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  1. Laser additive manufacturing helps produce unmanned aerial system

    Reinforced composite materials used by CRP Technology (Modena, Italy) in the construction of on-car and wind tunnel parts and components for racing teams have taken laser additive manufacturing technology to new heights to produce parts for the Bebop 2 leisure drone. Parrot (Paris, France), founded in 1994 by Henri Seydoux, launched the AR.Drone—a quadricopter piloted by Wi-Fi with a smartphone and equipped with an embedded camera—in 2010. Since then, the company has been leading the way in the civil drone industry with a range of drones and minidrones, and continues to guide the innovation with the state-of-the-art Bebop 2 that launched in 2015. Powerful with impressive stability and maneuverability—even in extreme conditions—Bebop 2 offers easy-to-use piloting with no learning. Data collected by seven sensors are analyzed and merged, thanks to the impressive calculation capability of its onboard computer. Bebop 2 integrates a specially designed, front-facing camera. A pilot can digitally change the angle of the camera 180° by sliding a finger on the screen of the piloting device. Digitally stabilized on three axes because of powerful algorithms, images are bright, perfectly stable, and without distortion, regardless of the drone movements. Numerous systems reinforced the safety of the flights: the emergency cut-out feature of the engines and propellers in case of contact; limitation of the altitude and the flying perimeter; an automatic return-home feature; and an LED at the back of the machine to understand the direction of the flight while keeping the drone in sight. Parrot developed Bebop 2 with the help of Windform GT material ( FIGURE ). The first Bebop 2 structure was built on injected parts made with polyamide-based, glass-reinforced composite material. The company moved to selective laser sintering (SLS) technology in collaboration with CRP Technology to optimize the structure performance without developing long lead time and high-cost injection tooling, and to accelerate iteration generation, improve manufacturing time, and facilitate production in series. The Bebop 2's black parts are made with Windform GT. (Courtesy: Parrot) Parrot carried out an original development approach based on experimental diagnosis and an FE model aimed at improving the quality of the video during flight (which is usually altered by the vibrations of the drone) through the optimization of drone design. The structure has been mainly developed according to that target and by finding smart design to reduce weight. Parrot validated that natural frequencies of parts manufactured with Windform GT material were similar to injected parts with polyamide-based, glass-reinforced composite material. The company was also able to evaluate toughness of the product structure. Another advantage obtained with SLS and Windform GT material is small-batch production with acceptable mechanical properties to provide functional products to the team. CRP Technology provided a fast iteration process, the best ratio between structural strength and weight, an acceptable and consistent result, and the opportunity to combine multiple functionalities from one unique part. They also provided fast response time to new requirements, very good cooperation with its engineers and CAD designers, and best output quality with a unique proprietary process. For more information, please visit www.crp-group.com and www.parrot.com .

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    Thu, 14 Jul 2016

  2. EOS of North America boosts laser additive manufacturing offerings

    Novi, MI - Industrial 3D printing provider EOS of North America has integrated laser additive manufacturing companies Advanced Laser Materials (ALM) and Integra to strengthen service and application offerings in response to the continued growth and evolution of their North American customer base.

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    Wed, 4 Jun 2014

  3. Paul Denney's LME 2014 tutorial presentation to cover possibilities of laser additive manufacturing

    Senior laser applications engineer and additive manufacturing (AM) expert Paul Denney will be presenting a tutorial, Overview of Laser Additive Manufacturing Systems, on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at the Laser Institute of America's fourth annual Lasers for Manufacturing Event (LME) in Schaumburg, IL.

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    Tue, 16 Sep 2014

  4. Laser additive manufacturing poised to take-off

    Orlando, FL—Bill Steen—a chartered engineer, emeritus professor with Liverpool University, and a Fellow of the Laser Institute of America (LIA) who will be a Plenary Speaker at this year’s Laser Additive Manufacturing (LAM) Workshop (Houston, TX; May 11–12, 2010)—has titled his presentation, “Some ...

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    Thu, 25 Mar 2010

  1. New laser additive manufacturing facility

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    Tue, 23 Nov 2010

  2. Introduce yourself to laser additive manufacturing

    Industrial Laser Solutions has organized a free webcast called "An Introduction to Laser Additive Manufacturing " on Friday, Sept. 20.

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    Thu, 12 Sep 2013

  3. Laser Additive Manufacturing in Texas

    ORLANDO, Florida --The Laser Institute of America (LIA) is creating a buzz of excitement with its second annual Laser Additive Manufacturing (LAM) workshop in Houston, Texas, May 11–12, which will provide industry experts from fields such as automotive, aerospace, oil and gas, biomedical, ...

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    Tue, 23 Feb 2010

  4. Laser additive manufacturing presented in Texas

    Orlando, Fla. – The Laser Institute of America's 3rd Laser Additive Manufacturing Workshop (LAM) on February 16 to 17 in Houston, Texas, will bring industry specialists, executives, users, and researchers from around the world to show how cladding and rapid manufacturing can be applied effectively ...

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    Wed, 12 Jan 2011

  5. Laser additive manufacturing in Australia

    Manufacturing industries make a significant contribution to Australia's economy and directly employ some 10% of the workforce.

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    Tue, 18 Mar 2014

  6. Laser additive manufacturing enables next generation parts

    East Hartford, Conn. – A project at Fraunhofer ILT is qualifying and certifying laser metal deposition as an alternative key enabler for the green manufacture of new and future generation parts such as BLISKs (blade integrated disks). This project will be discussed at a presentation at the ...

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    Fri, 4 Feb 2011

  7. LENS MR-7 system to be used for next generation laser additive manufacturing

    Optomec Inc. announced that Pennsylvania State University has purchased an Optomec LENS (Laser Engineered Net Shaping) system to advance research programs directed at decreasing manufacturing and lifecycle costs for a range of U.S. Navy and U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) systems.

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    Thu, 15 Oct 2009

  8. Laser additive manufacturing helps produce unmanned aerial system

    Reinforced composite materials and additive manufacturing technology paired to produce parts for the Bebop 2 leisure drone.

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    Wed, 25 May 2016

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