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FEB 2018

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MODERN EQUIPMENT REVIEW SPOTLIGHT | Additive Manufacturing MMS FEBRUARY 2018 134 Steel Powder for Laser Powder-Bed Fusion AM DP Technology has announced the premiere of its Esprit additive suite, a 3D printing solution that is designed for efficiency and accuracy while simplifying the additive manufacturing process into a few steps. It is designed to deliver machine-optimized job files and process control for direct metal deposition and powder - bed fusion systems. For hybrid machine tools, the app for direct metal deposition offers integrated programming and simula- tion for multitasking, multifunction, multi-channel addi- tive and subtractive machine tools, all integrated within the Esprit CAM system. Features include specialized trajectories for additive processes, full-spectrum tool paths for subtractive processes, simulation and verifi- cation for both additive and subtractive processes, and postprocessing for any CNC machine tool. The app for powder-bed fusion systems is a printer driver that supports the process from orienting the part, creating supports, optimizing the build, and slicing and nesting, to generating a job file. It includes a part-to- build workflow, essentially a portable, reusable print driver that enables an intermediary part-to-build file to be created and reused in other job files without redefining the manufacturing information for trace- ability, time savings and consistency. The app's knowl- edge management feature enables problem solving and knowledge sharing with other users to foster improvement and better decision making through automated rules and best practices. A process control app enables information sharing among users within a company. The app stores information including original 3D CAD files, part-to-build files and job files, as well as post-build information such as user comments, build results and machine log files. It also includes thermal simulation of the build process for prediction of potential part distortion, and optimized nesting for multi-part builds. Both apps feature the ability to work directly with native 3D CAD files. General end-user availability is expected in mid-2018. | DP Technology Corp. - Esprit | 800-627-8479 NanoSteel announces the launch of its first product for laser powder-bed fusion additive manufacturing. BLDRmetal L-40 is a case-hardening steel powder that provides hardness and ductility and prints on standard commercial equipment. This alloy is said to provide better performance than M300 maraging steel and is an alternative to difficult-to-print tool steels such as H13. It is designed for parts such as tools, dies, bear- ings and gears. NanoSteel developed this alloy through rapid iterative development at CFK GmbH, a 3D printing service provider. | NanoSteel | 877-293-6266 | Apps Simplify Direct Metal Deposition, Powder-Bed Fusion AM

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