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Markforged Raises $82 million to Bring Industrial 3D Printing to Mass Production

Thursday, March 21, 2019
 
Markforged, a Watertown, MA-based manufacturer of industrial 3D printers, announced that it has closed an $82 million Series D round of funding led by Summit Partners, a Boston, MA-based global alternative investment firm. The company plans on using the additional capital to accelerate the introduction of mass production printers and new materials and enhance the company’s global expansion plans.

French Aerospace Company to Open $76-million AM Facility

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
 
The Safran Group, a France-based aerospace company, has confirmed plans to open a $76-million additive manufacturing facility in Bordeaux.  During the past 10 years, Safran has teamed up with Airbus to 3D print a titanium hydraulic part for the A350, with the firm applying 3D printing technology.


 


Purdue Offers Online AM Certification

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
 
Purdue University announced that it now offers additive manufacturing (AM) certification programs as part of Purdue Online. The program’s first classes begin March 20 and are a collaboration between the Purdue School of Materials Engineering and The Barnes Group Advisors (TBGA)—a Pittsburgh-based AM consulting company.

Caterpillar and Argonne Using Additive Manufacturing to Pursue High-Efficiency Diesel Engines

Monday, March 18, 2019
 
Caterpillar and Argonne National Laboratories announced plans to pursue a unique approach that will combine additive manufacturing, high-performance computing and higher fidelity design and simulation models to build and test heavy-duty diesel engines that reduce emissions and improve fuel economy. Another goal of the project is to reduce manufacturing design costs and reduce the lead times needed to expand research-derived technology to industrial-scale manufacturing processes.

“We look forward to harnessing the power of both Caterpillar’s and Argonne’s industry-leading research expertise and world-class facilities to develop ground-breaking solutions for diesel engine design,” says Jon Anders, principal investigator and senior engineering specialist in the Innovation &Technology Development division at Caterpillar.

Navy Deploys With On-Demand Manufacturing Capability

Friday, March 15, 2019
 
Along with the usual construction equipment, tools and weapons, the Seabees of the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 133 recently deployed with several 3D printers, providing them the ability to engineer and print original designs and stock-numbered items.  

“We (Seabees) travel all over the world to aid in construction efforts. In remote locations, if something breaks, we do not have the luxury of ordering parts and receiving them in a timely manner,” says Ensign Jake Haack, additive manufacturing division officer. “With additive manufacturing we will eventually forward-deploy our units with the technology to design and 3D print a variety of parts they need. It’s the difference between getting a part in eight hours instead of eight days.”

Navy officials believe additive manufacturing has the potential to change the way the Naval Construction Force (NCF) operates, with the battalion producing several items servicing civil engineer support equipment (CESE) maintenance during its field training exercise in August, when they printed more than 30 different parts and identified 50 others to be designed.

“As a mechanic, it is extremely frustrating to see a unit of CESE be inoperable for weeks because of a single small part being unavailable,” says Construction Mechanic Constructionman Zachary Leland, additive manufacturing lead. “The only limits we have are our imaginations.”