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Integrated production, or the smart factory, and the consumer’s desire for customization pose new challenges for today’s furniture industry. Meeting the increasing need for customization while remaining competitive, specifically in high-wage countries, require efficient production capabilities.

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Desktop Metal Qualifies D2 Tool Steel for Additive Manufacturing With the Production System

Desktop Metal | November 24, 2021

Desktop Metal today announced it has qualified the use of D2 tool steel for the Production System™ platform, which leverages patent pending Single Pass Jetting™ (SPJ) technology designed to achieve the fastest build speeds in the metal additive manufacturing industry. Businesses can now leverage SPJ technology for the production of parts in high-strength, high-temperature applications such as cold work metal forming tools, dies, and punches as well as injection molds with conformal cooling channels. D2 tool steel is a versatile high-carbon, high-chromium air-hardening tool steel characterized by its high hardness and compressive strength after heat treatment. This tool steel also offers extremely high wear resistance properties, dimensional stability, and corrosion resistance in the hardened condition, a key benefit for conformal cooling applications. D2 is used for a wide variety of cold work tools that require a combination of wear resistance and moderate toughness, such as coining and sizing tool members, blanking and forming dies, shear cutting tools, gauges, burnishing tools, and other wear parts. “Our materials science team is constantly working to develop new materials and processes to make 3D printing accessible to all industries and applications,We are responding to the demand from our customers across manufacturing and industrial industries for materials like D2 tool steel that enable the production of critical forming and cutting tools, and in various other applications where high hardness is valued.” Jonah Myerberg, co-founder and CTO of Desktop Metal Desktop Metal’s materials science team has qualified and fully characterized D2 tool steel printed on Production System technology in accordance with ASTM testing requirements. Rotating Cam Cams used in oil and gas or chemical processing applications convert rotary motion into reciprocating linear motion in a machine. Typically these parts require multiple manufacturing steps, beginning with CNC machining and followed by broaching of the spline on a separate machine. Binder jetting enables the production of cams in a single printing step, reducing both the cost and lead time of the part, while also supporting the production of numerous cam sizes in a single build to accommodate different machines, all without any fixturing or tooling required. D2 tool steel is critical for this application because of its hardness and corrosion resistance, which ensures a longer lifetime as the cam mechanically interacts with a sliding pin. In addition, because these components are often integrated into machines operating in harsh environments, the corrosion resistance provided by D2 ensures that the parts will perform as intended and not deteriorate. The Production System - World’s Fastest Way to 3D Print Metal Parts At-Scale Created by the inventors of binder jetting and single-pass inkjet technology, the Production System is an industrial manufacturing platform powered by Desktop Metal’s SPJ technology. It is designed to achieve speeds up to 100 times those of legacy powder bed fusion additive manufacturing technologies and enable production quantities of up to millions of parts per year at costs competitive with conventional mass production techniques. The Production System platform consists of two printer models: the P-1, a solution for process development and serial production applications, and the P-50, a large form factor mass production solution for end-use parts. The Production System combines Desktop Metal engineered binders with an open material platform, allowing customers to produce high-performance parts using the same low-cost metal powders used in the Metal Injection Molding (MIM) industry. An inert processing environment enables compatibility with a variety of materials, including high-performance alloys and even reactive metal powders, such as aluminum and titanium. In addition to D2, the materials library for the Production System platform has expanded to include 420 stainless steel, nickel alloy IN625, 4140 low-alloy steel, 316L stainless steel, and 17-4PH stainless steel, each of which have been qualified by Desktop Metal. The platform also supports several customer-qualified materials, including silver and gold, and Desktop Metal plans to add additional metals to its portfolio, including tool steels, stainless steels, superalloys, copper, and more. About Desktop Metal Desktop Metal, Inc., based in Burlington, Massachusetts, is accelerating the transformation of manufacturing with an expansive portfolio of 3D printing solutions, from rapid prototyping to mass production. Founded in 2015 by leaders in advanced manufacturing, metallurgy, and robotics, the company is addressing the unmet challenges of speed, cost, and quality to make additive manufacturing an essential tool for engineers and manufacturers around the world. Desktop Metal was selected as one of the world’s 30 most promising Technology Pioneers by the World Economic Forum, named to MIT Technology Review’s list of 50 Smartest Companies, and the 2021 winner of Fast Company’s Innovation by Design Award in materials.

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Green Manufacturing? Tech Can Help

IndustryWeek | May 04, 2020

As manufacturing technological continues evolving it not only harnesses the potential to improve industrial efficiencies, but it also can help drive sustainability efforts forward including protecting the environment and reducing industrial emissions and waste output. In particular, digital technologies such as AI can serve as key enablers for achieving sustainability goals, explains AspenTech Chemical Industry Director Paige Morse. After all, technology solutions can address the key performance areas that companies are targeting including safety and reliability, environmental impact as well as efficiency and innovation. AI is a perfect example. In a short period of time AI has already shown the ability to accurately predict operational issues before they become problems. It can identify unusual patterns of behavior in equipment/assets and, from there, determine if certain anomalies have a history of leading to certain malfunctions, detecting this sometimes even months in advance of an actual asset failure. The role this plays in sustainability is that AI can help to eliminate energy or material that would be wasted in ineffective or malfunctioning processes by essentially pre-empting those events with alerts to staff about the future issue at hand and then offering prescriptive action to operators on how to address it.

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Nidec Uses OptimalPlus Data Analytics Platform to Boost Manufacturing Product Quality

NI, Nidec | September 02, 2020

NI today announced Nidec Small Precision Motor and Solutions Business Unit is using the OptimalPlus big data analytics platform to help accelerate new product introduction ramp-up and improve manufacturing efficiency. By leveraging OptimalPlus technology, now part of NI, Nidec hopes to improve product quality and drive higher levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty. With increasing demand for product reliability due to the proliferation of smart consumer electronics and autonomous cars, ensuring quality and expediting time to market is presenting great challenges for manufacturers worldwide, especially as mechanical and electronic components and manufacturing processes become more complex. The challenge is exacerbated when devices are assembled with hundreds to thousands of subcomponents originating in disparate geographies, and that relevant data is dispersed across separate siloes. This combination makes it exceedingly difficult for manufacturers to understand where the source of product issues may be, address them, and accelerate NPI.

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Integrated production, or the smart factory, and the consumer’s desire for customization pose new challenges for today’s furniture industry. Meeting the increasing need for customization while remaining competitive, specifically in high-wage countries, require efficient production capabilities.