Download the 2022 January/February edition of 3D ADEPT Mag

With a key focus on Aerospace & Space

We officially kickstart a new volume of 3D ADEPT Mag, our global digital and print magazine that reports, tracks, and analyses what’s happening in the AM industry.

With a key focus on “Aerospace & Space” manufacturing, this edition sheds light on the synergy that must exist between academia, SMEs and final users in order to evolve and qualify AM processes, and to further enhance the efficiency of aircraft and manufacturing workflows.

It reminds and shows that the additive manufacturing industry is “competing” with manufacturing techniques that have been around for at least a century and there is reason for optimism when you see how far it has come.

Exclusive features

Multi-Material 3D printing: where does the drawback lie?

Multi-material 3D printing is hot. Who wouldn’t want to receive a part that meets the ‘best value for money’ criterion? That’s the most important unique selling proposition (USP) of multi-material 3D printing. Like most AM technologies you would tell me, but multi-material 3D printing has a more appealing argument when one understands the manufacturing process: using multiple materials at the same time to fabricate an object. This means that from product development, prototyping, and internal tooling, to low volume production parts, this manufacturing method can bring a significant return on investment – if well performed. So, where does the drawback lie?

Business: Go Big or Go Home: What does raising money from VC firms mean for Additive Manufacturing Companies?

Successful companies often convey the image that they are living a fairy tale which might sound like honey in the mouth to those who like fairy tales. To me, the most beautiful part of a company’s journey is the path it takes to get there, a path where one of the most daunting hurdles is often that of financing.

Post-processing Segment:  A closer look at surface treatments in metal 3D Printing

With the goal of providing a thorough understanding of each post-processing task, we have started sharing key insights into issues raised by metal powder removal, the use of furnaces in Additive Manufacturing, or even the Automated Dyeing Process For 3D Printed Parts. In this article, we will have a look at the best practices and tips to know when conducting a surface treatment method in metal 3D printing.

Interview of the Month: The AM strategies Sintavia takes to embrace the various directions the commercial aerospace market is embracing

A conversation with Sintavia’s CEO Brian Neff highlights the various directions the commercial aerospace market is embracing as well as the new manufacturing strategies they require.

AM Shapers: AM Workflow Integration in the Aerospace Industry: How do we Earn Credibility as a Viable Manufacturing Technology?

“We [the AM community], have homework to do to earn the credibility as a viable manufacturing technology”, Dr. Melissa Orme, Vice President, Boeing Additive Manufacturing.

Software: CAD and/or Mesh: Why the road to file preparation for 3D printing can be confusing?

One of the most fundamental steps in a product development process is the modelling, which entails creating 3D models of objects. Here is the thing, some designers believe that CAD is the only way forward – completely removing mesh workflows from the file preparation process while others think that MESH is slightly faster. The first step in building consensus is to clarify the importance of CAD & MESH – individually.

USE Case: Instead of producing 248 elements, Ariane Group 3D prints an injector head of a rocket engine as one single component

The Ariane team has produced an injector head of a rocket engine of a future upper stage propulsion module as one component. The injector head has been simplified and reduced to what is literally an all-in-one (AiO) design.