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Purdue Offers Online AM Certification

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Purdue University announced that it now offers additive manufacturing (AM) certification programs as part of Purdue Online. The program’s first classes begin March 20 and are a collaboration between the Purdue School of Materials Engineering and The Barnes Group Advisors (TBGA)—a Pittsburgh-based AM consulting company.

Caterpillar and Argonne Using Additive Manufacturing to Pursue High-Efficiency Diesel Engines

Monday, March 18, 2019
Caterpillar and Argonne National Laboratories announced plans to pursue a unique approach that will combine additive manufacturing, high-performance computing and higher fidelity design and simulation models to build and test heavy-duty diesel engines that reduce emissions and improve fuel economy. Another goal of the project is to reduce manufacturing design costs and reduce the lead times needed to expand research-derived technology to industrial-scale manufacturing processes.

“We look forward to harnessing the power of both Caterpillar’s and Argonne’s industry-leading research expertise and world-class facilities to develop ground-breaking solutions for diesel engine design,” says Jon Anders, principal investigator and senior engineering specialist in the Innovation &Technology Development division at Caterpillar.

Navy Deploys With On-Demand Manufacturing Capability

Friday, March 15, 2019
Along with the usual construction equipment, tools and weapons, the Seabees of the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133 recently deployed with several 3D printers, providing them the ability to engineer and print original designs and stock-numbered items.  

“We (Seabees) travel all over the world to aid in construction efforts. In remote locations, if something breaks, we do not have the luxury of ordering parts and receiving them in a timely manner,” says Ensign Jake Haack, additive manufacturing division officer. “With additive manufacturing we will eventually forward-deploy our units with the technology to design and 3D print a variety of parts they need. It’s the difference between getting a part in eight hours instead of eight days.”

Navy officials believe additive manufacturing has the potential to change the way the Naval Construction Force (NCF) operates, with the battalion producing several items servicing civil engineer support equipment (CESE) maintenance during its field training exercise in August, when they printed more than 30 different parts and identified 50 others to be designed.

“As a mechanic, it is extremely frustrating to see a unit of CESE be inoperable for weeks because of a single small part being unavailable,” says Construction Mechanic Constructionman Zachary Leland, additive manufacturing lead. “The only limits we have are our imaginations.”

Webinar Promises to Close Critical Processing Gap

Thursday, March 14, 2019
The gap between 3D CAD models and finished parts continues to be a factor when it comes to 3D printing. That is, CAD solutions do not include the proper tools for making a file ready for 3D printing, meaning that sending a CAD file directly to print usually will fail.

This webinar, set for March 27, from 2-3 p.m. EDT, addresses that dilemma as 3D Systems software experts share their insights on integrated metal AM software solutions and why they’re better than multiple independent AM software solutions.

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Sciaky Joins Industry-Academia Consortium

Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Sciaky, Inc., a Chicago, IL-based subsidiary of Phillips Service Industries and a provider of metal additive manufacturing (AM) solutions, has joined the Alliance for the Development of Additive Processing Technologies (ADAPT) to expand adoption of Sciaky’s Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM) technology in aerospace and other sectors.

Headquartered at Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO, ADAPT is an industry-academia consortium that advances data informatics and characterization technologies to optimize processes, materials, and parts for AM.

Sciaky’s EBAM systems produce parts ranging from 8 in. to 19 ft. in length, with gross deposition rates ranging from seven to 25 lb./hr., reportedly making it the fastest AM deposition process.