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Amazing 3D Printed Alloy is NASA’S New High-Performance Metal

Towards High Performance Aerospace Systems

The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration or NASA, is coming out with an amazing and all-new metal 3D printed alloy that proved to be 1,000 times more durable than other available aerospace alloys. Know more about this wonder alloy and how it can propel NASA aerospace systems design to greater heights.

NASA’s latest innovation is the GRX-810 which is an example of an oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) alloy, and is 3D printable. The metal is composed of oxide particles in nano scale, more malleable than other alloys and can endure temperatures of over 1,090 °C. Hence, it affords both strength and durability to aerospace components. It is applicable for systems such as rocket engines and turbine engine combustors.

NASA R&D knows how harsh and unforgiving outer space is, therefore, under extreme environmental conditions, their materials must have mechanical properties that perform optimally. The GRX-810 has twice the fracture resistance, three and a half times the ductility and malleability, and over 1,000 times the durability under stress. NASA R&D looks into materials development, aiming for new types of materials, stronger, more lightweight, with the ability to stretch and bend before breaking while tensile strength is increased.

It is the nanoscale oxide particles that render the incredible performance benefits of this wonder alloy. It boasts of remarkable performance improvements, including improved fuel efficiency and lower maintenance costs.

NASA’s new alloy development process resulted in GRX-810’s impressive blend of characteristics. 3D printing technology was combined with thermodynamic modeling to achieve the material’s breakthrough performance. Though ODS alloys are usually difficult, costly and time consuming to develop, NASA was able to leverage thermodynamic modeling and utilize laser-based 3D printing to bring down development time and accelerate development rate.


Changing The Future of Space Flight

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Luxury Car Manufacturer Commits to 3D Printing

Luxury Car’s “Dream Factory” To Lead The Way

Bentley, the British manufacturer and marketer of luxury vehicles, known for their speed and performance, has announced that it is investing anew in its 3D printing facility in Crewe, England.
To the tune of £3 million, the goal is to enhance more customization of their cars by using additive manufacturing. Actually, back in 2021, Bentley has applied AM in a wide range of applications, producing more than 15,000 components.

The investment will go towards developing and doubling their UK facility to come up with a “Dream Factory” concept, to enable the manufacture of electric vehicles. It is ultimately with the goal of becoming net-carbon neutral by 2030.

Currently, Bentley uses its 3D printers for manufacturing precise work equipment as well as physical components for prototypes and racing cars. With new investment, the automaker plans to use its 3D printing capacity to create personalization options for its mainline models; examples are the Bentley Bentayga and the Bentley Blower.

Bentley sees the benefits of additive manufacturing in their future. It is an industry-leading move that is efficiency-led, cutting down on cost and complexity in a variety of processes and jobs. 3D printers offer accuracy, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness, resulting in up to half the cost savings compared to the traditional methods. Bentley designers use their current 3D printer series to choose from more than 100 material options and products with as many as three materials simultaneously including from glassware to rubber with different levels of tensile strength.

The future looks great for the auto industry, especially for those, like Bentley, that plays competitively using advanced technology as the ability to personalize products for the discerning car-buying market is getting sharper than ever.


Great Potential of 3D Printing in Renewable Energy

GE: Making A Difference in The Wind

To combat the ever increasing threat of the global climate crisis, reducing greenhouse emissions is one of the means that has long been considered. The wind energy sector plays a significant role towards this end. However, knowing how time-consuming in manufacturing and fund-heavy wind turbines can be, much research is being poured into making them more affordable and eco-friendly. This is where additive manufacturing (AM) comes into the fore.

GE Renewable Energy is seriously considering this task with its ongoing efforts to improve wind turbine efficiency and performance with 3D printing. It is well aware of the benefits of the technology to the wind energy sector.

First of all, turbine blade tips, fabricated using 3D printing and thermoplastic composites, are lighter than conventional counterparts. This allows for larger rotors on turbines to generate more power, reduce the strain on the entire turbine, the wear and tear on its gearboxes, drivetrains, bearings, and foundation, and as well as lower lifecycle costs for turbine operators. Also, 3D printed blade tips could be melted down and recycled when they have run their course. The company aims to increase the competitiveness of their onshore and offshore wind energy sites by leveraging 3D printing to reduce manufacturing costs and improve supply chain flexibility.

Using AM will maximize the total amount of clean, renewable energy that can be generated, at the same time, lower the project’s carbon footprint by simplifying the manufacturing assembly processes and logistics, improving the durability and reliability of its products, and reducing the number of parts needing to be manufactured and transported from long distances.

Other benefits include time-to-market, 3D printing of molds for castings, more resilient, local, and robust supply chains, and high-quality consistency due to the technology’s automated and digitized nature. 3D printing paves the way for more efficient designs that can be customized to specific locations and applications.

GE aims to step up the energy transition by using sustainable design to maximize the environmental benefits for all stakeholders.


Eco-Friendly 3d Printing Ideas

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Introducing a New Generation of Better Filaments

Better Than PLA

Filaments have always been used in the 3D printing industry. A thermoplastic, it is fed into FDM 3D printers to create 3D models.

There are many types of filaments each with special properties and uses. They vary in strength, flexibility, density, durability, and ease of printing, as well as differing in heat temperatures used. Since filaments can leave waste products, it is important they are biodegradable; however not all of them are.

A Czech manufacturer of filaments, Fillamentum, in collaboration with the Slovak University of Technology, has recently developed and showcased its first filament that is made up of entirely bio-renewable sources.

NonOlien has the following features and advantages that give it an edge over other available filaments:

  • It is completely biodegradable in domestic composting units within just 90 days
  • It can be recycled several times without loss of functional properties
  • It is primarily characterized by its high strength, toughness, and hardness
  • It is made from a blend of PLA and PHB for improved toughness and temperature resistance
  • It offers a temperature resistance of up to 110°C
  • It is as easy to print as PLA
  • It addresses the issues of sustainability and recyclability
  • It is ecologically-friendly because it does not leave behind microplastics
  • It decomposes about three times as fast as PLA due to the PHB component
  • It has a natural silk look, safe for food contact applications and is washable

Fillamentum has showcased its new NonOilen filament at the Expo 2020 in Dubai. The company claimed that their new product is a whole new generation of materials developed with sustainability and eco- friendliness even at the start of its inception.


Different Filaments For Different Uses

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What 3D Printing Is All About: A Beginner’s Guide

3D Printing Industry

3D printing is also known as “additive manufacturing” because every finished 3D printed product (if opened up sliced) is found to have thin layers of the printing material layed one of top of the other. They were added as such from the bottom-up by the extrusion nozzle of a 3D printer. The object is created from a digital file from a 3D model of it. The computer model is sliced into hundreds or thousands of layers and fed to the 3D printer.

What is the benefit of this system?

Traditional manufacturing is the old or usual way of manufacturing products, using, in contrast, subtractive manufacturing – removing parts of a block of material in order to create the desired shape. For example cutting wood or other materials. Additive manufacturing sees to it that even complex shapes can be created much more easily, uses less materials, and reduces time and wastage significantly. Parts and products can be printed on-site, hence, limiting transport needs. One-off items can be printed quickly and easily eliminating the burden of economies of scale. Products can be customized and redesigned as often as needed. 3D printing uses a variety of printing materials that are readily available – such as plastic, metal, powder, concrete, liquid, and others.

3D printing has been used in many applications and has impacted many industries, notably, the automotive industry, medical and healthcare, aerospace and construction. Others are manufacturing, architecture, design, education, entertainment and fashion.

Some of the most common examples that have been 3D printed came from a wide range of applications and many manufacturing settings. These products are airplane and spacecraft parts, car parts and accessories, running sneaker soles, mannequins and apparel, jewelries, body part prosthesis, robotics, furniture, small houses and buildings, as well as boats and bridges.

On the other hand, here are some examples or amazing, unusual and thought-provoking products: bones and muscles, including ovaries, bionic eyes, blood vessel networks, skin grafts, among others. Likewise, there’s food stuff like pizza, pastries and chocolates. Others are artificial coral reefs, replicas of archeological finds, sculptures, and more. Some homes have their own personal 3D printer that can pretty much churn up common, everyday items.