Carbon fibers prove stronger than Kevlar and glass in FDM 3D prints

Carbon fibers prove stronger than Kevlar and glass in FDM 3D prints

Looking into ways to improve the strength of nylon 3D printer filament, researchers at University College Dublin have conducted a comparative study on the addition of fiber reinforcements. In the research glass, synthetic polymer Kevlar, and carbon fibers are tested for their ability to improve the performance of a 3D printed object, proving tensile abilities […]

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GE is building the world’s largest laser-powder 3D printer

GE is building the world’s largest laser-powder 3D printer

Laser additive manufacturing can 3D print an object by "drawing" it with a laser in a layer of powdered metal GE has announced its plans to build the world’s largest laser-powder additive manufacturing machine. The device, which will be developed through a new branch of the company called GE Additive, uses a laser to mold […]

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GKN Aerospace flies 3D printed optical ice detector probe

GKN Aerospace flies 3D printed optical ice detector probe

British company GKN Aerospace has announced successful flight testing of a 3D printed titanium optical ice detector (OID) probe. The 3D printed probe was tested onboard the Atmospheric Research Aircraft (ARA) at the Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements (FAAM), in Cranfield UK. Using GKN’s additive manufacturing process, the aerospace arm of the company was able […]

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