composites

AFRL and University Partners Used 3D Printed Composite Materials to Make Structural Parts

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) near my hometown of Dayton, Ohio, has long been interested in using 3D printing and composite materials for…

Interview With Greg Haye of Local Motors About Co-Creation and 3D Printing

Local Motors burst onto the scene in 2007 using crowdsourcing and cooperative design to develop cars. Their visionary and bold approach lead them to become a nexus for designers, engineers,…

Researchers Use Robotic Arm 3D Printing Process for Mold Fabrication

Many objects that we call 3D printed, from crayons and chess pieces to turbines and dental aligners, and were actually created using 3D printed molds, rather than being fully printed themselves….

Researchers Using 3D Printing to Create Ergonomically Superior Keyboard Switch

According to the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, repetitive strain injuries, or RSI, from micro tasks like using a keyboard accounted for employees spending 25,000 hours away…

Researchers Increase Strength of FDM 3D Printed Parts for UAV Applications

A collaborative team of researchers from Kingston University, the University of Liverpool, and Khalifa University of Science and Technology recently published a paper, titled “Additive Manufactured Sandwich Composite/ABS Parts for Unmanned…

UMaine Composites Center Helping Boatbuilders Incorporate Large-Scale 3D Printing with Wood-Filled Materials

This week, the Maine Technology Institute (MTI) awarded the University of Maine Advanced Structures and Composites Center (UMaine Composites Center) a $500,000 grant to form a technology cluster with a very specific…

Thermwood and Boeing Make Large 3.6 Meter 3D Printed 777X Program Tooling Part

Thermwood and Boeing have announced that they’ve made a large 3D printed composite part for Boeing’s 777X program. The Thermwood’s LSAM technology was used to make a 20% carbon fiber…

3D Printing Composite Ceramics with FDM and Sintering

Additive manufacturing has rapidly become more advanced than it used to be, moving far beyond the days when components could only be 3D printed out of a single plastic or…

AFPALM: A New 3D Printing Technology Combines 3D Printing with Automated Fiber Placement

Several methods have been developed for the creation of lightweight composite structures. Two of the most commonly used are automated fiber placement (AFP) and automated tape laying (ATL). These two…

3D Printing News Briefs: May 12, 2017

In this week’s second edition of 3D Printing News Briefs, we’ve got stories on 3D printing business, a new facility, and a couple of new products. The SYNNEX Corporation announced…

Details Emerge on The Mark One Carbon Fiber 3D Printer: Prints using continuous fibers in user defined unidirection

Just last week, we wrote about the world’s first carbon fiber 3D printer, the Mark One.  Upon the announcement there were a plethora of questions concerning the groundbreaking new technology. This…