Expeditionary metal 3D printing for the defense sector-new technology and latest status

Stefan Ritt

presentation by Dipl.eng Stefan Ritt, Managing director SPEE3D Europe at Virtual Additive Manufacturing for Defense Conference [live, online, 16:30-18:00 CET). Stefan will speak on November 3, during the session Additive Manufacturing for and in the battle field: science fiction or reality? The Applications! For the complete program click here.

The Australian Army has now completed a successful two-week field trial of a ‘WarpSPEE3D’ metal 3D printer at the Mount Bundey Training Area, Northern Territory.

A team of Royal Australian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RAEME) soldiers from 1st Combat Service Support Battalion (1CSSB) overcame extreme conditions to design, print and finish a series of ground-breaking 3D printed parts in the field as case studies.

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SAVE THE DATE | CALL FOR SPEAKERS: Virtual AM for Defense Conference, 13 October 2020 – 3 November 2020

Virtual AM for Defense Conference

Jakajima, matchmaker for innovators, and 3D Print magazine join forces. Together they will organize the Virtual AM for Defense Conference. In four sessions, top speakers explain why the defense industry is going to adopt additive manufacturing in the coming years, the potential applications, the impact on the supply chain and what we can learn from the leaders in this industry.

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Post Processing for 3D Printing, Laser polishing of 3D Printed Plastic Components (VIDEO)

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by Karsten Braun, Scientist, Fraunhofer Institute for laser technology ILT

Despite their great potential for individualization, 3D-printing processes for polymer parts like SLS (Selective Laser Sintering) and FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) have the particular disadvantage of a high surface roughness; therefore, surface finishing is often necessary. However, current finishing procedures often have deficits such as low flexibility, long process times or incorporation of abrasives in the component. Therefore, Fraunhofer ILT is developing a non-contact, laser-based polishing process for additively manufactured plastic components.

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Strength of 3D Printed Polymer Parts (VIDEO)

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Presentation / interview with César Stüpp, Brightlands Materials Center / TNO.

Fused filament fabrication (FFF) is a very versatile AM technique, although it is widely used for prototyping due to their limited mechanical properties, especially in between layers. To approach this matter, a novel technique was developed in which the strength in between layers was increased in 184%, which results in stronger parts.

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3D Printing of Self Healing Soft Robots

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Presentation / Interview by Professor Bram Vanderborght

A JakajimaTV interview with Professor Bram Vanderborght. He is Professor in Robotics at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, core lab manager of Flanders Make, and member of the Brussels Human Robotic research center. He is also coordinator of the European project SHERO on self-healing soft robots, and Editor in Chief of Robotics & Automation Magazine.

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New developments of short and continuous fibre printing with exceptional mechanical behaviour and unique functionalities

César Stüpp

by Cesar Stupp, Brightlands Materials Center

Additive manufacturing (AM) techniques have been extensively explored in the last decades due to their potential to transform existent production technologies. Fused filament fabrication (FFF) is a very versatile AM technique, although it is widely used for prototyping due to their limited mechanical properties, especially in between layers. To approach this matter, a novel technique was developed in which the strength in between layers was increased in 184%. Also included in the topic are embedded continuous carbon fibers with unique functionalities, used to monitor the structural health of 3D printed parts in real time, decreasing the need for periodical inspections.

program: https://www.3dprintingevent.com/program/

Interview

What drives you?
The belief that we can develop extremely powerful technologies in a sustainable manner.

Why should the delegate attend your presentation?
Additive manufacturing is one of the most sustainable forms of production. With 3D printing, we explore manufacturing one step ahead, adding unique functionalities to this very promising and environmentally friendly way of developing new ideas.

What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
All technologies that are in line with current needs. The most special one is the need for a healthy environment and therefore, circular technologies and the ones that are able to reduce, reuse and recycle are always going to be on top, especially on the long run.

What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
A considerable decrease not only in the amount of waste produced, but also in the overall amount of waste.

What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
The urge of the majority: power and profit.

“Special quote”
Additive manufacturing not only can reduce dramatically the amount of produced material, energy and waste, it is also a very powerful tool in which beyond all advantages, sustainability is key.

About Cesar Stupp

Mr. César Stüpp has a Materials Science and Engineering background. Soon after bachelor, he started a Master degree, working on the development of a novel biodegradable hydroxyapatite reinforced magnesium composite. Later on, he started a Professional Doctorate in Engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology. During this period, the final assignment resulted in enhancing significantly the overall properties of fused filament fabrication (FFF) printed parts, reducing its anisotropy. To continue working on the development of FFF and help bringing this technology to all applicable areas, he works now as a scientist in the additive manufacturing group in Brightlands Materials Center.

About Brightlands Materials Center

Materials play an important role in our societies. Careful use of valuable raw materials sources and a circular economy are of great importance for a sustainable future. Brightlands Materials Center offers a meeting place to accelerate these transitions. It works together with a global network of leading companies along the value chain and with renowned universities and institutes to make this happen. In shared research programs focusing on clear market needs , scientists, technicians and students work together to develop innovative materials solutions for a sustainable future.

Avio Aero 3Dprints parts for the Catalyst engine for the Cessna Denali

Up to ten GE Catalyst components will be produced in this area. The engine’s first flight is scheduled for the end of 2019. It is the first turboprop engine in the world with almost 30% of its internal metal parts 3D printed. In Brindisi, work has already begun on three of these ten additive components. This number will continue to grow as the number of GE Additive-Concept Laser machines DMLM (Direct Metal Laser Melting) does. Continue reading “Avio Aero 3Dprints parts for the Catalyst engine for the Cessna Denali”