Vader Systems, a father-and-son startup, has reinvented metals 3D printing by developing this prototype for making solid metal, full-production parts using liquid metal jet printing (LMJP). They want to make one model affordable for small businesses and engineering firms, and another one for commercial-scale enterprises. (Source: Vader Systems)
jecmontesa, thanks for the details. It's always interesting to me to find out where people were working when they worked with or came across various different technologies, especially in the earl stages. The history of ideas has always fascinated me.
Ann, I was working for Spectron Development Labs, Costa Mesa CA. Small privately held company, 50 employees founded by Chris Busch and Jim Trolinger. Was widely recognized for development of laser based instrumentation for aeronautics, combustion and other applications. SDL was sold in 1988 to Titan Systems of San Diego, a defense technology company. Jim Trolinger went on to found MetroLaser, Irvine CA, where he still is active.
Years ago, we were working on methods for producing streams of droplets with uniform size. This was the beginning of ink jet printing. We used glass nozzles with 50 micron ID and piezo-electric tubes to drive the droplet generation. With the drive set at the resonance frequency, the droplet size was very uniform. We used mostly liquid fuels, but also did make some droplet streams from liquid metals, mercury. Worked beautifully. Nice equipment, Vader!
There are actually a fair amount of body parts that have already been fabricated via 3D printing, but primarily with plastics and not metals. But I'm sure it won't be this way for long and metals will soon be a part of the process as well.
Organisations are working to on making arms thrrough 3D printing . I have read somewhere that one of the organisation have developed a 3d printed metal gun . The total components of the gun were 42 out of which 36 were 3d printed and 6 were purchased however they are not planning to sell the gun but now they are working on developing more 3d printed arms
Yes Elizebeth no doubt there is quite a lot of innovation going on in this 3d printing technology actually it is not a complete or mature technology scientist , engineers are trying to make it more mature by adding / testing the innovations. Few years from now this will definitely be the technology of future.
A new service lets engineers and orthopedic surgeons design and 3D print highly accurate, patient-specific, orthopedic medical implants made of metal -- without owning a 3D printer. Using free, downloadable software, users can import ASCII and binary .STL files, design the implant, and send an encrypted design file to a third-party manufacturer.
A recent report sponsored by the American Chemistry Council (ACC) focuses on emerging gasification technologies for converting waste into energy and fuel on a large scale and saving it from the landfill. Some of that waste includes non-recycled plastic.
Capping a 30-year quest, GE Aviation has broken ground on the first high-volume factory for producing commercial jet engine components from ceramic matrix composites. The plant will produce high-pressure turbine shrouds for the LEAP Turbofan engine.
Seismic shifts in 3D printing materials include an optimization method that reduces the material needed to print an object by 85 percent, research designed to create new, stronger materials, and a new ASTM standard for their mechanical properties.
A recent study finds that 3D printing is both cheaper and greener than traditional factory-based mass manufacturing and distribution. At least, it's true for making consumer plastic products on open-source, low-cost RepRap printers.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.