Additive Manufacturing Trend Report 2021, recently published by 3D
Hubs, reveals that the additive manufacturing (AM) market grew by 21
percent in 2020 to a total of $12.6 billion, and is expected to continue
to grow by 17 percent annually over the next three years.
Centorr Vacuum Industries is a manufacturer of high performance vacuum debind and sintering furnaces for the 3D Additive Manufacturing furnace market, as well as units for Metal and Ceramic Injection Molding. Available with either metal or graphite hot zones, these units can process all of the most common metals including Fe-Ni, 316-L, 17-4PH, and Inconel powders and feedstocks as well as a variety of other materials including titanium, tungsten carbide, tool steels, and superalloys. The new Sintervac AM™ operates at pressures of 0-15 torr as well as positive pressures of argon, nitrogen, or forming gas for increased flexibility of processing binder-jetted parts, while the Workhorse AM™ is used for the heat treat, annealing, and tempering of laser-sintered parts. For more information, contact the sales department at 603-595-7233, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.centorr.com.
3D Systems has announced availability of its VSP (Virtual Surgical Planning) Hybrid Guides for maxillofacial surgical applications, manufactured using the company’s titanium and nylon materials on its nonmetal- and metal-AM machines. The guides are produced using 3D Systems’ LaserForm Ti and DuraForm ProX PA materials on the DMP Flex 350 and ProX SLS 6100 production-grade AM systems.
“3D Systems and its VSP surgical planning and guides are an integral part of my ability to deliver highly successful outcomes for my patients undergoing corrective jaw surgery,” says Dr. Jay Neugarten of the New York Center for Orthognathics and Maxillofacial Surgery.
Productivity, reliability, and repeatability are essential to your ability to scale your metal additive manufacturing. Emerging technologies can push this “holy trinity” of attributes beyond the status quo, and taking advantage of these new capabilities can help your organization further its position as an innovator in the market.
AM provider Burloak Technologies has deployed a QIH 60 M URC hot
isostatic press (HIP) from Quintus Technologies to provide improved part
mechanical performance and strength properties. Burloak produces parts
for applications in aerospace, automotive and industrial markets,
focusing on transitioning challenging part designs for AM at scale,
hence the addition of the HIP.
High-pressure heat-treatment capability of the QIH 60 (see video) facilitates
the transition by combining high pressure, heat treatment and cooling
in a single process that reportedly allows time- and cost-saving removal
of several operations from the AM production line.
3D printing builds to near net or finished dimensions, vacuum heat
treating is an absolute necessity. Vacuum levels that approach 1 X 10-6
Torr produce clean and oxide free surface conditions that are
metallurgically stable. Critical temperature control is also a must to
avoid cracking and producing a strong and ductile part.
in its sixth year, the 2021 3D Metal Printing Experience and Tech Tour
returns as an online virtual webinar series, scheduled for June 22 and
24. This premier metal-AM event brings together industry experts, AM
users and suppliers to learn about the latest developments in 3D metal
Conference highlights include:
Keynote: Process Standardization, Data Collection and Transference—Joe Veranese, vice president and CIO, National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM)
Keynote: Making the Business Case for Metal AM—Michael Rosplock, Enerpac
Design for AM—Dr. Tim Simpson, Penn State University
Panel Discussion—Working with Service Bureaus, moderated by Cullen Hilkene, CEO, 3Diligent Corp.
3D Printed Parts in the Rail Industry, Brett Heher, lead mechanical engineer, Wabtec Corp.
public/private partnership provided the infrastructure, including a
reliable micro power grid, argon gas delivery and recycling, and powder
storage, with AM institutions and companies now stepping in to build a
concentrated base of expertise and capabilities to fuel economical
scaling of AM development and production.