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  • Nanosatellite thrusters that emit a stream of pure ions are the first of their kind to be entirely additively manufactured, using a combination of 3D printing and hydrothermal growth of zinc oxide nanowires. A stainless steel version (top) works better overall but is much more expensive to produce. MIT researchers found that a polymer version (bottom) yields comparable performance at a lower cost.

    MIT researchers have created a 3D-printed nano-satellite thruster that uses ions to create thrust. The research was published in Additive Manufacturing. This leading-edge technology has only recently been applied in space exploration. Vehicles such as SpaceX’s Starlink satellite constellation, or Japan’s Hayabusha vehicle, which successfully sampled dust from an asteroid in…

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  • Aluminium Materials Technologies and the University of Birmingham are collaborating to deepen the understanding of the metallurgy of additively manufactured A20X aluminum alloy. Following many successful projects by the university to build sample parts for other interested parties, the two organizations are working together to look further into the characteristic…

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  • A.D.A.M.'s graphic interface

    Advanced Development of Additive Manufacturing (A.D.A.M.) is on the cusp of releasing 3D printed bioresorbable bone implants. The implants would, if successful, be completely absorbed by the body. Recovery times would improve; patients would undergo fewer surgeries; the implant is personalized to each patient. The application for this technology needs…

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  • An INEOS Styrolution research and development project reported an overall energy savings of up to 67% through the life cycle of a new styrenics polymer compound. The comparison styrenics compound was traditional Polyamide 12 (PA12). The massive savings derived from the new material benefits manufacturers and customers alike, let alone the…

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  • In a study recently published by a team of researchers at the University of Washington, the porosity resulting from powder bed fusion-electron beam melting (PBF-EB) AM of Ti6Al4V was characterized over a series of 30 build cycles (consisting of ~ 480 h cumulative build time) using X-ray Micro Computed Tomography (CT).…

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  • The time of COVID-19 has brought online courses and conferences into the mainstream more than ever before. This has been particularly true in the additive manufacturing industry for company webinars, and even entire trade shows. Within this context, it seems natural for three world-leading institutions in academic AM research– Boston’s…

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  • SEM micrographs of metal powder of SB-CoNi-10 used for a EBM and b SLM printing trials. Simple bar geometries have been printed for uniaxial tensile testing c, d in addition to complex geometries such as prototype turbine blades with e internal cooling channels or f thin, over-hanging platforms. IPF maps acquired through EBSD show the grain structure of the as-printed CoNi-base superalloy along the build direction manufactured through g EBM and h SLM. The scale bars for a, b and g, h are 500 μm. The scale bars for c–f are 2 cm.

    Researchers at the University of Santa Barbara and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory have discovered a new defect-resistant cobalt-nickle superalloy. Their results were published in the journal Nature.  Stronger materials in the metal AM space promise greater applicability across a range of industries. Aerospace is noted up by these researchers, but…

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  • With funding from the NIST Metals-Based Additive Manufacturing Grants Program, Georgia Tech Research Corp., the University of Texas at El Paso, Purdue University and Northeastern University will help advance metals-based additive manufacturing by leveraging NIST's expertise in the area. NIST mechanical engineer Brandon Lane studies this layer-by-layer printing process in depth to help manufacturers improve their “recipes” for quality parts and assemblies at NIST's Additive Manufacturing Metrology Testbed.

    The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) awarded almost $4 million in government funds to further develop United States’ companies competitiveness in metal additive manufacturing. NIST is a branch of the U.S. Department of Commerce that promotes American innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards and technology…

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  • A schematic of the xolo xube's process at work

    Volumetric printing, as we reported, has arrived in the form of the xolo xube, but this revolutionary technology already faces contenders for volumetric printing patents. A United States patent filed by Mr. Daniel Clark of Topshelf Enterprises (T3DP) and Southern Methodist University claims technology similar to xolo’s volumetric process. Mr.…

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  • The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) has broken ground to build a 51,250-square-foot Center for Manufacturing Advancement (CMA) on the IALR campus. The innovative CMA will offer a platform for leading-edge business success specifically targeted at manufacturing companies establishing or expanding their presence in Southern Virginia. The $25.5…

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