Metal Additive Manufacturing, Vol. 2, No. 7 No. 2 summer 2021

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In addition to the latest industry news, this 204-page issue of Metal additive manufacturing Magazine contains the following exclusive features:

Optimized thermal management in semiconductor manufacturing through AI-supported generative design and additive manufacturing

One unexpected consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic was its impact on the multi-billion dollar semiconductor microchip market: the same moment consumer electronics demand skyrocketed due to global lockdowns, production stoppages restricted the supply of semiconductors. Now bottlenecks in the supply chain threaten the production volume of the industries that depend on these parts.

Scott Green and Niels Holmstock, 3D Systems, and Lieven Vervecken and Gert-Jan Paulus, Diabatix, are exploring how metal AM can be used to increase semiconductor manufacturing efficiency and the speed at which these critical components are manufactured can be.

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Forging a process for mass customization through metal additive manufacturing

Metal additive manufacturing technologies offer the potential for true mass customization, but to take advantage of this opportunity, new, complex workflows and business models must be implemented.

In this article, Ashley Eckhoff of Siemens Digital Industries Software looks at the challenges of addressing the topic, from adding more complexity to an already challenging additive manufacturing workflow to traceability and regulation. By adapting the AM process to these requirements, companies can take advantage of new markets that are specifically suited to this technology.

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Bringing everything together:
How Materialize integrates manufacturing and software expertise to shape the future of AM

In an industry that is experiencing a constant influx of new players hoping to find a place for themselves in a beautiful new manufacturing landscape, there are few companies that have been in the AM scene since their inception while at the forefront of their industry stand game. One of them is Materialize, an AM company that has benefited from leveraging its dual specializations in AM parts manufacturing and AM software development.

Metal AM Emily-Jo Hopson-VandenBos from the magazine spoke to Ingo Uckelmann from Materialize and reports that the merging of manufacturing and software know-how is more than ever the future for AM.

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Step into the Pedals at the Digital Manufacturing Center: Redefining what’s possible for AM in hypercars and beyond

A new player arrived on the AM scene this summer: the Digital Manufacturing Center, or DMC for short. On the edge of Silverstone, the UK’s most famous circuit and home to many of the leading F1 teams, there couldn’t be a better place to start a company that brings AM support to the elite in performance motorsport.

Jim Hadfield speaks with DMC CEO Kieron Salter to examine how metal additive manufacturing is enabling innovation in the booming hypercar industry, and how a truly connected digital manufacturing operation can give DMC a competitive edge in that space and more.

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The future is called additive manufacturing – if we take a holistic view of the design options

According to Autodesk’s Paul Sohi, additive manufacturing adoption in the industry has been both stratospheric high and confusingly low. In explaining and addressing this dichotomy, Sohi examines the multiple potentials of AM as one approaches a more holistic view of design challenges.

While the popularization of AM technology is undoubtedly affecting the way we design products by shifting design language to more complex or non-standard shapes, Sohi believes that the application of AM seems to be stagnating here. So how can we close the loop from design to manufacturing?

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Creating Arguments for Radical Cooperation and Quality Standards: The Way to Grow the AM Industry

While accelerating the adoption of metal additive manufacturing is seen as inevitable due to its advantages over traditional manufacturing processes for highly complex, custom, or on-demand parts, Sigma Labs CEO Mark Ruport believes that “radical collaboration” is required to achieve AM Potential.

In this article, Ruport explains how the company is striving for radical collaboration and the implementation of uniform quality standards along the value chain in order to increase AM and meet the challenges of true industrialization.

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Distributed manufacturing: old concept, new relevance, new technology?

By highlighting the weaknesses of global supply chains, events such as COVID-19 have sparked new interest in alternative forms of production organization. Distributed manufacturing is now being used early on in areas such as oil and gas and for producing spare parts as needed. For the first time, large-scale on-demand manufacturing was observed in the delivery of emergency PPE at the height of the pandemic.

Dr. Jennifer Johns explains how AM can help meet the challenges of this new business model and introduces the University of Bristol’s £ 1 million Brokering Additive Manufacturing project, which aims to provide a revolutionary new method of brokering for the highly dispersed and diverse Develop manufacturing systems.

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Design for additive manufacturing:
A workflow for a metal AM heat exchanger with nTopology

Heat exchangers have become – if you excuse the pun – a hot topic in metal additive manufacturing. This is an application that can take advantage of advances in equation-driven CAD design software and AM’s capabilities to make geometries that would not be impossible with any other manufacturing process.

Olaf Diegel, Wohlers Associates, reports on a project to study workflows for the design of AM heat exchangers using design tools from nTopology.

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Viewed holistically:
Defining the state of the art in the evolving PBF-LB machine market

In a rapidly evolving additive manufacturing landscape, choosing a machine to manufacture parts using Laser Beam Powder Bed Fusion (PBF-LB) is now much more than a cost-per-part calculation.

In this article, Sebastian Becker, EOS GmbH explains how a multitude of additional factors must be taken into account when exploring the AM machine marketplace, from the specifics of machine operation to software to IP protection and beyond.

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