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Additive manufacturing continues to grow. The number of applications are on the rise, along with additive research. At this time last year, Paul Brackman was the only person working in the Zeiss Knoxville lab—today, he’s one of four full-time Zeiss staff at the lab, along with a team working in additive software applications at the Minneapolis headquarters, and a dedicated hardware team in Germany working on additive.
Wilbur and Orville Wright began experimenting with the idea of flight in 1899, and their first aircraft famously took flight in 1903. “It was the Wrights' genius and vision to see that humans would have to fly their machines, that the problems of flight could not be solved from the ground,” according to the National Park Service.
From lightweight, high-strength structures to hyper-realistic prototypes, 3D printing has found its way into a variety of applications. This process of additive manufacturing (AM) is becoming more common in high-volume production of designs with moderately complex geometries.
If you’re not sure how to inspect components for E-mobility applications, there are a range of tools at the ready. As the world of electric vehicles continues to expand, technologies such as computed tomography, coordinate measuring machines, and microscopes all provide part of the puzzle.
Manufacturers of medical component parts and equipment are encountering increasingly stringent requirements for the quality of their products. Customer requirements to reduce risk through fewer part rejects and defects are escalating and, consequently, tolerances are becoming tighter and tighter.
To the consumer, an electric vehicle (EV) may seem to have a lot in common with a vehicle powered by an internal combustion engine (ICE). Designing, manufacturing and assembling EV components is significantly more complex due to stringent demands for reliability, efficiency and safety.
ZEISS Industrial Quality Solutions for Turbine Blades and Other Products
January 2, 2020
Quality assurance in the aerospace industry presents unique challenges to maintain high standards for safety-critical parts without impeding the speed of manufacturing and overall productivity. These challenges are amplified by stringent authorizations — including more specs to follow, strict paperwork traceability, and compliance and certification standards.
With conventional machining of metal component parts, the interior structures are often taken for granted as solid, leaving little room for doubt about the internal quality. With additive manufacturing (AM), however, the part isn’t affected by welding or machining but rather by the quality of powder used in the material and how it spreads or layers during the build process.