3D Printing News

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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Mimaki teams with Microsoft’s Minecraft

Mimaki Europe, manufacturer of inkjet printers and cutting systems, announced that it has partnered with video game giant Minecraft along with a French government administration to deliver a nationwide competition aiming to raise awareness of social and environmental issues amongst young people. Having seen over 1200 entrants vying to create the ultimate sustainable town using Minecraft’s video game platform – some as young as thirteen – Mimaki’s 3DUJ-553 full-colour 3D printer enabled the winning design to be brought to life in vivid detail in an intricate 3D printed model gifted to the victor this October, marking a year since the competition originally began.

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High power UV-LED systems for 3D printing

Innovations in Optics, Inc. offers total solutions that pair high-power UV-LED Illuminators with Precision Driver/Controllers for Digital Light Processing (DLP®) applications in 3D Printing and Maskless Photolithography. The UV-LED technology offers more reliable and economical advantages over lasers and arc lamps in UV DLP systems. Optical power from these UV-LED systems can exceed 35 Watts of incident flux onto the active area of the DLP.

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Oerlikon and Hirtenberger collaborate

Oerlikon AM, the additive manufacturing unit of global technology group Oerlikon, and Hirtenberger Engineered Services have entered into a strategic alliance to further industrialize series production and prototyped parts. Both companies began working together early this year to evaluate the Hirtisation Process, a post-processing technology for additive manufacturing that allows three-dimensional surface treatment, including the removal of support structures and automatization of the post-processing steps. Oerlikon AM is part of Oerlikon’s surface solutions business.

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DSM showcases success in scaling 3D printing

Royal DSM, a global science-based company in Nutrition, Health, and Sustainable Living, unveiled their program for the 2019 formnext conference in Frankfurt, Germany. At its booth, DSM will showcase a plethora of new partners, materials, applications, and business solutions aimed at accelerating the adoption of 3D printing.

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BASF acquires 3D PSP Sculpteo

To continue to expand its position as a leading service provider in the additive manufacturing sector, BASF New Business GmbH has formally agreed to acquire the online 3D printing service provider Sculpteo. The agreement was signed on November 14, 2019 and is expected to become effective in the next few weeks pending regulatory approval by the relevant authorities.

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Additive Manufacturing research

Global technology Group Oerlikon, with vast expertise in materials, has entered into an additive manufacturing (AM) research alliance with Linde, an industrial gases company, and the Technical University of Munich (TUM), one of the leading German universities in engineering. The partners aim to develop new high-strength, lightweight aluminum-based alloys that can serve the safety and weight reduction needs of the aerospace and automotive industries. The Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs is funding 50 % of the EUR 1.7 million research project.

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Interview with Michael Wohlmuth

Michael Wohlmuth is co-founder of Simufact Engineering GmbH in Hamburg, whose Strategic Business Development he is responsible for today. In an interview he explains the role of simulation in additive manufacturing, its added value for users and the contribution that simulation data can make to fully automated AM Smart Factories.

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DSM and Twikit: End-to-end 3D printing solutions

Royal DSM, a global science-based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living, and Twikit, a Belgian 3D software and application development company, announced a new partnership. Their collaboration is a further extension of DSM’s ongoing commitment to build a 3D printing ecosystem, aimed at driving innovation in additive manufacturing and encouraging its adoption across industries. Together, the two companies will co-develop new 3D printed solutions for medical, automotive, and apparel applications. DSM and Twikit are currently working on an end-to-end production workflow for 3D printed orthotics and prosthetics, showcasing additive manufacturing's unparalleled customizability.

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