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3D-Printing Startup Receives Recgonized for Being a Market Disruptor

Tuesday, December 11, 2018
 
Meld Manufacturing Corp., a Christianburg, VA-based 3D-printing strartup received a Market Disruptor special recognition at the 2018 R&D 100 awards this month in Orlando, FL. Using high forces and friction, the Meld technology heats metal to the point where they flow freely and are able to be combined with one another. At this point the metal behaves much like a thick, viscous liquid, though it remains a solid. It’s said to be the first process that enables the building of 3D parts in the solid state in one step.


Protolabs Joins MIT's Additive Manufacturing Consortium

Monday, December 10, 2018
 
Additive-manufacturing (AM) company Protolabs, Maple Plain, MN, has become a founding member of MIT’s newly formed Center for Additive and Digital Advanced Production Technologies (ADAPT) — a consortium focused on scaling new manufacturing technology through research, education, actionable insights, and an MIT-based ecosystem that pairs industry and academia.
“My hope is that ADAPT will not only evolve additive manufacturing as a viable digital-manufacturing solution for prototyping, but also end-use production. We are thrilled to be a founding member,” says Vicki Holt, president and CEO at Protolabs. Joining Protolabs as founding members of ADAPT are Autodesk, General Motors, and Volkswagen, to name a few.

Additive Industries Teams With GKN Aerospace's New Technology Center; Focus Is on Additive Manufacturing

Friday, December 7, 2018
 

GKN Aerospace has announced plans for its new Global Technology Center (GTC) in Bristol, England. Expected to open in 2020, the 108,000-sq.-ft. facility will have 300 skilled engineers, and collaborative space for research and development. The center will focus on additive manufacturing, advanced composites, assembly and industry 4.0 processes for production of aircraft structures.

The GTC complements Additive Industries’ Competence Center, also in the United Kingdom.
“Additive Industries is proud to be part of GKN Aerospace’s Global Technology Center and is committed to collaborate with all partners involved to accelerate industrialization of aerospace applications in additive manufacturing,” says Additive Industries CEO Daan A.J. Kersten.

Additive Manufacturing Provider XJet Signs Russian Distributor

Thursday, December 6, 2018
 
XJet Ltd.
Left to right: XJet CEO Hanan Gothait and Andrei Boyarintsev, managing director of AB Universal.
The additive manufacturing (AM) company XJet Ltd., Rehovot, Israel, has announced that AB Universal has been appointed distributor of XJet metal and ceramic Carmel AM Systems in Russia.

AB Universal, a distributor of AM solutions in Russia, already has experience and expertise with the XJet NanoParticle Jetting technology, having previously installed a Carmel 1400 AM System at its Moscow-based demo center.

Since installing the Carmel AM System, we’ve experienced the unique advantages of the technology and now we want to deliver those benefits to the wider Russian industry,” says Andrei Boyarintsev, AB Universal managing director.

Additive manufacturing in Russia grew 30 percent last year, according to analysts, says Avi Cohen, XJet vice president, healthcare and education. “It seems to be moving much faster than the average global rate of 21 percent we saw in 2017 and with that rate of change we want to work with a specialist such as ABU, who can provide high levels of service and support, knows the market and also has experienced the benefits of the technology through its work in its demo center.”

AB Universal joins Carfulan Group in XJet’s newly established distribution network. Carfulan distributes XJet AM systems in the UK and Ireland.

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Report: Economy on Track to Finish 2018 With 3-Percent Uptick

Wednesday, December 5, 2018
 
While the U.S. economy slowed a bit in the third quarter, solid expansion trends continue, according to a recent economic report by the National Association of Manufacturers. The report shows 3.5-percent growth in the third quarter, compared to 4.2-percent growth in the second quarter. Fourth-quarter growth is projected at 2.8 percent, putting real GDP for 2018 at 3 percent, the strongest growth rate since 2005. The report goes on to predict growth in 2019 to be 2.5 percent.

Another show of economic strength comes in the form of increased personal spending. The report shows a 0.6-percent jump in October, the fastest monthly pace since March and a sign that American consumers stepped up their spending leading into the all-important holiday season. Even more important, personal spending has risen 5 percent over the past 12 months,

Finally, in a speech at The Economic Club of New York, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) had “no preset policy path,” with future monetary policy decisions hinging on incoming data.