Jun 20, 2017 | By Benedict

Today’s 3D printing news roundup includes the latest from Dassault Systèmes, which is working with Airbus APWorks on additive manufacturing for serial production, as well as news from PyroGenesis, Norsk Titanium, AddUp, and others.

Spirit AeroSystems and Norsk Titanium announce aerospace 3D printing collaboration

Spirit AeroSystems (Kansas) and Norsk Titanium (Norway) today announced that they have entered into a commercial agreement to produce 3D printed structural titanium components for the commercial aerospace industry. Norsk Titanium's proprietary plasma arc Rapid Plasma Deposition (RPD) technology will be used to build up the parts to a near-net shape, a process that will purportedly reduce waste, use less energy, and reduce product costs by up to 30 percent.

Spirit AeroSystems and Norsk Titanium have been working together to develop 3D printing technology for the aerospace industry since 2008. The new commercial agreement “solidifies and extends” the partnership and identifies specific parts that can be immediately produced using RPD. Spirit says around 30 percent of its titanium parts could be 3D printed.

“We recently announced becoming the world's first FAA-approved 3D-printed structural titanium provider and Spirit is the ideal tier-one aerostructures partner to leverage this pioneering capability,” commented Norsk Titanium CEO Warren Boley.

Parker opens new additive manufacturing facility in Ohio

Parker Hannifin Corporation, a company specializing in motion and control technologies, has opened a new “state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing learning and development center” at its Corporate Technology Ventures facility in Macedonia, Ohio. The facility will purportedly serve as a center of excellence “where Parker engineers can explore new applications of emerging technologies such as additive manufacturing and collaborative robotics.”

Parker says that 3D printing represents an exciting long-term opportunity for the company, adding that the new facility will provide Parker operating groups and divisions around the world with access to the newest printers, software, and materials.

“Material printing technology is moving quickly towards commercial viability,” said Craig Maxwell, Vice President, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer at Parker. “The new facility and engineering talent located here represent an investment in the future of manufacturing.”

Dassault Systèmes and Airbus APWorks advancing additive manufacturing for serial production

Dassault Systèmes, the French 3D specialist behind SolidWorks and other CAD / 3D software brands, has partnered with Airbus APWorks, a subsidiary of Airbus and specialist in metal 3D printing, to advance the use of additive manufacturing for large-scale production in the aerospace and defense industry.

The collaboration will leverage Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform and APWorks’ consulting, engineering, and production expertise for “new developments in the virtual validation of the additive manufacturing process.” A similar deal between Dassault Systèmes and Airbus APWorks took place last year.

As part of the collaboration, Dassault Systèmes and APWorks will extend the capabilities of the “Co-Design to Target” industry solution experience to develop an integrated process that provides “digital continuity for all engineering parameters across the value chain necessary for the additive manufacturing of a part.” This could have important consequences for additive manufacturing in the aerospace industry.

Dassault Systèmes and APWorks say their new end-to-end process will deliver a single source of data to address upstream material design and downstream manufacturing processes and testing. It will also enable the creation of standardized parameters and certification standards.

“Virtual technologies and additive manufacturing are enabling the industrial world to do more with less waste, weight, and costs, as well as freeing designers to explore complex shapes that could not be manufactured using traditional processes,” said Michel Tellier, Vice President of Aerospace & Defense Industry at Dassault Systèmes. “Only by reducing the distance between real and virtual to zero can industry build and experience the future.”

Sogeclair and AddUp form PrintSky, joint additive manufacturing venture

French company Sogeclair has formed a joint additive manufacturing venture with AddUp, itself a joint venture between Fives and Michelin. The new venture from Sogeclair (51% ownership) and AddUp (49%) is called PrintSky, and is based in Toulouse, France.

Those involved say that PrintSky will be “dedicated to the development of future industrial production projects in the field of additive metal manufacturing for the Aerospace, Space, and Defense industries.” The company will purportedly provide customers with an additive manufacturing technology platform that provides access to design, certification, and validation services, as well as prototypes and pre-series manufacturing to demonstrate "proof of concept" for series production.

PrintSky will combine Sogeclair’s expertise in designing optimized solutions adapted to additive technologies with AddUp's industrial know-how in metallic additive manufacturing technologies. The company is aiming “to become a key player in the Aeronautics, Space and Defense sectors to design, optimize, and produce prototypes in additive manufacturing capable of future industrial production.”

PyroGenesis delivers 1st order of titanium and Inconel 3D printing powders, announces receipt of 3rd

PyroGenesis Canada, a metal powders company that has been extremely busy in recent weeks dealing with orders for its high-quality metal powders, yesterday announced that is has successfully delivered its first order. It has also received a contract—its third—to supply metal powders to an unnamed 3D printer manufacturer. PyroGenesis says this third order was placed during the ramp-up phase of the company's powder production system, when the company had no expectations of any powder sales.

“As we previously announced, we did not expect this type of interest before ramp-up was complete, and we would have considered any sample orders (i.e. up to 500kg) made during ramp-up to be very significant as this would further validate our strategic decision to re-enter the market for powder production,” said P. Peter Pascali, President and CEO of PyroGenesis. “The fact that we now have received three sample orders in less than four months cannot be considered outlying interest, and underscores, what we believe to be, the market's confidence in our capabilities and the underlying demand for our product.”

PyroGenesis is the inventor of Plasma Atomization, a process used to make small, uniform, fully dense and spherical metal powders that flow like water, and which are “highly sought after” in the additive manufacturing industry.



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