Manufacturing & Prototyping

Bridging the Gap: Flight-Based Evaluations Soar to New Heights with Advanced Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is being heralded as a disruptive technology in aerospace, and for good reason – it’s literally changing the way aircrafts are being manufactured. Just ask Area-I, an aerospace engineering company, which has been partnering with Stratasys Direct Manufacturing, an advanced manufacturing services organization, to create PTERA, an unmanned Prototype Technology Evaluation and Research Aircraft that helps fill a technology gap between wind tunnel and manned flight testing. On this Webinar, engineers from both teams will talk about how additive manufacturing helped PTERA get off the ground – literally.

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3D Printing Materials: Choosing the Right Material for Your Application

3D printing has matured over the last decade, due in large part to the breadth of available materials. Additive manufacturing now offers many of the thermoplastics and metals found in traditional manufacturing. With so many options, choosing the right material for your application is crucial. Read the latest white paper from Stratasys Direct Manufacturing to learn what factors to consider when selecting your material.

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3D Printing of Aerospace Parts: A Real Solution with Real Benefits

Innovation in aerospace is accelerating, advancing frontiers at the component and product levels in manufacturing operations, rethinking supply chains and, in some cases, at the business model level. Parts can now be created with complex geometries and shapes that, in many cases, are impossible to create without 3D printing. Low aerospace volumes make 3D printing an attractive, lower-cost alternative to replace conventional CNC machining and other tooling processes for smaller-scale parts and finished assemblies. Aerospace innovators are embracing 3D printing beyond prototyping, and are aggressively pursuing new applications for the technology. This white paper describes how the aerospace industry can reap the many benefits of 3D printing to reduce expenses associated with time, waste, and productivity.

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Simulation of Microfluidic Devices Using COMSOL

Modeling and simulation form a systematic framework for developing and optimizing microfluidic systems. Such simulations often involve coupling multiple physical effects such as single- and multi-phase flow, mixing, dispensing, heat transfer, species transport and diffusion, chemical reactions, surface tension and wetting, electrokinetic effects, and flow interaction with biological material.

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Sphere Versus 45°/0° Versus Multi-angle: A Discussion Of Industrial Use Cases

With over 150 years of combined experience, the leader in the color management business, X-Rite Pantone will help you define, specify, measure and manage accurate color across the entire color supply chain. Right the first time, right every time.

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Products of Tomorrow: April 2015

The technologies NASA develops don’t just blast off into space. They also improve our lives here on Earth. Life-saving search-and-rescue tools, implantable medical devices, advances in commercial aircraft safety, increased accuracy in weather forecasting, and the miniature cameras in our cellphones are just some of the examples of NASA-developed technology used in products today. This column presents technologies that have applications in commercial areas, possibly creating the products of tomorrow. If you are interested in licensing the technologies described here, use the contact information provided. To learn about more available technologies, visit the NASA Technology Transfer Portal at http://technology.nasa.gov.

Posted in: Articles, Products, Consumer Product Manufacturing, Joining & Assembly, Optical Components, Optics

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Precision Measurement and Inspection Ensure Quality of SLS Rocket Panels

Reverse engineering and inspection software Verisurf Software Anaheim, CA 714-970-1683 www.verisurf.com In spaceflight, the first eight minutes are critical. This is when the greatest opposing forces of thrust and gravity are impacting the launch vehicle. The new NASA Space Launch System (SLS) will weigh 5.5 million pounds at liftoff, or roughly the weight of eight fully loaded 747 jets. Everything comes down to weight and the integrity of design and fabrication to insure success. Today, it costs $10,000 to send one pound of payload into orbit; since the entire launch vehicle makes the trip to low-Earth orbit, its net weight is a big consideration. The lighter the launch vehicle, the greater the payload can be.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Articles, Lasers & Laser Systems, Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM), Mathematical/Scientific Software

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