Succinctly, each of the motion systems of 3D printers discussed has their advantages over the other, and in many cases, a combination is required to design the interaction of mechanical components in the printing space.
Following the integration of 3D printing as part of its digital services portfolio, Siemens has achieved an industry breakthrough with the first successful commercial installation and continuing safe operation of a 3D-printed part in a nuclear power plant.
Aaron Smith for CNN: Ford (F) figures they will be lighter than their metal counterparts, and therefore more fuel efficient. The company will start with spoilers, those streamlined decorations fastened to car exteriors to make them look faster. For now, the company is testing parts for its Ford Performance race car division, but 3D-printed parts could be used for mass-market cars and trucks in the future. Ford released photos of 3D-printed parts, like the plastic molding for car interiors. The company hinted that it might one day be able to 3D-print more complicated parts, like intake manifolds. Cont'd...
3D printed plane parts will improve the efficiency and performance of planes, including making them significantly lighter in weight, as well as lead to new design features that will be simpler and more intricate than the planes we fly in today.
Gilles Roucolle and Marc Boilard for Forbes: Â The race is on to use 3D printing to produce small-series parts, on demand and on location, for industries from aerospace to automotive. At stake is the shape of a $400 billion market for spare parts manufacturing and logistics. And those changes are not 20, or even 10, years out - they are happening now. Using models built through computer-aided design (CAD), 3D printing can produce virtually any solid object, even those with complex architectures, and in a range of materials, including plastic, ceramic, and metal. Currently, about half of 3D printing - also known as additive manufacturing - is used for prototyping. This saves manufacturers time and money, because they can develop new components or products on-demand, with less waste and without expensive tools and molds. Â Cont'd...
Stratasys Expands Its 3D Printing Gamut with Two New Material Advances: FDM Carbon Fiber-Filled Nylon Capable of Replacing Metal, and Extra-Flexible, Tear Resistant PolyJet Family
-FDM Nylon 12CF with very high stiffness-to-weight ratio is capable of replacing metal components in a range of prototyping, tooling and end-use applications -Agilus30 rubber-like material line has superior durability, tear resistance and elongation-at-break properties for design verification and prototyping
Advanced Design & Manufacturing (ADM) Cleveland Continues UBM's Long Running Strategic Partnership Alliance with the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP)
UBM's inaugural ADM Cleveland event, takes place on March 29-30 at the Huntington Convention Center and offers two days of free industry education, packaging focused content, a dynamic expo floor, and a three track conference series spotlighting automotive, medtech, and smart manufacturing. Included on the expo floor are the latest technology and materials specifically geared towards professionals and decision makers in the packaging sector.
Lacy Cooke for Inhabitat: Building a house typically takes months, exacerbating the housing crisis so many people face worldwide. Apis Cor, a San Francisco-based company that specializes in 3D-printing, decided to tackle that crisis with a groundbreaking mobile 3D-printer that can print an entire 400-square-foot tiny home in just 24 hours. What’s more, doing so costs just over $10,000 – a steal compared to most modern homes. On their website, Apis Cor says the construction industry may be sluggish now, but they will persevere in disrupting that industry “until everyone is able to afford a place to live.” Their revolutionary mobile 3D-printer is small enough to be transported, so assembly and transportation costs can be slashed. Although their mobile printer only needs a day to print a home from a concrete mixture, the company says their buildings will last up to 175 years. Not only is their process speedy, but environmentally friendly and affordable too. Cont'd...
The Optomec LENS family of 3D metal printers has been used in industry for over two decades to cost-effectively repair, rework and manufacture high-performance metal components in materials such as titanium, stainless steel, carbides and nickel based super alloys.
BeeHex, Inc., the 3D food printing company that "promises to change the way food is made", completed its $1,000,000 seed round led by Grote Company founder, Jim Grote. BeeHex, with its flagship product Chef 3D, builds 3D food printing systems that assemble and deliver fresh foods. Best known for printing pizza, in 2016 BeeHex teamed up with Michelin bib gourmand-rated Italian chef Pasquale Cozzolino to create gluten-free and savory pizza crust options using an 80-year-old mother yeast. BeeHex's Chef 3D systems began 2016 with a "print time" of six minutes to create a 12" pizza and exited 2016 with a print time at around the one-minute mark. BeeHex systems will allow for personalized food orders from an app and also with the push of a button, fit for commercial kitchen use. Full Press Release:
The roadmap provides a snapshot of the current additive manufacturing standards landscape and identifies 89 "gaps" - 19 of them high priority - where no published standard or specification currently exists to address a particular industry need. In 58 of those cases, additional research and development (R&D) needs are identified.
3D food printing startup adds Jim Grote, Grote Company founder as partner
-Self-taught father develops customized 3D printed hydraulic prosthetic for two-year old amputee son, avoiding wait for state-developed version -Design and production of 3D printed hydraulic prosthetic enables cost savings of up to 76%, as well as time savings in design and production of 90% compared to traditional methods
Partnership Expands Saratech Offerings with High-Quality and Affordable 3D Printers
Dassault SystĂ¨mes Launches Three New Industry Solution Experiences to Reinforce Its Investment in Consumer Goods and Retail
Updated Portfolio on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform Lets Companies of All Sizes in All Sub-Segments Experience an End-to-End Digital Approach for Product Innovation
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