• Theme: Industrial Machines and Equipment

    Parts for cars, planes, boats and now Formula One racing cars can be 3D printed. McLaren has formed a partnership with Stratasys to make small parts, even trackside. DirectIndustry e-magazine met the McLaren F1 team in London to discuss the first-ever racetrack print trial that took place at the Bahrain Grand Prix...

    Olikrom is a Bordeaux startup that manufactures coatings containing intelligent pigments which react to external stimuli. The pigments make temperature- or pressure-related alterations visible to the naked eye, and are designed to improve industrial safety. Offering significant advantages to the aeronautical sector,...

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    Is a laser revolution underway? Whatever the answer, the winds of innovation were blowing last month at the Comau facility in northern Italy. The company unveiled Lhyte, a hybrid device combining a diode laser and a fiber laser. We were invited to attend the world premiere. Watch our video report to discover the new...

    Rather than sticking with traditional plastics, industrial 3D printing is pushing technological boundaries to work with liquid metal, silicone and even glass. For all the benefits of 3D printing and additive manufacturing, industrial use is frequently restricted to rapid prototyping rather than manufacturing due to...

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    After years of tests, researchers at the University of Illinois have just revealed a recipe for making your own bio-bots. The team explains each step of the 3D printing process, from the skeleton to the tissue and muscle actuator, as well as the tools required. Only eight days are needed to print these muscle-powered...

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    The German industrial mastodon has successfully made 3D printed power generation gas turbine blades using a metal-based powder consisting of high-performance polycrystalline nickel superalloy. The goal was 13,000 revolutions per minute at temperatures above 1250°C, for what is already being called a “breakthrough” by...

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    The adoption of additive manufacturing technology has accelerated in recent years thanks to advances in material science and design software. Use is growing in aeronautics and the automotive sector, and the nuclear industry is pushing into the game. In a December 2016 report on additive manufacturing, Gartner...

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    At the 2015 Euromold, DirectIndustry e-magazine met with 3D Ceram, a French company specializing in the 3D printing of ceramic objects. We subsequently discovered that ceramics could be made with lasers more rapidly than by the traditional process (find our article here). Two years later, CEO Richard Gaignon tells us...

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    The next industrial revolution may be zooming around just above our heads. From maximizing crop yields to inspecting wind turbines and checking insurance claims, the increasing capability, affordability and availability of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, is set to radically change the way many companies do...

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    Cloud ERP is one of the most sweeping upgrades in manufacturing technology. At a time when on-site systems often have trouble dealing with sensor data and the new challenges of the IoT, the cloud offers a solution.   Cloud ERP has become one of the most radical, sweeping upgrades in manufacturing technology. For Pat...

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