Manufacturing & Prototyping

The 3D Printing Landscape: Then and Now

Frequently used as a design validation and prototyping tool in its early days, the 3D printer now supports a much wider range of applications, from shape-conforming electronics to the creation of printed living tissue. Tech Briefs spoke with industry expert Terry Wohlers about 3D printing's emerging possibilities.

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Technique Enables 3D Printing of Aerospace-Grade Carbon Fiber Composites

Researchers from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have become the first to 3D print aerospace-grade carbon fiber composites, representing a significant advance in the development of micro-extrusion 3D printing techniques for carbon fiber.

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Smarter Prototyping — How Stratasys F123 3D Printers Make Rapid Prototyping More Accessible and Productive

3D printing’s contributions across the design, engineering and manufacturing disciplines are not new. The technology has been available for over thirty years and is often lauded as the next industrial revolution. Despite some inflated claims, there’s no denying that 3D printing has achieved its place as a valuable design and manufacturing methodology, and a cornerstone of rapid prototyping. It lives up to the promise of making businesses competitive by giving them tools streamline and enhance the product-creation processes. This white paper shows there’s never been a better time to invest in 3D printing, a fact made possible by the new Stratasys F123 3D Printer Series. These 3D printers were designed to remove barriers designers and engineers face by making the RP process more efficient and productive. Learn how the Stratasys F123 Series addresses typical rapid prototyping pain points and lets companies create better products faster, reducing the time to market.

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3D Printers Create Tomorrow’s Rocket Engines

Tri-D Dynamics LLC co-founders Deepak Atyam (left) and Alexander Finch work with components and a diagram of one of their engines. (Purdue Research Foundation photo by Oren Darling)

Startup company Tri-D Dynamics LLC, a startup with ties to Purdue University, plans to use 3D printers as well as other additive manufacturing processes to make future rocket engines that show promise in being faster and less expensive to produce than traditional methods. The 3D printer would create small rocket engines for satellites.

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Additive Manufacturing Trends In Aerospace

Additive manufacturing gives the aerospace industry better solutions for making UAVs, commercial aircraft and space vehicles stronger, lighter and more economical, with increased production efficiency. In this white paper, you’ll learn how various aerospace companies use additive manufacturing to:

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Researchers 3D-Print Operational Drone with Embedded Electronics

The fully functional quadcopter 3D-printed in ULTEM™ 9085 aerospace-grade material with embedded electronics was created in a single production step.

Researchers at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 3D-printed a ready-to-fly drone with embedded electronics using aerospace-grade material. The electronics were incorporated in the drone during the 3D printing process, which used Stratasys ULTEM™ 9085 high-strength, lightweight FDM material certified for use in commercial aircraft.

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Army Explores 3-D Printing's Future Applications

These parts were made using additive manufacturing, which creates plastic items and other durable components by adding material, layer by layer, using 3-D printers. (Photo: U.S. Army)

A soldier heads back to camp, grabs a power bar and unloads his gear. The power bar, which was "printed" minutes earlier, contains all the nutrients his body currently needs, according to sensors that are embedded in his uniform. While this may sound like a scene from a sci-fi movie, engineers and scientists at the Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) are looking at ways to use additive manufacturing (aka 3-D printing) to make it a reality.

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Additive Manufacturing: How 3D Printing Will Transform the A&D Support Chain

3D printing, or additive manufacturing (AM), is quickly becoming a 'must have' for aerospace and defense (A&D) manufacturers rather than just a luxury R&D project with the A&D sector now contributing 12 percent of 3D printing's $3.1 billion global revenue. A&D companies began experimenting with 3D printing as early as 1988, and industry leaders are now starting to recognize the unique capabilities of 3D printing, and searching for ways to exploit them. The U.S. Navy is currently working on 3D manufacturing at sea, which would revolutionize the military support chain, while in civil aviation, companies such as Boeing and Airbus have been using the process to manufacture components for over two years.

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Automakers Use 3D Printing to Reap Benefits of Lower-Cost Tooling and More Efficient Assembly

3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, has existed since the 1980s, but has recently been more widely adopted. In the span of a decade, 3D printers have moved from an optional piece of equipment for producing relatively simple prototypes, to an absolute necessity — one that is transforming the automotive industry in fundamental ways, This white paper highlights 3D printing applications in automotive today, and what’s coming tomorrow.

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Optimize Production for Agile Manufacturing

This e-book will show how 3D printing can make dramatic improvements in both time and cost efficiency when compared with traditional production methods associated with these applications. Real world examples are also provided to show that these aren’t just hypothetical scenarios. The companies highlighted in this e-book found a way to transform traditional manufacturing applications using FDM technology and bring their operation to a new level.

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