Metal and Polymer Additive Manufacturing Markets: AMR Shares Latest Monthly Insights

3dprint | December 20, 2016

In order to keep tabs on an industry seeing explosive growth, it’s critical to rely on the best sources available. Just launched in September, Additive Manufacturing Research has quickly become one of these go-to resources, as the team — with experience gleaned from significant experience with SmarTech Publishing — offers insights each month into aspects of the additive manufacturing industry, pointing out key trends and forecasts. AMR’s recently published bulletins for November again offer expert views, as the firm notes that their service is predicated on:
Continuous market data and forecast updates
Competitive analysis
Identifying new potential profit opportunities
Commitment to our subscribers’ success in additive manufacturing

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One important application of metal additive manufacturing in the aerospace industry involves not making new parts, but repairing existing ones. Aircraft engine blades such as compressor and turbine blades are subject to wear. Historically these components have been repaired manually, through the work of a skilled welder, but 3D printing via directed energy deposition (DED), guided by optical measurement of the worn blade for generating custom program paths, offers the chance for an automated, unattended system to perform this repair operation. During a visit to Optomec's facility in Clover, South Carolina, I saw how additive manufacturing for aircraft engine blade repair works. This video shows DED of Inconel 625 applied in two different types of paths to repair the tips of a compressor blade and a turbine blade.


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Legenday Starts Supplying Silicone Products to 3C Industry

LegenDay | November 28, 2022

Today, LegenDay started supplying silicone products to computers, communications, and the consumer electronics industry (3C Industry). This comes after LegenDay adopted a range of silicone product manufacturing technologies such as extrusion, injection molding, Overmolding, compression molding, and multi-shot injection molding. LegenDay will supply silicone parts to 3C industries, including Bluetooth headsets, phone parts, headphones, Wi-Fi accessories, mouse pads, gamepads, case sleeves, phone holders, and multimedia players, among other components. During this first phase, LegenDay will support small and OEM businesses in the 3C industry. “Rethinking performance, reliability, safety, and performance makes silicone the best material in consumer electronics, At LegenDay, we strive to create the future by supplying the best silicone product to the 3C industry – whether small or large silicone products. We are a partner you can trust.” -Frank, Marketing Manager LegenDay. Silicone rubber is a breakthrough in the 3C industry. Its soft-to-touch feeling, exceptional durability, flexible design, best chemical resistance, temperature tolerance, and eco-friendly features make silicone rubber the best for consumer electronics products. LegenDay continues to partner with product developers alongside manufacturers and reputable brands in the 3C industry. About LegenDay: LegenDay designs and manufactures silicone products for home and industrial use. Based in China, the company has invested in advanced silicone products manufacturing technologies such as silicon extrusion, co-moulding, Overmolding, multi-shot, and clean room injection molding. With continued innovations and research, LegenDay remains a market leader in silicone product manufacturing.

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Ring Container Technologies Awarded EcoVadis’ Gold Sustainability Rating

Ring Container Technologies | November 10, 2022

Ring Container Technologies, a leader in the plastic container manufacturing industry, today announced that the company received a gold medal sustainability rating from EcoVadis, the leading platform for environmental, social, and ethical performance ratings for global supply chains. The rating puts Ring among the top 5% of all companies assessed. The objective of the EcoVadis methodology is to measure the quality of a company’s sustainability management system through its policies, actions, and results. The assessment focuses on 21 sustainability criteria that are grouped into four themes: Environment, Labor & Human Rights, Ethics, and Sustainable Procurement. Ranking in the 98th percentile, Ring was only one point shy of achieving a platinum rating. From last year’s honors to this year, the company’s score increased by 20 points, from silver to gold status. As an industry leader in sustainability practices, Ring’s proprietary technologies have been recognized for reducing food waste, minimizing material and energy usage, and being fully recyclable. “EcoVadis’ trusted, standard rankings reinforce Ring’s commitment to investing in making products and innovations more sustainable and eco-friendly, The progress made within the company throughout the last year is evidence of that. Our customers rely on Ring not only for their shipments on time and in full, but also for sustainable solutions. We are proud to deliver on that.” -Brian Smith, Ring Container President and Chief Operating Officer. In addition to a high-ranking EcoVadis performance, Ring is involved in several other initiatives to support environmental protection. Last year, the company pledged a 20% energy intensity reduction, on average across all plants, by 2028 through the Department of Energy’s Better Plants Program. And across the country, 100% of plants have committed to Operation Clean Sweep to keep plastic debris out of waterways. To date, the EcoVadis database counts more than 90,000 rated companies in 175 countries and 200 industries. Approximately 750 multinational enterprises, representing over 47,000 procurement and sustainability professionals, have selected EcoVadis to assess and monitor their global supplier base or selected business partners. About Ring Container Technologies: Ring Container Technologies is a multinational corporation headquartered in Oakland, Tennessee. Focused on developing container technology solutions for its customers for more than 50 years, the company has grown to be an industry innovation leader and one of the largest plastic container manufacturers in North America. With a commitment to be fiscally, socially, and environmentally responsible, Ring Container Technologies strives to advance innovation while exceeding expectations by design.

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Skillnote Releases "Skillnote Insight" for Analyzing Skill Data on Manufacturing Personnel

Skillnote | November 11, 2022

Skillnote Corporation has released Skillnote Insight, a new function of the Skillnote skill management system. Skillnote Insight is a function for analyzing skill information, qualification information and training information on employees centrally managed using Skillnote along a variety of axes such as division, age group and timeline. This enables analysis and understanding of information such as the status of skills held and the status of education for the entire organization from a macro perspective, and supports strategy formulation and decision making not only in front-line divisions, but also head office HR divisions and top management. Skillnote Insight is a new function integrated with the existing functions of Skillnote, significantly enhancing their value. Background of development The environment surrounding manufacturing is currently undergoing significant change. Under these conditions, there is pressure for transformation of the skills needed from employees and the methods used for human resource development. Skillnote perceives employee skills that are the source of strength for enhancing the competitiveness of manufacturing companies to be useful data, and believes it is important to actively utilize this in business strategy and management strategy beyond conventional management in front-line divisions. Skillnote Insight was developed to contribute to not only front-line divisions but also companywide strategy formulation and decision making by increasing the utility of data collected through skill management in manufacturing sites and analyzing it from a more macro perspective. Key Features of Skillnote Insight Multiple analysis templates reflecting Skillnote's insight and know-how are available Reduction of hassle and time needed for file integration and data collection Analysis results can be output to formats such as PDF and Excel to share and use in reports User permissions can be set About the Skillnote skill management system: Skillnote is a skill management system enabling the centralized management and operation of skill matrices that have previously been managed on manufacturing sites using paper or spreadsheets. It enables planned human resource development and human resource assignment using competence information on employees on manufacturing sites. Organically linking the training information and qualification information along the access of employees' skill information enables the drafting and progress management of development plans optimized for individuals. About Skillnote Corporation: Skillnote Corporation (head office: Chuo-ku, Tokyo; CEO: Takafumi Yamakawa) was founded in 2016 and is a global company providing the Skillnote skill and training management system focused on manufacturing sites. With the vision of "Realize a world where all workers can grow and have a fulfilling career" the company is aiming for the realization of a society where everyone involved in manufacturing works energetically by scientifically analyzing the growth of people working in manufacturing.

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Atlis Motor Vehicles Secures Two Key Test Pack Purchase Orders from EV Manufacturers

Atlis Motor Vehicles | November 15, 2022

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Spotlight

One important application of metal additive manufacturing in the aerospace industry involves not making new parts, but repairing existing ones. Aircraft engine blades such as compressor and turbine blades are subject to wear. Historically these components have been repaired manually, through the work of a skilled welder, but 3D printing via directed energy deposition (DED), guided by optical measurement of the worn blade for generating custom program paths, offers the chance for an automated, unattended system to perform this repair operation. During a visit to Optomec's facility in Clover, South Carolina, I saw how additive manufacturing for aircraft engine blade repair works. This video shows DED of Inconel 625 applied in two different types of paths to repair the tips of a compressor blade and a turbine blade.

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