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Protective Masks, Face Shields And Respirators From The 3D Printer

Protective Masks, Face Shields And Respirators From The 3D Printer

Any help in the fight against the corona virus is worth its weight in gold. Many companies from outside the industry, colleges and universities now support with urgently needed protective masks, facial visors and ventilators /u2013 manufactured using 3D printing

Automated Production Of Bio-based Lightweight Sandwich Structures

Automated Production Of Bio-based Lightweight Sandwich Structures

Process lightweight sandwich structures made of flax fibers, bio-based plastic and veneer wood directly into component shape in just a few process steps? The research group Eco Wing is working on such automated processing

Simulate Without Net And Double Bottom

Simulate Without Net And Double Bottom

Simsolid enables structural mechanical analysis of components without a network. A practical example shows that it works

Plasma Makes Used Protective Clothing Reusable

Plasma Makes Used Protective Clothing Reusable

In the global corona pandemic, protective masks and protective clothing are becoming increasingly scarce. The disinfection process with plasma can help to disinfect protective clothing that has already been used and make it usable again

Sembach Produces Micro Parts Using The Micro Injection Molding Process

Sembach Produces Micro Parts Using The Micro Injection Molding Process

Miniatures made of technical ceramics are said to be particularly suitable for the medical technology sector. The ceramic specialist Sembach now also manufactures components in the micro-injection molding process for this area

Corona Crisis Hits German Massive Forming With Full Force

Corona Crisis Hits German Massive Forming With Full Force

As a result of the Corona crisis, delivery shortfalls and order slumps are forcing companies in the German forging industry to work short hours and require financial help. The Industrial Association of Solid Forming regularly informs its members in the Corona lunch forum

Cleverly Solve Construction Crises

Cleverly Solve Construction Crises

The article shows how crises in mechanical and plant engineering, triggered by design errors, for example, were solved and even generated added value

Researchers Are Turning CO2 Into High-purity Carbon

Researchers Are Turning CO2 Into High-purity Carbon

KIT researchers filter CO 2 from the air in a test facility that is unique in the world and convert it into high-purity carbon powder, known as carbon black

Certainly More Knowledge: Smart Engineering Day Takes Place Virtually

Certainly More Knowledge: Smart Engineering Day Takes Place Virtually

Due to the current situation, construction practice has created a new concept for the Smart Engineering Day: The event will take place as a web conference

Corona Crisis - How The 3D Printing Industry Helps

Corona Crisis - How The 3D Printing Industry Helps

The European Commission is asking for support to provide hospitals with urgently needed medical equipment using 3D printing. We show how companies and universities participate

Wanted In The Production Fight Against The Virus

Wanted In The Production Fight Against The Virus

3D printing is currently showing how it can help. Here you will find the projects in which you can participate. As well as links to the required standards

Glass Fiber Reinforced Epoxy SMC As An Alternative To Carbon

Glass Fiber Reinforced Epoxy SMC As An Alternative To Carbon

Lightweight automotive construction often relies on expensive carbon. Lorenz Kunststofftechnik relies on glass fiber reinforced epoxy sheet mold compounds. They have strength values comparable to those of carbon fibers and are also 50% cheaper to manufacture

What Fast Simulation Does Today

What Fast Simulation Does Today

Today, simulation is no longer only suitable for calculation experts, but is available to many users for quick and early design finding. Live simulation plays a special role, in which changes are calculated in real time

Is CO2 The New Oil?

Is CO2 The New Oil?

Researchers from RWTH Aachen University, the Max Planck Society and Covestro AG have developed a process for producing the raw material polyol from carbon dioxide and other substances

Intelligent Pressure Rolling Process Protects Steel Against Counterfeiting

Intelligent Pressure Rolling Process Protects Steel Against Counterfeiting

Manufacture of anti-counterfeit steel products is the goal of a research project. Not only should the outer shape of steel be changed, but properties should also be adapted. In this way, an integrated magnetic barcode protects the steel component from counterfeiting

Hierarchical Sandwich Structures Increase Resistance To Buckling

Hierarchical Sandwich Structures Increase Resistance To Buckling

Sandwich structures are effectively suitable for lightweight construction. Fraunhofer IMWS and Thermhex Waben GmbH have investigated how hierarchical sandwich structures can make lightweight construction even more efficient

Recycling Starts With Product Planning

Recycling Starts With Product Planning

Circular value creation helps above all against the growing waste of raw materials. A new guide from the VDI shows what industry can do

Limits Of The Timoshenko Bar: FE Calculation Of Waves

Limits Of The Timoshenko Bar: FE Calculation Of Waves

Because analytical approaches to gearbox development often do not reliably depict complex components, a new method was introduced in the current version 5.6 of the FVA Workbench: shaft calculation using the FE approach

Minitec Optimizes Conveyor Routes With A Digital Twin

Minitec Optimizes Conveyor Routes With A Digital Twin

Minitec uses digital twins in the construction of conveyor lines and thus optimizes the conveyor processes of a large coffee maker

Layer By Layer - The History Of 3D Printing

Layer By Layer - The History Of 3D Printing

The trade magazine Konstruktionspraxis is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, which is a reason for the editorial team to take a look back. Today: the history of 3D printing

3D Printed Door Handle Attachment Against The Corona Virus

3D Printed Door Handle Attachment Against The Corona Virus

A newly developed, 3D-printed handle attachment prevents door handles from having to be touched. The 3D printing expert Materialize provides the design free of charge worldwide

The Advantages Of The Circular Economy

The Advantages Of The Circular Economy

The EU has presented its circular economy strategy. The circular economy can also have advantages for industry

New Structure Developed For Smooth And Structured Surfaces

New Structure Developed For Smooth And Structured Surfaces

Inspired by nature, a team of researchers has developed an artificial friction system that works on various surfaces. The locusts were used as a model

Drill Rivet Holes In CFRP

Drill Rivet Holes In CFRP

Drill rivet holes in composite materials - with a drilling time of less than 10 seconds per hole. The Laser Zentrum Hannover has developed a laser-based system together with four partners

3D Printing Directly In The Operating Room

3D Printing Directly In The Operating Room

A 3D printer with an integrated clean room brings additive manufacturing directly to the operating room. The 3D printer was developed by the start-up Kumovis

What You Need To Consider In Order To Use AI Successfully

What You Need To Consider In Order To Use AI Successfully

AI is considered future technology, but companies can go wrong when it comes to use. At the Smart Engineering Day on May 7th in W /u00fcrzburg, Prof. Dr. Patrick Glauner, why most AI projects fail in practice and gives tips for the successful use of the technology

Plastic Waste Becomes Petroleum Again In Minutes

Plastic Waste Becomes Petroleum Again In Minutes

The closed cycle: According to its own information, Igus invests in the chemical recycling of plastics. A pioneer in this area will be supported in order to master the plastic waste problem in the future

Inexpensive Lightweight Construction Is Feasible

Inexpensive Lightweight Construction Is Feasible

Lightweight construction saves weight and reduces emissions. So far, however, lightweight components have simply been too expensive for cheap car models. In the EU project Alliance, car manufacturers, suppliers and research institutions have come together to change this

Simulations Solve Complex Drive Technology Calculations

Simulations Solve Complex Drive Technology Calculations

When developing an oil-cooled clutch brake, the simulation experts of an engineering company reduced the use of resources. Through the constant exchange with the designers and developers, every geometric change could be implemented in a targeted and efficient manner

Virtually Optimize The Finest Structures In Microfluidics

Virtually Optimize The Finest Structures In Microfluidics

Thanks to simulation, the effect of microstructured surfaces can be predicted and specifically improved early in the design process of medical implants

Five Steps To A Digital Twin

Five Steps To A Digital Twin

Technical product development is constantly changing towards model-based approaches. In the course of this, the term "digital twin" has recently been established and developed. At the Smart Engineering Day, the TU Munich is showing its solution for the conception and introduction of digital twins

I Was Not Trusted To Give A Lecture On A Technical Topic

I Was Not Trusted To Give A Lecture On A Technical Topic

Stefanie Brickwede, Managing Director of /u201eMobility goes Additive /u201c, talks about the difficulties women face in the additive manufacturing industry and how she deals with them

How Aircraft Engine Noise Can Be Measured

How Aircraft Engine Noise Can Be Measured

When an aircraft is approaching the landing gear, flaps and flaps create deafening noise. Scientists at DLR have now made this noise acoustically measurable

Five Innovations In The Field Of Materials

Five Innovations In The Field Of Materials

From 2K rubber plastic to optimized PAEK materials for EOS laser sintering platforms to a new 3D printing tribo filament. We show you five new products from the field of materials

Gigantic 3D Printer Produces 10-ton Gear Parts Made Of Steel

Gigantic 3D Printer Produces 10-ton Gear Parts Made Of Steel

A group of research institutes and companies wants to build a giant XXL 3D printer to print steel marine gear parts. The printer is to produce steel parts weighing up to 10 tons

Dimensionally Stable Aluminum Components For Almost All Geometries

Dimensionally Stable Aluminum Components For Almost All Geometries

Strength and yield strength are crucial for applications with aluminum. Alimex GmbH has found out what role the heat treatment of the starting material, i.e. the aluminum ingot, plays for the shape stability

Metav 2020 Postponed Due To Corona Virus

Metav 2020 Postponed Due To Corona Virus

The Metav, trade fair for metalworking technologies, will also be postponed due to the corona virus. No new date has yet been set

Molten Metal Hybrid Filter System For High-purity Metals

Molten Metal Hybrid Filter System For High-purity Metals

In order to obtain high-purity and flawless metals for light, but extremely resilient components, the metal melt must be filtered from impurities in the manufacturing process. A newly developed hybrid filter system at the TU Bergakadmie Freiberg works here with great precision

What Role X-rays Play In Industry

What Role X-rays Play In Industry

X-rays are known for their medical benefits. The beams are also used for material testing and quality assurance, even in mechanical engineering

BMW Relies On Additive Manufacturing

BMW Relies On Additive Manufacturing

Dr. Maximilian Meixlsperger, Head of Additive Manufacturing Metal at the BMW Group, talks about his company's 3D printing strategy and the challenges that still need to be overcome