UAVs Manufactured On the Fly with FDM

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UAV Solutions Inc. in Jessup, Maryland, specializes in UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) and UAV control systems. According to company CEO Bill Davidson, when the company bought their first Stratasys Dimension 1200es 3D Printer, they thought that it was an impressive technology – but they didn’t reall … [Read more...]

Additive Manufacturing Speeds Design Changes For Leptron

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Companies that produce unmanned aerial systems (UAS) have been quick to take advantage of additive manufacturing (AM) to generate rapid iterations of complex designs to increase performance and reduce time to market. AM also enables many UAS manufacturers to manufacture in low volume while meeting c … [Read more...]

Additive Manufacturing: Faster, Cheaper Than Composite Layup For KMC

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Additive manufacturing (AM) has been used as a design tool for two decades in the aerospace industry. In more recent years it has become firmly entrenched in the downstream product lifecycle including functional testing, tooling, jigs and fixtures, production and maintenance. For example, by using A … [Read more...]

Additive Manufacturing Saves Time And Money For ACS

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Additive manufacturing (AM) is another in a series of technological frontiers in which the aerospace industry has been an early adopter.  The aerospace industry continues to develop new applications that more deeply embed AM throughout its complete product lifecycle. For example, AM is used by many … [Read more...]

Additive Manufacturing Trends in Aerospace: Leading the Way

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The aerospace industry has a long history of being an early adopter of leading-edge technologies. So it should come as no surprise that aerospace was one of the first industries to incorporate additive manufacturing (AM) throughout its product development lifecycle. Today, AM is being extensively us … [Read more...]

3D Printing Offers a Giant Step for Short Run Injection Molds

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This has to be one of the biggest (and most novel) innovations that 3D printing has to offer the world of traditional manufacturing - the ability to 3D print injection mold tools for short run injection molding. In the video example above, we show our mold tools 3D printed in Digital ABS material[Read more...]

Students 3D Print a 2D Printer

In the University of Virginia’s rapid prototyping lab, students’ ideas become real, smart machines. UVA’s mechanical and aerospace engineering program embraces mechatronics, which combines mechanical, electronic, computer, software and control engineering with systems-design engineering to create us … [Read more...]

NASA’s Next Mars Rover: Human-Supporting, 3D-Printed

In the wake of NASA's daring Curiosity landing, we have a treat for you: video of NASA engineers testing a next-generation rover designed to support humans when we eventually land on Mars. And that human-supporting rover has dozens of end-use parts 3D printed with FDM Technology. The rover, which … [Read more...]

Airbus, Predator Drones and Multi-Material 3D Printing

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Airbus Concept Plane with 3D Printed 'Sun Roof' There's an excellent article on 3D printing in Forbes this week that's been doing the rounds on social media. The article explores the progress towards full-scale 3D printing for airplanes and examines a 'concept fuselage' for an Airbus pass … [Read more...]

3D Printing: A Potential Answer to Resource Depletion?

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(After a short summer break I'm now back and straight into the deep-end with a topic that I believe may be increasingly relevant; the future of environmental resources and how 3D printing plays a potential role. Thanks for reading, Sam.) One of the points I brought up in a recent white paper was … [Read more...]