Make sure you look for the Innovation Exchange pieces on the show floor. Scattered around is a display of some of the most ground-breaking advances in additive manufacturing over the years. The below pieces will be on display at RAPID + TCT 2018:
US Luge Sled Layup Tool
The US Luge team races down the track at high speeds using composite sleds. The team decided to take advantage of FDM’s design freedom and versatility by printing a sled tool that is customized to the rider’s body in a fraction of the time compared to their existing process. The low temperature, low pressure cure allowed for printing the tool with ASA thermoplastic using the T40 (0.020” slice) tip.
3D Printed Boat Mold
Photo courtesy of Oak Ridge National Laboratory/US Department of Energy.
In a DOE Advanced Manufacturing Office-sponsored pilot user agreement, ORNL and Alliance MG worked together to use Cincinnati Incorporated’s BAAM system to directly manufacture boat molds out of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer. Prior large-scale polymer tooling projects at ORNL required the use of thick coatings to overcome surface finish limitations of the BAAM process, however the feasibility of manufacturing boat molds without the need for coatings has further reduced the cost and lead time of 3D-printing molds. Alliance MG is currently producing parts from the 3D-printed mold.
Emptiness of Shark – Michael Cardacino
This sculpture was made using glass bead filled nylon and it is copper and nickel plated. It was printed using the EOS P730. The shark’s skin is made of the repeated word, shark. Consider what is appearing in our mind regarding shark.
When we think, shark, our minds connect to an infinite variety of things, each with their own conditions: ocean, other fish, swimmers, Jaws, Shark Tank, danger, beauty, conservation, fear, etc.
The hollow sculpture and repeated name can move viewers to see that shark is a big fish, yet realize that the psychological construct we mentally create which sees a shark, colors our observation. We can conclude that conditioned thoughts we bring to the world color it, causing our actions and reactions.