Machining a large 3D-printed part for aerospace composite tooling is fundamentally different than manufacturing the part traditionally. Baker Industries knows this first-hand.
Thermwood 3D-printed and trimmed five-foot-tall sections that were then bound together and bolted to form a complete female mold. The entire mold section, made of four printed pieces, weighs 4,012 pounds and required 65.5 hours to print.
Greg Elfering, president of Ultimaker Americas, discusses the current state of 3D printing and what the future holds.
The combination of Loctite materials and 3D-printing expertise opens doors for the adoption of high-performance additive manufacturing at scale for industrial customers.
Other composites innovations include recyclable CFRP connectors, interwoven Dynema/carbon fiber reinforcements and integrating damage sensors into the frame.
New orders, production and employment sustain continuous industry expansion. With a reading of 52.9 in September, the index climbed each month in the third quarter.
The partnership recently completed its first successful session with NASA.
nebumind software builds digital twins from manufacturing data to trace defects, compare manufactured parts, qualify processes, develop tolerance windows for process monitoring and more.
At Essentium, both 3D printers and materials receive starring roles.