The Autumn 2017 issue of Metal Additive Manufacturing magazine has been released and is available to read for free as a digital download, or in print through the purchase of a magazine subscription.
In addition to over 75 pages of the latest industry news, the 128-page issue features in-depth reports on Honeywell’s progress in AM for aerospace, innovations in binder-based AM and conformal cooling at RapidTech + FabCon 3D, two special case studies on Design for Additive Manufacturing, and a look at the impact of powder reuse in metal Additive Manufacturing.
Honeywell: Driving AM application and supply chain development in the aerospace industry
Over the past decade Honeywell has been a leader in accelerating the adoption of metal Additive Manufacturing in the aerospace industry. With dedicated facilities in five countries, the company is at the forefront of the development of new commercial aerospace applications and the supply chain needed to implement series production.
Dr Dhruv Bhate, Associate Professor in the Polytechnic School at Arizona State University, visited Honeywell’s Phoenix facility on behalf of Metal AMmagazine and met with Donald Godfrey, an Engineering Fellow at Honeywell and the person most credited with initiating and directing the company’s progress in the field of metal AM.
RapidTech + FabCon 3D: Innovations in binder-based AM and advances in conformal cooling
From June 20-22, 2017, the German city of Erfurt became a centre of gravity for Additive Manufacturing, hosting the annual RapidTech technical conference and its accompanying trade exhibition, FabCon 3D.
Dr Georg Schlieper visited the event for Metal Additive Manufacturingmagazine and highlights a number of innovative trends in metal Additive Manufacturing process technology and applications, including the latest binder-based Additive Manufacturing technologies and innovations in toolmaking.
Design for Additive Manufacturing: Increasing part value through intelligent optimisation
Paying the right amount of attention to Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM) can make the difference between economic success and failure. When considering Additive Manufacturing for production applications, it is important to consider designing, or redesigning, parts that would otherwise be produced using conventional manufacturing.
In this case study, Terry Wohlers and Professor Olaf Diegel, both of Wohlers Associates, reveal how industrial mining machine manufacturer Atlas Copco has used DfAM to increase the value of a hydraulic manifold.
Design for Additive Manufacturing: Transforming RF antennas through intelligent optimisation
Additive Manufacturing presents the opportunity to completely rethink a product’s design, transforming its functionality and reducing manufacturing complexity. With the right application and the right approach, the results really can live up to industry buzzwords such as ‘disruptive’ and ‘transformational’.
In the following article, Optisys LLC reveals how, through intelligent design optimisation, the company has used Additive Manufacturing to develop the next generation of RF antenna systems for aerospace and defence.
AMPM2017: Understanding the impact of powder reuse in metal Additive Manufacturing
An issue of significant current interest to the AM world, which can potentially impact both the quality and cost-effectiveness of built parts, is whether there is a limit on the number of times that metal powders can be cycled around an AM process.
In this article, Dr David Whittaker reviews three presentations on the topic from AMPM2017, the fourth annual Additive Manufacturing with Powder Metallurgy Conference, held in Las Vegas, USA, June 13-15, 2017.