Survey Reveals How AM Aids in Maintaining, Growing Business During Pandemic

December 16, 2020

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Survey Reveals How AM Aids in Maintaining, Growing Business During Pandemic
Markforged offers up a new survey of manufacturers revealing how additive manufacturing (AM) has helped them maintain business continuity and grow amid global disruption. Among the results: 68 percent of respondents indicate that AM technology either saved the business “some time” or a “significant amount of time.” In addition, nearly 60 percent state that 3D printing has either saved them “some money” or “a significant amount of money.” Manufacturers also report that AM use has allowed them to stay agile and operational during the pandemic—and provided means to give back, noting that many Markforged customers have used their 3D printers to produce personal protective equipment.

Crack-Resistant Superalloys Hold Promise for AM of High-Stress Components
Researchers have identified a new class of superalloys that reportedly hold promise for advancing the use of AM to produce complex one-off components for use in high-stress, high-performance environments, reports Previously, many alloys for such applications could not be printed due to cracking issues.

“"Most very-high-strength alloys that function in extreme environments cannot be printed, because they crack,” explains Tresa Pollock, Alcoa Distinguished Professor of Materials and associate dean of the College of Engineering at UC Santa Barbara, to “They can crack in their liquid state, when an object is still being printed, or in the solid state, after the material is taken out and given some thermal treatments."

Now, in an article in the journal Nature Communications, Pollock, in collaboration with Carpenter Technologies, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and UCSB staff scientists and students, describes a new class of superalloys that overcome this cracking problem.

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New Software Overcomes Shrinkage and Other Sintering Challenges
Desktop Metal, Inc. has launched Live Sinter, software that corrects for the shrinkage and distortion that parts typically experience during sintering, and also enables printing of geometries that, without the software, would present significant challenges to sinter. Live Sinter eliminates the trial and error required to achieve high-accuracy parts via powder metallurgy-based AM processes such as binder jetting.

While compatible with any sintering-based powder metallurgy process, including metal injection molding, Live Sinter will first be available to customers of Desktop Metal’s Shop System, shipping now, and Production System, shipping in 2021.

Industry News
Berlin AM Forum Moved to July 2021
AMUG Conference Relocated to Florida in May
New Portal Gives Manufacturers Online Digital Presence for Order Development and Processing
6K Additive Adds to Metal-Powder-Production Team
New Tool-Steel Alloy for Binder Jetting

Fall 2020
In This Issue
Working Toward a Full AM-Data Ecosystem
Insights in Metal Printing, by Mark Barfoot, EWI

Mega-Movement on AM Materials
Material developments continue unabated, as AM reaches into new, and expands in existing, applications.

Coming in 3DMP's Winter 2021 Issue
  • Case Studies/New Applications for Metal AM
  • Formnext Connect Wrap-up
  • Metal AM in the Railroad Industry
  • Software Roundup—All that’s New in Software for Metal AM
  • Ensuring a Reliable Supply of Power for AM Builds

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