Increasingly, digital manufacturing companies that offer molding services for custom prototypes and low-volume production parts are finding their customers are demanding more speed than ever. Insert molding technology helps them trim turnaround time from months to weeks.
While manufacturing companies and parts suppliers are embracing 3D printing and additive manufacturing for a variety of applications, there is perhaps no location more remote and difficult to supply than space.
Additive manufacturing of membranes for water desalination would offer a number of advantages in the design of membrane structures customized to reduce fouling by selectively channeling the feed towards particular parts of the membrane.
Civil engineering professor and researcher Saiid Saiidi has pioneered technology that will help keep critical infrastructure open and usable following large earthquakes, and downtown Seattle is about to gain the first benefits.
Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) recently used additive manufacturing techniques to produce isotropic, near-net-shape, neodymium-iron-boron (NdFeB) bonded magnets.