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NASA Creates ‘Fabric’ For The Galaxy and Beyond

Posted on April 26th, 2017 by in New Materials & Applications

NASA Space Fabric

Image by NASA/JPL-Caltech [PD NASA] via NASA.gov

Every seasoned business traveler knows the importance of breathable fabrics for comfort during the journey and if it doesn’t fit in the carry-on rollaway, you pick it up at your destination. However, when planning for exotic destinations like Mars, NASA can now use additive manufacturing to print custom fabrics along the journey and for more than just spacesuits. Continue reading “NASA Creates ‘Fabric’ For The Galaxy and Beyond” »

Ford Innovates AM by Lying Down on the Job

Posted on March 8th, 2017 by in New Materials & Applications

Overcoming the constraint of the Cartesian coordinate system, engineers at Ford and Stratasys are finding that the future for 3D printing large parts is not looking up but looking laterally. Moving in more than just the Z-axis enables manufacturing parts theoretically of infinite length. Continue reading “Ford Innovates AM by Lying Down on the Job” »

Siemens Proves Proficiency of Printing Powder

Posted on February 8th, 2017 by in New Materials & Applications

Siemens 3D printed turbine blade

Image by Siemens via Siemens.com

Think it’s not possible for the operating temperature of a gas turbine to exceed the rupture temperature of the metal it’s made of? Well, Siemens has proven the physics of cooling is not only faster to produce with additive manufacturing, but every bit as reliable. Continue reading “Siemens Proves Proficiency of Printing Powder” »

Study Shows Tamping Better for BAAM

Posted on February 1st, 2017 by in New Materials & Applications

When it’s time to go big or go home in additive manufacturing, how have researchers successfully addressed long deposition times for thermoplastics leading to reduced material strength between layers? Continue reading “Study Shows Tamping Better for BAAM” »

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