In order to promote the use of additive manufacturing in the construction industry as well, Formnext and the Technical University (TU) Darmstadt have agreed on a joint venture. This means that in the next few years the construction industry will become a stronger theme of the leading international trade fair for additive manufacturing and the next generation of industrial production. At the same time, Formnext is getting involved as a sponsor of the Built Environment – Additive Manufacturing Symposium (BE-AM) launched by TU Darmstadt, which brings together key players from the construction industry and architecture on a regular basis and concerns itself extensively with the additive development in this sector.

(Source: Liebherr)

Liebherr - First metal 3D printed primary flight control hydraulic component flies on an Airbus A380
Today, the dream of flight revolves around producing aircraft components using industrial 3D printing technology. Every company aims to open up opportunities to differentiate themselves in the marketplace – in terms of new customer benefits, potential cost savings and sustainability targets. Thanks to EOS additive manufacturing technology, Liebherr is getting closer to achieving this goal. The realization of a high-pressure hydraulic valve block using EOS metal 3D printing technology marks an important milestone. This valve block has now been successfully tested on a flight with an Airbus A380 aircraft.

Unified design of the additively manufactured tail bracket eliminates 30 parts down to one. (source: Sogeti)

A350 XWB cable routing – from design to component in two weeks

The moment when a completely new commercial aircraft takes to the skies for the first time is always special – and this was especially true of the Airbus A350 XWB. As a child of the new millennium, it was clear from the very beginning that development work would focus on innovative materials and production processes – the goal was no less than to build the world's most efficient aircraft. As a technology of the future, additive manufacturing was another possibility that needed to be considered during development. As part of a pilot project, experts from Sogeti High Tech succeeded in developing a cable mount on the front spar of the vertical stabilizer for the passenger aircraft in record time, taking only two weeks from the initial sketch to the finished part. EOS technology and expertise was a pivotal aspect of this development process.

3D Glass Solutions, Inc. (3DGS), the world's leading manufacturer of glass-based system-in-chip (SiP) and integrated passive devices (IPDs) for radio frequency (RF) and Internet of Things (IoT) applications, is pleased to announce the most recent patent to our growing portfolio that protects components and systems for the 5G, Millimeter Wave, Microwave and High-Speed Data Communications markets.

Royal DSM, a global science-based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living today announced its new carbon fiber filled grade PA6/66 filament Novamid® ID1030 CF10 for 3D printing. Despite the low carbon fiber loading of 10% - much lower than other carbon filled materials - it produces functional prototyping and industrial parts with properties close to what is usually achievable only by injection molding while matching the easy and fast printing of unreinforced plastics.

And if innovation is its DNA from its establishment, Weerg - new platform that offers online CNC manufacturing and 3D printing - confirms the trend of exponential growth by announcing the imminent relocation to a new facility that triples the area dedicated to production. Faithful to its Venetian origins, the company will move to its new headquarters in Gardigiano around the turn of October and November.

This month’s TCT Show (25th-27th September, NEC Birmingham) attendees, will see Stratasys highlight its ongoing commitment to advancing additive manufacturing solutions for composites, delivering an insightful keynote session on the TCT Show Introducing Stage, while valued Stratasys partner, Siemens Digital Factory Division, will present a high-level, main stage keynote as part of the TCT Show Conference agenda. Stratasys will also showcase its affordable Fortus 380 Carbon Fiber Edition in its stand for the first time in Europe, with live demos for delegates, as well as displaying a diverse range of additive manufacturing solutions to help customers large and small to verify designs, achieve time-to-market goals and utilise greater design freedom.

Xaar is inviting visitors to see the latest in printhead technology on stand J21 at this year’s TCT Show, September 25-27 at the NEC in Birmingham. There they can learn how innovations such as Xaar’s High Laydown Technology and our partnerships with industry leading companies help integrators and machine producers to get ahead in 3D Printing.

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