Global Aerospace 3D Printing Market 2017- Optomec, Renishaw, Stratasys, ExOne and 3D Systems

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The Leading Players involved in global Aerospace 3D Printing market are EnvisionTEC, Arcam Group, Sciaky , ExOne, VoxelJet AG, EOS e-Manufacturing Solutions, 3D Systems, SLM Solutions, GE, Optomec, Stratasys and Renishaw. Based on type, the Aerospace 3D Printing market is categorized into Plastics Material, Metals Material and Ceramics Material. According to applications, Aerospace 3D Printing market divided into Military Aviation, Civil Aviation and Spacecraft.

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Navy Additive Manufacturing (AM): Adding Parts, Subtracting Steps – 3D Printing, Tooling, Aerospace, Binder Jetting, Directed Energy Deposition, Material Extrusion, Powder Fusion, Photopolymerization

This report examines additive manufacturing (AM) and describes its potential impact on the Navy’s Supply Chain Management processes. Included in the analysis is the implementation of 3D printing technology and how it could impact the Navy’s future procurement processes, specifically based on a conducted analysis of the automotive aerospace industry. Industry research and development has identified multiple dimensions of AM technology, including material variety, cost saving advantages, and lead-time minimizations for manufacturing products. This project is designed to provide the Navy with a recommendation based on an in-depth industry case-study analysis. CHAPTER I * INTRODUCTION * A. OVERVIEW * B. REPORT ORGANIZATION * CHAPTER II * LITERATURE REVIEW * A. ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING HISTORY * B. ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING OVERVIEW * C. ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING PROCESSES AND METHODS * 1. Binder Jetting * 2. Directed Energy Deposition * 3. Material Extrusion * 4. Material Jetting * 5. Powder Bed Fusion * 6. Sheet Lamination * 7. Vat Photopolymerization * D. ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING USES AND BENEFITS * E. ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING CHALLENGES, ISSUES, AND CONCERNS * F. NAVY PROCUREMENT PROCESS * G. SUMMARY * CHAPTER III * METHODOLOGY * A. MULTIPLE CASE-STUDY ANALYSIS * B. IMPLEMENTATION * C. SUMMARY * CHAPTER IV * CASE ANALYSIS * A. BIG INDUSTRY: ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING IN AVIATION AND AUTOMOTIVE MANUFACTURING * 1. Automotive Industry * a. General Motors Financial Troubles * b. Costs * c. Additive Manufacturing in Tooling Process * d. Application in Production of Parts * 2. Aerospace Industry * 3. Boeing Aviation Corporation * 4. Additive Manufacturing Developments * B. CONCLUSIONS * CHAPTER V * IMPLEMENTATION * A. INDUSTRY APPLICATIONS * B. MILITARY APPLICATIONS * C. IMPLEMENTATION PROCESS AND CRITERIA * D. MILITARY ISSUES WITH AM * 1. Parts Testing and Certification * 2. Information Security * 3. Intellectual Property Infringement * 4. Personnel Training and Skill Set Development * E. ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING PROCESSES DEPLOYED * CHAPTER VI * CONCLUSION * A. SUMMARY

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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory 3D prints first ever aerospace grade carbon fiber …

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory 3D prints first ever aerospace grade carbon fiber composites

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has announced they have successfully 3D printed aerospace grade carbon fiber composites. Their research was published in the Scientific Reports journal and the authors believe the process may massively widen the possibilities for the material.

The Californian research institute cite their researchers as becoming “the first to 3D print aerospace-grade carbon fiber composites.” In recent years, LLNL has studied various aspects of additive manufacturing such as their work with metal 3D printing.

3D printing company Markforged has also developed a printer that is capable of 3D printing carbon fiber. The difference between the two seems to be in the process and the ability to create aerospace grade parts. As our detailed look at 3D printed parts in service on aircraft covered, the certification and qualification process for aerospace is lengthy but has been completed by several enterprises including Boeing and GE.

While Markforged uses a carbon fiber filament, the LLNL team has created an ink-like substance. Similarly, other companies like Impossible Objects have developed 3D printers that can create carbon fiber objects. Impossible Objects’ technology is again different as it involves subtractive and additive processes before baking the final printed structure.

Some Impossible Objects CBAM parts. Image via Impossible Objects.

Some Impossible Objects CBAM parts. Image via Impossible Objects.

Carbon Fiber ink

The team at LLNL call their method Direct Ink Writing (DIW), as we reported in 2015 LLNL researchers were investigating this 3D printing technology for the creation of meta materials.  More recently 3D Printing Industry took a look at how Direct-print photopolymerization is advancing

The LLNL paper also reports the patent of a new curing method which dramatically reduces the curing time to seconds rather than hours. The researchers used a computational model, or code, “to find the optimal fiber length and optimal performance.” This code was fundamental to finding how best to align the carbon fiber models as they extruded.

Carbon fiber has many useful characteristics and is widely used to create strong yet lightweight parts. It has application in a number of industries, including aerospace and the automotive industry. Despite this, it it not the easiest material to manufacture complex parts. Jim Lewicki, the research paper’s lead author and principal investigator, explained the possible impact of such research,

The mantra is ‘if you could make everything out of carbon fiber, you would’ — it’s potentially the ultimate material. It’s been waiting in the wings for years because it’s so difficult to make in complex shapes. But with 3D printing, you could potentially make anything out of carbon fiber.

James Lewicki and Jennifer Rodriguez looking at a 3D-printed carbon fiber part created using their technique. Photo via Kate Hunts/LLNL.

James Lewicki and Jennifer Rodriguez looking at a 3D-printed carbon fiber part created using their technique. Photo via Kate Hunts/LLNL.

Traditional process

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory explain the importance of this new 3D printing technique in light of current methods. Explaining that carbon fiber production involves weaving the fibers together to create flat or cylindrical shapes. This means it is difficult to create complex shapes, while 3D printing is known for its ability to produce bespoke custom parts. 3D printing the carbon fiber composites in this way also means stronger parts can be produced as the carbon fiber weaving can be better aligned.

Currently, the research laboratory will work on optimizing this process and which way best to lay down the carbon fiber inks. However, according to LLNL there has been, “discussions with commercial, aerospace and defense partners to move forward on future development of the technology.” The technique would have great application for these industries as they constantly strive for lighter and stronger materials.

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Featured image shows extruding carbon fiber composite ink which will form part of a rocket nozzle. Photo via Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. 

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Auto, aerospace industries warm to 3D printing

Eden Prairie (United States) (AFP) – New 3D printing technology unveiled this week sharply increases the size of objects that can be produced, offering new possibilities to remake manufacturing in the auto, aerospace and other major industries.

One application demonstrated by 3D printing machinery maker Stratasys would allow airlines to pick made-to-order airplane interiors that could be tweaked with the click of a mouse.

By turning the manufacturing plane vertical from the standard horizontal, the “printer” has the potential to create components of unlimited size.

“We’re now talking about parts in feet and meters versus centimeters and inches,” said Rich Garrity, Americas president for Stratasys. “It’s not just a concept.”

The advances, by Stratasys, Siemens and others, are beginning to push 3D printing well into the center of manufacturing from around the edges.

3D printing employs sophisticated computer simulations and software to direct “print” objects from powdered, molten and filament materials like nylon, resins, clays, thermoplastics and metals.

– Manufacturing ‘game-changer’ –

The technology has not always lived up to sky-high hype, but leading manufacturers remain bullish over its potential to shake up the factory floor.

“It is something that is going to be a game-changer,” said Teresa Finchamp, director of operations and quality in Boeing’s department for new technologies.

Benefits include the ability to reduce weight by substituting plastic compounds for metals. And by making use of a “digital toolbox” and made-to-order technology, it can also can reduce the need for warehouse space and many conventional manufacturing tools.

The ultimate prize is finished items equal in quality to today’s goods, but which are cheaper and faster to make.

Siemens argues that 3D printing, along with an increased role of robotics, greater automation and other innovations are creating a “digital factory” that will force a day of reckoning among manufacturers.

“These technologies all evolve so fast,” said Andreas Saar, a vice president for additive manufacturing at Siemens.

“We believe if people don’t connect, they’re going to have a huge problem,” he told AFP.

Boeing, Siemens and Ford are all corporate partners of Stratasys that joined a press tour of its factory in Eden Prairie near Minneapolis.

Stratasys on Wednesday showcased an “infinite build” printer that turns the plane of production on its side, allowing the printing of items of “practically unlimited part size,” according to the company.

– Rocket parts –

Also on display was a 3D robotic demonstrator utilizing Siemens software that positions and rotates an item as it is printed.

The process, allowing for precise movements on an eight-axis motion system, is suited to produce lightweight components that must also be very strong.

During the visit, the device was building a black ribbed dome that could be used on a rocket.

Stratasys says the applications of the robotic technology are broad and could also be utilized in the oil and medical equipment industries.

Stratasys executives described the innovations as “step” changes but would not comment on a timeframe for commercializing the technology.

“We are confident where we are in terms of development and we wanted to be able to demonstrate to the market our intent and where we’re heading,” Garrity said.

Even if the Stratasys innovations can be made commercial quickly, there are other barriers to more extensive use of 3D printing.

A key challenge for the auto industry, a relatively high-volume sector, will be matching the efficiency of conventional manufacturing, experts say.

Ellen Lee, who is in charge of bringing 3D printing into the manufacturing process at Ford, also said the technology does not yet make use of materials robust and durable enough for the most important car parts.

Boeing’s Finchamp said the aerospace giant planned to use larger 3D parts on commercial airplane interiors as soon as this year. But questions about material strength clouds the outlook for use on larger parts.

“We have to be very cautious,” she told AFP. “We’re very very conservative with how to get things onto planes.”

Pete Basiliere, an analyst at Gartner who specializes in imaging and print services, said greater consumer interest in 3D printing could help boost the technology.

“As consumers start to realize that they can (customize) and not at tremendous cost, then you’re going to see the demand jump,” he said.