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3D printing: The future of aircraft

3D printing, or additive manufacturing, is not a new concept. First conceived in the late 1980s, it’s only in recent years that it has taken flight. Additive manufacturing is used in daily life, but developments are making it more accessible for other industries to use the technology, including aviation. Here, Benjamin Stafford, materials science expert at materials search engine Matmatch, explores the future relationship of aviation and additive manufacturing.

Be brave

It’s a brave new world. Industrial automation and robotics are wiping out jobs across the board, swathes of people are roaming the streets unemployed and food is being rationed by an artificial intelligence, which decides how much to give them based on its perceived view of their value to society. Or at least that’s what popular culture and national news media would have us believe.

That’s why it was refreshing to see a more realistic view of the impact of automation presented in a recent episode of Dr Who.

ROS gets a grip

With its additively manufactured gripper fingers, SCHUNK has opened a new chapter of online sales in the field of  mechanical and plant engineering. Automotive supplier ROS from Coburg uses the clever 3D design tool SCHUNK eGRIP for diverse robot handling in assembly systems.

Achieving Operational Excellence

Widely recognised among the premium automotive brands for passenger cars, Volvo Car Group has built its business and reputation on both comfort and safety, ranging as far back as 1959 when the first 3 point seatbelt was introduced in its cars. Environmentally friendly and cost-effective processes and products have also been a high priority throughout their history. For high volume applications where precision and long tool life are critical to business, Volvo Cars relies on sustainable, future proof tooling solutions. By utilising Mitsubishi’s MPS1 Superlong drills in their crankshaft machining, Volvo has reached over 30 percent increase of the number of parts machined without changing the drill, thereby reducing the tooling cost in this application by more than 40 percent.

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