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Renault F1 Team Speeds Development Of 3D Printed Parts With Jabil

Renault F1 Team Speeds Development of 3D Printed Parts With Jabil

Jabil Inc. has inked an additive manufacturing agreement with Renault F1 Team to speed the development and delivery of 3D-printed racecar parts for the Renault R.S.19, competing in the 2019 Formula One World Championship.

Through the Jabil Additive Manufacturing Network, Renault F1 Team will gain fast and efficient access to top-quality parts.

An early adopter of additive manufacturing, Renault F1 Team continually seeks opportunities to produce racecar parts quickly and economically while reducing vehicle weight and without compromising part strength or integrity. “Every single aspect of what we do is geared towards excellence. We look forward to taking advantage of Jabil’s growing ecosystem of certified materials, processes and machines to boost parts availability and overall productivity,” said Antoine Magnan, head of partnerships, Renault Sport Racing.

Jabil Expands Additive Manufacturing Capabilities

Recent expansions to the Jabil Additive Manufacturing Network are designed to address the 3D printing needs of highly regulated industries. Additional 3D printing capacity has been added to Jabil’s Detroit-area manufacturing facility in Auburn Hills to support expanding automotive and healthcare applications. The ISO 13485-certified facility offers customers access to world-class machines for high-speed sintering, selective laser sintering and fused filament fabrication.

At Jabil’s AS9100 certified facility in Seattle, aerospace and defence customers will benefit from the company’s manufacturing rigor, supply chain orchestration and strict quality control processes. Jabil now has more than 200 3D printers at state-of-the-art facilities connected to the Jabil Additive Manufacturing Network, spanning sites in the United States, China, Hungary, Mexico, Singapore and Spain.

Expanded additive manufacturing capabilities are complemented by Jabil Engineered Materials, which are custom polymer formulations and compounds produced according to ISO 9001 Quality Management System standards. As part of its open-systems approach, Jabil works with the most advanced 3D printers, from industry leaders including Desktop Metal, EOS, Farsoon, HP and Ultimaker.

 

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ISF Incubator And NTU Launch 3D Printing Startup In Singapore

ISF Incubator And NTU Launch 3D Printing Startup In Singapore

ISF Incubator, the startup arm at Intellectual Ventures, has formed a joint venture with NTUitive called Secur3DP+, a startup company that brings additive manufacturing to global companies by providing a supply chain hub for 3D printing. NTUitive is the innovation and enterprise company of Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU).

Secur3DP+ acquired certain patents and patent applications related to 3D printing and embedded identifiers, and it has access to NTU’s expertise in 3D printing and blockchain. The startup makes additive manufacturing a viable option for more companies by creating a global 3D printing network that will connect companies with vetted service providers. Secur3DP+ also validates and authorizes all projects to ensure the right products are created and delivered in the most cost-effective way, and it enables startups and multinational corporations to protect and track their IP assets.

As 3D printing has evolved from a tool for rapid prototyping to being capable of creating production-ready parts, the design and manufacturing process has drastically changed. To achieve true distributed manufacturing, companies will need secure workflow solutions, like Secur3DP+, to protect their brand and intellectual property from counterfeiters.

Funded initially by a contribution of seed capital from ISF Incubator, Secur3DP+ will also leverage its partnership with NTU and the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC) led by NTUitive to tap into the country’s thriving startup and 3D printing ecosystem.

ISF first partnered with NTU in 2016 through NAMIC to develop an embedded identifier module that allows 3D printers to mark unique physical identifiers within the structure of 3D printed metal products. This new joint venture expands on the previous partnership and gives ISF Incubator a global footprint as it focuses on building companies in Asia.

 

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ExOne Partners With Sandvik Additive Manufacturing To Advance Binder Jetting

ExOne Partners With Sandvik Additive Manufacturing To Advance Binder Jetting

The ExOne Company is strengthening its material collaboration with Sandvik Additive Manufacturing to advance binder jet manufacturing. The collaboration leverages ExOne’s knowledge of binder jetting print machines and processes with Sandvik’s expertise in materials technology, metal powders, different additive manufacturing (AM) processes for metals, and post processing technologies like machining and heat treatment.

The material collaboration will focus on qualifying and optimising Sandvik’s Osprey metal powders with ExOne’s binder jetting machines. The collaboration will include studying powder and binder interactions, developing 3D machine process settings, and creating post-processing heat treatments for various materials, initially including stainless steels, tool steels, and nickel alloys. The purpose of the partnership is to create a leading-edge process solution that can be offered to a broad industrial customer base.

“We are excited to announce our material collaboration partnership with Sandvik Additive Manufacturing. Sandvik is a world class engineering company with extensive knowledge of materials and their applications to various industries. We look forward to advancing ExOne’s binder jetting process with this new collaboration and creating new solutions that enable broader customer adoption,” said ExOne CEO John Hartner.

Mikael Schuisky, VP and head of R&D and operations at Sandvik Additive Manufacturing, said, “This material collaboration will strengthen our ongoing R&D cooperation with ExOne even further. It also offers great opportunities to qualify our leading Osprey metal powders for the ExOne platform, to enhance end customer productivity and product performance.”

Sandvik has multiple ExOne binder jetting machines. It is also a beta customer for ExOne’s new X1 25PRO production machine.

 

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3D Systems Helps Advance High-Performance Automotive Sector

3D Systems Helps Advance High-Performance Automotive Sector

Rodin Cars and Stewart-Haas Racing have been using 3D Systems’ 3D printing solutions to dramatically improve speed and performance in their cars. With the help of 3D Systems’ additive manufacturing solutions, Rodin Cars and Stewart-Haas Racing can rapidly create durable parts, including design and prototyping with faster iteration, and production, enabling quicker time to implementation, and lower total cost of operation.

Rodin Cars uses 3D Systems’ direct metal printing (DMP), selective laser sintering (SLS) and stereolithography (SLA) technologies to design, develop and build maximum-performance open-wheel cars for racetracks. It uses the sPro 230 for SLS production parts, the ProX 800 for SLA tooling for carbon fibre forms with 3D Systems’ Accura Bluestone material, and the ProX DMP 320 with 3DXpert for titanium production parts of exhaust collectors and mufflers, uprights and hubs, as well as a wide range of component mount brackets. As a result, Rodin Cars can quickly manufacture full-size prototypes as well as production components without the need for tooling. It is also able to advance complex design concepts and produce lighter weight metal parts not manufacturable in any other way.

Stewart-Haas Racing uses powerful 3D scanning with 3D Systems’ Geomagic Wrap reverse engineering software and the ProX 800 printer to produce aerodynamic components for race car component development and wind tunnel testing. For a NASCAR team, perfecting automotive components designed to increase speed and performance is a vital ingredient for success. Geomagic Wrap is used to collect scan data from the car components, process it, and create .stl files for shape deviation comparison. 3D Systems’ 3D Sprint software is used to prepare and optimise the CAD data and manage the additive manufacturing process on the ProX 800. Using 3D Systems’ Accura 25 material, Stewart-Haas Racing’s engineers are able to rapidly print large parts with a smooth surface finish and precise dimensional accuracy.

 

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Pulsed Laser To Boost Car Manufacturing

Pulsed Laser To Boost Car Manufacturing

A consortium of European scientists is developing a new precision pulsed laser that looks set to boost the car industry with a 10 percent reduction in waste products, a five percent reduction in chassis costs, and a two-third decrease in manufacturing time.

Operating at 1.5km/s, the new laser will be powerful enough to cut the hardest boron steel used in car construction at one cubic centimetre per minute—over a thousand times faster than existing technology that currently ablates steel at one cubic millimetre per minute.

Exerting an average power of 2.5kW, or 100kW in a single pulse, and with repetition rates up to 1GHz (magnitudes higher than the current 1MHz upper limit), the laser will have the control and refinement to etch moulds for vehicle parts at micron-scale accuracy as well as micro-weld dissimilar metals for solar thermal absorbers.

Pulsed lasers send out short blasts of energy, or ‘pulses’, in tiny fractions of a second. For this new laser, the pulses are so fast that their duration is measured in femtoseconds.

Aiming to improve car manufacturing speed and efficiency, while reducing the potential production costs and environmental impact, the new pulse laser system has received a €5 million development grant from the European Commission.

Going by the acronym ‘PULSE’, the consortium behind the new laser draws on expertise from 11 research institutions and industry partners from six different European countries and is coordinated by Tampere University in Finland.

“By harnessing the unique characteristics of patent protected tapered double-clad fibre amplifiers power-scaled multichannel laser, the PULSE project will create unparalleled high-power beam qualities, M2<1.1, and pulse energies 2.5-250µJ,” said Dr Regina Gumenyuk, project coordinator.

The laser system will enable an improved digital design to lighten vehicle chassis weight—benefitting fuel economy and increasing the range of electric vehicles.

A prototype is expected to be ready by 2021.

 

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Metal Powder Market Forecast To Grow At 3% CAGR Over 2018 To 2028

Metal Powder Market Forecast To Grow At 3% CAGR Over 2018 to 2028

The global metal powder market registered revenues of around US$4.3 billion in 2017, and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of three percent from 2018 to 2028, according to a new report by Persistence Market Research. The market is estimated to create an incremental opportunity worth US$1.56 billion during the forecast period.

Mainly driving this trend is the significant growth of the automotive, aerospace, and manufacturing industries in developing and developed regions. In the automotive industry, in particular, 3D printing of lightweight material is gaining significant traction due to its beneficial properties such as high accuracy and more expected life, amongst others. These lightweight components play a crucial role in the design of automotive vehicle components, especially in electric cars, and help improve the performance of vehicles.

From a regional market standpoint, South Asia is seeing robust economic growth, resulting in the acceleration in demand for automotive, building and construction, and other end-use industries. The report notes that this is expected to see South Asia amongst the biggest market for metal powders in the foreseeable future.

 

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Blum Enables Complex Measurement Jobs In Machine Tools

Blum Enables Complex Measurement Jobs In Machine Tools

Blum-Novotest has launched FormControl V5, its latest measurement software that features new functions FormControl Automation and Alignment Function 2.0. This provides two valuable options for automating manufacturing processes in tool and mould making, the aerospace industry, medical technology and large-scale production while minimising throughput times.

The FormControl Automation option allows the automatic execution and logging of measurement jobs between and after machining steps without operator intervention. The measuring programs for the manufactured parts, created as usual in FormControl, are collected by the new option before being transmitted to the machining centre, which then automatically executes the measurement jobs and saves the results. After completion of the parts, the operator can transfer the measurement data back to the PC at any time and create the corresponding measurement protocols with just a few mouse clicks.

Meanwhile, the new Alignment Function 2.0 automatically corrects the workpiece position in up to five machine axes so that the workpiece and the CAD coordinate systems match exactly. With this function, the position of the workpiece is not changed; instead, FormControl generates a new, modified workpiece coordinate system, thus eliminating inaccuracies caused by poorly aligned workpieces and long setup times.

In addition to the new functions, Blum-Novotest’s FormControl V5 software offers many other opportunities for optimising the manufacturing process. For instance, FormControl ensures machining errors can be detected in the original clamping setup, thereby allowing immediate rework. This increases machining accuracy, lowers production costs and helps reduce scrap.

 

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Mitsubishi Electric To Fully Acquire ICONICS

Mitsubishi Electric To Fully Acquire ICONICS

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation will acquire the remaining shares of ICONICS Inc., a U.S.-based software company focused on SCADA, Internet of Things (IoT), mobile, analytics, and cloud software products for the manufacturing, industrial and building automation markets, to make the company a 100 percent subsidiary within the Mitsubishi Electric Group.

The move is in line with Mitsubishi Electric’s aim to enhance its software product line-up to realise [email protected], an integrated solution based on factory automation (FA) and information technologies (IT) to reduce the total cost of developing, producing and maintaining products, including edge-computing, by combining ICONICS’ software-developing capabilities and Mitsubishi Electric’s FA technology.

The acquisition is expected to close within Mitsubishi Electric’s fiscal year ending in March 2020.

 

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Studer Grinding Machine Capable To Large Tasks

Studer Grinding Machine Capable To Large Tasks

Studer’s S31 grinding machine performs complex and varied grinding tasks precisely and reliably, and can be used to produce small to medium-sized workpieces with a distance between centres of 400, 650, 1,000 and 1,600mm and a centre height of 175mm in individual, small batch and high-volume production. With a high-resolution B-axis of 0.00005 deg, the swivelling wheelhead enables efficient external, internal and surface grinding in a single clamping.

With its machine bed made from solid Granitan S103, the universal cylindrical grinding machine features high dimensional stability due to its favourable thermal behaviour, with the mineral casting equalising short-term variations in temperature. Studer’s S31’s redesigned machine base geometry and innovative base temperature control ensure quick and stable production. The fixing of the dressing device on the double T-slot of the longitudinal slide drastically reduces the complexity of setup and changeover. Further, the S31 features StuderGuide guideways with their damping component in the direction of movement.

Based on the Studer T-slide concept, the S31 has an extended X-axis stroke of 370mm—enabling a large number of wheelhead variants, which can be precisely tailored to customers’ requirements. Its turret wheelhead can be equipped with several grinding wheels, and with the Studer Quick-Set software for grinding wheel alignment, changeover times are reduced by up to 90 percent.

Studer’s S31 enables grinding of different diameters and cones with just one grinding wheel and without time-consuming intermediate dressing—all made possible by the direct drive on the B-axis with a positioning scatter of <1in.

 

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Machine Automation Controller Market Worth $41.5B By 2024

Machine Automation Controller Market Worth $41.5B by 2024

The machine automation controller market is estimated to be worth US$33.7 billion in 2019 and is expected to reach US$41.5 billion by 2024, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.3% during 2019–2024, according to a new report by MarketsandMarkets.

Fuelling the growth of the market include rising focus on reducing overall operational cost, increasing need to drive productivity in process industry, and growing use of robots in manufacturing sector.

In particular, machine automation controllers with IP65 rating—those utilised in a more demanding industrial environment where the automated system is in constant contact with dust, liquid, and solid objects—are expected to hold the largest share of the machine automation controller market.

The Asia-Pacific region APAC is expected to account for the largest share of the machine automation controller market in 2019, and the trend is anticipated to continue till 2024. This is mainly attributed to the huge domestic demand for automated controllers, driven by the growing manufacturing industries such as automotive and electronics, and the growing labour costs, rapidly evolving manufacturing processes, and increasing operational costs, which have seen companies adopting automation technologies to address these challenges effectively.

 

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