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Powder Metals Expand to Include Additive Manufacturing

Publish Date: August 10, 2016
A wider range of better-performing, and sometimes less costly, powder metals are available for engineers designing multiple applications.

3D Printing a Must In the Brave New World of Manufacturing

Publish Date: August 9, 2016
The evolving world of AM and some of its challenges will be discussed by a panel of hands-on experts in 3D printing at next month's Embedded Systems Conference in Minneapolis.

New Free 3D Printing File Extensions From 3MF Consortium

Publish Date: August 8, 2016
Two new free extensions to the open standard 3MF file format for 3D printing have been released by the 3MF Consortium. Both are aimed at high-volume additive manufacturing operations run by either service bureaus or large OEMs.

3D Printing Structural Foams with Multiple Materials

Publish Date: July 29, 2016
Researchers at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology have devised a new method for designing strong, light cellular structures of re-architected metals and plastics with optimized properties.

First Industrial-Scale 3D Printing Plant for Aerospace Metals Under Construction

Publish Date: July 28, 2016
Norway-based additive manufacturing company Norsk Titanium is building what it says is the first industrial-scale 3D printing plant in the world for making aerospace-grade metal components. The New York state plant will produce 400 metric tons each year of aerospace-grade, structural titanium parts.

Gas Turbine Blades Made Faster With Metals 3D Printing

Publish Date: July 26, 2016
Siemens and Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology have achieved a faster production process based on selective laser melting for speeding up the prototyping of big, complex metal parts in gas turbine engines.

3D Printing Now Good Enough for Final & Spare Car Parts

Publish Date: July 22, 2016
BMW has already incorporated more than 10,000 3D-printed parts in the Rolls-Royce Phantom and intends to expand the use of 3D printing in its cars even more in the future. Meanwhile, Daimler has started using additive manufacturing for producing spare parts in Mercedes-Benz Trucks.

Toyota Window Loses 50% of Weight with SABIC Materials

Publish Date: July 22, 2016
SABIC's lightweighting polycarbonate glazing materials have appeared for the first time in a production car: the rear quarter window of Toyota's special edition 86 GRMN sports car, where they're saving 50% of its weight compared to conventional glass.

Design Engineers Want Reliability & Tech Support From Their Materials

Publish Date: July 19, 2016
Design engineers play a big role in selecting both suppliers and materials for their designs. Our most recent Design News Materials Survey says they continue to be highly involved, in some ways even more than the last time we asked to peek inside their cubicles.

Get Your 3D-Printed, Customized Bumper & Fender Skins

Publish Date: July 18, 2016
Daihatsu is one of the first carmakers to customize car exteriors using 3D printing's mass customization capabilities. Effect Skins -- small exterior bumper and fender panels in different colors and textures -- can be ordered for its Copen convertible.