Auburn Puts Additive Manufacturing to the Test

August 21, 2019

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Auburn Puts AM to the Test
The Center for Additive Manufacturing at Auburn University, Alabama, is now home to a $1.5-million X-ray CT system for the nondestructive testing of 3D printed parts, essential to the university’s programs to produce “mission critical” parts for aerospace and aviation industries. The new system, acquired through a grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, includes a customized digital radiology vault from Pinnacle X-Ray Solutions that accommodates additive manufacturing (AM) machines designed and built by Auburn researchers to fit within the X-ray vault.

Design Guide: Direct Metal Laser Sintering
Considering metal 3D printing for your next project? Our comprehensive guide covers everything you need to know to build quality, production-grade parts, including how to select the right material, design for the technology, and enhance parts with post-processes like machining and heat treatment.

Cobra, Renishaw Team Up to Optimize Engine Design
Renishaw, an AM technology provider with U.S. operations in West Dundee, IL, recently teamed with Hillsdale, MI-based Cobra Aero, an engine manufacturing company, to optimize Cobra’s design processes for aircraft and motorcycle engines.

3D Printed Brake Parts Could Save Ford $2 Million
The Ford Motor Co., which opened its $45-million Advanced Manufacturing Center late last year in Redford, MI, continues to accelerate its AM efforts. This includes printing of brake parts, which could be a money-saver for the automaker.

WESTEC 2019: The Leading West Coast Manufacturing Event
Connect with leading additive manufacturers at WESTEC 2019, Sept. 24-26 at the Long Beach Convention Center. New this year is an Additive Manufacturing Exhibit Pavilion, a dedicated space for evaluating additive manufacturing and 3D printing as well as a full-day Additive Manufacturing Seminar (registration required)!
Register for free show floor pass.

Tech Update: AM Simulation Suite Speeds Design Time, Reduces Waste
AlphaStar Corp. has released Version 9 of its Genoa 3DP AM simulation suite. The suite uses multi-scale progressive failure analysis to simulate the AM process from material characterization to process simulation and in-service qualification of a printed part.

SOUTHTEC Reflects Southeast Manufacturing
Collaborate with leading manufacturing experts at SOUTHTEC, in the epicenter of Southeast manufacturing. Find ideas for new products and the latest technology to build them. Connect with like-minded professionals who can help your business thrive. Experience the power of Southeast manufacturing by attending SOUTHTEC!

Industry News
Today’s News
GE Additive Commits to Growing 3D Printing in Western Sydney
Machine Maker Deploys Two Sigma Labs' RTE Units
Gefertec Announces Plans for $1.9M U.S. Facility
Xometry Announces New Platform

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PEAK South 2019 – Registration Now Open
Head to Greenville, SC, for the Women in Manufacturing (WiM) PEAK South Conference taking place Monday, October 28. This conference for women working in manufacturing (and the men who support them!) will offer learning and networking opportunities, including a keynote presentation, plant tours, breakout sessions led by experts, and more!

Spring 2019
In This Issue
Prototype Propels Rocket Design and Build
AM delivers a large Inconel 718 prototype part that cuts weight by 60 percent and reduces lead time by half--crucial in development of the Vulcan Centaur rocket.

Key Considerations for Metal AM Process Parameters
To proceed from a design concept to final part, one must account for optimization of various processes and process parameters along the way. Even when one manages to select an AM technology and material for an application, each system offers a wide variety of processing parameters. Thus, adoption of metal AM requires an understanding of the complete AM process cycle.

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WiM Automotive South 2019 – Register Today!
The 3rd annual WiM Automotive South Conference will be held on Tuesday, October 29, 2019, in Greenville, SC. This day-long conference will include keynote presentations by industry leaders like Carrie Uhl, VP of Purchasing and Supply Chain with Magna International, an engaging panel discussion, breakout sessions, networking opportunities, and more!

Coming in the Next Issue
Binder Jetting in Barcelona
That’s just what HP is doing as it opens an AM R&D Center in Barcelona, Spain, to extend development of its Metal Jet and nonmetal 3D printing technology.

Wire DED for Printing Large Metal Parts
…takes a major leap forward at the new Lincoln Electric metal AM facility in Cleveland, OH. The goal: metal deposition rates exceeding 100 lb./hr., based on technology developments in materials, data analytics and automation.

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Industry-Related Terms: Breakout, Center, LASER, Lead Time, Prototype
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