LimbForge helps clinicians develop 3D-printed prosthetic limbs for amputees in developing countries, creating high-quality, affordable devices that are custom made to fit individual needs. LimbForge’s prosthetics improve the lives of patients, as well as their families and communities. This small nonprofit organization is using digital-design tools and 3D printing to bring prosthetic care to the poorest regions of the world as part of a wave of innovation that’s making advanced manufacturing tools accessible to anyone, anywhere.
Metro Aerospace has an ingenious microvane product design that delivers SLS thermoplastic 3D printed modifications to the exterior of cargo aircraft to reduce drag and improve fuel consumption by 4%. Emirates Airlines now has 3D printed fire resistant cabin parts that reduce weight of the original part by 9-13% and are produced on-demand, reducing inventory costs and time of aircraft on ground. Airbus Space and Defense has developed the first metal 3D printed radio frequency (RF) filter, tested and validated for use in commercial telecommunications satellites.
GE Additive celebrated the opening of its first international Customer Experience Center in Munich. The new 2,700 square meter center, co-located with GE’s European Technology Center, allows current and potential customers to experience every aspect of the additive manufacturing process from design to prototyping to operations. Mohammad Ehteshami, Vice President & General Manager GE Additive, and thought-leaders from business, politics, technology and academia gathered for the Grand Opening and discussed the potential that additive manufacturing will bring to business and industries.
The manufacturing world is embracing 3D metal printing in a big way. GE Aviation is using it to print fuel nozzles, saving aircraft owners millions in operation costs annually per plane. Medical device companies use it to print patient-specific orthopedic implants and life-saving surgical instruments. These are just a few examples of the gigantic strides metal printing has made over the past decade, with countless more to come as the technology becomes increasingly main stream.
EOS, a leading technology supplier in the field of industrial 3D printing, and Under Armour, one of the largest sports brands in the world and a market leader in bringing commercial 3D printed footwear to consumers—announced their strategic new partnership at the formnext trade fair in Frankfurt, Germany.
Manufacturing has changed in recent years. Computer-controlled machines and computer aided design (CAD) tools are more accessible and more flexible than ever before, opening the industry up to more innovative fabrication methods that can capitalize on new and improving capabilities. As for additive technology, it IS changing the world.
EOS, on of the world’s leading technology suppliers in the field of industrial 3D printing of metals and polymers, will showcase its latest and growing portfolio of additive manufacturing (AM) systems and software solutions, services and consulting at this year’s formnext in Frankfurt/Germany from November 14-17, 2017.