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Breathing Safely Around Metal 3D Printers

Contributing Editor Ilene Wolff


When GE decided that additive manufacturing was the way to go for making metal fuel nozzles for its new LEAP engine, the company touched off interest in other shops to move 3D printers from the design studio to the factory floor. It also stepped up the focus on safety standards for metal AM. That’s because the use of powdered metal – generally manufactured to spheres <100microns in size – brings with it the need for new safety awareness among those on the shop floor. Full Article

3D Printing Machine Prices Forecast to Fall

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


Prices of 3D printing machines will decline because “the continued entry of new vendors into the market will further boost competition,” research company IBISWorld said in a report. Full Article

UL Goes Modern

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


How UL, founded in the 19th century, shifted to be a new manufacturing player in the 21st century. Full Article

NASA Fired Up Over 3D-Printed Engine Components

Edited by Senior Editor Michael C. Anderson


A NASA team is fired up about getting closer to building a completely 3D-printed, high-performance rocket engine. They demonstrated this in December by assembling additive-made complex engine parts and firing them up with cryogenic liquid hydrogen and oxygen to produce 20,000 pounds of thrust. Full Article

Puris 3D Prints Largest Titanium Part for Commercial Use

Puris LLC press release


Puris, LLC said it successfully 3D printed the largest, most complex titanium part for commercial use. Full Article

PwC: Manufacturers Need to Embrace New Technology

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


Manufacturers need to embrace technology such as “connected” factories, 3D printing and “cobotics,” despite a slowing manufacturing economy, Pricewaterhouse Coopers said in a report. Full Article

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