Canada makes 3D printed satellite part set for launch into space

The interface bracket that will be launched later this year. Photo via Canada Makes. Canada Makes has announced its role in the development of a 3D printed satellite bracket that will be sent to space later this year.

To build the part, the Canadian additive manufacturing agency partnered with French metal manufacturers FusiA and Canadian communications company MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA). The project was funded by Canada Makes’ Metal Additive Demonstration program which is supported by Canadian research program, NRC-IRAP.

By using 3D printing to create the part, the group will reduce weight, optimize size and shape, and lower costs. According to Canada Makes General Manager, Frank Defalco, their “primary goal is to reinforce Canada’s additive manufacturing supply chain and this project is a big step in that direction.”

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Stratasys and Dassault Systèmes to optimize design of 3D printed parts

One of 3D printing’s big advantages is that it allows designs to be optimized, free of the restrictions of traditional, reductive manufacture. 

Stratasys and Dassault Systèmes have partnered to develop next-generation design tools that improve the efficiency, functionality, strength and weight of end-use parts produced using Stratasys’s fused deposition modeling (FDM) 3D printing process.

Stratasys will work with SIMULIA—the Dassault Systèmes’ brand focused on simulation software applications—to offer simulation capabilities that facilitate optimization of final part designs for a range of applications, including those in the aerospace and automotive industries.

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Solving aircraft overload with 3D printing

The aviation trade is facing a dilemma as passenger demand for flights goes through the roof while customers increasingly demand more for less from airlines.

In 2016 alone there are expected to be more than 3.7 billion people boarding flights around the world. As a result, Boeing has predicted that accommodating the huge increase in passengers and cargo will require 38,050 new airplanes in the next 20 years, at the cost of $5.6 trillion.


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How 3D printing can be more than prototyping

How 3D printing fits into the digital thread, and the relationship between its uses for prototyping and for manufacturing, was the subject of a talk — More Than Prototyping: Digital Manufacturing’s Role in Industry 4.0 — by Proto Labs’ CTO Rich Baker at last week’s Design & Manufacturing Minneapolis .

In his talk, Baker discussed several topics, including the limitations of materials and 3D printing processes on the design and production cycle, use cases for 3D printing and additive manufacturing (AM), the opportunities and challenges of using these technologies for end-to-end production, and how these and other new technologies are driving shifts in system design methodology.

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Manufacturers break through design limitations with 3D printing

monash-jet-engine-3D printed (computerworld) To help Malaysian manufacturers realise further productivity gains from 3D printing technology, The Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) is offering a complimentary, half-day workshop themed ‘Concept to Reality.’

The workshop (scheduled for 29 September 2016 at Wisma FMM, Kuala Lumpur), is in the wake of the past year’s increasing adoption of additive manufacturing, or 3D printing.

Globally, 3D printing has been has been helping businesses improve the way they design and produce products.

Local manufacturers need to learn more about how simulation and 3D printing technology can advance product design and manufacturing and break through design limitations, said the organisers.

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How 3D printers are revolutionising dentistry in India

When you think about the dentist, you’re probably not thinking about high tech gadgets – at the most, you’re probably thinking about those fancy chairs, and those fearsome drills and other instruments of terror. But it turns out that dental labs and dental hospitals are picking up on one of the most exciting areas in technology today – 3D printing.

Although medical 3D printing does exist, don’t get too excited here – these printers don’t print out a replacement tooth for you on demand, or anything like that. That’s in the pipeline, but right now, the printers are used to fabricate stone models quickly and accurately – the models can then be used to plan your procedure.

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Industrial 3D printing to transform aviation design says Airbus innovation chief

According to Peter Sander, industrial 3D printing is now allowing aviation companies to take their design principles from nature – a phenomenally untapped source, but the most efficient blueprint of all.

airbus01Anyone who has been paying attention in technology has probably at least heard of 3D printing – little models, design accessories and even food are all possible. But since the early 2010s industrial design has become a lot more cost-effective with 3D printing. Peter Sander of Airbus tells Techworld that it is revolutionising aviation design.

On the way in to meeting Sander, who is in charge of emerging technologies and concepts at Airbus Germany, a ‘Beluga’ plane carrying Airbus parts to another facility scoots along and takes off from the sprawling factory’s built-in runway.

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Nano Dimension uses multilayer 3D printing to add conductive properties to fabric

Being able to print in multiple materials is a positive move forward in 3D printing capaibility.  Being able to embed conductive materials is one of the developments that will accelerate what the technology can be used for and change designs, in both cases benefiting end users.

Nano Dimension, founded in 2012, focuses on development of advanced 3D printed electronics systems and advanced additive manufacturing. Nano Dimension, a leader in the field of 3D printed electronics, has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Nano Dimension Technologies, has conducted a successful test for 3D printing of conductive traces onto a treated fabric in collaboration with a leading European functional textiles company.

The test was carried out using Nano Dimension’s AgCite Silver Nanoparticle conductive ink and the DragonFly 2020 3D printer platform. Based on the requirements of the European company, Nano Dimension adjusted the printing process in order to print electronics and sensors as an integral part of the fabric.

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7 ways 3D printing adds new dimensions to EMS and supply chain

For a number of years I viewed 3D printing as a solution looking for a problem.  I visited the Consumer Electronics Show and saw people printing accurate 3D chocolate renderings of their heads, which whilst being very clever, is largely useless.  I wondered to myself where the technology was going, but in the last year or so things have changed and 3D printing seems to be finding its feet in terms of technology and applications, confirming its place in our future.

3D printing is now impacting the electronics supply chain from innovation to fulfillment; this is in part due to price. We are currently seeing 3D printers priced below $2,500, opening the technology up to consumers and innovators, while creating the opportunity to build ‘print farms’ with multiple printers producing small runs efficiently and economically.  Another factor driving adoption is the use of more 3D printable materials, making more complex and more usable products possible.

Here are a few of the ways 3D printing is impacting the electronic supply chain. 

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Printing parts with 3D technology – Risk for defense industries?

Defense and aerospace Industries have been facing the risk of bogus parts manufactured by 3D printers.

The issue of product safety in these industries is thus critical. Commercial airplanes, for example, are designed and constructed using hundreds of thousands of parts, and quality inspectors are continually working to ensure counterfeit parts don’t find their way into the supply chain.

According to ECN Magazine, 3D printing of aircraft and other defense parts certainly transforms the military support environment, but the threat of counterfeit parts might reach this market.

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