Could manufacturing AI be a surprise by-product of AV development?

Automotive World | April 04, 2019

Could manufacturing AI be a surprise by-product of AV development?
For decades, manufacturing in the automotive industry has remained relatively stable. While techniques and procedures have changed considerably since the first Model T rolled off the production line in 1908, for the most part, manufacturing has remained a largely mechanical affair—more cogs and gears than computers and code. However, just as vehicles on the road are undergoing a period of significant computer-driven change, the way these vehicles are produced is also evolving.

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Aerospace and companies use ANSYS simulation to increase fuel efficiency, design lighter and better stealth aircraft, improve safety and propel autonomous flight. Using the ANSYS multiphysics and multidomain platform, engineers can collaborate across disciplines and around the world, explore the design space in real time, solve the complexities of electrification, harness the power of additive manufacturing, optimize performance and asset maintenance and improve the design of future aircraft and their systems.

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Aerospace and companies use ANSYS simulation to increase fuel efficiency, design lighter and better stealth aircraft, improve safety and propel autonomous flight. Using the ANSYS multiphysics and multidomain platform, engineers can collaborate across disciplines and around the world, explore the design space in real time, solve the complexities of electrification, harness the power of additive manufacturing, optimize performance and asset maintenance and improve the design of future aircraft and their systems.

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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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Georgia Number One state for Aerospace Manufacturing Coupled with Camden's Expertise in Space Industry

Spaceport Camden | October 15, 2020

Separate examinations from the consulting giant PwC and Georgia Southern University's Center for Business Analytics and Economic Research (CBAER) show the business appeal of Spaceport Camden. PwC's 2020 Aerospace producing allure rankings records the State of Georgia as the main state in the nation for aviation fabricating. As per the report, "[Georgia's Aerospace and Defense] workforce of 108,000 is utilized by in excess of 800 aviation organizations. Aviation items, esteemed at $10.8 billion, represent the state's top fares and speak to the second biggest assembling industry in the state, speaking to $57.5 billion in financial effect." Independently, a report by CBAER (PDF) at Georgia Southern University found that Camden County as of now represents 278 of Georgia's 926 direct space industry occupations. As per CBAER, "Camden County has an altogether more elevated level of specialization in the essential dispatch area than does the territory of Georgia… the expansion of a spaceport could help increment the work and wages effectively present here." Direct space industry net local item has expanded since 2008 for both Georgia and Camden County, while information shows statewide GRP has developed by 88% and in Camden County by 125%. The normal yearly wages per specialist in Camden County are $42,757, while the immediate space area normal wages are $150,190 in 2019. This implies that a run of the mill work in the space area wins 3.5 occasions the local standard. "Georgia is the number one state in which to do business, as well as the number one state for aerospace manufacturing. Coupled with Camden's existing expertise in the space industry, we are poised for massive growth with the approval of Spaceport Camden," said Steve Howard, Camden County administrator and Spaceport Camden project lead. Camden County authorities have recently promoted Spaceport Camden's capability to help progressing military from Naval Base Kings Bay and to utilize plane design specialists from Georgia Tech University, the country's biggest maker of architects. Camden County foresees an official conclusion on its Launch Site Operator's License Application by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the spring of 2021. About Spaceport Camden: Our Vision is to develop a successful world class spaceport through a public-private partnership that establishes Camden County as the Commercial Space Center of the United States. Our Mission is to create the premier spaceport strategically positioned to provide economic diversity with a competitive advantage for the space sector, Camden County, the State of Georgia and the United States of America.

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Beam Therapeutics Plans to Build $83 Million Manufacturing Facility In North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park

Beam Therapeutics | August 12, 2020

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