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3D Systems and HII's Newport News to Develop 3D Metal Printers

Thursday, May 24, 2018
 

3D Systems and Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) have announced a collaborative project for the development of metal additive manufacturing technologies to help increase the adoption of 3D printing in the construction of United States Navy warships.

The deal will support various future qualification and certification programs required to implement advanced manufacturing technology for the navy. The collaboration forms part of a major technological transformation named Digital Shipbuilding (iDS), currently being carried out by Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of HII.

3D Systems and HII will transition their traditional production processes to additive manufacturing under the initiative to increase the production rate of high-accuracy parts while reducing wastes and costs. 3D Systems has delivered and installed the ProX DMP 320 high-performance metal additive manufacturing system at the Newport News shipyard as part of the arrangement.

 “3D Systems is pleased to play an integral role in transforming the naval shipbuilding industry,” says Kevin McAlea, 3D Systems Metals and Healthcare executive vice-president and general manager. “The ProX DMP 320 printer system, combined with our team’s expertise in metal 3D printing technology, will bring new, digitally enhanced geometries to Newport News Shipbuilding, enabling higher performing warship components and ultimately more efficient, cost-effective parts delivery to the U.S. Navy.”

For more, www.3dsystems.com and www.huntingtoningalls.com.


Smart Implants Improve Patient Outcomes

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
 
3D-printed smart implants for the repair of large bone defects may soon be a reality through the European Union’s PRosPERoS (PRinting PERsonalized orthopedic implantS) project. Researchers aim to engineer printable, personalized and biodegradable patient specific implants (PSIs) based on magnesium and zinc alloys by accurately scanning the vertebrae with advanced imaging techniques.

PSIs, designed and manufactured according to a patient's computed internal imaging scan, encourage the integration of an implant to the patient's bone, reducing the risk of loosening. 3D printing enables surgeons to control additional material properties and design implants that mimic a patient’s bone stiffness, density and structure.

Microchips implanted in surgery can already measure patients’ pH and hormone levels, blood glucose concentration, bacteria, electrical activity and temperature, providing doctors with real-time biofeedback.

Built-in sensors present another opportunity for improving implants. Advanced sensor technology fosters development of implants that can detect an infection and subsequently secrete the appropriate dose of antibiotic. Sensors also can measure the strain exerted on the implant, indicating the extent the fracture has healed.

Examples of implants include pacemakers that communicate data to smartphone apps for sharing with physicians, sensors embedded in orthopedic implants to communicate performance post-surgery, and glucose sensors that communicate diabetics’ glucose levels to smartphones or dedicated readers.

The global connected medical devices market is predicted to achieve a compound annual growth rate of 20 percent during the 2016-2024 forecast period, growing from $17 billion in 2016 to 73.1billion in 2024.

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Methods Machine Tools Celebrates 60th

Tuesday, May 22, 2018
 

Methods Machine Tools, Inc., the Boston, MA-based provider of manufacturing solutions, celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. With state-of-the-art automation centers in three locations and 3D-printing labs throughout the United States, Methods offers machines, training, and engineering support to its partners. To commemorate its anniversary milestone, Methods will host open houses, hold technology events and introduce new product lines throughout the year.

"We are excited to celebrate our 60th anniversary milestone," says Mr. Jerry Rex, president & CEO of Methods. "Our dedicated, experienced team, together with our powerful partnerships, have provided us a strong foundation for serving our customers.”
For more, www.methodsmachine.com.


YBI partners with Israel-based company

Monday, May 21, 2018
 

The Youngstown Business Incubator (YBI), working to expand its global additive manufacturing footprint, announced earlier this month its latest partnership with Print C-B, an Israel-based provider of copper inks for printed electronics. YBI also has partnered with The Junction, a business accelerator located in Tel Aviv, Israel.

"Through their accelerator program, our name is up against HP, Deloit, some really big heavy hitters that are focusing on this Israeli technology,” says Corey Patrick, director of marketing and communications at YBI. “It's a great collaboration." 

Incubator officials are talking with five more Israeli companies and companies in other countries showing interest in the partnership program.

For more, click here 


ASTM International Selects Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence Partner

Friday, May 18, 2018
 
ASTM International has announced that the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in Ansty Park, Coventry, United Kingdom, is joining ASTM International’s Center of Excellence as its first non-U.S. founding partner.

The MTC, with more than 600 employees, helps bridge the gap between academia and industry by supporting R&D and training. It is home to the U.K.’s National Centre for Additive Manufacturing and hosts the European Space Agency’s Space AM Benchmarking Centre.

“We are thrilled to bring on board one of the world’s most exciting new leaders in additive manufacturing (AM),” says Dr. Mohsen Seifi, ASTM International’s director of global additive manufacturing programs. He notes that MTC’s proposal was one of the highest-ranked among dozens of proposals submitted last year.

“To be recognized by ASTM International for our AM capability and to be included as the first non-U.S. partner is a great honor,” says Professor Ken Young, MTC’s technical director.

For more, click here