3D Printing News

Positive expectations of the AM industry

“Despite the currently noticeable effects of the Corona crisis, the mood in our industry remains one of confidence.” This is how Dr. Markus Heering, Managing Director of the VDMA's Additive Manufacturing Working Group, summarizes the results of a recent member survey. In April – in the middle of the corona-related lockdown – almost 80 members took part in the survey. Production service providers, users and machine manufacturers were particularly well represented.

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Evonik launches implant-grade PEEK filament for medical applications in 3D printing

Evonik launches a 3D-printable PEEK (polyether ether ketone) filament as an implant-grade material for medical applications. In so doing, the specialty chemicals company is setting new standards for developing and manufacturing custom-made plastic implants, which can now be created using additive manufacturing processes that meet the requirements of ASTM F2026 (the standard specification for PEEK polymers for surgical implant applications).

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Cancellation of the conference AM4I - Additive Manufacturing for Industry

Due to the current situation due to COVID 19, it is not possible to hold the conference AM4I - Additive Manufacturing for Industry on 26 and 27 May in Ludwigsburg. Therefore the Working Group Additive Manufacturing (AG AM) of the VDMA is unfortunately forced to cancel the conference AM4I in May 2020. The VDMA will inform you in time if and when the conference can be revived.

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DSM and JuggerBot 3D advance fused granulate fabrication

Royal DSM, a global science-based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living, is expanding its additive manufacturing innovations in fused granulate fabrication (FGF). The company is partnering with Juggerbot 3D, an additive manufacturing machine builder who recently developed a printer equipped with extrusion technology, to explore the untapped potential of FGF printing. Together, the two companies will develop high-performance pellet printers and materials for industrial additive manufacturing.

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Process chain of additive manufacturing

Two teams of top-class experts in additive manufacturing met in Blomberg at the Protiq company in February. The experts on plastic powder laser sintering and metal powder laser melting discussed and worked on the state of the art and the steps to automate these additive manufacturing processes.

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3D-Printing for Pressure Vessels

For the first time, an additive-manufactured autoclave has been certified by the Technical Plant Inspection of BASF SE as pressure equipment conforming to the European Pressure Equipment Directive (2014/68/EU). Within this guideline, the autoclave made of austenitic stainless steel (operating pressure = 225 bar) meets the requirements of category III, making BASF the first company to have carried out a certification process including a process inspection for 3D-printed pressure equipment. In the future, safety-relevant components for BASF will be designed, manufactured and quickly put into operation that cannot usually be produced by conventional manufacturing methods.

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