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.

AM, bringing In-Situ manufacturing to a facility near you! (Authentise Weekly News-In-Review – Week 24)

In the comfort of our daily lives, we often take for granted some of the services and perks of our industrious world. We are getting really good at managing the complex scenarios of a global economy where any kind of goods must be shipped and handled efficiently but, still, it’s driving a decisive cost factor in every business. Logistics is inherently complicated but, with AM decentralizing manufacturing capabilities, this is about to change, drastically. In-situ manufacturing is a game-changer in a wide variety of cases. Bespoke replacement parts, like Daimler is doing with its buses, can be produced as needed, driving down storage and production expenses. The Australian DOD is developing a program to deploy 3D printing on the front lines, vastly improving the base’s flexibility in addressing its needs. It goes as far as the ISS, where astronauts will 3D print habitat’s radiation shields through it’s on-board AM device, saving millions on resupply launches.

Daimler Buses implements 3D printing to produce bespoke Mercedes-Benz parts

Daimler Buses, parent company of Mercedes-Benz and Setra, has explained how it is implementing 3D printing to create components for its customers on-demand. Providing the example of a banknote stowage compartment, Daimler has showcased how it is utilizing the technology to create bespoke parts. According to Daimler, the company has so far 3D printed 780 components with over 150 replacement parts currently undergoing validation.

Hartmut Schick, Head of Daimler Buses, explains how 3D printing is advancing production of spare parts at the company,

The 3D printing process allows us to install local printers at the production plants operated by Daimler Buses worldwide. It also enables us to respond in a flexible manner at local level to customers’ special wishes and replacement part needs.

Read the full article at 3D Printing Industry.

Australian Department of Defence develops 3D printing programme for fixing frontline aircraft

A jet in the Australian Airforce. Photo via @DeptDefence on Twitter

The Defence Science and Technology Group (DST Group) of the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) has developed a 3D printing programme for fixing and strengthening aircraft parts. The technology is used in response to craft on the frontline of defence therefore, according to national security intelligence site Jane’s 360“boosting the operational ability of military aerospace platforms.” 

Defence researcher, Kevin Walker, explains,

Repairing existing parts (as opposed to manufacturing new parts) is often a more cost effective and efficient way of keeping military aircraft in the air. In conjunction with RMIT and industry partners, we have developed laser-based additive manufacturing repairs that can remediate faults such as corrosion, wear and fatigue cracking.

Read the full article here.

ISS Bigelow Expandable Activity Module gets 3D printed radiation shields after passing space debris tests

The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), a modular habitat attached to the International Space Station, has passed a first round of tests concerning its resistance to space debris. 3D printed radiation shields will now be added to the module for extra protection against cosmic rays […] printed on the International Space Station’s Made In Space Additive Manufacturing Facility (AMF) 3D printer. Researchers on the project concluded that 3D printed radiation shields were “affordable and optimal at all scales ranging from Cubesats to interplanetary manned missions.”

Read more about the ISS project here.

 

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