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Print my Plane (An Overview of Additive Manufacturing in the Aerospace Industry)

Print my Plane (An Overview of Additive Manufacturing in the Aerospace Industry)

By: Joanna Carbajal Now that you know you can 3D print your pizza, let’s talk about 3D printing the next plane you board. The aircraft industry has successfully developed commercial production using additive manufacturing. Gartner estimates that 75% of commercial aircraft will use 3D printed parts by 2021. By that same year, Gartner also estimates that 20% of businesses will have an internal startup to develop solutions using additive manufacturing - following Airbus’ example. Let’s take a look at some examples: Image Source - GE Aviation’s Advanced Turboprop engine took 855 manufactured parts into 12 3D printed parts. Image Source...

Print my Pizza

Print my Pizza

By: Joanna Carbajal With 3D printed medication, motorcycles, cars and body parts - is it surprising to say that you can 3D print your pizza? Additive manufacturing allows restaurants, bakeries and confectioneries to create unique pieces of art in a whole new way. Instead of spending numerous hours making a complicated castle sculpture out of chocolate, you can just 3D print one. This allows for further customization of food items in less amounts of time and effort. In other words, it’s all about automation and reducing the cost of customization. Let’s look at some interesting examples: (Image: Food Ink) Food...

The Use of Textures for Maritime Spare Parts

The Use of Textures for Maritime Spare Parts

By: Joanna Carbajal One of the benefits with additive manufacturing is that complex patterns or textures can be added to parts for advanced performance. At Ivaldi, we are continuously enhancing our capabilities for creating textures for maritime spare parts. Some of the challenges with adding texture is that it increases file size, print time and material usage. Software workflow can also be complicated because there are multiple softwares that currently have to be used. However, there are various benefits with adding texture to maritime spare parts: Improve perceived value of a part. Increase grip and functionality. Obscure common visual imperfections....

An Eco-Friendly Approach to Shipping Files Not Parts

An Eco-Friendly Approach to Shipping Files Not Parts

By: Joanna Carbajal At Ivaldi, we seek to have a positive environmental impact by offering zero inventory solutions, utilizing recyclable material, decreasing material waste and reducing the need for transportation.   By printing on-demand close to the end user, we will be able to achieve zero inventory. By doing so, unsold products will not be waste. Recyclable and eco-friendly materials allow for local material recovery and upcycling of old parts. For example, Filabot has a machine that converts plastic waste into 3D filament. The plastic is grinded, melted and extruded into filament. Refil makes recycled filament that, according to their website, has...

The Future of Manufacturing is Powered by Ivaldi

The Future of Manufacturing is Powered by Ivaldi

By: Joanna Carbajal   The maritime spare part market struggles with supply chain inefficiencies driving cost and complexity for end-users. The current supply chain suffers from several challenges: 1- Long Lead Times: Delays caused by customs or by shipping and handling errors aside, obtaining spare parts can take several months. Due to long lead times, ships frequently pay extra for their part to be transported by air freight. When parts are not available critical delays can cost tens of thousands of dollars if a vessel is unable to leave port on schedule or even more if it fails inspection. 2-...

Diablo Magazine’s 40 Under 40 Recognizes our COO, Stefani Pellinen-Chavez

Diablo Magazine’s 40 Under 40 Recognizes our COO, Stefani Pellinen-Chavez

By: Joanna Carbajal Diablo Magazine held its second annual 40 Under 40 Celebration where they recognized 40 of the East Bay’s most influential millennial artists, entrepreneurs, radio show hosts and innovators that are under the age of 40. Chosen amongst the millions of people living and working in the area spanning Central Contra Costa, into the Oakland and Berkeley Hills, and throughout the Tri-Valley, we are proud that our COO, Stefani Pellinen-Chavez, made it to this year’s recognition.  Diablo Magazine held a celebration on Thursday, September 7th, 2017 where they recognized Stefani along with another 39 key influencers. The celebration...