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ORNL Analyzes Use of 3D Printing for Geothermal Energy Production

As global industrial society struggles to transition from fossil fuels to other forms of energy, one source of power that is often overlooked comes from within the Earth itself. The…

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US Army and Raytheon to Use 3D Systems Metal 3D Printing to Heat-Optimize Munitions

3D Systems (NYSE: DDD) has been chosen by defense contractor Raytheon and the U.S. Army’s central laboratory to help with a design optimization project. To do that, the 3D Systems’…

Channeling the Unseen: 3D Printing for Flow Applications

Flow is not an industry; it’s not an established vertical; it’s not an established part; it’s not a thing you can buy at Sigma Aldrich or RS Components. Flow is…

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Laser Wars: Porsche Uses SLM’s 12 Laser Metal 3D Printer for E-Drive Part

Porsche has used SLM Solutions massive 12 laser system to print a demonstration E-Drive component for a sports car front axle. The company’s NXG XII 600 has a 600x600x600 mm…

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Biomimetic Design and Additive Manufacturing – Fraunhofer IAPT Webinar Series

The need to design existing products more efficiently as well as to optimize them in terms of function and weight are driving the use of additive manufacturing in product design….

nTopology Closes $40M Funding Round to Enhance 3D Printing Software

Last year, 3D printing software startup nTopology launched its nTop Platform, which uses generative design, topology optimization, and workflow management to overcome the typical issues seen when using traditional CAD…

Raytheon Receives Funding for Aerospace 3D Printing of Optical Components

This spring, Ohio-based America Makes, the leading collaborative partner in additive technology research, discovery, and innovation for the US, announced its latest Project Call for AXIOM, or  Additive for eXtreme Improvement…

TOffeeAM raises £1 million for AI Topology Optimization Tool for 3D Printing

TOffeeAM, launched from Imperial College’s Techcelerate program, recently secured £1 million in seed funding. The funding was primarily led by IQ Capital, together with Entrepreneur First, the Royal Academy of…

3D Printing News Briefs, June 10, 2020: 3D Systems, nTopology, Jellypipe

We’re discussing an upcoming event and some business news in today’s 3D Printing News Briefs. 3D Systems is holding a virtual trade show next month. nTopology and Yamaichi have signed…

3D Bioprinting Soft Actuators: Multiple Materials & Topology Optimization

In the recently published ‘Effects of Topology Optimization in Multimaterial 3D Bioprinting of Soft Actuators,’ international researchers delve further into the fabrication of soft robotics, bordering on the 4D as…

3D Printed Formwork for Topology Optimized Reinforced Concrete Walls

In the recently published ‘Topology Optimized Reinforced Concrete Walls Constructed with 3D Printed Formwork,’ authors Triveni Mudaliar, Rémy D. Lequesne, and Matthew Fadden (all of The University of Kansas Center…

Using Topology Optimization & FDM 3D Printing to Make a Simply Supported Beam

Many studies have been completed regarding the use of topology optimization to generate the best designs for 3D printed parts. A trio of researchers – Urvashi Verma, Vipin Gupta, and…

FDM 3D Printing & PLA: Fabrication of a Splint for Mallet Finger

Researchers from Australia and the UK are finding ways to improve treatments for injuries to the hand, detailing their results in the recently published ‘Patient-specific 3D-printed Splint for Mallet Finger…

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Climate Disrupted: Optimizing Designs for Better Efficiency with 3D Printing

If industrialized society is determined to maintain its industrial activities, its engineers will need to completely rethink how parts are designed in order to improve energy efficiency. This is true…

MIT Thesis Explores Topology Optimization for 3D Printing in Construction & Civil Engineering

Andrew Novillo, in writing his thesis for the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering at MIT, explores topology optimized metal in the recently published ‘Experimentation of a topology-optimized metal structural…

Improving 3D Printing & AM Processes with Topology Optimization for FDM

Researchers from Canada and China have created a new technique for improving 3D printing, outlined in the recently published ‘Topology Optimization for Multipatch Fused Deposition Modeling 3D Printing.’ The authors…

Additive Flow Adds Additive Awareness to Generative Design

A new startup has emerged from stealth mode, promising a software capable of aiding designers in enhancing their parts for additive manufacturing (AM) in ways that go beyond generative design…

How Repeatable Workflows Allow Engineers to Automate and Optimize Designs

Advanced modeling platforms enable engineers to produce the highest-performing parts in the shortest amount of time In the world of advanced manufacturing, a project’s path from beginning to end never…

Additive Manufacturing for Aerospace: 3D Printing Optimized Low Pressure Turbine Blades

In ‘Preliminary optimization of a hollow low pressure turbine blade,’ Lorenzo Abrusci presents a thesis paper exploring additive manufacturing processes for creating critical industrial components. As materials science has advanced…

Refining Actuation Systems for Greater Functionality via Topology Optimization & 3D Printing

The recently published ‘Topology optimization and 3D printing of multimaterial magnetic actuators and displays’ opens up the topic of refining actuation systems for greater functionality, as they will progressively be…

Refining Macro and Microscopic Topology Optimization for AM Processes

Researchers from Italy and Germany continue along the path so many are following in refining and perfecting 3D printing processes. In the recently published ‘Structural multiscale topology optimization with stress…

Betatype and nTopology Use Metal 3D Printing and Intelligent Design to Increase Productivity

3D printing consultancy company Betatype specializes in optimizing metal AM production applications to deliver functional components for customers in many industries, including consumer goods, automotive, and medical. Recently, the company, based…

Topology Optimization in a World of Fields and Implicit Geometry

Topology optimization is an important tool within the “generative design” toolbox that can be used as a component of a larger engineering and product design workflow. Let’s explore how topology…

Heraeus Creates Largest 3D Printed Gear Wheel Made from Amorphous Metals

Another historical milestone has been met in 3D printing—a technology known for outdoing itself on a continued basis—with the introduction of the largest 3D printed gear wheel ever fabricated in…