Amaero, an Australian metal additive manufacturing service provider, has signed an agreement with an unnamed automotive manufacturer to jointly develop 3D printed tooling.
Specifically, Amaero will be using its suite of metal additive manufacturing technology to create steel inserts for two aluminium casting die components. Using additive manufactured inserts for tools, according to Amaero, can potentially decrease the risk of manufacturing defects by adding conformal cooling channels to the design.
Amaero CEO Barrie Finnin, commented: “This agreement reinforces Amaero’s growth strategy in the most difficult of economic circumstances. We can print the tool steel inserts with complex internal cooling channels that presently cannot be undertaken using conventional techniques.”
Origins at Monash University
Founded in 2013, Amaero is an offshoot of the Monash University Centre for Additive Manufacturing (MCAM) in Melbourne, Australia, where a majority of its activities have taken place. Working closely with Monash since then, the company has gone on to establish operations in South Australia’s capital through a partnership with the University of Adelaide. Its U.S. subsidiary, AM Aero, is located in El Segundo, Los Angeles. The company has secured licensing rights for a high-strength titanium alloy and an aluminum-scandium alloy developed at Monash University. Additionally, Amaero has an exclusive U.S. distribution agreement “for the world’s fastest laser-based powder bed 3D printer.”
In December 2019, Amaero announced that it was now listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) following an IPO that raised $8 million at 20c per share. Innovyz, an Australian commercialization and incubator program, was partly credited for Amero’s success leading up to the ASX listing. As such, the company will continue to work with Amaero on its short, medium and long-term development and growth goals.
Metal 3D printing in aerospace and automotive
Many of Amaero’s projects include manufacturing large-format, high performing metal components for the aerospace industry using its fleet of PBF and DED metal 3D printing technologies. One such project is a 3D printed jet engine developed for leading French aerospace component manufacturer Safran Power Units. Additionally, the firm is also involved in Next Aero and Woodside Energy’s efforts in creating an efficient aerospike engine, known as “Project X.”
Its PBF metal 3D printers include a Concept Laser XLine 1000R and two EOSINT 280Ms. Amaero also has a DED system – the Trumpf 7040 Laser Cell Powder Deposition facility on its shop floor, which enables the production of components up to 4000 x 1500 x 750mm.
Now with its new agreement, the company will be focused on developing 3D printed tooling for the automotive industry. By reducing the risk of manufacturing defects, Amaero states that additive manufactured inserts can also enable significant cost benefits by limiting the amount of rejects in the casting, machining and assembly processes that the tools are used in.
Amaero first manufactured tooling inserts four years ago, according to Finnin, however it had only recently become a
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Likewise, its former supercharged 3.0-liter V6 has been replaced by a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that makes the same horsepower, but has much more torque that comes on at lower rpm and peaks later. It also uses a 48-volt mild-hybrid system that can power accessories such as heat and air conditioning when the car is stopped, but not when it’s shut off.
The new engine makes 335 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, which is 44 more pound-feet of torque than the old engine. Its acceleration from 0-60 mph takes 5.1 seconds, same as the previous year. It’s mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic and all-wheel drive, which cuts power to the rear wheels when extra traction isn’t needed.
The wheelbase of the 2019 A6 is a half-inch longer than before, although the interior room is the same, roomy enough for a midsize car. On the outside, the length is the same, the grille is bigger, the fender flares understated, and there are new headlights and taillights.
The base Premium model has an unchanged dashboard layout, but the other two models, Premium Plus and Prestige, feature three screens: a 12.3-inch digital dash, a 10.2-inch infotainment touchscreen, and an 8.6-inch touchscreen for vehicle functions. The improvement was made to better display all the various functions, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, now standard.
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SOUTH WINDSOR, CT — A trail that began with a Manchester road rage incident and ended with a traffic stop in South Windsor has left a Tolland man with drug-related charges, authorities said.
South Windsor police on Monday arrested Vincent Bovino, 19, of Tolland, on an active warrant after he was picked up by Hartford police on motor vehicle-related charges, according to a report. Bovino was charged in South Windsor for possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of drug paraphernalia, operating a drug Factor and possession of greater than a half-ounce of cannabis.
According to a report, Bovino’s charges stem from a November 2019 road rage incident in Manchester.
A suspect in the case, Bovino was located in South Windsor, and a subsequent search of his vehicle yielded 14 grams of marijuana, 140 individual THC cartridges, and an aerosol can of butane, which police said is commonly used to extract THC oil from marijuana plant material, a report says.
Bovino posted a $100,000 surety bond and was to appear in Manchester Superior Court on Wednesday.
Toyota has been helping out in various ways in the global fight against Covid-19 pandemic – from developing face masks to coming up with restart manuals for the auto industry. Now, the company in Japan has transformed one of its vehicles into an ambulance with modified features to safely transport Covid-19 patients from one location to another.
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The Toyota Hiace-based vehicle features a special system called ‘airborne droplet circulation control’ which helps to expel possibly contaminated air from within the cabin. The cabin itself has been divided into two sections – the interior barrier makes for a front section for the driver and front passenger while the rearward compartment has the rear passenger seat area coupled with an exhaust fan which throws out air from the vehicle. This prevents the possibly contaminated air in the rear section from circulating to the forward compartment.
Hiace is a light commercial vehicle which is mostly used for goods transportation but Toyota has said it took suggestions from the medical sector before choosing the vehicle and converting it to help transport patients. “The transport vehicle for seriously ill Covid-19 patients provided today joins 11 transport vehicles for mildly infected patients already provided by the Toyota Group to such entities as medical facilities and local governments,” an official release on Thursday informed.
The modified Hiace, developed by Toyota Auto Body Co., Ltd, has been donated to Showa University Hospital in Japan. A number of its other vehicles, some undergoing modifications, have been pressed into medical service across Japan.
As of date, the new coronavirus pandemic has already affected several countries around the world, with 3.25-million confirmed cases and death toll hitting the 230,000 mark. In Japan, there are 14,305 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 455 deaths. Tokyo, the nation’s capital, tallies the most number of confirmed cases and casualties, with Osaka and Kanagawa following behind.
As such, Toyota Motor Corporation has extended its hand in order to assist in this time of crisis. Earlier this week, the carmaker announced the production of medical face shields for Japan, with production capacity boosted up to 40,000 units per month.
Toyota has aided in the transport of COVID-19 cases, as well. It has provided 11 vehicles for mildly-ill patients since April 10, covering Tokyo, Chiba Prefecture, and Miyagi Prefecture.
The automaker’s latest addition to its coronavirus aid is this – a Toyota Hiace converted into a vehicle transport specifically modified to ferry seriously-ill COVID-19 patients. This is the first Toyota designed to transport COVID-19 patients in severe condition.
The Hiace-based transport is developed to be an “airborne droplet circulation control vehicle,” which features an interior compartment to separate the front cabin from the rear holding area.
The newly-developed vehicle’s design is simple: an exhaust fan was placed in the interior barrier to continuously expel air into the rear compartment, preventing contaminated air to breach the cabin.
Toyota’s new vehicle was donated to Showa University Hospital, Tokyo, joining the carmaker’s initial fleet of transport aid. The marque intends to continue developing these vehicles in response to requests from medical facilities and local governments – all part of Toyota’s Kokoro Hakobu Project, a collective Toyota effort that started since the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake.
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