A metal 3D printer is just like a CNC milling machine – a tool that executes what it is instructed to do. Thus, the only step in the process affecting the quality of the final printed product is the design and the engineering. Therefore it is extremely important to understand and respect the technologies limitations while making a design. The presentation will highlight the design rules for metal AM and more important, the reason behind it. This is the only way to fully understand and utilize the different design rules in the right way.
Together with the Austrian software developer CADS, the SLM Solutions Group AG – a leading provider of metal-based additive manufacturing technology (3D printing) – plans to develop design software that facilitates the development of components for customers.
Henner Schöneborn, SLM Solutions Management Board member for Corporate Development and Innovation, explained the project: “We have previously used the design software of a third-party provider which is, however, unable to meet the special characteristics of selective laser melting and our customer requirements to the extent required. CADS have impressed us with deep knowledge in manufacturing and solutions for the medical sector, combined with innovative ideas. We see a major opportunity in proprietary software development over the medium-term in order to better meet the design practice requirements of our customers.” Continue reading “SLM Solutions enters into software joint venture with CADS GmbH”
Most everyone in the 3D printing industry is well aware that the future for high quality components seems to be in metal 3D printing. With that in mind, researchers have been steadily refining the process, and now a team at Northwestern University has come up with a process that even allows the use of inexpensive rust powder, which is more lightweight, offers greater stability, and is safer and more affordable in comparison to other iron powders. Continue reading “The future for high quality components seems to be in metal 3D printing”
Building metal parts is the only way 3D printing can become productive. Plastic 3D printing has its place in prototyping and education, but 3D printing in metal will allow the technology to be used to manufacture final production parts in a wide variety of industries. Metals are the fastest-growing segment of 3D printing, with printer sales growing at 48% and material sales growing at 32%. Continue reading “Metals are the fastest growing segment of 3D Printing, metal sales growing by 32%”