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Rapid Prototyping
Boeing is testing 3D printed trim tool
3D Printing/Additive Layer Manufacturing : 06 November, 2016
Boeing is testing a 3-D-printed trim and drill tool in building its 777X passenger jet. The tool, developed by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) measures (in Imperial units) is 17.5 x 5.5 x 1.5ft and weighs 1650 lb. It was printed in 30 hours using carbon fibre and ABS thermoplastic.
 
Trumpf to offer selective laser melting for 3D printing of metals
3D Printing/Additive Layer Manufacturing : 04 January, 2016
German industrial machining and tooling equipment manufacturer Trumpf has added another type of metal 3D printing technology to its portfolio. This makes Trumpf the only manufacturer to offer all of the major laser 3D printing technologies.
 
3D printing using RTV can save 40-75% of mouldmaking cost
3D Printing/Additive Layer Manufacturing : 22 August, 2015
Leading manufacturer of 3D printers, Zortrax, has released a free whitepaper on 3D printing for modern mouldmaking that shows how to cut time and costs in short run productions using RTV moulding (room temperature vulcanization moulding). The preparation of a master pattern is claimed to be 50% to 80% faster when compared to traditional methods.
 
3D optics printing attracts further developmental funding
3D Printing/Additive Layer Manufacturing : 22 July, 2015
Luxexcel, a company that 3D prints functional lenses, has announced a EUR7.5 million series B funding. The first closure is done and the second closure will be finalized in 3 months time. The B-round was led by the Flemish investment company PMV, which included the firm’s existing investors, SET Ventures and Munich Venture Partners.
 
Additive manufacturing for industrial use
3D Printing/Additive Layer Manufacturing : 28 November, 2014
Renishaw is unveiling the machine that it is developing specifically for production manufacturing. Provisionally named EVO Project, it is the first additive manufacturing system designed and engineered in-house at Renishaw. At Euromold 2014, which took taking place between 25 and 28 November in Frankfurt, the Renishaw stand featured an EVO Project machine, as well as an AM250 system and an AM250 fitted with the PlusPac upgrade.
 
Tribo-filament for 3D printers
3D Printing/Additive Layer Manufacturing : 08 October, 2014
Plastics specialist Igus has developed a new tribo-polymer filament for 3D printers, developed to create structurally robust prototypes or small batch components for test in real-world applications. Suitable for use with any 3D printer that has a heated nozzle, print bed and uses ABS filaments, the material is up to 50 times more resistant to wear and abrasion than products made from conventional 3D printer materials, such as ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) and PLA (Polylactic acid)
 
Printed optics for outdoor applications
3D Printing/Additive Layer Manufacturing : 12 September, 2014
A material update now makes it possible to order 3D printed functional optics from Luxexcel that are protected against UV and rapid temperature changes.
 
3D printing: cutting through the hype
3D Printing/Additive Layer Manufacturing : 03 July, 2014
Juniper Research announces the launch of a new report and Excel dataset, which provides a guide to the development of the Consumer 3D Printing ecosystem.
 
3D printing process with smooth surfaces developed for lenses and glasses
3D Printing/Additive Layer Manufacturing : 16 June, 2014
Making things with a three-dimensional (3D) printer is quickly becoming a commonplace activity. In part this is because of the expanding range of "printable’ materials, which now includes precious metals, biological tissue and even the ingredients for a pizza. But the machines are still not very good at producing smooth surfaces. This is because 3D printers deposit material layer by layer, which can leave ridges.
 
Printhead for advanced manufacturing delivers precise fluid control
Printheads for Advanced Manufacturing : 15 April, 2014
At InPrint 2014 (8-10 April, Hannover Messe, Germany), inkjet technology developer Xaar launched the Xaar 1002 AMp printhead – the first in a new range of piezoelectric drop-on-demand printheads designed specifically for advanced manufacturing applications.
 
Dedicated hardware for carbon fibre sintered parts
3D Printing/Additive Layer Manufacturing : 10 March, 2014
Graphite Additive Manufacturing announces that its specialist carbon fibre reinforced plastic material, printed using the specialist SLS process, once the exclusive province of Formula One teams, is now available widely.
 
Versatile colour multi-material 3D printer uses digital materials constructed on the fly
3D Printing/Additive Layer Manufacturing : 11 February, 2014
The Objet500 Connex3 Colour Multi-material 3D Printer features an unique triple-jetting technology that combines droplets of three base materials to produce parts with virtually unlimited combinations of rigid, flexible, and transparent colour materials as well as colour digital materials - all in a single print run.
 
Full colour 3D printer for plastic models with a range of mechanical properties
3D Printing/Additive Layer Manufacturing : 31 January, 2014
A 3D printer able to print full colour plastic models with a range of mechanical properties has been unveiled by US firm Stratasys. The Objet500 Connex3 is claimed to be the first of its kind able to print 3D models with a full range of colours. Stratasys unveiled its latest innovation, the revolutionary Objet500 Connex3 Color Multi-material 3D Printer at SolidWorks World 2014 in San Diego.
 
Researcher prints Christmas trees from gas turbine steel
3D Printing/Additive Layer Manufacturing : 19 December, 2013
Siemens uses 3D printing processes to speed up gas turbine repair. For certain types of turbines, defective burner parts are simply reprinted, reducing repair times by as much as 90 percent. Olaf Rehme of Siemens Corporate Technology also uses one of the super-hard special steels that can withstand extreme conditions for his own personal project: printing Christmas trees. He takes his print data from the website grabcad.com.
 
Metal finishing for 3D printing
3D Printing/Additive Layer Manufacturing : 08 December, 2013
Supplier of 3D printed parts produced in high performance materials, Graphite Additive Manufacturing, is partnering with electroplating company BJS Group.
 
3D printed part maker sponsors Bloodhound project
3D Printing/Additive Layer Manufacturing : 29 October, 2013
Graphite Additive Manufacturing (Graphite AM), a supplier of 3D printed parts produced in high performance materials for the the most demanding applications in motorsport, has been named as the latest Product Sponsor for the Bloodhound Project. Bloodhound SSC is the world’s first 1000mph car and it will begin its land speed record campaign in South Africa in the summer of 2015.
 
Shape memory fibres take 3D printing into the fourth dimension
3D Printing/Additive Layer Manufacturing : 25 October, 2013
Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have successfully added a fourth dimension to their printing technology, opening up possibilities for adaptive, composite materials in manufacturing, packaging and biomedical applications.
 
Grade 5 titanium alloy receives CL certification for laser melting in dental applications
3D Printing/Additive Layer Manufacturing : 16 August, 2013
Rematitan CL is a titanium alloy now available as an implantable material for use with Concept Laser's generative laser melting process. It supplements the available spectrum of cobalt-chromium alloys.
 
3D printed enclosure on show at UK Engineering Design show
3D Printing/Additive Layer Manufacturing : 15 August, 2013
A desktop Objet30 Pro 3D printer producing a 0.3mm thin wall and a 0.5mm diameter small hole in an opening box containing meshing gears and a series of intricate features, produced in a third of the time taken by traditional SLA printing, will feature on the SYS Systems stand at the Engineering Design Show.
 
3D printing - industrial revolution or just a renovation?
3D Printing/Additive Layer Manufacturing : 12 June, 2013
3D printing has come of age, surpassing $1 billion in revenues during 2012 and with growth expected to continue across all target markets to 2025. Across the board, printer manufacturers are reporting a surge in sales, some cannot meet demand, as awareness of the technologies and what they offer grows. A new report from IDTechEx - 3D Printing 2013-2025: Technologies, Markets, Players - predicts that highest growth will be seen in the medical and dental fields, as well as the jewellery, designer products, and architectural areas. However, 3D printing is also locking into the capital investment cycles of the aerospace and automotive industries. This report will give the reader a broad and yet detailed overview of 3D printing and knowledge of the key organisations engaged in relevant industrial R&D or academic research. Insights into end-user requirements and perspectives will also be gained together with the challenges ahead for 3D printing. Detailed market data and forecast are provided from 2012 through to 2025.
 
Large format multi-material prototypes from additive layer process
3D Printing/Additive Layer Manufacturing : 22 April, 2013
Large multi-material prototypes created directly from 3D CAD designs with a build chamber volume up to 1000 x 800 x 500 mm and produced from a choice of over 120 different materials can now be created from the latest wide format Objet 1000 3D printer now available through SYS Systems of Foston in Derbyshire.
 
Additive manufacturing adds flexibility to design process for CUBESAT construction
3D Printing/Additive Layer Manufacturing : 22 March, 2013
Students at Morehead State University are building an amateur radio CubeSat with a propulsion system that will raise the apogee of its orbit from 500 km to 1200 km. RAMPART, which stands for RApidprototyped Mems Propulsion And Radiation Test CUBEflow SATellite, plans to launch on a Minotaur from Vandenburgh in June 2013. The innovative use of additive manufacturing with Windform XT (a laser sintering material introduced in 2004) enabled the desgners to modify, change, and add experiments without concern for having to develop tooling or modify an existing cube structure.
 
3D ink jet printer can combine up to seven different materials
3D Printing/Additive Layer Manufacturing : 22 March, 2013
Demonstrations of the latest Objet30 Pro desktop 3D ink jet printer capable of combining up to seven different materials into a single model including clear transparent, high temperature resistant and rigid opaque polypropylene with rigid materials in grey, black, blue and two versions of white, will be performed on SYS Systems’ (SYS) stand 13 at the Develop 3D Live exhibition at the Warwick University Arts Centre.
 
3D-printable polyamide-based composite seeks applications outside motorsport
3D Printing/Additive Layer Manufacturing : 20 December, 2012
Windform SP is a carbon-filled (and therefore deep black) composite, polyamide-based material. It is designed for 3D Printing and additive manufacturing.
 
3D additive layer printer can combine seven different materials
3D Printing/Additive Layer Manufacturing : 04 December, 2012
The desktop Objet30 Pro 3D printer to be demonstrated at Southern Manufacturing on the OPS stand E39 has the true-to-life capability to combine seven different materials in a build rate up to 112 cm³/hr for opaque and up to 600cu.cm/hr for transparent materials to an accuracy of 0.1mm.
 
3D printing pioneer sues Kickstarter and Formlabs over patents
3D Printing/Additive Layer Manufacturing : 26 November, 2012
US company 3D Systems is suing crowd-funding platform Kickstarter and MIT startup Formlabs over the technology used in a popular 3D printer.
 
3D printing - a new mindset which can bring products to market faster
3D Printing/Additive Layer Manufacturing : 18 November, 2012
This article by Terry Wophler of Stratasys explains the terms "3D printing’ and "additive manufacturing’, processes that automatically build objects layer by layer from computer data.
 
Laser melting and its role in additive manufacturing
3D Printing/Additive Layer Manufacturing : 08 November, 2012
Renishaw’s laser melting technology has the power to unlock the full commercial and technical advantages offered by Additive Manufacturing.
 
Objet showcases 3D printing applications at 3D Printshow
3D Printing/Additive Layer Manufacturing : 22 October, 2012
With a goal of extending the awareness of 3D printing, Objet exhibited some stunning examples of real-life professional 3D printing applications at the inaugural 3D Printshow.
 
Daimler adopts generative laser melting of metals in XXL format to replace aluminium castings
3D Printing/Additive Layer Manufacturing : 19 October, 2012
Fraunhofer ILT and Concept Laser have develop a laser fusing (lasercusing) machine on a super scale for the automotive industry.
 
Creating materials on the fly with multi-jet 3D printers
3D Printing/Additive Layer Manufacturing : 14 August, 2012
Multi-jet 3D printing is one of the available rapid prototyping technologies. Objet’s technology lets multiple photopolymer materials be printed simultaneously, including ones created "on the fly,’ says Zehavit B. Reisin, Head of Consumables Line of Business, Objet.
 
Rapid prototyping printing device combines many advanced technologies
3D Printing/Additive Layer Manufacturing : 16 January, 2009
A prototype of a cutting-edge 'three-dimensional printer', a Rapid Prototyping (RP) device, has been successfully developed by a group at the National Cheng Kung University (NCKU). Many core techniques have been integrated to build this three-dimensional printer. These core techniques include nanoscale powder manufacturing technology, precision positioning and process control, powder compounding, specialilsed bonding and cohesion techniques, improved ink injection and driving technology, and an integrated system of three-dimensional inject printing. The technique has also been transferred to a domestic company possessing core technique in printer manufacture.
 
 
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