Metal AM becomes feasible and affordable, and will change manufacturing (Authentise Weekly News-In-Review – Week 93)

Metal AM has been around for many years but we have since bumped into many problems that make it hard for the tech to scale up. The techniques required to deal with metal materials are still finicky and expensive. All this is gradually changing, as advances in material sciences and better industry know-how lead to machines that are cheaper yet performant enough to appeal to the Small Medium Business (SMB) market. We recently heard there are 160 metal 3D printing startups! Wohaa! New research into bulk metallic glasses are making it easier to work with metals, lowering the barrier to entry by aiming at less pricey technologies. At the same time, companies like HP and Desktop Metal are offering metal 3D printers at very enticing prices, sub $400K, which is a big deal. New entries in the printer market are geared towards production instead of simple prototyping, signalling that the shift is close to a scaled metal printing industry.

Use of Metallic Glass Simplifies 3D Printing of Metals

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Researchers at Yale, MIT, and Desktop Metal have teamed up to simplify metal 3D printing, expanding its potential for use in industrial applications and the range of objects that can be printed using the process. The research, led by Jan Schroers, Yale professor of mechanical engineering and materials science, has taken a new approach to 3D-print objects from metallic glass—a relatively new material stronger than even some of the strongest metals, but with the pliability of plastic.

Read more here.

HP’s Metal Jet 3D printer may build your next car’s innards

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[…] printing giant HP announced it’s entered the market with the ambition to dramatically lower prices, courtesy of a $400,000 product called the Metal Jet.

“We’re really going to enable mass production for mainstream metals, in particular steels,” said Tim Weber, head of 3D metal printing for HP.

Read more at CNET.

Metal 3D printing startup Velo3D launches its first product

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[Velo3D] is finally ready to discuss what it’s been working on, just as it announces the availability of its first product. The Sapphire system utilizes a technology the company calls Intelligent Fusion. The system is capable of 3D printing complex metal objects by sintering a bed of powder with a laser, in a process similar to standard resin-based 3D printing systems. One of the more compelling aspects of the technology is its ability to create geometrically complicated objects without the need for the support structure most require.

Read the rest at Techcruch.

 

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The Confluence of AI and AM (Authentise Weekly News-In-Review – Week 92)

We’ve witnessed how the digital age is transforming the manufacturing industry and nowhere it is more apparent than in the contributions that AI is giving to the field. Advanced computing capabilities are being coupled with full-spectrum sensors and autonomous “thinking”. These systems are being developed in AM for a variety of benefits. First, they can help with in-process fault detection, constantly monitoring the printer for defects where the human eye can’t see and even adjust it to fix the problem on the spot. Bringing a trustworthy AI system in the fray opens up possibilities for decentralized manufacturing, where human skill isn’t needed to produce good quality, reliable parts. Such manufacturing units can be located anywhere, operate autonomously and even cooperate with one another to reach a certain goal. Authentise is presently using AI technologies to drive process estimates, providing an accurate, reliable window into your operations.

 

US Navy and Lockheed Martin Are Building AI-Driven 3D Printing Robots

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A new generation of smart 3D printers is under development which will use artificial intelligence to oversee and optimize 3D printed parts. The US Navy’s Office of Naval Research (ONR), which is funding the ambitious project, has recently announced a two-year $5.8 million contract. There are four partners working on this project, led by Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Technology Centre. The collective aim is to be able to create robots that can make independent decisions on how to optimize the production of complicated 3D printed parts.

Read the rest here.

 

Mobile Robots Cooperate to 3D Print Large Structures

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Roboticists at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore have, for the first time (as far as they know), performed “the actual printing of a single-piece concrete structure by two mobile robots operating concurrently.” The big advantage of this system is that you can use it to build structures that are more or less arbitrary in size without having to change the system all that much, since the robots themselves can define their own build volume by moving around.

Read more at IEEE Spectrum.

 

Kansas State University Researchers Develop AI System For 3D Printing Process Monitoring

Researchers from Kansas State University’s Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering (IMSE) have developed a new quality monitoring system for the 3D printing process. With integrated supervised machine learning, a camera, and image processing software, the researchers created a production quality monitoring system for assessing 3D printed parts in real-time.

Read the full article here.

 

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Key Reasons AM is Headed to Manufacturing: Price, Tools & Pilots (Authentise Weekly News-In-Review – Week 91)

AM has moved from a technology limited to prototyping to a full-fledged game changer in manufacturing. This change didn’t happen overnight and we can trace its recent success on a few key advances that enabled it to become more approachable and employable. First, metal AM machines are coming down in price drastically, making the technology more affordable to businesses at a sub $500K price tag. Hybrid manufacturing equipment is incorporating AM to leverage its potential while compensating its shortcoming with traditional tools to finish the job, making the jump into AM less restrictive. Ultimately, but not less important, companies are finally coming out of their pilot projects with positive results and are keen to delve deeper into their investments and scale their operations.

HP’s Metal Jet 3D printer may build your next car’s innards

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A number of companies offer metal 3D printing, which creates products and components layer by layer with a computer-controlled system tracing its lineage to ordinary inkjet printers. But on Monday, printing giant HP announced it’s entered the market with the ambition to dramatically lower prices, courtesy of a $400,000 product called the Metal Jet.

“We’re really going to enable mass production for mainstream metals, in particular steels,” said Tim Weber, head of 3D metal printing for HP.

Read more at CNET.

Hybrid Manufacturing & The Future of 3D Printing for Production

[…] much like 3D printing, the potential benefits of hybrid manufacturing have made some early adopters very optimistic about the technology’s future prospects. Michael Sealy, assistant professor of mechanical and materials engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is one of them.

“Additive really opens up the doors in terms of being able to print your own mechanical properties layer-by-layer or zone-by-zone,” he said. “That’s one of the big advantages, so I see hybrid AM exploding in the next few years just because of all that potential.”

Read more here.

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According to reports in UK rail industry authority the Railway Gazette GE is looking to apply additive manufacturing to components for its locomotives. If all goes according to plan, this could mean that in the next seven years GE Transportation will have an inventory of up to 250 3D printed train components.

A pilot initiative for 3D printing at GE Transport is underway as part of its Brilliant Factory model, combined with analytics and lean manufacturing in a Digital Thread.

 

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How Small/Medium Businesses Will Drive the AM Wave (Authentise Weekly News-In-Review – Week 90)

Small and medium businesses (SMBs) have advantages that big corporations don’t have. One of them is agility, to make business decisions and to move into new markets. This agility is being augmented by technologies like additive manufacturing, laying the groundwork for them to become the next giants of the manufacturing industry. For starters, the barriers to entry in the industry have drastically lowered as startups no longer need to invest on expensive, specialized machinery. However, data shows that SMBs are already readily investing in AM, which puts them in the optimal position of focusing on new, maybe niche markets and grow unaffected by big, established companies. Furthermore, AM gives them the ability to nimbly change their production planning and strategy based on the whims of the market, better gearing their products and services to what is selling the most.

How 3D Printing Is Empowering SMBs in Manufacturing’s Digital Transformation

Traditional manufacturing requires companies to invest in expensive molds before a single product can be produced. And once the mold is developed, large order commitments are required to achieve enough scale for products to be priced competitively in the market. This poses a challenge for any company; but for startups and small companies it’s often completely cost-prohibitive. 3D printing eliminates such costly barriers to entry by not requiring physical prerequisites like molds for production. In fact, products can be custom-produced directly from digital files, with 3D printing software able to identify potential design flaws or inconsistencies before the manufacturing process even starts. And the ability of service bureaus to print products on-demand eliminates the need for large manufacturing runs or the potential for excess inventory.

Keep reading here.

3D printing to be utilised by three quarters of Europe’s SMB’s by 2020

Following new research by Ricoh Europe, it has been revealed that almost three quarters of Europe’s small and medium sized businesses (SMB) believe that 3D printing technology is vital to reduce costs and improve agility. The research found that 44% of the 2,370 SMB leaders surveyed from 23 different countries have already invested in 3D printing with a further 30% planning to invest within the next two years. From the businesses that were surveyed, it was revealed that 70% of businesses are aiming to utilise 3D printing to introduce new manufacturing strategies and techniques.

Read the full article here.

How “Speed Factories” Help Companies Adapt to Capricious Consumers

Speed factories are a growing trend among consumer-goods businesses, and one Jan Van Mieghem, professor of managerial economics and operations at Kellogg, has been researching. “More companies are focused on localization now, with custom-made products for very small local markets,” Van Mieghem says. Speed factories offer fast turnaround to meet demand in such markets, but they often have higher production costs.

Read the full article here.

 

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IMTS: the present and future of manufacturing (Authentise Weekly News-In-Review – Week 89)

IMTS is now behind us! So much excitement that it’s hard to roundup. Our presence at the America Makes booth gave us an enhanced perspective of what the new manufacturing customer is looking for and the various exhibitors delivered a barrage of announcements and products. From the amazingly large INGERSOLL 140′ wide extrusion 3D printer to HP’s new Metal Jet productivity beast. IIoT was represented strongly as a means to automate operations, as was robotics and so much more.  Tough time choosing so below is also a video of a cool robot 😉

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HP Metal Jet launches at IMTS 2018

Multinational information technology company HP has released HP Metal Jet 3D printing technology. Working on the same basis as its Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) binder jetting 3D printers, the new system marks HP’s first foray into the metal additive manufacturing sector.

Dion Weisler, CEO and President of HP Inc., comments, “We are in the midst of a digital industrial revolution that is transforming the $12 trillion manufacturing industry,”

Read more about it here.

Ingersoll showcases 3D printed winglet layup tool at IMTS

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Ingersoll Machine Tools Inc. showcased at this week’s International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) Master Print, the company’s new large-format 3D printing technology with automatic attachment change to 5-axis CNC for aerospace-grade milling. The technology was developed in collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The part, says Ingersoll, weighs 430 lb/195kg and was printed in 6.5 hours. It was machined in 4.3 hours using the machine’s 5-axis technology. The material is ABS with 20% chopped carbon fiber reinforcement.

Check out the full article at CompositesWorld.

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Finding the new limits of AM (Authentise Weekly News-In-Review – Week 88)

If you think that AM is sitting comfortably into its allotted seat, that it has already found its target market, you’d be wrong. AM’s flexibility enables us to find numerous potential fields to disrupt. This flexibility is made possible by its assortment of technologies, hardware, software and everything in between, that change the rules year by year. Advances in robotics and AI enable groups of autonomous, mobile units to step up the construction process. After the 3D printed pills and surgical models and implants, we are now beginning to use AM in the development of new future-proof antibiotics. Strong of its success of sending the first 3D printer to the ISS, Made in Space is aiming to produce higher quality fiber optics in space, creating a new business case for manufacturing in and outside Earth’s orbit.

Mobile Robots Cooperate to 3D Print Large Structures

A team of robot arms on mobile bases can 3D print large structures quickly

Roboticists at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore have, for the first time (as far as they know), performed “the actual printing of a single-piece concrete structure by two mobile robots operating concurrently.” The big advantage of this system is that you can use it to build structures that are more or less arbitrary in size without having to change the system all that much, since the robots themselves can define their own build volume by moving around.

Read more at IEEE Spectrum.

HP Partners With CDC To Test And Bioprint Antibiotics

The HP D300e Digital Dispenser BioPrinter. Photo via HP.

HP has announced its participation in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) pilot program that aims to develop new antibiotics designed to fight antimicrobial-resistant bacteria. With HP’s bioprinting technology, microbiologists are able to print antibiotics samples for testing directed at halting the spread of such bacteria.

Read the full article here.

Optical fibre made in orbit should be better than the terrestrial sort

Made in Space and FOMS (Fiber Optic Manufacturing in Space) are both proposing to manufacture optical fibre of the highest quality in the free-falling conditions of the International Space Station. At $1m a kilogram, this is a material that is well worth the trip to and from orbit.

Read more on The Economist.

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AUTHENTISE will be exhibiting, through a partnership with America Makes, the power of smart digital tools within the AM production thread. Showcasing our 3Diax modular platform and MES for AM, you’ll be able to witness how our machine learning algorithms and automation tools can boost operational performance through the roof for each role within the pipeline.

WHERE: additive ETC, located on Level 3 of the West Building at McCormick Center.

Data/Advanced technologies lay groundwork for new economic models (Authentise Weekly News-In-Review – Week 87)

The current trade wars between the US, Europe and China are proving to be a thorn in everyone’s side, and people are looking for solutions. This may not come from a change in political climates (sadly), however the technological trends we have been observing in the past few decades point towards an exciting possible outcome. The economy as we have it structured today may not hold up to new manufacturing technologies that enable decentralized, as-needed production. 3D printing is making it redundant to have warehouse stock and to deal with the infinitely complex hassle of global logistics. Plus, every step of the pipeline is being digitized, made flexible and agile, empowered by data and capable of so much more than if constrained in its traditional box. As Apple has proven, data is the new oil and is the foundation of present and future enterprises. Are current laws up to these elevated standards? Do we need to revise our concept of economy in light of these affirmed and evolving technologies?

 

How 3D printing could help save us from trade wars

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While tariffs and trade wars from the White House may threaten our jobs, peace and prosperity, technology innovations from American business could save us. Just as new technology in energy production and extraction have reduced our dependence on the Middle East, a technology innovation of a very different sort — 3D printing — is already poised to reduce our dependence on Asian factories.

Read the rest here.

 

3D Printing Industry Experts Comment On Impact Of Trade Wars Tariffs On Additive Manufacturing


Today marks the start of US trade tariffs on goods valued at $34 billion worth of imports from China. A list published by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) details the 818 tariff lines that will be subject to an additional 25% in duty. China has responded with additional import taxes on US goods valued at a similar amount. 3D Printing Industry contacted resellers, manufacturers and other 3D printing insiders around the world for their thoughts about how the “the biggest trade war in economic history” will impact additive manufacturing.

Read the interviews on 3D Printing Industry.

 

Apple Is The New Exxon And Data Is The New Oil: The Path To The First $10 Trillion Company

There is no longer any doubt that the 21st century will be propelled by companies producing and using data, just as the 20th century was propelled by companies producing and using oil. The analogies are numerous and accurate and all emanate from the core reality: the century-long era of petroleum and the rise of automobiles and aviation is now followed one of data and the rise of computers and robots.

Read the rest on Forbes.

 

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AUTHENTISE will be exhibiting, through a partnership with America Makes, the power of smart digital tools within the AM production thread. Showcasing our 3Diax modular platform and MES for AM, you’ll be able to witness how our machine learning algorithms and automation tools can boost operational performance through the roof for each role within the pipeline.

WHERE: additive ETC, located on Level 3 of the West Building at McCormick Center.

Why manufacturing agility is the real game changer (Authentise Weekly News-In-Review – Week 87)

AM is being touted as the next manufacturing revolution, but all things considered, it’s just another tool on the belt. What’s really exciting is the paradigm that AM, alongside other technologies, bring to the board: true manufacturing agility. The ability to react to new or changing requirements on the fly, not being constrained by location or methodology. This means having adaptive factories, with tools that bridge and compensate the lackings of each other. Metal casting is still very much being used and will be for quite some time. This transformation is being fueled by the digital thread that permeated the manufacturing industry. Cloud-based platforms and modular designs, both in terms of hardware like the MachineBuilder or software like our very own 3Diax solution, offer unparalleled flexibility and efficiency to the user. These technologies enable problem-solving to be taken to a whole new level, decentralizing production capabilities yet interweaving a smart network of data and manufacturing hotspots.

The Battle of innovation and tradition: Metal Casting vs Metal 3D printing

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Additive Manufacturing is very often referred to as the new industrial revolution. From 3D printed car parts to airplanes or houses, 3D printing is changing the world around us. But how does the innovative and fairly young technology perform compared to classical Metal Casting which has been used for centuries?

Read the full article here.

Meet 3D MachineBuilder, a Web-Based Platform for speeding up Custom Machine Design

Canadian company Vention is offering a solution in 3D MachineBuilder. This cloud-based design and build system brings hardware and software together into the same digital workflow, potentially speeding the development time of custom industrial equipment and prototyping by five times over.

The company’s public assembly library offers hundreds of open-source designs created by the company’s engineering team as well as current users. According to CEO and founder Etienne Lacroix, Vention is different because it’s the first digital manufacturing platform dedicated to machine design.

Read more at Design News.

U.S. Marines 3D Print F-35 Part To Save $70,000

A team of U.S. Marines 3D printed a part for the F-35 stealth fighter saving $70,000 in costs for a whole new landing gear door.

The component is a small part mounted on the door pressing it into the latch. It was designed and 3D printed by Marines from Combat Logistics Battalion 31 (CLB-31) in Carderock, Maryland.

Sam Pratt, a mechanical engineer at the Carderock’s Additive Manufacturing Project Office, provided further technical assistance to the team.

“YOU CAN’T BUY THE PIECE SEPARATE FROM THE LANDING GEAR DOOR WHICH IS A COST OF $70,000. BY HAVING THE CAPABILITIES TO PRINT IN THE FIELD, WE WERE ABLE TO REPLICATE THE PART FOR A COST OF ROUGHLY 9 CENTS.”

Read the full article here.

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AUTHENTISE will be exhibiting, through a partnership with America Makes, the power of smart digital tools within the AM production thread. Showcasing our 3Diax modular platform and MES for AM, you’ll be able to witness how our machine learning algorithms and automation tools can boost operational performance through the roof for each role within the pipeline.

WHERE: additive ETC, located on Level 3 of the West Building at McCormick Center.

WHEN: 10th – 15th September

AM helps us tackle environmental issues from the ground up (Authentise Weekly News-In-Review – Week 86)

Humans are having a tremendous impact on the environment. The complex interweaving systems of industry, infrastructure and more are taking their toll in terms of pollution, waste and climate change. Fortunately, we’ve never been more conscious about this, and the newest technologies are being employed, and developed, with these issues in mind. AM is already redefining the idea of wastefulness, shifting the production paradigm from warehouse stocks to as-needed. This means that not only production will be less wasteful, but the entire network will be extremely optimized, requiring less shipping and thus cutting emissions. Each AM technology will need time to develop and improve upon the positive impact it can deliver to the world, solving problems like high energy consumption, but the future is getting a little brighter also thanks to them.

How 3D Printing Is Fighting Global Warming

The additive manufacturing industry overflows with companies that are thinking long term and refusing to sit idly as our environment suffers to the detriment of future generations. In the clouds of darkness that hover, these technologies could be the light. Here are five particularly potent examples: slashing shipping, reducing product waste, cutting emissions, making cars lighter, documenting vanishing ecosystems.

Read more about each example on Fortune.

ETH Zurich’s DFAB house installs largest ever 3D printed concrete slab

The DFAB construction project underway at ETH Zurich aims to use all the latest digital technologies to produce a real three-story house. After using the robotic additive deposition to produce walls and advance composite materials for internal complex structures, now the researchers at ETH Zurich have fabricated an 80 m2 lightweight concrete “Smart Slab” lab using large format binder jetting technology. This makes the DFAB house the world’s first full-scale architectural project to use 3D sand printing for its formwork.

Read the rest here.

Is 3D Printing Really As Eco-friendly As We Think It Is?

Environmental impacts of 3D printing according to materials and processes. Chart via Umweltbundesamt.

A recent study by German environmental association, Umweltbundesamt (UBA), gives information on 3D printing and the environment. Titled 3D Printing Trend report for assessing the environmental impacts, this study details the burdens and benefits of additive manufacturing within the environment, and its impact on personal health at home and in factories.

Read the full article here.

 

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AUTHENTISE will be exhibiting, through a partnership with America Makes, the power of smart digital tools within the AM production thread. Showcasing our 3Diax modular platform and MES for AM, you’ll be able to witness how our machine learning algorithms and automation tools can boost operational performance through the roof for each role within the pipeline.

WHERE: additive ETC, located on Level 3 of the West Building at McCormick Center.

WHEN: 10th – 15th September

Newsletter (August) – Visualize your business’ soaring numbers

Revamped graphs, new data and customization options

As our platform gets more connected, access to data is becoming more encompassing and substantial. Authentise is working on revamping the graphs to include even more of the information you’re looking for.

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Here is some of the new data to be included in the improved graph selection, with much more to come in future releases:

  • OEE
  • Availability (Downtime vs Operating time)
  • Quality/Yield (total fails vs total builds)
  • Performance (spikes)
  • Throughput (cm3 per machine)

ca8ef43e-ee89-48ba-b5ea-2ed19518cbf8The more of our products you use, the more information you can display. With our Manufacturing Execution System, for instance, you can manage and utilize parts in process (value$ + #), On-time delivery, Manufacturing Cycle Time (time from order to shipped), Time/Cost per cm3 and many more.

Which APIs to customize the dashboards and receiving data for other systems used in your organization are the most valuable to you?

Please let us know by contacting our CMO Frank Speck at frank@authentise.com.

You can also find out more about Authentise and its services on our website and news page.


Authentise will be at IMTS 2018!

At IMTS, and in partnership with America Makes, we are planning a display of the power of Industry 4.0 in Additive Manufacturing. By interfacing with various booths within the event and even with external, remote locations, you’ll be able to see real-time operational data from all connected 3D printers.

Come see us at Additive ETC, located on Level 3 of the West Building at McCormick Center.