The aerospace industry constantly pushes the boundaries of what's possible, and the demand for advanced manufacturing techniques has never been more critical. This pursuit of innovation has led to a significant shift toward 3D metal printing.
The fact that post processing metal parts requires such intensive manual intervention throws up a series of follow-on problems. These include part-to-part quality inconsistencies, repetition fatigue, significant health & safety risks.
All eyes are on metal AM to reach the ideal of single-part rocket construction, where as many parts and sections as possible are combined for material integrity, maximum weight reduction, performance, and speed-of-manufacture.
Metal 3D-printed parts can be produced at higher production rates with impeccable quality by implementing advanced quality control and post-processing techniques.
In metal powder bed fusion process the quality and of the powder raw material are of paramount importance, as the process relies on thin layers of metal powder being deposited and melted to produce metallic parts.
Relativity Space Maps Path to Terran R Production at Scale With Unveil of Stargate 4th Generation Metal 3D Printers
Relativity Space's Stargate 4th Generation 3D metal printers, capable of horizontally printing objects up to 120ft long and 24ft wide at as much as 12x faster than its predecessor.
The emergence and mature applications of metal 3D printing technology, as well as intelligent software such as CFD and CAE, are driving and leading new changes in valve design and manufacturing.
Through an extensive benchmarking study, IDTechEx has asked the question: where are metal additive manufacturing technologies going, and where are the whitespaces for advancement in the metal AM landscape?
The unique characteristics of PCE overcome many of the issues associated with more traditional metal cutting technologies, and as such - in some instances - when looking for a cost-effective solution for the manufacture of precise metal parts, it is the only viable choice.
The American Welding Society estimates a 400,000-worker shortage by 2024. The urgent need for more welders and higher skill levels among welding personnel is widely known and accepted in the U.S. manufacturing industry.
Laser Powder Bed Fusion (L-PBF) is central to its production of metal additive manufacturing (AM) parts. In this process, lasers melt and weld layers of metallic powder resulting in parts that are durable and can be polished.
Improving the Performance of Supercritical CO2 in Next-generation Energy Applications with 3D Metal Printing
Mohawk Innovative Technology uses VELO3D's metal AM system to develop a high temperature heat transfer fluid circulator for the Department of Energy
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.
"It's so rare that we get to show some of the capabilities we have, especially one that has gone through finish machining, says Scott Woida, President ADDere, "I think it gives a new perspective to what is possible with the technology."
Are you looking for new ways to produce metal parts? Do you repair or replace metal parts due to corrosion or wear? Are you responsible for maintaining high-value metal parts? Is it time you added metal additive manufacturing to your company's capabilities?
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