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Finalists Announced for Additive Industries’ Metal 3D Printing Design Contest

by • March 10, 2016 • 21s Comments

Additive Industries, the Dutch company that has not long ago launched one of the most high end and automated SLM-based, production-grade 3D printing devices on the market, organized a global contest asking both students and pros to come up with the most proficient creations for industrial 3D printing. The six finalists (out of 47 contestants, both pros and students) have now been revealed and the winner can be presented at the next Additive World Conference to be held on March 23rd in Eindhoven. Erik de Bruijn, chairman of the jury and co-founder of Ultimaker, can announce the winners.

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The original teapot submitted by the Egyptian student contestant

The most hard part of implementing a metal 3D printing production workflow is not getting the 3D printing device to turn it into a hard part as much as it is to understand what creations can most exploit the advantages of additive making. Additive Industries launched the contest “in order to grow the number of examples and inspire most other industries to create dedicated applications for industrial 3D printing.”

The finalists’ products recreateed for additive making by the finalists show a broad range of opportunities. They include creations of the aerospace field (liquid rocket nozzle, bell crank for an Airbus helicopter and an integrated bearing for satellite solar arrays), car industry (motor casing to convert motorcycle of gasoline to electric) and consumer markets (bicycle frame custom lugs and a teapot).

The liquid fuel rocket nozzle submitted by the American team in the pro category

The liquid fuel rocket nozzle submitted by the American team in the pro category

All products were selected for their competence to illustrate the freedom of the developer, along with the next to reduce the number of parts or integrate them, the possibility to turn it into lighter structures and alter the material properties inside a part and for doing away with assembly requirements.

“The recreations submitted of all over the world (USA, Belgium, Germost, UK, Spain, Egypt and Finland) demonstrate perfectly how product creations can be improved when the freedom of 3D printing is applied’, says Daan Kersten, co-founder and CEO of Additive Industries.

The sizeable variation of industrial applications ensures the expanding interest for additive making in multiple industries.

In the Professional category, the Spanish team ATOS SE showed how to benefit of the additive making capabilities by creating a new integrated orientation process concept, that unifies a multiple parts solution into a one-part create named “Aerospace Integrated Bearing.” Germost-based TUHH – Liebherr (Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg) optimized the create of the bell crank for an Airbus Helicopter for mass and cost reduction. The third finalist in the Professional category, American firm Smith & Nephew, createed a regenerative liquid rocket engine and createed the light-mass, regenerative cooling liquid rocket nozzle and combustion chamber.

This is not the initially 3D printed metal frame bike concept we see but every new projects finds new advantages in AM

This is not the initially 3D printed metal frame bike concept we see but every new projects finds new advantages in AM

The Student proposals were only as absorbing. The team ‘Custom Lugs’ of the Aalto University (Finland) utilized a high degree of freedom in create for their bicycle frame custom lugs, in order to reduce the amount of guide labour in the production of customized bicycle frames of steel. Cassidy Silbernagel, of the University of Nottingham (UK), assembled a custom electric motor into a cylinder casing and an existing crank shaft case through an new motor casing create. Egyptian student Menna Moustafa El Rewiny, finally, createed an untraditional teapot, far of symmetrical rounded forms and with a lid that is fully integrated into the body.

The initially Additive World Design for Additive Manufacturing Challenge was initially revealed by Additive Industries during the Dutch Design Week, in Eindhoven, last October. Winners in both categories can take home the latest Ultimaker 2+ 3D printing device and Autodesk’s NetFabb license. The top 3 in both categories get for free one year license of Altair’s Inspire software and one year subscription to Autodesk Fusion 360. In addition the award winning creations can be printed in metal. Judging by the good results of the initiative and the most benefits that it can have on the industry as a whole, there are going to be most additional in the next.

Team AtoS AM Engineering (Atos SE, Spain): aerospace integrated bearing (pro)

Team AtoS AM Engineering (Atos SE, Spain): aerospace integrated bearing (pro)

Team TUHH - Liebherr (Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg, Germost): bell crank (pro)

Team TUHH – Liebherr (Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg, Germost): bell crank (pro)

Cassidy Silbernagel (The University of Nottingham, UK): motor casing (student)

Cassidy Silbernagel (The University of Nottingham, UK): motor casing (student)

Team Custom Lugs (Aalto University, Finland): bicycle frame custom lugs (student)

Team Custom Lugs (Aalto University, Finland): bicycle frame custom lugs (student)

Team Crius Tek (Smith & Nephew, USA): liquid rocket nozzle (pro)

Team Crius Tek (Smith & Nephew, USA): liquid rocket nozzle (pro)

Menna Moustafa El Rewiny (Helwan University, Egypt): teapot (student)

Menna Moustafa El Rewiny (Helwan University, Egypt): teapot (student)