Structured ESG and strategic, measurable sustainability programs are unlocking the deep value behind "doing well (profitability) by doing good (sustainability)."
3D printing makes it possible to introduce different materials into production that offer a lower embodied energy. In many applications, polymer or composite materials can offer the same strength and durability as metals.
Most entry-level 3D printers work by extruding material, and while this has lots of cost and safety advantages, it does come with some limitations. Creating a part with extreme overhangs, arches, or angles can be a challenge. Supports make printing these geometries possible.
Faced with tight quarters on a gearbox application, Texas-based machine builder turns to NORD DRIVESYSTEMS for help.
A growing number of companies within the sand casting industry are adopting 3D sand printing to produce high quality parts without tooling. The technology to 3D print molds without changing the actual sand casting process itself is a major advancement for the industry.
Metal additive manufacturing currently services high-value industries, most of the printers sold are powder bed fusion and can cost over $1m with expensive powder feedstocks.
Successful use of Carbon-composite Windform® XT 2.0 and professional 3D printing in the construction of 1P PocketQubes flight-ready
It is the first time that entire PocketQube functional prototypes flight-ready are manufactured using a Carbon-reinforced composite material - Windform® XT 2.0 - and Laser Sintering process.
The circular composite footbridge is made from a fiber reinforced thermoplastic called Arnite® which combines high performance with circularity.
For a growing number of applications, 3D printing for batch production offers clear economic and added-value advantages- acting as a spur to innovation and enabling the production of end-use products impossible or uneconomical to produce with the use of alternative methods.
With wood being one of the few renewable resources, its use continues to grow. But the automation of processing the raw material comes with its own challenges. By their very nature, wooden logs are inconsistent in size and density.
The perfect finish is crucial when it comes to producing quality components. Achieving the correct surface is fundamental to further processes like coating, adhesion, plating or simply to improve the final appearance.
Some of the most advanced industry - as Automotive - are experiencing a renaissance not seen before, which is driving engineers to find new, innovative, cost-effective solutions using professional 3D Printing, mainly.
Hardness testers are used to check whether materials have the desired characteristics. These days, this is done in a fully automated, networked process.
As hybrids boast both a conventional engine and electric battery power, drivers get the best of both worlds. However, many aren't aware that the hybrid concept also extends to composite materials.
Design engineers have long searched for material coating methods to reduce friction. But, could the restructuring of newly found materials reduce friction on macroscopic scales? Here, Chris Johnson, managing director of EZO bearings supplier SMB Bearings, explains.
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