3D printing hits the ground running

The sports apparel company New Balance Athletic Shoe has started using plastic laser-sintering technology to 3D print custom spike plates for athletes’ shoes to help improve times on the track

New fibre laser installed at vehicle accessory manufacturer

The Exeter-based manufacturer, Van Guard, has installed a new 3kW fibre laser cutting machine from Bystronic UK. The company specialises in the vehicle accessory market, manufacturing and supplying roof bars and racks, pipe carriers, bulkheads, grilles, internal storage and other items.

The best thing since sliced bread

Perten Instruments has announced that a new method for determining bread volume was approved by the American Association of Cereal Chemists – International (AACCI). The method was assessed by a collaborative study conducted by the AACCI Physical Testing Methods Technical Committee and demonstrated acceptable precision for samples with volumes ranging from 200 to 2,800mL. Results were similar to volumes determined by reference water displacement analysis.

Lasers return from International Space Station

Fibre-coupled laser diodes manufactured by Seminex have returned from a successfully completed mission to the International Space Station. Two Seminex 4-pin lasers were used in lidar systems for navigation and range finding.

The company said in a press release that its lasers were chosen for their rugged design and established long term reliability. Seminex’s 1,550nm 4-pin lasers were chosen due to the eye safety requirements of the mission.

Laser marking improves MCCBs authentication

Power management company Eaton announced at the end of September that new laser-etched labels will be featured on its moulded case circuit breakers (MCCBs) to help in product authentication.

The laser-marking method is said to provide more permanent markings, helping to authenticate each circuit breaker throughout its life cycle. These permanent markings require more sophisticated technology to manufacture and are designed to prevent removal and replacement from the product, helping consumers recognise products that have experienced reconditioning.

Driving additive manufacturing

The worldÔÇÖs first car produced by additive manufacturing is to be driven away from the International Manufacturing Technology Show 2014. With the first drive set to take place on 13 September at McCormick Place in Chicago, Local Motors, who are behind the project, will have spent six days printing and assembling the vehicle, called the Strati.

Maersk looks into on-ship 3D printing for tanker repair

The shipping company Maersk has started looking into using additive manufacturing to replace faulty parts onboard its tankers.

The speed of production, readiness of a specific part and the reduction in cost of getting a replacement to tankers positioned all over the world have all played a part in the company's increased interest in 3D printing. While cost could still be prohibitive for metal parts - as the 3D printing machines are still far more expensive - the company and its partners have indicated they see the technology as nearly ready.








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