Additive Manufacturing: An Overview

Assessing component reliability using fatigue testing
One of the current challenges for companies in additive manufacturing is to print a real part directly out of CAD data, in best quality that is also reproducible. In order to achieve a better starting position, Toolcraft, a manufacturing services provider, uses a simulation software for 3D printing of metals.
- Economical manufacturing of parts up to 3 m³ and 3,000 kg - Machine available as 3- or 5-axis machining centre
The company ViscoTec’s technology allows for printing two-component (2K) fluids and pastes with the highest precision and consistency throughout the whole printing process.
Silicon Dioxide-Based Coating for Additively Manufactured Parts of Stainless Steel
On Thursday, February 16th, Rosswag GmbH received the German Award for Efficiency with Raw Materials 2016 (Deutscher Rohstoffeffizienz-Preis).
The FH Aachen and the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT are presenting a new low-cost SLM system.
Technology integration made by Sauer: Laser deposition welding and 5-axis milling combined intelligently makes for goodsurfaces and high component precision.
Metal Powder Application Technology is an innovative and multifaceted additive manufacturing process that makes do without laser.
A new additive technology by Starfort from Brixen in South Tyrol processes commercially available granulates of high-performance plastics like PEEK, PPS, PSU, as well as PA and PC. In addition, the 3D printer also brings granulates with glass or carbon fibers into shape with FDM technology. By processing the granulates directly, the circuitous route via filaments with high energy and cost efforts falls away.
In-situ process monitoring is one of the strategic technology areas of Concept Laser, and is one which the machine manufacturer is now expanding to include the QMmeltpool 3D for three-dimensional real-time monitoring.
Additive Manufacturing has begun to outgrow its old applications in prototyping as it is more and more implemented for production of serial parts. Yet for a broad industrial use, it lacks binding standards and automation in the printing process.
Since the end of 2015, Trumpf in Ditzingen has been delivering their complex and robust systems for additive manufacturing of metallic parts through Laser Metal Fusion (LMF).
Use of 2K progressive cavity pumps offers advantages in additive manufacturing of components: faster curing, less warping, better product characteristics.
Laser sintering variant debuting: use of laser diode offers great potentials for development
The Freeformer is designed for industrial additive manufacturing and can achieve far more than a simple 3D printer. Compared to other additive manufacturing processes, a significant advantage here is that it is possible to process qualified, conventional plastic granulates, which are more cost-effective.
Modern 3D printing technologies and other additive manufacturing technologies simplify product development, and they facilitate completely new products. With a special variant of laser direct structuring (LDS), laser specialist LPKF Laser & Electronics AG extends their range of functions.
Hamuel’s hybrid machine combines conventional turning/milling with additive material application through laser welding in a confined space.
Interview: Within the VDMA, Rainer Gebhardt is the contact person for industry experts concerning all aspects of additive manufacturing processes that have become known as 3D printing
In order to jointly develop production systems of the newest generation for additive manufacturing, Trumpf and SISMA form a new joint venture.