Dutch Railways starts using 3D printed spare parts for trains

3D printed spare parts for trains

Dutch Railways starts using 3D printed spare parts for trains

Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS, Dutch Railways) is taking advantage of 3D printing and will replace some broken train parts with 3D printed replacement parts. In fact, 20 3D printed spare parts are currently available and NS plans to produce more than 50 by the end of the year. Continue reading “Dutch Railways starts using 3D printed spare parts for trains”

Boosting productivity with 3D printing design tools for engineers – Presented by Alkaios Bournias Varotsis, 3D Hubs

Alkaios Bournias Varotsis

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

Olivier Lietaer

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.

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Why does 3D printing matter to Shell? – Presented by Patrick de Winter, Royal Dutch Shell

patrick de winter

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”

Reverse Engineering – Presented by Maarten Oostdam, Oostdam Engineering

Maarten Oostdam

Reverse Engineering – Presented by Maarten Oostdam, Owner of Oostdam Engineering, at the 3D Printing Design & Engineering Conference, on April 17, 2018, at Brightlands Chemelot Campus, Geleen, The Netherlands.

Maarten Oostdam, Oostdam Engineering, will talk about Reverse Engineering of a Track (Comet tank 1944).

Interview

What drives you?

I want to be the best reverse engineer.

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ESI, Cardenal Herrera University launch joint research program on virtual manufacturing of materials

ESI

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”

TU/e researcher develops mechanistic model to keep 3D printed concrete walls stable

3D printed concrete walls

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”

Autonomous 3D scanner determines 3D printability of objects in real time

Autonomous 3D scanner

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”

Additive Manufacturing & Artificial Intelligence to transform industries & business models – Interview with Victoria Akinsowon, RP Platform

Victoria Akinsowon

Additive Manufacturing & Artificial Intelligence to transform industries & business models – Interview with Victoria Akinsowon, RP Platform

Victoria Akinsowon is Marketing Manager at RP Platform, United Kingdom. Prior to joining RP Platform as Marketing Manager, she worked at the Daimler headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany. Victoria Akinsowon has a background in languages, having graduated from the University of Cambridge with a BA in French and German. Victoria Akinsowon will speak about Software Automation: The Future of Additive Manufacturing at the 3D Printing Design & Engineering Conference, on Apr 17, in Geleen, The Netherlands.

What drives you?

I am driven by the desire to discover new things: we live in an era where there are endless possibilities, not least in the realm of technological innovations. I am motivated to learn more about how these new fields can enhance and improve the lives of everyone around us. Continue reading “Additive Manufacturing & Artificial Intelligence to transform industries & business models – Interview with Victoria Akinsowon, RP Platform”

3D Printing Design & Engineering Conference welcomes Flam3D as Media Partner

Flam3D

3D Printing Design & Engineering Conference welcomes Flam3D as Media Partner

About Flam3D
3D printing or ‘additive manufacturing’ is a collection of technologies that make up a product (‘printed’) from a base stock, usually layer per layer. New markets are emerging as the production rates increase and more potential raw materials get developed. It is widely accepted that 3D printing will have a major impact on the way goods are produced and transported. The technology also offers huge opportunities for sustainable production.

Also interested in 3D-printing for your company? Contact us for more information. Continue reading “3D Printing Design & Engineering Conference welcomes Flam3D as Media Partner”