Bright AM was designed to manage and support additive manufacturing’s unique challenges – tracking the process of disparate parts 3D-printed together on a single plate as well as everything from incoming orders to work-in-progress to delivery confirmation.
Registration is open for IHEA’s Fundamentals of Industrial Process Heating online learning course, which begins on April 15. The course is ideal for students who wish to further their studies at home or work in a flexible web-based, distance-learning format. It’s an affordable alternative to campus-based classes and allows students to go at their own pace.
How many hours per week do you work on average? How satisfied are you with certain elements of your job? What will be the biggest challenge for your company in the next 12 months? See how thermal-processing employees from across the country answered these questions and more.
GE Additive, under terms of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the University of Sydney, will invest a maximum of $1 million annually over the next 10 years in research and development to accelerate the adoption of metal additive manufacturing in Australia. The MoU reinforces the university’s commitment to establish a new 1,000-square-meter Additive Manufacturing and Advanced Materials Processing research facility and supports the creation of the first metal AM ecosystem in Australia. The 10-year agreement also covers materials and powder technologies, including alloy design, alloy modification, powder characterization, post-processing optimization and materials gaps in repairs.
Germany’s SMS group won the German Design Award in the “Industry” category for an additively manufactured spray head used to cool dies in the forging industry. The award recognizes innovative products and projects and the companies or individuals who have fabricated and designed them. In this case, it was not only the spray-head component that was noteworthy, but also that additive-manufacturing (AM) techniques were used to produce the part.
HRE Wheels and GE Additive unveiled the first titanium wheel created using electron-beam melting (EBM) technology, a type of 3D printing. With a traditional aluminum Monoblok wheel, 80% of material is removed from a 100-pound forged block of aluminum to create the final product. With additive manufacturing, only 5% of the material is removed and recycled, making the process far more efficient. Titanium also has a much higher specific strength than aluminum and is corrosion resistant, allowing it to be extremely lightweight. Known as HRE3D+, this new prototype wheel shows how advanced materials like titanium can be harnessed to create complex designs. The wheel was produced on two Arcam EBM machines in five separate sections then combined using a custom center section and titanium fasteners.
Carpenter Technology Corp. acquired LPW Technology Ltd. (LPW), a developer and supplier of advanced metal powders and powder lifecycle-management solutions to the additive-manufacturing industry, for approximately $81 million. LPW is based in Widnes, Cheshire (U.K.), with additional processing operations near Pittsburgh, Pa. The company employs about 80 people.