Up to ten GE Catalyst components will be produced in this area. The engine’s first flight is scheduled for the end of 2019. It is the first turboprop engine in the world with almost 30% of its internal metal parts 3D printed. In Brindisi, work has already begun on three of these ten additive components. This number will continue to grow as the number of GE Additive-Concept Laser machines DMLM (Direct Metal Laser Melting) does. Continue reading “Avio Aero 3Dprints parts for the Catalyst engine for the Cessna Denali”
Boosting productivity with 3D printing design tools for engineers – Presented by Alkaios Bournias Varotsis, 3D Hubs, at the 3D Printing Design & Engineering Conference, on April 17, 2018, at Brightlands Chemelot Campus, Geleen, The Netherlands.
The 3D printing landscape is changing rapidly! How can an organization keep up with the developments in the technology and integrate 3D printing effectively in the product design cycle? In this presentation, you will learn about the tools we have recently developed to educate engineers and designers on 3D printing, help them find the right material for their application and check their models before they send them to print.
About Alkaios Bournias Varotsis
I studied mechanical engineering at the National Technical University of Athens, Greece and I did my Ph.D. in Additive Manufacturing at Loughborough University, UK before I joined 3D Hubs as the Technical Marketing Engineer. At my current position, I am responsible for all technical content published on the platform and I have the mission of educating designers and engineers about 3D printing and help them get the most out of the technology. Continue reading “Boosting productivity with 3D printing design tools for engineers – Presented by Alkaios Bournias Varotsis, 3D Hubs”
Advanced simulation to leverage the true Additive Manufacturing potential – Presented by Olivier Lieater, e-Xtream engineering, at the 3D Printing Design & Engineering Conference, on April 17, 2018, at Brightlands Chemelot Campus, Geleen, The Netherlands.
Additive Manufacturing of polymers is transitioning from rapid prototyping to a true industrial production technique. While it brings valuable opportunities to the industry, such as drastically decreasing the time-to-market of new products or enabling lightweight, multi-material and multi-functional designs, it also comes with a series of challenges for the engineers. The reliability of the mechanical properties of the final part still has some uncertainty and is not fully supported by standard engineering tools. Dimensional accuracy is not always met and cannot be predicted prior to printing.
To support this transition, the engineering workflow which is daily applied for traditional manufacturing processes needs to be replicated and adapted to the additive manufacturing. A holistic simulation approach for additive manufacturing of plastics and composites is proposed, covering material engineering, process simulation and structural engineering of both SLS and FDM. The multiscale material modeling techniques – which are essential to handle the several scales involved in Additive Manufacturing – will be presented and discussed.
The very strong influence of the manufacturing on the material and global component behavior is illustrated in industrial applications and the validity of this integrative approach is demonstrated in several applications, including warpage predictions, the computation of the effective mechanical response of lattices and as-printed part performance simulations (stiffness, strength, …) as a function of the material and the printing process parameters such as toolpath.
Why does 3D printing matter to Shell? – Presented by Patrick de Winter, Royal Dutch Shell plc, at the 3D Printing Design & Engineering Conference, on April 17, 2018, at Brightlands Chemelot Campus, Geleen, The Netherlands.
What is the value of 3D printing to a company like Shell, what challenges do we see and how do we overcome these? Shell started with 3DP printing in 2011 and since then expanded the capability. In this presentation you will learn where we see value for this technology and how we overcome the challenges.
About Patrick de Winter
Patrick has been working for Shell since 1999 in various IT roles. The last 4 years he’s been part of Shell’s digital innovation team. He is responsible for spotting opportunities for emerging technologies into Shell and bring these ideas to life. He is the lead for 3D printing and also leads the community of Design Thinking practitioners across the company. Patrick has a background in mechanical engineering and business administration.
About Royal Dutch Shell plc
Shell is a global group of energy and petrochemical companies with an average of 92,000 employees in more than 70 countries. We use advanced technologies and take an innovative approach to help build a sustainable energy future. Continue reading “Why does 3D printing matter to Shell? – Presented by Patrick de Winter, Royal Dutch Shell”
ESI Group is a leading innovator in Virtual Prototyping software and services for manufacturing industries, announces the launch of a 5-year joint research program with the CEU Cardenal Herrera University (CEU-UCH) in Valencia, Spain. The aim of this program is to achieve a significant technological leap in the field of virtual manufacturing of materials through the creation of an Endowed Chair at the University and by facilitating high level training in this field. Continue reading “ESI, Cardenal Herrera University launch joint research program on virtual manufacturing of materials”
A professor of Applied Mechanics at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands has developed a model for determining the dimensions and printing speeds needed to keep 3D printed concrete walls stable.
Construction 3D printing is an exciting area of additive manufacturing, but 3D printing with concrete-type materials doesn’t come without its problems. This is basically because 3D printed concrete is asked to do a lot more work than it is used to: while normal concrete deposited in formwork can harden over several weeks, 3D printed concrete needs to carry the burden of the next layer almost immediately after its deposition. Continue reading “TU/e researcher develops mechanistic model to keep 3D printed concrete walls stable”
Let’s say the armrest is broken in your vintage car. As things stand, you would need a lot of luck and persistence to find the right spare part. But in the world of Industrie 4.0 and production with batch sizes of one, you can simply scan the armrest and print it out. This is made possible by the first ever 3D scanner capable of working autonomously and in real time.
Part of the charm of vintage cars is that they stopped making them long ago, so it is special when you do see one out on the roads. If something breaks or stops working in the vehicle, however, this special status quickly becomes a problem, as spare parts are no longer manufactured either. With the advent of Industrie 4.0, this is set to change: manufacturing is turning toward batch sizes of one and individualized production. This is sometimes also referred to as “highly customized mass production.” Continue reading “Autonomous 3D scanner determines 3D printability of objects in real time”
Spare parts stored digitally & 3D printed when needed, a competitive advantage
Five percent of spare parts could currently be stored in digital warehouses. This would make parts more quickly and easily available, while creating considerable cost savings. Digitalisation will also enable individual customisation and an increase in the intelligence of parts.
A two-year project involving companies, and led by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Aalto University, investigated how businesses can gain a competitive advantage from digital spare parts.
Spare parts and all of the related information can be stored and transferred digitally. Availability increases when a new spare part can be 3D-printed according to need, close to the end user.
“Industry now has every opportunity to boost business by making spare parts into a focus area of development. Around five percent of parts can currently be manufactured digitally, according to need. 3D printing technology has reached the stage where high-quality manufacturing is possible,” says Sini Metsä-Kortelainen, VTT’s project manager for the project. Continue reading “Spare parts stored digitally & 3D printed when needed, a competitive advantage (Video)”
GE Additive announced that it has acquired GeonX, a privately-owned developer of simulation software. Terms of the deal are not being disclosed.
Headquarted in Belgium, GeonX provides software for engineers when developing new products, to simulate additive manufacturing, welding, machining and heat treatment processes in various industries such as aerospace, automotive and energy.
GeonX’s simulation software tool, Virfac® (short for Virtual Factory), assesses products prior to production; predicting defects, distortions and stresses and the impact manufacturing has on a product’s durability. This helps to reduce the number of prototypes built during the development phase, while improving the quality and lifetime of the manufactured products. This can minimize the time to market and development costs. Continue reading “GE Additive acquires simulation software developer GeonX”
Renishaw, Identify3D to offer an end-to-end, secure digital manufacturing process
Renishaw, a world leader in metrology and additive manufacturing (AM) technologies, and Identify3D, a leader in software for the digital supply chain, are pleased to announce a collaboration to offer an end-to-end, secure digital manufacturing process.
Identify3D will provide data protection coupled with contractual and manufacturing licensing from design to production on Renishaw AM systems. By choosing to secure all digital data in the engineering phase, the technology enables users of Renishaw systems to protect their digital intellectual property (IP), enforce production rules and provide traceability in the digital supply chain at the industry’s highest standard.
“Renishaw understands how important it is to have an efficient and reliable control of data flow all the way to its machines,” said Stephan Thomas, Chief Strategy Officer at Identify3D. “We are pleased that Renishaw, one of the world’s leading engineering and scientific technology companies, has selected Identify3D as a strategic partner to provide such a solution to the market place — from design to distribution and production.” Continue reading “Renishaw, Identify3D to offer an end-to-end, secure digital manufacturing process”