• Theme: Materials - Tools - Components

    Offering previously unimaginable complex designs, additive manufacturing holds the promise of the next industrial revolution. But for mass production, speed needs to improve.   The production floor of the future will be strangely quiet. No hissing welder machines, clanging hammers or buzzing milling machines. Instead,...

    Scientists at Harvard University have made it possible to turn the lightest of all elements—hydrogen—into a valuable metal, giving birth to a real revolution. According to the researchers, this is the first ever metallic hydrogen on Earth! It was obtained by taking liquid hydrogen to a temperature far below freezing...

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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...

    Eco Batch announced the launch of the UAE’s first locally-owned masterbatch factory during ArabPlast 2017. DirectIndustry e-magazine caught up with company founder Badar Al Kaf to find out more.   DirectIndustry e-magazine: What does Eco Batch do? Bader Al Kaf: Eco Batch was founded in 2015 to develop white and...

    GOEBEL IMS recently introduced its Interslit slitter rewinder for intermediate-width packaging films. During ArabPlast, the company revealed it was developing a compact unit to cater to the demand in the UAE and other Gulf states. DirectIndustry e-magazine met with Patrick Lindemann, sales manager for film at GOEBEL...

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    3D printing is moving from prototyping to heralding a new era in customized production. This was the message last month at K Fair in Germany.   While it may have been over-hyped as a potential consumer product, 3D printing—better known in industry as additive manufacturing—was all the rage at Düsseldorf’s K Fair 2016....

    If electric vehicles are to become the norm, new weight-saving polymers, thermally efficient designs and other energy-saving innovations will be required. Some of them were unveiled last month at K Fair in Germany.   Ever since 400,000 people put down US$1,000 each to pre-order a Tesla Model 5 in April 2016, the...

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    A few years ago, says Tim Shinbara, vice president of technology at the Association for Manufacturing Technology, AM was no more than an attraction in the Emerging Technology Center at IMTS. But it made its way to the main show floor.   At the present time, AM/3-D printing is marginal for most industrial applications,...

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