Advanced Engineering 2016 - National Exhibition Centre, 02 - 03 November 2016

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Additive Manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing – Changing the game at Advanced Engineering

Additive Manufacturing is fundamentally affecting the UK’s core advanced engineering sectors, especially those high performance sectors like aerospace, automotive, and motorsport.

It’s the game-changing manufacturing process which lowers tooling costs, reduces the amount of materials used, and shortens process time. It also means that parts are lighter, better adapted to their application, and can be launched to market much faster.

Although, so far mainly used for rapid prototyping of parts, it won’t be long before high-volume manufacturing will be benefitting from the process, with the result of  cheaper, lighter, and more innovative parts, amazing new designs, and equally amazing new materials.


Recent news reflecting the importance of additive manufacturing...

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Airbus Group Teams UP with Local Motors to Co-create Commercial Drones - Additive Manufacturing Magazine

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The 3D Printed Car That Could Transform The Auto Industry: On Sale In 2016 - Forbes

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Stratasys hails 3D printing breakthrough - FT.com

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Expiry of Patents in 3D Printing Market to Decrease Product Costs and Increase Consumer Orientation - 3D Printing.com

How does it work?

Reading from a CAD 3D model, additive manufacturing equipment lays down (‘adds’) layer after layer of material to create the virtual design in the physical world. The process is also often referred to using terms such as 3D printing, Direct Digital Manufacturing or Rapid Prototyping.

What materials can Additive Manufacturing use to build with?

Plastics, metals, ceramics, glass and more - Typically in the form of powders, liquids, sheet material


What are the typical benefits?

  • Rapid prototyping to test concepts, parts faster and more effectively
  • Reductions in development time, production cycle and use & cost of material
  • Less need/lower cost for traditional tooling
  • Fewer limitations in geometry/reducing costs through part simplification
  • Ability to quickly drive forward product innovation

 

 

Here are just a few examples

In Motorsport: metal additive manufacturing for customized functional parts such as cooling ducts

In Aerospace: production of parts such as engine turbine blades and guide vanes. AM processes facilitate both functionality and light-weighting – the latter especially vital for reducing fuel consumption and emissions!

In Automotive: Production and performance testing of customized parts; tool-less manufacturing of complex and lightweight components

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Additive manufacturing and related areas continue to be a key area of coverage at this year’s Advanced Engineering, from exhibitors, partners, speakers, and visitors.

Typical exhibitors in 2015 from the modelling, simulation, 3d printing and additive manufacturing sectors include:

  • Graphite Additive Manufacturing
  • CREAT3D Ltd
  • Delcam
  • National Physical Laboratory
  • Canon UK
  • EOS
  • HK3D Solutions
  • Siemens
  • Physical Digital
  • MSC Software
  • Digitally Engineered Solutions
  • Paragon Rapid Technologies

And many more...

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Related presentations in 2015

  • Additive manufacturing – Integrating the Value Chain for High Volumes
  • The Value of Design in Additive Manufacturing
  • The Future of Manufacturing
  • The ‘Real Truth about Additive Manufacturing

This year’s Advanced Engineering promises to have even more coverage of this key game-changing manufacturing process. Stay tuned for updates on the website.

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