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Simulation key to additive manufacturing analysis

  • Matthew Borst, Ryan Gehm
  • Magazine Article
  • 17TOFHP12_02
Published 2017-12-01 by SAE International in United States

Advanced simulation tools help to optimize 3D printing processes before physical build.

When 3D printing first hit the consumer market, it was considered a novelty and a gimmick. However, the professional market has leveraged the technology, incorporated other materials and systems, and created the burgeoning field of additive manufacturing (AM) that is revolutionizing the industry. Borja Lazaro Toralles and the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in the UK have recognized additive manufacturing as a field that is going to play a vital role in the future across multiple industries.

Improving the Surface Finish of Additive Manufactured Parts

  • Magazine Article
  • 17AERP12_03
Published 2017-12-01 by SAE International in United States

A new chemical immersion treatment could revolutionise the aerospace industry

South West Metal Finishing has been working on an additive manufacturing surface treatment process for the last three years and believes it could be the future choice of aircraft manufacturers around the world, such as the likes of Safran, UTC Aerospace and Airbus.

Processing and Characterization of Lightweight Syntactic Materials

  • Magazine Article
  • 17AERP12_08
Published 2017-12-01 by SAE International in United States

Hollow spheres encapsulated in a metal matrix, syntactic metal foam offer significant potential as lightweight energy-absorbing materials.

Conventional composite materials, in which a matrix material is reinforced by particulates, whiskers, and/or continuous fibers, have long been of interest as potential materials solutions to engineering needs. Typically, the benefits of these reinforcements are observed for cases of tensile loading, with only minimal improvement for cases of compressive loading. As a result, recent attention has grown in the use of hollow spheres as a potential reinforcement in metallic systems.

Improve Frame Assembly Flexibility with Low Investment

  • Ford Motor Company - Vitor Gutierrez, Winston Attrot
  • Technical Paper
  • 2017-36-0132
Published 2017-11-07 by SAE International in United States

Commercial vehicles are being developed for long decades in Brazil creating a deep background on manufacturing process. With the current scenario a variety of different vehicles specifications (weight capacity, load distribution, torque, size, etc.) are being required by the market. Joints with bolts and nuts are the engineering solution for the most of the problems found in automotive engineering regarding commercial vehicles. Screw processes were made during the last 150 years.

3D-Printing Materials Offer Safer Option for Wound Care

  • Ford Motor Company -
  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-27843
Published 2017-11-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Cellulose nanofibrils have properties that can improve the characteristics of bio-based 3D printing pastes. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is developing a 3D wound care product for monitoring wound conditions in hospitals.

Advanced Machining and Automation Reduce Medical Device Tubing Costs

  • Ford Motor Company -
  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-27854
Published 2017-11-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

In order to stay competitive in today’s medical device marketplace, it is imperative that companies continually invest in the latest technologies to ensure that they produce the highest quality metal tubing products, while also reducing costs. To meet these demands, full-service contract manufacturing operations must also be vertically integrated to handle complex medical device tubing projects.

Forging Graphene into Three-Dimensional Shapes

  • Ford Motor Company -
  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-27806
Published 2017-11-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Graphene is a relative to graphite, which consists of millions of layers of graphene, and can be found in common pencil tips. Since graphene was isolated in 2004, researchers have learned to routinely produce and handle it. Graphene can be used to make electronic and optoelectronic devices such as transistors, photodetectors, and sensors.

Continuous Diagnostic System Predicts Industrial Robot Faults

  • Ford Motor Company -
  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-27808
Published 2017-11-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Robots in production lines work with micrometer precision, unless a component fails. If, for example, the linear actuator used to precisely position a car body in front of an assembly robot is damaged, the robotic arm will no longer be able to position the car door exactly. The result is a misaligned door.

Development of Automated Structural Health Monitoring for Composite Overwrapped Pressure Vessels

  • Ford Motor Company -
  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-27823
Published 2017-11-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Virtually all NASA spacecraft use composite overwrapped pressure vessels (COPVs) to reduce the weight disadvantage of metal pressure vessels. However, these composite structures are more susceptible to damage than metal PVs, are difficult to inspect, have large burst pressure variability, and are susceptible to stress rupture when maintained at pressure. Over the past few years, NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC) White Sands Test Facility (WSTF) has developed novel analysis methods that show promise for assessing the structural health of composite overwrapped pressure vessels. These methods and industry standard methods have been integrated into specialized software for automated analysis, thus significantly increasing throughput to the point where real-time assessments of structural health may be determined. Adaptive analysis methods have also been developed to provide modal analyses at specified points in a structure's life, including loading, unloading, and dwells. Together, these enhancements increase the utility and ease of use for acoustic emission testing.

Gecko-Inspired Adhesive Outperforms Current Methods

  • Ford Motor Company -
  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-27853
Published 2017-11-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems have developed a soft gripping system that uses differential air pressure and a gecko-inspired adhesive for exceptional bonding to three-dimensional objects. The findings were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.