TURBOCAM’s 3-D Printing Featured on Cover of “Turbomachinery International” Magazine
19-May-2015 – Barrington, N.H. (U.S.A.) – “Print That Turbine!”
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This is the headline for the cover story of the May/June 2015 edition of “Turbomachinery International” featuring a photo of an integrally shrouded impeller produced by 3-D printing via Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) at TURBOCAM.
TURBOCAM’s capabilities and services in the area of 3-D printing via DMLS are also explored and discussed within the article along with a photo of some aero-engine turbine blades that TURBOCAM printed with intricate cooling channels and complex instrumentation.
“Turbomachinery Magazine is a fantastic publication with a reputation for addressing the day-to-day challenges and issues facing turbomachinery users worldwide,” states David Pincince, TURBOCAM Marketing Manager. “I appreciate that they keep pulse with the latest technologies and interests of their readers. This article on 3-D printing further validates their success herein as this is a disruptive technology that opens up a whole new world of possibilities.
“TURBOCAM has been serving the turbomachinery industry for nearly 30 years with advanced manufacturing solutions,” continues Pincince. “We have held design-for-manufacturing events with clients for decades, but 3-D printing via DMLS allows us to flip that paradigm on its head by offering nearly unlimited potential for engineers to create previously impossible solutions, embracing a new era of design-driven manufacturing.”
“DMLS is an additive manufacturing technology that creates metal parts with highly complex geometries directly from 3-D CAD data in hours instead of days or weeks and without any tooling,” explains Jonathan Bicknell, General Manager of TURBOCAM Energy Solutions. “The software slices the model into thin layers, which the DMLS machine then builds layer by layer, fusing metal powder into a solid part by melting it locally using a focused laser beam.
“Additive manufacturing via DMLS holds many benefits over conventional manufacturing techniques,” continues Bicknell. “It allows for the design of internal features or passages that couldn't be cast or otherwise machined and for complex assemblies to be simplified to fewer parts. Since parts can be built in a matter of hours, this often allows clients to perform more rigorous testing as prototypes can be functional hardware made out of the same material as production components (aluminum, 15-5 or 17-4 steel, Grade 5 titanium, Cobalt Chrome, Hastelloy X, and Inconel 718®). We have also seen first-hand that parts printed via DMLS possess excellent detail resolution and surface quality with high hardness and strength.”
A complimentary copy of the article from the May/June 2015 issue of Turbomachinery International magazine may be downloaded here.
For more information on our 3-D printing capabilities, please visit our DMLS page.
About Turbomachinery International
Turbomachinery International Magazine (TMI) was founded in 1959 by G. Renfrew Brighton and R. Tom Sawyer. For over 50 years, Turbomachinery Magazine has addressed the day-to-day challenges and issues facing user-oriented engineers, operators, managers, designers, maintenance people and specifiers of turbomachinery worldwide. TMI reaches 11,000 print and 4,000 online subscribers in the global power, oil & gas and petrochemical industries. It is the oldest magazine addressing the needs of managers, engineers and technicians who operate, maintain, service and repair turbomachinery. TMI is published six times per year.
About TURBOCAM International
TURBOCAM is a recognized world leader in 5-axis machining technology with over 650 employees and 150 multi-axis milling machines producing prototype and production parts in 9 countries. We offer our expertise in the manufacture of integrally-bladed parts up to 1100mm via 5-axis machining, ECM, EDM, DMLS, and more. We specialize in the manufacture of components such as: aircraft engine blisks machined from solid forging, axial and centrifugal impellers, turbines, compressors, and turbochargers. TURBOCAM is ISO 9001:2008 and AS9100:2004 certified. We are also Nadcap® certified for aerospace coatings.