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Boeing is testing 3D printed trim tool
Boeing is testing a 3-D-printed trim and drill tool in building its 777X passenger jet. The tool, developed by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) measures (in Imperial units) is 17.5 x 5.5 x 1.5ft and weighs 1650 lb. It was printed in 30 hours using carbon
Trumpf to offer selective laser melting for 3D printing of metals
German industrial machining and tooling equipment manufacturer Trumpf has added another type of metal 3D printing technology to its portfolio. This makes Trumpf the only manufacturer to offer all of the major laser 3D printing technologies.
Sensor mimics bats to detect dangerous structural cracks
An ultrasound sensor for detecting dangerous cracks in structures such as aircraft engines, oil and gas pipelines and nuclear plants has been developed by researchers at the University of Strathclyde – with inspiration from the natural world.
3D printing using RTV can save 40-75% of mouldmaking cost
Leading manufacturer of 3D printers, Zortrax, has released a free whitepaper on 3D printing for modern mouldmaking that shows how to cut time and costs in short run productions using RTV moulding (room temperature vulcanization moulding). The preparation of a master pattern is claimed to be 50% to 8
3D optics printing attracts further developmental funding
Luxexcel, a company that 3D prints functional lenses, has announced a EUR7.5 million series B funding. The first closure is done and the second closure will be finalized in 3 months time. The B-round was led by the Flemish investment company PMV, which included the firm’s existing investors, SET Ven
3D printed, CNC machined, or moulded prototypes - which and when?
This article by Proto Labs looks at the respective roles in prototyping of 3D printing, CNC machining and injection moulding.
Temperature-stable solder paste cuts logistics costs
The Electronics Group of Henkel announces the launch of a temperature stable solder paste material, which it claims to be the first-ever. Loctite GC10, is temperature stable at 26.5C for one year and stable at temperatures of up to 40C for one month, which affords exceptional performance throughout
Inkjet printer uses standard industrial paints, could revolutionise manufacturing of cars, planes and appliances
UK-based research and development company TTP, has come up with an innovative new digital inkjet technology that is capable of printing with standard industrial paints. The TTP patented printhead design overcomes the limitations of existing inkjet printing processes, restricted by ink formulations a
Tribo-filament for 3D printers
Plastics specialist Igus has developed a new tribo-polymer filament for 3D printers, developed to create structurally robust prototypes or small batch components for test in real-world applications. Suitable for use with any 3D printer that has a heated nozzle, print bed and uses ABS filaments, the
Perovskite spray-on solar cells could help cut the cost of solar energy
Perovskite is a promising new material for solar cells, combing high efficiency with low materials costs. A team of scientists at the University of Sheffield are the first to fabricate perovskite solar cells using a spray-painting process – a discovery that could help cut the cost of solar electrici
3D printing: cutting through the hype
Juniper Research announces the launch of a new report and Excel dataset, which provides a guide to the development of the Consumer 3D Printing ecosystem.
3D printing process with smooth surfaces developed for lenses and glasses
Making things with a three-dimensional (3D) printer is quickly becoming a commonplace activity. In part this is because of the expanding range of "printable’ materials, which now includes precious metals, biological tissue and even the ingredients for a pizza. But the machines are still not very go
Graphene Markets, Technologies and Opportunities 2014-2024
New research by Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh, Head of Consulting, IDTechEx shows that graphene markets will grow from around $20 million in 2014 to more than $390 million in 2024, at the material level. The market will be split across many application sectors; each attracting a different type of graphene
Printable heating systems and transparent inks
Within the electronics field, more and more applications are coming to the fore that require a uniform, self-regulating heating system – from heated mirrors and underfloor heating systems to batteries. Conventional wire-based solutions are not only cumbersome but also particularly time-consuming and
Outstanding Young Investigator Award for work on solar cells
The Materials Research Society’s (MRS) Outstanding Young Investigator Award recognizes outstanding, interdisciplinary scientific work in materials research by a young scientist or engineer who shows exceptional promise as a developing leader in the materials area. This year's award was presented to
Conductive Inks: booming to $2.8 billion by 2024
The conductive ink and paste business is segmented, consisting of many emerging and mature markets. In the new report Conductive Ink Markets 2014-2024: Forecasts, Technologies, Players IDTechEx sees the market experiencing 4.5% CAGR over the coming decade, although growth will be unevenly spread wit
Nanofibres move into the medical field and advanced composites
Electrospinning is now established as a commercially viable manufacturing process with nanofibres of a range of different polymers now readily available, either as standard product or as "specials’. Applications for these nanofibres are potentially in many different market areas and it is becoming
High performance graphene material opened to US R&D market
Haydale and Graphene Laboratories announce that the HDPlas range of novel high-performance graphene materials will be offered by the Graphene Supermarket website, initially in quantities of up to 1kg. Graphene Laboratories will market HDPlas products for sale in the United States, Canada and Russia.
Foamed In-Situ Thermoformable Sandwich (FITS) panels cut weight and cost for aircraft and high-speed train interiors
At JEC Europe 2014 in Paris, SMTC introduced Dynatech, a thermoplastic sandwich panel system, suitable for mass-production, principally targeting aircraft, although also high-speed train interiors. These applications require light weight in combination with damage tolerance and specified fire, smoke
Dedicated hardware for carbon fibre sintered parts
Graphite Additive Manufacturing announces that its specialist carbon fibre reinforced plastic material, printed using the specialist SLS process, once the exclusive province of Formula One teams, is now available widely.
NanoDiamond PTFE coating doubles surface durability and reduces machinery friction
Finnish surface coatings specialist Carbodeon has released a new PTFE/NanoDiamond coating with twice the durability and up to 66% less friction than current products. The new coating has huge potential to cost-effectively reduce CO2 output and fuel demand, as well as to improve equipment lifespan, i
Four innovations areas for sustainable aviation include composites NDI
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) will share its latest R&D initiatives for sustainable aviation at the Singapore Airshow 2014 at Changi Exhibition Centre, Booth D35 from 11-16 February. The innovations on display will focus on four key areas: aviation remanufacturing technolo
Versatile colour multi-material 3D printer uses digital materials constructed on the fly
The Objet500 Connex3 Colour Multi-material 3D Printer features an unique triple-jetting technology that combines droplets of three base materials to produce parts with virtually unlimited combinations of rigid, flexible, and transparent colour materials as well as colour digital materials - all in a
Full colour 3D printer for plastic models with a range of mechanical properties
A 3D printer able to print full colour plastic models with a range of mechanical properties has been unveiled by US firm Stratasys. The Objet500 Connex3 is claimed to be the first of its kind able to print 3D models with a full range of colours. Stratasys unveiled its latest innovation, the revoluti
Thermography aids compounding of additives into bioplastics
The IKT Institute of Plastics Technology at Stuttgart University has demonstrated the use of thermography as a non-destructive test method for lightweight plastic parts and compounding of additives into bioplastics with a mini-compounder fitted with an open processing zone.
Researcher prints Christmas trees from gas turbine steel
Siemens uses 3D printing processes to speed up gas turbine repair. For certain types of turbines, defective burner parts are simply reprinted, reducing repair times by as much as 90 percent. Olaf Rehme of Siemens Corporate Technology also uses one of the super-hard special steels that can withstand
Low cost titanium powder opens door for 3D printing automotive parts
For the first time, low-cost titanium powders, developed by Metalysis, have been used to 3D print automotive parts. To date, the 3D printing revolution has focused on the use of plastics - cheap feedstock and high throughput. So far, 3D printing with metal has been prohibitively expensive because ti
Hot, humid Nigeria reverts to cotton-paper banknotes
Nigeria is to revert to paper banknotes, the country's central bank has announced, in a policy switch bucking a growing trend around the world for tougher polymer-based currency. Nigeria, whose economy is predominantly cash-based, is looking to increase people's use of electronic payment methods s
Shape memory fibres take 3D printing into the fourth dimension
Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have successfully added a fourth dimension to their printing technology, opening up possibilities for adaptive, composite materials in manufacturing, packaging and biomedical applications.
Bloodhound steering wheel to use titanium additive manufacturing
Cambridge Design Partnership has unveiled the final steering wheel design for the Bloodhound supersonic car. A specialist team of CDP engineers have been working on the Bloodhound Project since January, when they took on the vital work of finalising the design of the steering wheel for manufacture.
UK Nanotechnology and Coatings Industry Conference to take place in October
The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN), in partnership with the British Coatings Federation (BCF) and the Paint Research Association (PRA), is announcing details of the Fourth Annual Nanotechnology and the Coatings Industry Conference, to be held in Nottingham on 8 October.
3D printed enclosure on show at UK Engineering Design show
A desktop Objet30 Pro 3D printer producing a 0.3mm thin wall and a 0.5mm diameter small hole in an opening box containing meshing gears and a series of intricate features, produced in a third of the time taken by traditional SLA printing, will feature on the SYS Systems stand at the Engineering Desi
Micro-machines for the human body
A team of researchers at Tel Aviv University has found a way to print biocompatible components for micro-machines, making them ideal for use in medical devices, like bionic arms.
BMBF research project on safety of nanomaterials suggests composition, rather than size, is key
How a nanoparticle behaves in the body is determined by the properties of the substance it consists of. The size of the particles is of secondary importance. If a biological effect is present, it can often be weakened by a technique known as functionalization. These are results of the NanoGEM (Nanos
3D printing - industrial revolution or just a renovation?
3D printing has come of age, surpassing $1 billion in revenues during 2012 and with growth expected to continue across all target markets to 2025. Across the board, printer manufacturers are reporting a surge in sales, some cannot meet demand, as awareness of the technologies and what they offer gro
Video file: Microwave refracting composites allow invisibility cloaks to be built on 3D printer
A team led by scientists at Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering has demonstrated the first working "invisibility cloak." The cloak deflects microwave beams so they flow around a "hidden" object inside with little distortion, making it appear almost as if nothing were there at all.
Paper, light and foldable, a means of generating electrically conducting structures
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces have created targeted conductive structures on paper using a method that is quite simple: with a conventional inkjet printer, they printed a catalyst on a sheet of paper and then heated it. The printed areas on the paper were thereby
Laser-markable compound preferred to in-mould decoration in cable tie tool
Custom injection moulder New Berlin Plastics was recently approached by HellermannTyton, a manufacturer of high-quality cable management products, for in help producing an innovative cable tie tool. The material needed to be strong enough for the small teeth on the tool’s plastic tension knob, and b
Large format multi-material prototypes from additive layer process
Large multi-material prototypes created directly from 3D CAD designs with a build chamber volume up to 1000 x 800 x 500 mm and produced from a choice of over 120 different materials can now be created from the latest wide format Objet 1000 3D printer now available through SYS Systems of Foston in De
3D ink jet printer can combine up to seven different materials
Demonstrations of the latest Objet30 Pro desktop 3D ink jet printer capable of combining up to seven different materials into a single model including clear transparent, high temperature resistant and rigid opaque polypropylene with rigid materials in grey, black, blue and two versions of white, wil
Additive manufacturing adds flexibility to design process for CUBESAT construction
Students at Morehead State University are building an amateur radio CubeSat with a propulsion system that will raise the apogee of its orbit from 500 km to 1200 km. RAMPART, which stands for RApidprototyped Mems Propulsion And Radiation Test CUBEflow SATellite, plans to launch on a Minotaur from Van
Fast 3D Printing on the Micrometer Scale
At the Photonics West, the international fair for photonics in San Francisco, Nanoscribe GmbH, a spin-off of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), presented the world’s fastest 3D printer of micro- and nanostructures. With this printer, smallest three-dimensional objects, often smaller than the d
Digital solutions in the metal cutting world
This brief technical article from Sandvik Coromant looks at the increasing influence of digitalization on metal cutting.
Portfolio of low molecular weight styrene maleic anhydride copolymers extended
Polyscope, producer of styrene maleic anhydride co-polymers, has launched two new product grades with a lower molecular weight, to extend its existing portfolio of Xiran styrene maleic anhydride co-polymers.
Carbon nanotube inks featured at 2013 Flexible Electronics and Displays Conference (FlexTech)
SouthWest NanoTechnologies, specialist in single-aall and multi-wall carbon nanotubes will display its family of conductive and semi-conducting CNT inks for flexible printed electronics at the FlexTech Alliance 2013 Flexible Electronics and Displays Conference and Exhibition (Phoenix, AZ)
Emerging technologies to drive growth identified in UK Government Foresight report
New technologies including 'smart’ fabrics, 3D printing and energy solutions have been highlighted as some of the innovations that could drive growth over the next 20 years, according to the latest Foresight report, launched by David Willetts.
3D additive layer printer can combine seven different materials
The desktop Objet30 Pro 3D printer to be demonstrated at Southern Manufacturing on the OPS stand E39 has the true-to-life capability to combine seven different materials in a build rate up to 112 cm³/hr for opaque and up to for transparent materials to an accuracy of 0.1mm.
3D printing pioneer sues Kickstarter and Formlabs over patents
US company 3D Systems is suing crowd-funding platform Kickstarter and MIT startup Formlabs over the technology used in a popular 3D printer.
Generative manufacturing used to make a wireless sensor network and the means of powering it
Wireless sensor networks monitor machinery and equipment in factories, cars and power stations. They can "harvest’ the energy they need to transmit measurement data from the environment, thus making them self-sufficient. At the Electronica 2012 trade fair, Fraunhofer researchers presented a printed
Laser-printed polymer circuits point to less expensive electronics
The National Technical University of Athens in Greece has developed a method for potentially ushering in an age of cheaper electronics. The researchers successfully created polymer circuits using laser printing, which eliminates the needs for solvents that can cause more harm than good. So far, the
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