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Additive Manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing Consortium
In 2009, a workshop was held at NSF headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, to form a roadmap for Additive Manufacturing (AM) research for the next 10-12 years. That effort focused on identifying possibilities for development in design, process modeling and control, materials, biomedical applications, energy and sustainability, education, and development efforts in the overall AM community. The resulting assessment identified many opportunities for these technologies if investments are made to continue to advance the state of the art. Based on the 2009 roadmap, EWI organized an Additive Manufacturing Consortium (AMC) to bring together key partners in the U.S. AM community. The AMC has been operating continuously since early 2010 and now consists of 27 member and partner organizations, representing industry members, government agencies, other non-profit research organizations, and key universities active in AM. The mission of the AMC is to bring together a diverse group of practitioners and stakeholders that together accelerate the innovation in AM technologies to move them into the mainstream of manufacturing technology from their present emerging position. The AMC members and partners have identified a list of the five highest priority technical topics that if improved would significantly move the field forward: •Material property databases •Process model compensation for distortion / first time accuracy •Process sensing & control and non-destructive evaluation •Clear and affordable paths to certification and qualification •Bigger, faster and more capable OEM equipment

Colorizing Dyes for EOS Selective Laser Sintered Plastic Parts
Dyeing EOS PA2200 is highly successful with iDye Poly from manufacturer Jacquard.

Design Rules for Laser Sintering of Plastics by Shapeways
The following tutorial is a detailed guide with charts, graphs made by EOS GMBH as an "Investigation of detail resolution on basic shapes and the development of design rules." The work is by and based on a dissertation by Dominik Sippel.

DyeMansion offers automated manufacturing solutions for the production facilities of the future. The in-house developed post-processing solutions cover every step after the production of an additive manufactured part and are specifically optimized for laser sintered plastics. In doing so, DyeMansion is focused on two principles: Increase in productivity and geometry independence in order to obtain the advantages of the generative manufacturing.

Expanse Microtechnologies
Founded in 2016, Expanse Microtechnologies Inc. provides customized 3D X-ray imaging to technology industries including aerospace and medical device manufacturers. Our research and industry expertise is devoted to providing our customers with the critical analyses needed to guide their product and process development. Our goal is to support the adoption of advanced manufacturing methods, in particular additive manufacturing of engineering alloys, technical ceramics, and composites. Drawing from the experience of our technical staff, this support extends to the development of new materials and coatings as well as accurate non-destructive and non-contact measurement of small, complex-shaped parts.

Heat Treating Furnaces - Nabertherm
Nabertherm with 400 employees worldwide have been developing and producing industrial furnaces for many different applications for over 60 years. As a manufacturer, Nabertherm offers the widest and deepest range of furnaces worldwide. 150,000 satisfied customers in more than 100 countries offer proof of our commitment to excellent design, quality and cost efficiency. Short delivery times are ensured due to our complete inhouse production and our wide variety of standard furnaces.

Heat Treating Furnaces - Park Thermal
Park Thermal International is the leading North American supplier of Thermal Process Technology with a proven track record that started in 1938. Manufacturers around the globe rely on Park Thermal International for thermal processing equipment solutions. Our dedication to advancing the art of thermal processing has driven us to incorporate the latest in computerized controls, instrumentation, insulation and heat transference technology providing the optimum in equipment. We work with our clients to find solutions for specific process requirements and help our customers excel in their marketplace. We also implement new design features that improve our customer's bottom line with reliability and availability of their production processes. We have the capability to provide custom designed equipment suitable for our customer's various requirements and as an alternative, our refurbishing department can provide our clients an opportunity to extend the working life cycle of their existing equipment. Additionally, we have the largest inventory of used equipment fired by electric, gas or propane. Combined with our ability to provide spare parts for any piece of equipment, heat-treating salts, on-site service, engineering support and alternative financing solutions, we ARE truly the ONLY single source for heat treating products, not only in North America, but across the world.

Moldex 3D Software
CoreTech System Co., Ltd. (Moldex3D) was founded in 1995, it has provided the professional plastic injection molding simulation solution “Moldex” series for the plastic injection molding industry, and the current product “Moldex3D” is marketed worldwide. Committed to provide the advanced technologies and solution for industrial demands, CoreTech has extended the worldwide sales and service network to provide local, immediate, and professional service. Nowadays, CoreTech presents the innovation technology, which helps customers to troubleshoot from product design to development, to optimize design pattern, to shorten time-to-market, and maximize product ROI.

Precision Surface Finishing Services - MicroTek Finishing
MicroTek Finishing delivers innovative precision surface finishing services using a Swiss technology known as MMP technology logo. MicroTek's treatment labs in Cincinnati, Ohio offer the North American market convenient access to this versatile and unique Swiss super finishing technology.

SIGMA Engineering GmbH - Diecasting Conforming Coolant Channels Design Software
SIGMA Engineering GmbH SIGMA Engineering GmbH is a 100% daughter company of the technology and market leader in casting simulation located in Aachen, Germany, ( Owner managed and fascinated by technology we make modern polymer forming processes transparent. With our simulation product SIGMASOFT® our customers optimize plastics parts and injection molds as well as production conditions of thermoplastic-, elastomer-, thermoset- or MIM/CIM applications. SIGMASOFT® Covered by a modern, intuitive graphical user interface SIGMASOFT® integrates multiple process specific models and 3D-simulation technologies which are developed, validated and continuously optimized also in the metal casting product for more than 25 years. This enhanced simulation approach is of outstanding added value compared to conventional simulation approaches available for injection molding.

SolidThinking Inspire
SolidThinking Inspire is easy to learn and works with your CAD tool. It helps you design structural parts right the first time, reducing costs, development time, material consumption, and product weight. Traditional structural simulations allow engineers to check if a design will support the required loads. Inspire generates new material layouts within a package space using the loads as an input.

UL’s Additive Manufacturing Competency Center (AMCC)
The UL AMCC is a first-of-its-kind AM training facility. The result of a private public partnership between UL and the University of Louisville, and located on the campus of the University of Louisville, the UL AMCC offers hands-on AM training for metals (initially) and curriculum spanning design set up, design optimization, machine set up, part production, post processing, part inspection, testing, validation, and facility and process safety. Home to AM technologies, machining, metrology and powder handling equipment, the UL AMCC stresses small class size to enable student interaction and hands-on learning. The facility’s initial course, Advanced Training on Metal Part Production, is now open for registration. Available Courses The comprehensive UL AM Training Program will be available at the UL AMCC throughout the year. To learn more about UL’s 3-tier AM Training Program and individual courses, please visit our AM Training & Education page.

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