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Stratasys Unveils New Technologies for Large-Scale Additive Manufacturing
Engineering Materials 
8/26/2016  Post a comment
Two new technologies from Stratasys, created in partnership with Boeing, Ford, and Siemens, will bring accurate, repeatable manufacturing of very large thermoplastic end products, and much bigger composite parts, onto the factory floor for industries including automotive and aerospace.
3D Printing at the Microscale Will Cut Cost and Size
Engineering Materials 
8/26/2016  Post a comment
Optomec's Aerosol Jet systems have now been used by several customers for printing 3D polymer and composite structures at the micron scale with embedded electronics and biomedical applications.
3D Printing Adds Value All Along the Value Chain
Engineering Materials 
8/24/2016  Post a comment
3D printing is now adding value to manufacturers at all steps along the business value chain. Come find out how at a talk by John Jaddou at next month's Embedded Systems Conference in Minneapolis.
6 New 3D Printing Technologies for Cars, Planes & Implants
Engineering Materials 
8/23/2016  1 comment
These new 3D-printing technologies and printers include some that are truly boundary-breaking: a sophisticated new sub-$10,000, 10-plus materials bioprinter, the first industrial-strength silicone 3D-printing service, and a clever twist on 3D printing and thermoforming for making high-quality realistic models.
New Catalyst for Biodegradable Plastics Is Fast and Cheap
Engineering Materials 
8/22/2016  Post a comment
A team of researchers at Stanford University and IBM Research have developed a catalyst that could quickly and inexpensively generate biodegradable plastics derived from renewable materials.
New Composite Recycling & Repair Method is Easy & Cheap
News 
8/18/2016  Post a comment
A cheap and easy new technique from Georgia Tech can recycle almost 100% of the materials in some types of thermoset epoxy-based carbon fiber composites, and also functions as a repair method for surface damage.
ORNL Speeds Up 3D Printing at the Nanoscale
Engineering Materials 
8/16/2016  Post a comment
Using simulation to guide the drafting process can speed up the design and production of 3D-printed nanostructures, reduce errors, and even make it possible to scale up the structures. Oak Ridge National Laboratory has developed a model that does this.
6 New Plastics For Cars, Electronics & Medical Devices
Engineering Materials 
8/15/2016  1 comment
These new plastics are all aimed at cars, electronics and electrical components, plus medical devices, medical tool sterilization, and cleaning.
Suppliers Design Materials for 3D Printing from the Ground Up
Engineering Materials 
8/15/2016  Post a comment
Engineers need workhorse materials with beefy mechanical properties for industrial designs made with 3D printing. Very few have been designed from the ground up for additive manufacturing, but that picture is beginning to change.
Industrial 3D Printer Cuts Process Time In Half
Product News 
8/12/2016  Post a comment
The new industrial extrusion desktop 3D printer from Rize eliminates post-processing, cutting turnaround time by 50%. It also boasts non-toxic and recyclable materials with aerospace- and medical-grade strength, and the ability to 3D print text and images directly on the part.
Powder Metals Expand to Include Additive Manufacturing
Engineering Materials 
8/10/2016  1 comment
A wider range of better-performing, and sometimes less costly, powder metals are available for engineers designing multiple applications.
3D Printing a Must In the Brave New World of Manufacturing
Engineering Materials 
8/9/2016  Post a comment
The evolving world of AM and some of its challenges will be discussed by a panel of hands-on experts in 3D printing at next month's Embedded Systems Conference in Minneapolis.
New Free 3D Printing File Extensions From 3MF Consortium
Engineering Materials 
8/8/2016  Post a comment
Two new free extensions to the open standard 3MF file format for 3D printing have been released by the 3MF Consortium. Both are aimed at high-volume additive manufacturing operations run by either service bureaus or large OEMs.
'Slugbot' Is Frankensteined From Slug Parts and 3D-Printed Body
Blog 
8/5/2016  1 comment
We haven't seen many robots that emulate Frankenstein's monster by combining organic animal parts with mechanical components, until now. Meet "Slugbot."
3D Printing Structural Foams with Multiple Materials
Engineering Materials 
7/29/2016  Post a comment
Researchers at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology have devised a new method for designing strong, light cellular structures of re-architected metals and plastics with optimized properties.
First Industrial-Scale 3D Printing Plant for Aerospace Metals Under Construction
Engineering Materials 
7/28/2016  Post a comment
Norway-based additive manufacturing company Norsk Titanium is building what it says is the first industrial-scale 3D printing plant in the world for making aerospace-grade metal components. The New York state plant will produce 400 metric tons each year of aerospace-grade, structural titanium parts.
Gas Turbine Blades Made Faster With Metals 3D Printing
Engineering Materials 
7/26/2016  Post a comment
Siemens and Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology have achieved a faster production process based on selective laser melting for speeding up the prototyping of big, complex metal parts in gas turbine engines.
3D Printing Now Good Enough for Final & Spare Car Parts
Engineering Materials 
7/22/2016  2 comments
BMW has already incorporated more than 10,000 3D-printed parts in the Rolls-Royce Phantom and intends to expand the use of 3D printing in its cars even more in the future. Meanwhile, Daimler has started using additive manufacturing for producing spare parts in Mercedes-Benz Trucks.
Toyota Window Loses 50% of Weight with SABIC Materials
Engineering Materials 
7/22/2016  5 comments
SABIC's lightweighting polycarbonate glazing materials have appeared for the first time in a production car: the rear quarter window of Toyota's special edition 86 GRMN sports car, where they're saving 50% of its weight compared to conventional glass.
A Different Kind of Collaborative Robot Works Down on the Farm
Blog 
7/20/2016  1 comment
In the last few years, agriculrural robots have started appearing in fields and vineyards all over the world. While some are semi- or fully autonomous harvesting or weeding trucks or tractor attachments, others are designed as a different kind of collaborative robot that works right alongside people.
Design Engineers Want Reliability & Tech Support From Their Materials
Engineering Materials 
7/19/2016  1 comment
Design engineers play a big role in selecting both suppliers and materials for their designs. Our most recent Design News Materials Survey says they continue to be highly involved, in some ways even more than the last time we asked to peek inside their cubicles.
Flying Robot Will Check Out Building Health
Blog 
7/18/2016  Post a comment
A flying robot developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University will help inspect buildings and other infrastructure like bridges and dams, so human engineers won't have to do the dangerous parts of the job.
Get Your 3D-Printed, Customized Bumper & Fender Skins
Engineering Materials 
7/18/2016  Post a comment
Daihatsu is one of the first carmakers to customize car exteriors using 3D printing's mass customization capabilities. Effect Skins -- small exterior bumper and fender panels in different colors and textures -- can be ordered for its Copen convertible.
Planes & Electronics Get 8 New Adhesives, Coatings & Sealants
Engineering Materials 
7/14/2016  Post a comment
Several new products in this group of new adhesives, coatings, and sealants are formulated to protect sensitive electronic components, or to seal components of commercial and military aircraft. Others are designed to operate in tough, messy, dirty oil & gas operations, or for rotary applications and motors.
Liquid Metals Aren't Easy to 3D Print, But These Companies Are Doing it
News 
7/13/2016  Post a comment
Heraeus and Exmet have successfully 3D printed amorphous metals. This is no small feat: these materials, also called liquid metals or metallic glass, haven't exactly been easy to produce using conventional manufacturing methods.
Tiniest 3D-Printed Lenses Made with Femtosecond Lasers
Engineering Materials 
7/12/2016  2 comments
Researchers at the University of Stuttgart in Germany have produced the smallest optical lenses ever made -- a diameter and height of only 125 microns (0.125 mm) -- using additive manufacturing.


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