Could This Machine Push 3-D Printing into the Manufacturing Big Leagues?

Neil Hopkinson, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom, has been developing the new method, called high-speed sintering, for over a decade. 

Laser sintering machines build objects by using a single-point laser to melt and fuse thin layers of powdered polymer, one by one. Hopkinson replaced the laser system, which is both expensive and slow, with an infrared lamp and an ink-jet print head. The print head rapidly and precisely delivers patterns of radiation-absorbing material to the powder bed. Subsequently exposing the powder to infrared light melts and fuses the powder into patterns, and the machine creates thin layers, one by one—similar to the way laser sintering works, but much faster.

Hopkinson’s group has already shown that the method works at a relatively small scale. They’ve also calculated that, given a large enough building area, high-speed sintering is “on the order of 100 times faster” than laser sintering certain kinds of parts, and that it can be cost competitive with injection molding for making millions of small, complex parts at a time, says Hopkinson. Now the group will actually build the machine, using funding from the British government and a few industrial partners.  Cont'd...

The demand for CAD models of electrical and electromechanical components is growing rapidly

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NEXCOM Adds Portfolios with Industrial Touch Monitors Featuring Widescreen and Multi-touch

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BitFlow Announces Official Support for Microsoft Windows 10

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Lenze Sponsors Students from Germany and America in Inaugural International Coil Winding Challenge

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Experience the advantage of plug-in integration, DigiFlex® Performance™ and extended environment capabilities in one solution. These servo drives, from Advanced Motion Controls of Camarillo, CA, are designed to operate in harsh environments including hot, cold, shock and vibration. All models operate with both 3Φ (servo, closed loop vector, closed loop stepper) and 1Φ motors and inductive loads.

Microscan Gigabit Ethernet Cameras Provide Ampoule Inspection in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Using machine vision inspection with high-performance Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) cameras, ISW GmbH designs turnkey hardware/software solutions for the pharmaceutical industry to specifically ensure accurate dimensions and fill levels of ampoules in production, replacing error-prone manual quality control processes.

DUNWOODY COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY INCORPORATES STRATASYS' ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY INTO ITS CURRICULUM

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Small, Lightweight TiM351 2D Laser Scanner Ensures Reliable Indoor and Outdoor Detection Capabilities

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Teledyne DALSA to Showcase Latest Advances in Machine Vision Imaging at Vision China 2015

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New Makers, New Projects and New Midway In-Store for Maker Faire Detroit 2015 at The Henry Ford July 25-26

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The Alexir Partnership makes Packaging Prototypes possible for everyone

The Alexir Partnership has become the first major carton-converter in the UK to install an in-line digital solution for folding cartons. The digital press, with a thick stock capability up to 610 microns, will be the first Xerox digital press with these heavier weight options to be installed in Europe.

ADLINK Introduces Complete EtherCAT Solution

New system offers ruggedness, intelligence and superior motion function scalability

Industrial Wi-Fi Harnesses Big Data and Video Transmission

NEXCOM's latest access point offers a stable and reliable Wi-Fi architecture, which optimizes operational efficiency, security, and safety of plants.

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