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Markforged Unveils AI-Powered Platform for Factory Fixes

Monday, May 20, 2019
Markforged, a Watertown, MA-based provider of metal and carbon-fiber 3D printers, has announced Blacksmith — reportedly, the first artificial intelligence (AI)-powered software that enables manufacturing machines to adjust programming automatically to ensure every part meets customer specs.

Starting with Markforged’s Metal X and X7 3D printers, Blacksmith creates a continuous feedback loop to make 3D printed parts more accurately. Markforged officials claim Blacksmith as the first example of adaptive manufacturing.

"For the last 100 years, machines have been unaware of what they're creating and would waste millions of dollars producing out-of-spec parts. We’re going to fix that by connecting the machines that make parts, and the ones that inspect them, with powerful AI,” says Greg Mark, CEO of Markforged. “Much like the way Tesla is building autopilot for cars, we are building an autopilot for manufacturing.”

Carpenter Technology Adds New Additive Manufacturing Unit

Friday, May 17, 2019
Carpenter Technology, the 130-year-old specialty metals maker founded in Reading, PA, now headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, has launched its Carpenter Additive business unit.

One of several units under the company's Performance Engineered Products business segment, the new unit represents more than $50 million in research and development, according to Carpenter’s 2018 annual report, and millions more to acquire additive manufacturing-related companies, Peskosky explained.

Those newly acquired, once separate companies are now "one family unit under" under the Carpenter Additive roof, says Stephen Peskosky, vice president of corporate development at Carpenter.

Optomec Partners with Select Additive Technologies

Thursday, May 16, 2019
Optomec, an Albuquerque, NM-based supplier of production-grade additive manufacturing systems for 3D printed metals, has signed an agreement with Windsor, CT-based Select Additive Technologies, a division of the Morris Group, Inc. The agreement enables accessibility to Optomec’s Laser Engineered Net Shaping (LENS) directed-energy- systems through what company officials deem as one of the largest CNC machine tool distribution networks in North America.

New Materials for EOS Printers

Thursday, May 16, 2019
EOS of North America, Inc. has debuted four metal materials for additive manufacturing (AM) along with comprehensive material properties. The materials: EOS StainlessSteel CX, EOS Aluminium AlF357, EOS Titanium Ti64 Grade 5 and EOS Titanium Ti64 Grade 23. They have been tailored to suit an array of applications, ranging from automotive to medical. See also:

ASTM Extends Abstract-Submission Deadline

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Organizers of the Fourth ASTM Symposium on Structural Integrity of Additive Manufactured Materials and Parts, Oct. 8-10, in Washington, DC, have extended the deadline for preliminary abstract submissions from May 15 to May 31. Using the online form authors must submit 200- to 250-word abstracts by the new deadline.

The event provides a forum for the exchange of ideas regarding the structural integrity of material and components fabricated using additive manufacturing (AM), with a focus on the lack of industry standards, design principles, as well as qualification and certification criteria. Paper topics include, but are not limited to:
• Effects of surface roughness, geometry, heat treatment, residual stress, feedstock, etc.;
• Mechanical behavior of lattice structure and metamaterials;
• Nondestructive evaluation of components fabricated using AM;
• Effects of defect and acceptance criteria for AM parts;
• Standards for qualification of AM process/materials/components;
• Applicability of existing mechanical test methods to AM parts;
• Development of new test methods for AM parts;
• Effects of process and design parameters on structural integrity;
• Process optimization to improve the performance of AM parts;
• Microstructure-property predictive models for AM parts;
• Multiscale modeling for the mechanical behavior of AM materials;
• Structural integrity of AM biomaterials (polymers, cobalt chromium, titanium alloys, stainless steels, etc.)