As 3D printing has become more and more mainstream, the traditional resource and skills barriers for manufacturing are all but vanishing. This trend is changing the very face of design. For the first time, producing complex products is no more difficult, expensive, or time consuming than making simpler objects. 3D printing a block with holes, notches, and rounded edges is as approachable as printing a solid block once was. The 3D printers give designers unprecedented control over the shape and composition of matter. High-end 3D printers can combine multiple materials into arbitrary patterns at a high resolution, leading to the ability to create geometry with fidelity and complexity never before seen. Traditionally, making more complex objects required a heavy investment in time, equipment, energy, and labor. Now, the cost of adding an additional design feature is reduced, potentially triggering nothing short of a manufacturing revolution similar to the first industrial revolution triggered when the cost of power was similarly diminished. And as 3D printing evolves, these products can be produced quickly and produced in bulk. The Factory of the Future is Here Now Manufacturers are finding applications for additive manufacturing that go beyond experimentation—and that instead are relevant, practical, and [...]
As the adoption of additive manufacturing processes continues to take hold in aviation, with leaders like Airbus incorporating hundreds of printed parts on their new generation aircraft, and Boeing production lines, we’re starting to recognize a next level of maturity in how regulations are being implemented to accommodate for these changes. Airline carriers are beginning to use additive manufacturing to reduce inventory and alleviate supply chain constraints, but there is no better example of 3D printing’s robust and flexible usage than on the design of aircraft interiors. Many airlines understand that the accommodating comfort and offering a differentiated passenger experience are central to their customer’s loyalty and provide a lasting impression for their brand. This is one area that many carriers spare no expense or effort in order to create the refined and distinct cabin experiences that their customers demand. And while every part on an aircraft must meet strict airworthiness standards, the lower criticality of interior components allows for the effective introduction of additive manufacturing to enable customization of interior components cost effectively for the first time. As manufacturers look to the future to define how 3D printing and connected processes can better meet their business demands and reduce [...]
Think about the last time you took a commercial flight. What are some of the distinct things you remember about the aircraft cabin? If you could, how would you change some of the design elements using 3D printing technologies? The Paris Airshow recently took place and Stratasys was there to exhibit some of the new and innovative ways they think about aircraft interiors. From individual part weight reduction to a more comfortable layout and design, the future of aircraft interiors is set to take off in innovative ways. To celebrate the huge aviation industry event they have created an augmented reality experience that takes you inside of an airline cabin to ponder all of the ways that 3D printing can impact passenger aircraft interior design and creation. Just click on the video below to experience it. For more information on our complete line of Stratasys 3D printers, please click the button below.
There’s a revolutionary new technology in 3D printing called the Stratasys Infinite Build. 3D printing has provided a means to produce highly accurate parts in a variety of build sizes. With production machines like the Fortus 900 and Objet 1000, industry leaders in both aerospace and automotive have been able to experiment with increasingly larger prototypes and production parts. Nonetheless, there has always been a ceiling (or cap) on the size of a part making 3D printing infeasible for certain processes. With the new Infinite-Build 3D Demonstrator, we're provided a glimpse of what the future could hold for 3D printing in manufacturing. Developed for large part production, the Infinite-Build is designed to address the uncompromising requirements of aerospace, automotive and other industries. Based on proven FDM technology, the demonstrator can generate large, lightweight, thermoplastic parts with repeatable mechanical properties. Rather than printing layer by layer in an enclosed build chamber, the solution uses an infinite-build approach by literally turning the 3D printer on its side with an open chamber. Parts are printed on a vertical plane, resulting in practically unlimited part size in the build direction. The Inifinite build uses micro pellets the size of a grain of sand rather [...]
Reprint from www.additivemanufacturing Adding an FDM 3D printer enabled a producer of subassemblies for aircraft to bypass traditional tooling solutions on many custom tools and bring much of this work in-house. Cimquest customer, CPI Aerostructures was in a good position in 2013. After years as a small business providing subassemblies almost exclusively for military aircraft, the company was experiencing a massive growth spurt. Sparked by an influx of both commercial and military work, the company had grown from about 20 employees to nearly 300 in just a few years, and recently moved across the street from its original facility to a larger 171,000-square-foot space on New York’s Long Island. But CPI’s ability to meet its custom tooling needs hadn’t kept pace with this growth. The company’s niche is assembly, work that requires jigs, fixtures, check gages and other custom items. Because CPI does not produce discrete parts, its in-house machining capacity is limited to a small tooling department operating manual equipment. Historically, all custom tooling was made by this department or farmed out to local machine shops. Faced with ever-increasing demand for custom tooling on the assembly floor, the company had to make a choice: A) Continue to outsource this [...]
Cimquest is excited to announce that we are now contracted to sell Desktop Metal. This means that in addition to offering, Mastercam, 3D scanning and inspection, as well as traditional 3D printers, we can now offer the New England and Mid-Atlantic territories a Metal 3D Printer at a price point that will allow the manufacturing community to venture into the exciting field of 3D Metal Printing. This will open up new opportunities for current Cimquest customers, from Maine to Maryland, and allow them to get into the metal 3D printing arena. Rob Hassold, CEO of Cimquest says, “I am excited that with Desktop Metal prototyping and production system technology we are the first reseller in the world to be able to leverage 19 years of additive manufacturing experience as well as over 27 years of subtractive (Mastercam) CNC programming technology to provide state-of-art manufacturing solutions for today’s industry leaders. With over 25 technical experts serving the additive and subtractive space, we are well positioned to handle almost any challenge served by those technologies.” Some of the benefits of this new Desktop Metal 3D printing system include: The Desktop Metal Studio System is 10 times less expensive than existing technology today. [...]
Join Cimquest and Desktop Metal on Friday, May 19th at 9 AM for an informative webinar on 3D Metal printing, a new and affordable addition to the 3D metal printing industry. This new technology promises to be a game changer in the way products are brought to market in the future. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to learn more about it. In this webinar Ben Arnold from Desktop Metal will provide an introduction to 3D metal printing with Desktop Metal. Both the desktop Studio system and the Production system will be reviewed, including their unique applications. Register today to learn how Desktop Metal plans to reinvent the way engineering and manufacturing teams produce metal parts - from prototyping through mass production. WEBINAR DETAILS Friday, May 19th 9:00 AM EDT Free to attend online Just click the button below to go to the registration page. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. [button link="https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/782081904009711875" color="default" size="" stretch="" type="" shape="" target="_self" title="" gradient_colors="|" gradient_hover_colors="|" accent_color="" accent_hover_color="" bevel_color="" border_width="1px" icon="" icon_divider="yes" icon_position="left" modal="" animation_type="0" animation_direction="down" animation_speed="0.1" animation_offset="" alignment="left" class="" id=""]Register Here[/button]
The Problem: Complex composite parts with hollow interiors are difficult to manufacture. Complex composite structures, with hollow interiors, present unique manufacturing challenges where internal tooling, generally referred to as a cores or mandrel, is required to define the hollow internal features. Any part configuration that traps the mandrel inside the composite part, requires sacrificial tooling* or a more complex, collapsible or inflatable tool. *Sacrificial tooling – tooling that is only used once and must be broken or washed out. Current sacrificial tooling technology uses materials such as eutectic salts, ceramics, cast urethanes and other similar materials. These options present many challenges, including: Difficulty handling due to fragile material properties Require tooling to produce Limit design freedom due to production or removal methods The Solution: 3D Printing (Additive Manufacturing) Stratasys FDM® technology is capable of producing geometries in dissolvable thermoplastic materials. Although these materials were originally developed to serve as support structures to enable printing highly complex geometries, OEMs and tier suppliers in the automotive and aerospace industries have been utilizing their unique dissolving properties for sacrificial mandrels. In an effort to improve their solution and value to the sacrificial tooling market, Stratasys released a new soluble material dubbed ST130™ along [...]