With its EBM S400, Stratasys Inc. has ushered in a new way of making titanium parts. Producing fully dense parts in Ti6AL4V and Ti6AL4V ELI, the Electron Beam Melting technology eliminates the common barriers to working with titanium. Stratasys is the North American distributor for this unique rapid prototyping device that is manufactured by Arcam AB.
"The high speed electron beam system is the next generation of additive fabrication technology for rapid manufacturing of titanium parts," says CEO Scott Crump. "The machine creates parts comparable to wrought titanium and better than cast titanium, with a 95 percent powder recovery yield, which is unheard of in our industry." The company states that the EBM technology is three to five times faster than comparable laser-based machines. Titanium parts created on the system are accurate, near-net shapes and are HIP treatable. The company also offers cobalt-chrome and has ongoing material development for alloys that include stainless steel. For more information, go to http:// rbi.ims.ca/4933-544.
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.
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.