REF Lessons in Providing AM Solutions to Enhance Soldier Readiness

Joe Bookard

presentation by COL Joe Bookard, Director, U.S. Army Rapid Equipping Force at Virtual Additive Manufacturing for Defense Conference [live, online, December 10, 16:30 – 18:00 CET]. REGISTER HERE to attend

The presentation will provide a brief background about the REF, what the organization has done using AM (to include partnerships with units and industry), and its perspective on where the AM space is moving.

Colonel Joe Bookard is the Director of the U.S. Army Rapid Equipping Force. He is responsible for providing immediate materiel solutions to support the Army’s forces employed globally and informs the materiel development of the future force to meet operational demands.

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Aligning molecular and structural dynamics in additive manufacturing of thermoplastics; towards enhanced weld mechanics and geometrical stability

jules harings

by Jules Harings, Maastricht University, Aachen Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials

Additive manufacturing is a technology that develops rapidly as a niche within the field of discrete manufacturing. Unique products of high added value rely on customisation and nearly endless design flexibility and are progressively introduced in automotive, aerospace, art and medical industiesy. Nevertheless, despite successes with metals and living materials, a mismatch in product quality and expectations has been the Achilles’ heel in the mass adoption of thermoplastics in 3D printing, especially in fused deposition modelling (FDM).

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Application oriented design and development of laser sintering materials – Presented by Rob Kleijnen, inspire AG

Application oriented design and development of laser sintering materials – Presented by Rob Kleijnen, inspire AG at the 3D Printing Materials Conference, on April 17, 2018, at Brightlands Chemelot Campus, Geleen, The Netherlands.

Laser sintering (LS) is a widely adopted additive manufacturing technology for the production of small-to-medium sized series of end-use parts. When developing new materials for this process, the most value can be created if the design freedom that additive manufacturing offers is taken into account. It is not sufficient to merely develop a material that can be processed well on a laser sintering machine. Only when material properties are tuned specifically with certain applications already in mind, a synergy between part functionality and material properties can be achieved.

About Rob Kleijnen
After his graduation from TU Eindhoven as chemical engineer, with specialization in polymers and composites, Rob Kleijnen started as scientific assistant at inspire AG in 2014. In this capacity, he has worked with various partners from industry on the development of new materials for SLS. Under the supervision of Prof. Konrad Wegener at the ETH Zürich, Rob is also working on a PhD thesis with the same topic. Continue reading “Application oriented design and development of laser sintering materials – Presented by Rob Kleijnen, inspire AG”