Manufacturing & Prototyping

3D Printing Today: How Industry is Using and Benefiting from Additive Manufacturing Technology

Are you currently using or planning to implement 3D printing? Find out how your business compares to the broader industry in this major new study, conducted with NASA Tech Briefs magazine. Among the study's conclusions:

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Coming Soon - Make Realistic Prototypes in Less Time with Multi-Material 3D Printing

Creating prototypes that look and feel like their production counterparts greatly reduces the product development cycle and makes communication of design ideas much more effective. Most prototypes, however, are made from multiple parts that need to be assembled, which takes time.

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Coming Soon - Fast, On-Demand Jig & Fixture Production with PolyJet

Jigs and fixtures are an essential part of the manufacturing process that are used to position, hold and check parts and assemblies. But making them with traditional methods and materials is often costly and time consuming. PolyJet 3D printing technology offers an alternative that is much more economical and time-efficient, allowing you to quickly make jigs and fixtures as they’re needed. In this webinar you’ll learn more about these and other benefits of PolyJet 3D printed jigs and fixtures.

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Coming Soon - Integrating 3D Printing into the Product Development Process

In conjunction with SAE International 3D printing in the product development process is becoming increasingly important with the increase in the pace of the construction industry. Volvo Construction Equipment (CE) has embraced this into its work process. Equipped with a Stratasys Eden 260V, Volvo CE has the ability to create engine component prototypes that are mounted directly on the engine and then tested. Volvo CE also quickly builds 3D models of its new product concepts for stakeholders to get timely feedback, reducing risk and lead time in all development stages. This advantage gives Volvo CE the ability to make better project decisions throughout the development and production cycles.

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Designing for the DMLS Process

Direct Metal Laser Sintering is an emerging additive manufacturing technology that has great potential to change the way parts are manufactured.

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Aluminum Rocket Engine Injector Fabricated Using 3D Additive Manufacturing

Marshall Space Flight Center, Alabama Liquid rocket engine injectors can be extremely expensive to manufacture and hard to iterate to achieve high performance. Internal sealing points can also be the source of reliability issues. The technology disclosed here covers the application of a 3D additive manufacturing (AM) process to produce a functional aluminum injector for liquid propellant rocket engines, along with injector and overall engine design features that optimize the application of such processes to improve performance, reliability, and affordability relative to components produced using standard machining processes and designs. Aluminum was used for the injector instead of higher- temperature metals like stainless steel because its thermal conductance properties provide more opportunity to leverage the cooling potential of liquid oxygen and other cryogenic propellants.

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Making Flexible Ablators that are Flexible Char Formers

Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California An approach was developed for making low-density, flexible ablators for a thermal protection system (TPS) from a flexible fibrous carbon substrate and a polymer resin. The material is foldable and stowable, and can be deployed in space without compromising performance. In addition, the material can be stowed in space for very long periods of time (years) without compromising deployability or performance. These flexible ablators offer an alternative to rigid TPS materials, thereby reducing design complexity and cost. On charring, the flexible ablative TPS retains its flexibility. After charring, the TPS has comparable flexibility and mechanical properties to the virgin material.

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