Chris Wentworth, CMTC's Additive Manufacturing Practice Lead,
will be the Chairperson for the Summit, as well as the moderator
for the "Bionic Structures and Topology Optimization" panel
Additive Aerospace Summit
CMTC Offers AM Consulting
Additive manufacturing is really taking off! Aerospace companies like GE, Boeing and Airbus are leading the way with additive manufacturing innovation.
CMTC can help you! Additive can help you save money and improve quality. Let us help you minimize risk as you explore 3D printing technology. We can advise you on new manufacturing methods, equipment and revenue streams. Don’t get left behind. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, to get an help with understanding additive, we can help you keep up with the latest additive manufacturing technology!
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CMTC can help you by assessing your current level of readiness to adopt 3D printing technology, as well as advise you on new manufacturing methods, equipment and revenue streams. Don’t get left behind.
Globally, emerging manufacturing technologies are driving what some have called the “Fourth industrial revolution.” The U.S. has established the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) to invest in the technologies and skills that will support a dynamic domestic advanced manufacturing sector that creates high-quality jobs and encourages companies to invest in the United States.
Additive manufacturing, the building of products layer by layer with high precision, is now turning the dream of complex, multi-material components into a reality. Additive manufacturing allows designers the option of building a part as a single unit, from multiple materials, from the inside out. Design complexity is now an asset rather than a liability. This capability improves the precision of the product's fabrication and reduces material waste.
Eliminate the need for tooling!
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New technology is making on demand high volume production a reality. Plastic and metal printers are now being offered. Reduce waste and risk by building on demand rather than carrying an inventory.
New Production Grade Materials
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A material's properties and overall performance are determined by its chemical composition, crystalline state, and underlying micro-architecture. These characteristics force engineers to accept certain trade-offs when choosing a material for a specific application. This concession made by engineers may soon be a thing of the past because of companies like Carbon 3D and 3D Systems developing new material technology to allow you to print production grade components, stronger than ever before. Also composites like carbon fiber infused nylon from Markforged.
Topology Optimization for Additive Manufacturing
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Recent advances in automated design and fabrication have enabled production of customizable materials for a wealth of applications. Software companies like Altair are developing additive manufacturing techniques to build highly optimized geometries with topology optimization. The techniques allow designers to alter the 3D micro-architecture of a material to control its structural, functional, thermal, or other properties. As a result, designs can be made stronger, lighter, tougher, and more resistant to natural forces and external conditions.
Multi-materials and Complex Parts
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Imagine a part composed of multiple materials that can be made without seams or joints, or a component with intricate shapes and complex geometry that can be fabricated as a single unit, such as a printed circuit board. By eliminating the weakest parts of components, the seams and joints, the products we use every day could be transformed. The ability to build complex geometries would make new products possible.
Metal Additive Manufacturing
Companies like GE are redefining metal part production and design capability by coalescing assemblies to reduce part count and improve strength, increasing the quality and efficiency of their engines. High volume metal additive machines are also being released to eliminate the need for tooling. Directed energy machines are now available that can build a metal part in a CNC mill while varying the metal composition as it builds.
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Computational Methods for Rapid Certification
When bringing a new product to market, often the most costly and time-consuming step in the process is certification. Sometimes, the entire process--which usually involves developing several prototypes and multiple physical test certification cycles--may be abandoned because the risk of failure is too high to justify the investment. Certifying a product while in the design phase, then immediately fabricating it for final testing, would greatly reduce development times and cost. Digital manufacturing may soon make this possible.