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  • A complex metamaterial metal cube printed using aluminum.

    Scientists print new titanium material

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Mar 9, 2024

    Titanium metamaterial unlocks strength beyond nature. Pushing beyond what is found in nature, scientists from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology have engineered a lightweight and high-strength titanium material that holds promise for applications in medical, transportation, military, energy, and everything else that could benefit from an already widespread metal. Using a common titanium alloy, Ti-6Al-4V (titanium-aluminum-vanadium), the research team constructed...

  • A focused spout of bright blue plasma that looks like flame.

    DOD invests in 6K Additive UniMelt tech

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jan 1, 2024

    Awarded a five-year Blanket Purchase Agreement from the United States Army toward the end of September, 6K Additive LLC announced the receipt of $23.4 million in funding from the Department of Defense to expand its refining capabilities for defense and commercial supply chains. Considered a leader in the sustainable production of materials for additive manufacturing, 6K Additive is a division of 6K Inc., a company focused on delivering next-generation materials at the highest...

  • A high resolution picture of Mars, the Red Planet.

    3D printing with Mars dirt and titanium

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Sep 27, 2022

    Washington State researchers add to out-of-this-world 3D printer materials Scientists from Washington State University have discovered that a small amount of simulated crushed Martian dirt mixed with a titanium alloy made for a stronger, high-performance material for 3D printing that could help build a future on the Red Planet. "In space, 3D printing is something that has to happen if we want to think of a manned mission because we really cannot carry everything from here,"...

  • Laser sintering metal into a complex shape, not otherwise possible with casting.

    3D printing ultra-strong titanium alloys

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Sep 20, 2022

    Monash University researchers discover durable microstructure makes stronger titanium A world-first study led by Monash University engineers in Australia has demonstrated how cutting-edge 3D printing techniques can be used to produce ultra-strong titanium alloy – a significant leap forward for the aerospace, space, defense, and biomedical industries. "Titanium alloys require complex casting and thermomechanical processing to achieve the high strengths required for some c...

  • Meltio's metal 3D printer head attached to a robotic arm.

    Meltio 3D printing goes three dimensional

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    The ability to design and manufacture parts from metals or polymers into nearly any shape imaginable has been the dream of production companies for years, with one tech company taking it a step further – a robot arm that adds a precision to additive manufacturing the likes that have only been seen in science fiction. Simply named, Meltio is a joint venture that came together in 2019 between Additec, a Las Vegas-based technology company that specializes in 3D printing, and S...

  • GE Additive manufacturing Airbus aerospace titanium aluminum 3d printing

    Airbus secures metal 3D printing powder

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    Canada-based AP&C has signed a deal to supply Airbus with titanium powders for 3D printing, a technology that is gaining traction for manufacturing lighter, more durable, and uniquely designed parts for the aerospace industry. AP&C is the metal powder company for GE Additive, a division of the famed multinational energy corporation that sees metal 3D printing as a pioneering process with the potential to transform businesses. Often referred to as metal additive manufacturing... Full story

  • SPEE3D 3D metal printer additive manufacturing Australia army M113 WarpSPEE3D

    Australian Army 3D prints parts in the bush

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    Whether on the frontlines of a battle or on a humanitarian mission in some remote corner of Earth, military vehicles are usually far from a parts depot when they are needed most. This is why the Australian Army is rigorously testing metal 3d printing technologies developed by SPEE3D to replace armored vehicle parts in the field. During its annual bilateral military exercise between the Australian Army and the Marine Rotational Force – Exercise Koolendong – various parts for...

  • 3D Systems metal printing additive manufacturing new alloys Scalmalloy APWORKS

    3D Systems newest alloys change the game

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    3D Systems recently announced it has added two new alloys to its material portfolio specifically designed to yield high-strength, corrosion-resistant parts when used with its proprietary Direct Metal Printing platform. Based out of South Carolina, 3D Systems has been providing additive manufacturing solutions for over 20 years. Engineering, manufacturing and selling 3D printers, materials, scanners, and services, 3D Systems originally pioneered one of the earliest forms of 3D...

  • Sandvik AB 3D metal printing titanium powder Yngwie Malmsteen indestrucible

    Sandvik prints smash-proof metal guitar

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    While it may not be new news it is still awesome, Sandvik AB of Sweden, machined and 3D printed the world's first all-metal smash-proof guitar, and had Yngwie Malmsteen do what heavy metal rock guitar legends do – shred power chords and smash amps. In 2019, the advanced metals and specialty alloys division of Sweden-based Sandvik AB had the idea to design and 3D print an indestructible guitar and who better to attempt the destruction than Swedish rock legend Malmsteen, who p... Full story

  • NASA COSM Advanced Manufacturing Systems 3D metal printing Richard Comunale

    Metal 3D printing systems for space bots

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    COSM Advanced Manufacturing Systems is in the final stages of developing and building electron beam 3D metal printing systems that will allow space robots to print parts in the vacuum of space, as well as future lunar and Martian outposts. "Producing large metal parts autonomously to verifiable specifications and quality in-space will be an enabling part of man's permanent presence on the Moon and further missions to Mars," said COSM Advanced Manufacturing Systems President...

  • BMW Rolls-Royce 3D metal printing Daniel Schäfer Additive Manufacturing

    BMW gets behind 3D metal printing wheel

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    BMW Group has gotten behind the wheel of the quickly emerging 3D printing technology to hasten vehicle parts development and production to maximize manufacturing capabilities for its automobile industry. The Germany-based automotive powerhouse has wasted no effort in shifting the direction of its manufacturing with a systematic integration of additive manufacturing scaled up to industrial levels and to firmly establish it in various areas – primarily vehicle development and pr...

  • Metal Laser 3D printing gear cog

    Advancing metal 3D printing tech

    A.J. Roan, For Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 10, 2022

    Metal 3D printing has the potential to reshape the way metallic objects are manufactured and four companies – Desktop Metal, ExOne, Rapidia and Velo3D – are breaking new ground with their metal 3D printing technologies. Showcased in a recent report by International Data Corp. (IDC), a global provider of technology and telecommunications market intelligence, these companies are pioneering 3D metal printing technologies with the potential to reduce costs while providing sig...

  • Metal 3D printing parts for Air Force Hercules aircraft cargo door

    Metal 3D printing opens Hercules doors

    A.J. Roan, For Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 27, 2020

    U.S. Air Force Airman Technical Sergeant Ryan McBride, who is the sheet metal production lead of the 19th Maintenance Squadron, in collaboration with the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center are utilizing metal 3D printing to create stronger and less expensive brackets for Hercules C-130 fleets. Currently stationed at the Little Rock Air Force Base, McBride is the noncommissioned officer in-charge of metals technology. During his time working on C-130Js, McBride found... Full story

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