Category Archives: Additive manufacturing

Additively Manufactured PEKK Finds Aerospace, Medical Niches

One of former president Barack Obama’s most important legacies in manufacturing policy is America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII), an initiative to advance additive manufacturing. [..]

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Large 3D-Printed Plastic Tools Advance

When Boeing embarked on its ambitious plan to make huge structural sections for the Dreamliner 787 aircraft from carbon composites, big questions remained on manufacturability. The biggest composite [..]

ABS, Additive manufacturing, Aircraft, Carbon Composites, Carbon Fiber, Engineering Thermoplastics, North America, Polyphenylene sulfide, Reinforcing Material ,

PATAC Pioneers 3D-Printed PA6 For Intake Manifold Parts

IThe Shanghai-based Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC), a joint venture between General Motors and SAIC Motor, wants to take a leadership role in developing 3D-printed parts for [..]

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Nike Develops Improved 3D-Printed Golf Ball

Nike is developing a 3D-printed golf ball that it says may last longer and outperform the best golf balls made today. 3D-printed golf balls are not brand new, [..]

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SABIC Seeks Patent For Conformal Cooling Via Additive Manufacturing

SABIC is seeking to patent the concept of creating conformal cooling channels in mold inserts with additive manufacturing processes such as laser sintering.  A U.S. patent application titled [..]

Additive manufacturing, Automotive, Cooling/Heating, Design, Electronics, Injection Molding , ,

Microfluidics Heat Up At MD&M West

The state of the art in microfluidics, which allow integration of many medical tests on a single chip, will be a highlight at MD&M West, Feb. 7-9 in Anaheim, [..]

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Disney Seeks More Realistic Robots

Disney is turning to high-tech processes such as 3D scanning and 3D printing to make robotic characters in Star Wars films and amusement park rides more human-looking. In [..]

Additive manufacturing, Consumer Goods, Elastomers, Injection Molding, North America

Airbus Targets High-Heat Resins With Proprietary SLS Process

Airbus is commercializing a new additive manufacturing technology designed to permit greater use of high-performance engineering plastics such as polyphenylene sulfide (PPS), polyetheretherketone (PEEK), PBT-type polyester, various polyamides, [..]

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Space Station Uses 3D-Printed Bioplastic

Polyethylene made from sugarcane is now being 3D-printed in Outer Space. Braskem developed a special grade that can be produced in a zero-gravity 3D printer developed by U.S.-based [..]

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Stratasys, Siemens Target Composites in 3D Printing Collaboration

The Holy Grail for additive manufacturing and 3D printing is volume production. The process has failed to meet the hype of publications such as the Economist and the [..]

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