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The early registration list for the PowderMet2021/AMPM2021/Tungsten2021 conferences is now available.  The conferences will be held one month from today, on June 20-23 at the WDW Swan and Dolphin Resort, in Orlando.  One registration fee gains access to the 3 big conferences, attracting the world’s leading industry-technical minds, promoting PM technology advancements from nearly 30 countries.

Delegates will transfer knowledge as they attend technical sessions, Special Interest Programs, and view the international poster display, in-person or online. All full conference registrants will have access to the on-demand videos for 2 weeks following the conferences.

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Metal AM Replaces Castings

GE engineers switched four existing parts from castings to metal 3D printing and see potential for hundreds more as AM competes with casting on cost alone.

Most manufacturers would never dream of switching an existing part from an investment casting to one made by metal AM.  But that is exactly what GE Aviation engineers are doing with four bleed air parts for a turbine engine. The decision was based on cost and time-to-market, even though the casting molds were already made.

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Cummins First Metal AM Lance Tip in PPAP

The Binder Jet Metal AM process at Cummins. Photo via Cummins Inc.

Founded in 1919, Cummins Inc., Columbus, IN, has designed, manufactured, and distributed a broad portfolio of diesel, natural gas, electric, and hybrid powertrains. They also produce related components for filtration, fuel systems, turbochargers, automated transmissions, batteries, and fuel cells. Now they can add metal additive manufacturing (AM) to their portfolio as they are in the process of final approval for its first metal AM production part.

The part is a Cummins Emission Solutions (CES) lance tip adapter, a critical part that atomizes and injects diesel exhaust fluid into a high-horsepower engine, reducing nitrogen oxides emissions. Production is slated for later this year. Producing the lance tip adaptor through binder jet AM provided several benefits over traditional manufacturing techniques, such as a lighter-weight design, improved geometry for fluid and air flow, and removed the added complexity of cross-drillings.

Ford Committed to Metal AM

Innovation is often the direct result of a commitment to find better ways to solve existing problems. And having an interest in finding ways to leverage metal AM is nothing new to Ford Motor Co. The global automaker has been a long-time user and an early adopter of 3D printing. Advancing from simple prototypes to applications now limited low-volume production parts are utilized in the F-150 Raptor and Shelby GT500 Mustang.

North American and European facilities are supplying tens of thousands of parts per year. Ford is expanding AM into its manufacturing facilities to support and enhance production processes too.  Internal education has been launched within the workforce to advance the understanding of the technology and open opportunities to expand to more complex, higher volume and more physically demanding applications.  The result is nearly one printer in every Ford facility throughout the world, and in many cases, multiple printers.   


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