Chinese Mars Rocket had 50 3D Printed Components

In July 2020, the CNSA (Chinese National Space Agency) launched their Mars spacecraft on top of a Long March 5 rocket. The mission, known as Tianwen-1, comprises three segments, being an orbiter, a lander and a rover, all weighing in at over 5000kg. The rocket itself contained 50 3D printed plastic components, all printed by […]

Topology Optimization for Compliant Medical Devices

medical-topologyIf you just place an orthopedic implant into a human being without considering the flexibility of the replacement bone, then you risk what is known as “stress shielding”. This is due to a phenomenon called “Wolff’s Law”, where the natural bone becomes less dense due to the variations in stress from the implant. The surrounding […]

First Flight Critical Aerospace Component Receives FAA Certification

Defence giant Honeywell, has recently announced that their 3D printed bearing housing has been approved for use on the Dassault Falcon 20G maritime patrol aircraft. At last, a 3D printed metal component has received that ultra-prized FAA certification that will permit said component to be used in a flight-critical system. This is a super exciting […]

3D Printing Helps Produce World’s Lightest eBike Prototype

We’ve seen several cycling innovations related to 3D printing over the last couple of years, like printing frames and helmets for increased rigidity and less weight. Now a bike Guinness World Record has been set with the help of AM: the world’s lightest ebike prototype. The Freicycle weighs a mere 6.87kg while sporting a powerful […]

VR meets 3D Printing at French Aerospace School

Polyaero_eBook-featuredPOLYAERO is the technical aeronautical training school at the University of Aix-Marseille, France. With the aid of a whole bunch of aerospace industry partners, they have recently started running an accredited degree program, utilizing a Mixed Reality (MR) approach. By use of large format 3D printing and virtual reality, students are getting a multi-sensory digital […]

Researchers use Machine Learning for Monitoring In-situ Metal Pore Formation

keyhole pore featured imagePorosity and other defects are a problem where it comes to parts printed with metal powder bed fusion processes. One team of researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, and Texas A&M University have published their findings which may play a part in reducing these subsurface defects. The team has figured out […]

Cold Metal Fusion: What is it?

In this post we will be looking at the Cold Metal Fusion (CMF) AM method, and we will be answering that exact question. What is it? The sinter-based technology was developed by Germany-based company Headmade Materials. This company was recently in the news because they completed a €1.9 million funding round thanks to Industrial Technologies […]

Singaporean Company Gets Certified for Aviation Printing

AFS logo featured imageSingapore-based Additive Flight Solutions Pte. Ltd. has received AS9100D certification, which will enable the company to provide parts to the aerospace industry. AS9100D is an aerospace quality management system akin to ISO 9001 (it actually contains ISO 9001, and a whole lot more), and having this certification is a requirement for doing business in the […]

SEAT Gets its own 3D Printing Centre

seat 3d pritinting labAutomaker SEAT has this week announced the launch of their own 3D Printing LAB. The lab is located in the SEAT Prototype Development Centre at their main plant in Martorell in Barcelona, Spain. Like other automakers who have been turned onto 3D printing, SEAT are hoping to augment their production activities with additive manufacturing for […]

Philips Debutes Surgical Procedures Enabled by 3D Printing and Augmented Reality

Philips 3d printing mri pet arIn a presentation to the Innovation Committee of the IDIS Foundation (Institute for the Development and Integration of Health) in Spain, directors of Philips explained how their new surgical technologies use 3D printing, augmented reality (AR), and in-situ monitoring to reduce hospitalization time and post-op complications. We’ve covered how 3D printing is used to make […]