to qualify Velo3D’s Sapphire system as a viable manufacturing platform for 3D print production of aircraft components. The Sapphire system was selected for its unique capabilities in building complex geometries without requiring of support structures, according to Honeywell Aerospace officials.

Honeywell Aerospace’s Phoenix, AZ, facility will house the Sapphire, with the qualification process now underway and focused on Inconel as the build material. Velo3D will provide its expertise in developing suitable parameter sets for Honeywell Aerospace to complete material qualification utilizing the Sapphire to achieve optimal material properties. The qualification process is anticipated to be complete by the second half of 2020.

“(Velo3D’s Sapphire) technology will help Honeywell develop new production-part applications while also meeting our material requirements for qualification,” says Dr. Söeren Wiener, senior director of technology and advanced operations for Honeywell Aerospace. “We intend to qualify this equipment through repeatability testing in our production environment, including build and post-processing, to generate an acceptable set of material property data and qualification of flight hardware.”

Adds Benny Buller, founder and CEO of Velo3D: “We are excited to partner with Honeywell to demonstrate that 3D metal printing is a viable production manufacturing method for a wider range of end-use applications.”

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First ASTM AM Certificate Course Set for Auburn in March

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

The ASTM AM Center of Excellence is offering its first-ever certificate course to equip the future AM workforce with core technical knowledge related to required common additive manufacturing (AM) best practices. The course will be held March 10-12 at Auburn University.

Participants will earn a General AM Certificate, serving as the foundation and prerequisite for earning future specialized role-based AM certificates through the ASTM AM CoE.

The course, according to ASTM officials, features a small, focused and interactive learning experience with attendance capped at 50; instructors from industry, regulatory agencies and academia; and a program developed in full compliance with ASTM E2659 standard and its requirements. Upon instruction in eight modules that cover all aspects of the AM process chain, attendees earn the global industry-recognized certificate.

Again, with the course limited to 50 attendees, organizers stress the need to register early, with an early-registration discount ending February 14.

Robust Conference Schedule at RAPID + TCT

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

RAPID + TCT, North America’s largest additive manufacturing (AM) event, to be held April 20-23 at the Anaheim (CA) Convention Center, has made available its conference presentations and speakers. A conference pass includes free admission to the exhibits, taking place April 21-23.

Conference topics include 3D Imaging & Scanning/CT Scanning; AM in the Aerospace Industry; AM in the Department of Defense; Business & Economic Considerations; Design Concepts & Applications; Facilities & Operations (Safety, Workforce Development); Hybrid Systems Applications; Material Development & Characterization; Medical AM; Post-Processing; and more.