CHANGE IS ADDITIVE—A 3D Printing News Series by FATHOM
Airbus Uses 3D Printing in Newest Aircraft, 2017 Wohlers Report, 3D Printing in Major League Baseball
With so many weekly developments in a fast-changing industry like additive manufacturing, the headlines can really stack up. To cut through the clutter of 3D printing news, check out these staff picks of the week. What do you think is the most impactful development?
Ford is exploring how large one-piece car parts could be printed for prototyping and future production vehicles, as the first car manufacturer to pilot the Stratasys Infinite Build 3D printer at its Research and Innovation Center in Michigan // Watch Video
SIA Engineering Company and Stratasys took steps to establish a strategic partnership for accelerating the adoption of 3D printed production parts in commercial aviation. This partnership combines Stratasys’ expertise in additive manufacturing with SIAEC’s maintenance, repair, and overhaul service offerings to provide airline customers with on-demand parts solutions. The two companies announced the signing of a memo of understanding of their intentions to establish a Singapore-based Additive Manufacturing Service Centre, offering design, engineering, certification support and part production to SIAEC’s network of partners and customers // Read More
During Major League Baseball’s opening day games, Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber became the first player to wear a pair of cleats with a 3D printed plate during an official game. New Balance approached Kluber last fall about a 3D printed plate the company had been working on, designed specifically for pitching // Read More
The team at Wohlers and Associates report that while year-over-year revenues have slowed compared with those in the 2016 Report, the additive manufacturing industry recorded global growth of 17.4 percent during 2016—a double-digit rate seen in few other manufacturing fields (pictured above, Terry Wohler speaking at an Inside 3D Printing event) // Read More
Multinational aviation group Airbus has announced the use of additive manufacturing in various components involved in the production of two upcoming aircraft. In the case of the A330neo plane, a 3D printed part helps to create an “enhanced passenger experience,” while 3D printed construction aids have been applied to develop the Beluga XL cargo plane (pictured above). The whale-inspired Beluga XL will carry large parts and is expected to be in deployment by 2020. Airbus has 3D printed a drill rack masking cover, aiding in the construction of the plane. Marc Carré, the Mock-Up Integrator for Manufacturing at Airbus Commercial Aircraft, explained this process—”Operators come to me with a specific need and we discuss what’s possible, then I build a customized, computer-generated solution for manufacturing with the 3D printer” // Read More
Just in time for this weekend’s Grand Prix event in Shanghai, this 1/10th scale Formula 1 race car is fully 3D printable // Download
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