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Xometry is a 3D printing and manufacturing company that offers on-demand manufacturing services. The company offers a variety of manufacturing processes, including 3D printing, CNC machining, injection molding, and more.
Zetwerk is an Indian-based universal factory offering end-to-end manufacturing services as well as an online marketplace connecting buyers and sellers for customized manufacturing products.
Chip manufacturing is the process of creating integrated circuits from semiconductor materials. Chips are made in a variety of shapes and sizes, and are used in a wide range of electronic devices.
Decarbonization is the process of reducing or eliminating carbon dioxide emissions from various sources, most notably from the burning of fossil fuels. The goal of decarbonization is to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and help mitigate climate change.
Rug tufting is the process of attaching yarn or other fibers to a backing material to create a rug. Tufting can be done by hand or machine, and can be done in a variety of patterns.
nTopology is an innovative engineering design platform for advanced manufacturing based in the United States. The platform's features include topology optimization, generative design, lattices, simulation, design automation, and field-driven design.
PPC cement is a type of cement that is used in the construction of precast concrete products. The cement is known for its high compressive and flexural strengths, as well as its low water absorption.
Lamination is the process of bonding two or more layers of material together with a laminating adhesive. The process is often used to create a durable and waterproof finished product.
Trend Highlight – Additive Manufacturing and Smart Structures
To manufacture, you almost always need to waste. One of the most common forms of manufacturing is called subtractive manufacturing where the final product starts as a solid block and material is cut away until the final form is reached. 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is the opposite approach: The product starts as nothing and material is added, to only the parts where it’s needed, until the final form is reached.
In a perfectly ideal world, a product’s material is distributed in just the right spots based on how real-world forces will be applied to the product, like how the internal structure of a human bone is sparse in some areas and thicker in the areas where more weight is being supported.
But this level of optimization–like what can be seen in a bone’s internal structure–is not cheap or even possible with traditional manufacturing processes.
And in most industries, this level of optimization simply doesn’t matter, as most products are of relatively low value. For industries with high-value components though, like aviation and space, the savings are massive.
In aviation, even a 1kg weight reduction saves $3k/yr in fuel which equates to nearly $100k total over the course of an aircraft’s lifespan. Using additive manufacturing can help cut hundreds or even thousands of kilograms from a plane’s weight.
And the savings aren’t just in the form of smarter material usage; Additive manufacturing also means many parts can be printed together. NASA famously printed a turbine fuel injector in only 2 parts, whereas before, using different manufacturing techniques, it was a combination of 115 assembled components. This means not only reduced assembly time and costs but also reduced costs for quality assurance.
nTopology is a rapidly growing software for additive manufacturing that helps engineers design smarter parts that lean into the unique strengths of additive manufacturing.
While the consumer 3D printing world saw a rise and fall of hype over the past decade, the much larger industrial 3D printing industry is making big moves from prototyping to production. While less than 5% of 3D printed parts were used in production settings 20 years ago, nearly half are today.
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