HP and Siemens have been partners for many years, but the companies continue to build on the relationship with an eye toward pushing out innovation in additive manufacturing, transforming it from a prototyping technology to a cost-effective production technology.
Researchers from the University of Maryland and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory have developed a new water-based lithium-ion battery that can reach the critical 4.0 volt threshold without the danger of explosion and fire inherent in non-aqueous lithium-ion batteries.
The system, which can either be a mobile unit or fixed to the shop floor, enables a three-step process that recovers any unused material from the printer, screens it and returns it to the machine for immediate reuse or to a container for storage.
Ultrasonic manipulation could incorporate assembly into additive manufacturing, widening the capabilities of current printers, potentially leading to the creation of a printer that could print and assemble whole devices.
GKN Aerospace and the U.S. Energy Department’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have partnered to improve the deposition process of additive manufacturing for aerospace to achieve volume production of large titanium components.
One company sees 3D print technology evolving into a product lineup of affordable and scalable printers, with the “blade server” concept for volume manufacturing where printers on a rack will scale up or down to meet customers’ needs.