AMC Welcomes New Members: 3D Systems and ArcelorMittal

The Additive Manufacturing Consortium, operated by EWI, is pleased to introduce these companies to AMC membership:

3D_Systems_Logo supersmallwithaddedspace3D Systems, the originator of 3D printing and innovator of 3D solutions, combines its plastic and metal 3D printers, print materials, on-demand manufacturing services and end-to-end manufacturing software solutions for industry including aerospace, automotive, and consumer goods. Headquartered in Rock Hill, SC, the company employs over 2400 people in 25 offices worldwide.

arcelormittal logo supersmallArcelorMittal is the world’s leading steel and mining company with a presence in 60 countries and industrial footprint in 18 countries. It is one of five of the largest producers of iron ore and metallurgical coal. In addition to research and development, the company supplies steel in the major global steel markets including automotive, construction, household appliances, and packaging.

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For more information about the AMC, visit https://ewi.org/additive-manufacturing-consortium/ or contact: rsamant@ewi.org.

 

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Key Steps to Accelerating Production Process Development

amcIncreased demand for new, lighter, longer-lasting products is driving manufacturers across industries to incorporate newer, more advanced materials into product development. As material specifications change, so must the production development infrastructure. Whether single stage shifts or entire line changes are required, manufacturers must carry out a number of preliminary steps to ensure success.

Essential preliminary steps to inform production changes include:

  • Process feasibility studies to screen ideas and technology before you invest hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars on ineffective equipment.
  • In-depth iterative trials conducted with scientific methodology to overcome the inevitable hurdles in developing a technology.
  • Materials development studies to determine ideal material properties for optimal manufacturing.
  • Process development & optimization to increase process operating window efficiency, productivity, and cost effectiveness, enabling faster adoption by optimizing the process offline.

In addition, manufacturers need to look beyond materials, equipment and process setup to consider long-term functionality of components and processes. The right partner can provide you with expert guidance, support, and resources to navigate these critical steps, helping you achieve your product development goals faster.

Optimizing Manufacturing and Production Processes, A Casebook of Successful Technology Development provides examples of a variety of organizations EWI has helped to adapt and optimize product development through the creation of such solutions as:

  • An advanced laser welding solution to meet customer demand for more reliable welds
  • A new microstructural architecture to improve crash-impact performance of seat structures
  • An affordable solution for joining ever-smaller electronics components

To see more examples of industry innovators that achieved their development goals with EWI, click here.
 

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Change without thoughtful planning can fall short of cost, efficiency and production goals. EWI’s breadth of engineering and manufacturing experience, industry-leading technologies, and array of development services can help you identify the best solutions to achieve your development goals. Interested in learning more about how we can help you optimize manufacturing and production processes? Contact Jon Jennings at jjennings@ewi.org to discuss your needs.

 

 

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Oil & Gas Strategic Technology Committee: Research for 2018 — new paper

Inserting the tack welds at the weld rootThe Strategic Technology Committee for Oil & Gas (STC), established by EWI in 2013, works to identify gaps and needs in materials joining and allied technologies relevant to the energy industry, and develops technology development programs to address those needs.  Its goal is to enhance the safety, integrity and reliability of critical infrastructure used in the exploration, production and delivery of energy products to markets worldwide.

The STC currently is engaged in an ongoing program to test the effect of constraint on brittle fracture for steel pipes. The results to date are shared in a new paper by EWI Principal Engineer Bill Mohr, Oil & Gas Strategic Technology Committee: Research for 2018. The paper also outlines other STC projects this year including:

  • Assessing NDE methods for dissimilar metal welds
  • Managing brittle fracture in subsea hardware, flowlines, and risers
  • Factors influencing copper contamination of girth welds
  • Weldability of low manganese line pipe steel for sour service
  • Development of ECA guidelines for subsea and offshore systems

STCTo read about these projects, download the paper here.

To learn about membership in the STC, visit ewi.org/strategic-technology-committee-for-oil-gas.

 

 

 

 

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